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High School Graduation

Graduation Is a New Chapter For Our Kids And For Us

Annie Fox | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

Graduating from high school and heading off to college is a major milestone, irrefutable proof of their growing independence. The music swells along with our hearts. Our love for them and our hope for their future defies words. So we cry.

Our National Obsession With 'Going to College' -- We Might Have a Bigger Problem to Solve

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

The changes we are seeing taking hold in every type of community provide evidence that investing in innovation pays off when the commitment includes adequate time, and sufficient training and coaching.

Dear Graduate...

Christine Carter | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Christine Carter

Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement and I wish you the very best! May I offer you some advice? I know you are basking in the spotlight of success and you are probably soaking in all that delicious attention for this fantastic accomplishment! By all means, take it in. Take it all in.

25 Pieces Of Advice Every New Grad Needs To Hear -- In 3 Words Or Less

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty

Not everyone has been lucky enough to have the likes of the late Steve Jobs, Conan O'Brien or Stephen Colbert grace their graduating class with humor,...

Advice for the High School Class of 2015

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

As is always the case with May Madness, there is rarely time for a proper goodbye and a dispensing of last words of college advice, so this will have to suffice. These bite-sized gems may not be as self-explanatory, but life will help you make sense of them at just the right time.

The Real Picture on Report Cards

Rebecca Deurlein | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Deurlein

I want you to realize that you really, truly have to question whether the final report cards that are sent home in the next few weeks are an accurate depiction of your children's intellect. Yes, I know I'm a teacher and I'm not supposed to say things like this. But stay with me a minute.

5 Important Talks to Have With Your High School Grad

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Before your child leaves for college, you still have a few months of one-on-one time with him. Make the most of these months before the nest is empty by giving your child the information and support he needs to confidently spread his wings in college.

How To Make Cash the Perfect Graduation Gift

Becky Blades | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Becky Blades

Gift-giving has always been difficult, but it seems to be getting tougher to know what's best to give among far-flung friends, mixed families and expanding casual networks. And it gets even more complicated when you really CARE.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

Recognizing the Strength of Vulnerability in New Beginnings

Alaina Baker | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Alaina Baker

The truth is, though, you have to let go of everything you were in order to become who you will be.

Feathering the Nest

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

As for that nest of ours -- it won't stand empty. I'll do a bit of rearranging, but always leaving room for you and your sister. Please know that our family is the best thing that ever happened to me. This life we have together surpasses my dreams. I hope and pray that your adult life -- it will happen to you sooner rather than later --exceeds all of your expectations.

6 Gifts For High School Grads That They'll Actually Want (And Use)

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 04.22.2015 | Teen

Graduation season is rolling around again, and with it, the annual question of what to get for friends or relatives who are heading off to college cam...

A Rising Tide of Graduation Rates

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

On the first stepping-stone toward social mobility -- getting a high school diploma -- the nation continues to make progress, while serious challenges remain in some states and communities.

March Into College Readiness

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

March is a busy time for high school juniors and their families. Here are our March college readiness tips.

No ESEA Bill Is Better Than One That Fails to Protect the Poorest Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For fifty years Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) has been the primary source of federal funding targeted to schools to serve poor children. Sadly, from the beginning states didn't keep their end of the bargain.

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches High Of 81 Percent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

The U.S. high school graduation rate reached a new high of 81 percent for the 2012–2013 school year, according to data released Thursday by the Depa...

I'm a High School Dropout

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 04.04.2015 | Black Voices
Kimanzi Constable

I was just another statistic. A young black man who dropped out of high school, living on the streets and doing whatever he could to survive.

Braving Kilimanjaro: The Senior Class Trip of a Lifetime

THINK Global School | Posted 03.16.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

My leg muscles didn't burn the way I thought they would. Other than my head and belly, my body felt strong and fine. But an able body was not the most important asset for continuing up that huge, dark, daunting incline.

Re-Engagement Programs Offer the 20% of Young People Who Leave School Before Graduating a Second Chance

John Gomperts | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
John Gomperts

Don't Call Them Dropouts showed that the young people who leave school early are not quitting on themselves or their future. We can't quit on them either.

An Etiquette Guide to College Admissions News

Peyton Price | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

Good for him! Jock scholarship I bet he can't wait! Party school Smart choice. Community college

Letting Go Is a Lot Harder the Third Time Around

Amy Byrnes | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Amy Byrnes

They do this, kids. They start out making you weak at the knees with the love you feel for them -- their tiny little fingers and sweet-smelling heads -- and then push you to the brink of homicide after a few short years of incessantly asking, "Why?" and "Why not?"

College Visit With My Firstborn

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Last week, my son and I did what many have done before us: We visited a college campus. We spent the night in a hotel, took a tour the next day, spoke to some students and ate some college food.

Entire School Holds Early Graduation For Teen With Cancer Who Has 4 Months To Live

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.24.2014 | Good News

When this teen with cancer was told she was running out of time, her friends and family made sure she wouldn't miss one of the biggest milestones in a...

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

7 Things To Make Sure You Do During Your Child's Senior Year

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Grown And Flown

It seems like the kids are grown, that the need to document their gorgeous faces has lost its urgency as the transitions slow. Wrong. That just-finished-childhood-not-quite-adult look is fleeting. Get someone who knows what they are doing to capture it.