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National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Announces EdisonLearning as Model Programs Database Sponsor

Sponsorship Enables Expansion of Searchable Online Database of Model Programs Addressing School Dropout Prevention

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) announces EdisonLearning as the sponsor for its dropout prevention, recovery and reentry model programs database. The database is a major national resource for educators and those who work with at-risk youth. The sponsorship allows for growth of the database from the current 357 programs to a projected 500 within a year.

The model programs database is a searchable resource of research-based programs and information that is accessed through www.dropoutprevention.org/modelprograms/. The database is available for schools, organizations and program administrators to review for opportunities to implement specific model programs, to enhance existing programs or for inspiration in creating new initiatives for dropout prevention, intervention, reentry and recovery. Researchers, policymakers, parents and students also can browse and use information from NDPC/N’s Model Programs Database sponsored by EdisonLearning.

Beyond the advantage of being searchable, programs in the database are rated based on evidence of evaluation and effectiveness. Overall program ratings are based on the number of years the program has been in existence, evaluation design, and empirical evidence demonstrating that the program prevents or reduces school dropout, improves graduation rates, or impacts a factor strongly related to dropout or on-time graduation. Four rating levels range from the highest level which indicates the model program exhibits a strong level of effectiveness to the lowest which indicates insufficient evidence of effectiveness.

“The Model Programs Database sponsored by EdisonLearning provides program planners in schools and organizations with a tool to pre view interventions and activities others have used and to access those programs that can then be evaluated for meeting their needs,” said Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. “We are fortunate that EdisonLearning has chosen to support the work of the NDPC/N since it allows us to continue to expand and update the much utilized database with additional programs and increased functionality.”

Thom Jackson, CEO of EdisonLearning and NDPN Board member added, “The core values of EdisonLearning align closely with those of the NDPC/N. Working together means both organizations have an increased opportunity to help young Americans achieve their goal of earning a high school diploma.  Through our combine efforts, we are confident that graduation rates will increase nationwide.”

About National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)

Established in 1986 with a mission to reduce dropout rates, NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and a variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website—www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the College of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

About EdisonLearning

EdisonLearning is a leading international educational services provider, and the largest minority-owned education company in the country.  For a quarter century, it has provided innovative solutions to help students learn, achieve, and succeed.

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Ohio Bridgescape Student Highlighted by Mentoring Program

Columbus Bridgescape Student Reflects on Educational Journey

Growing up in an undeserved background, Patrick didn't have many opportunities for college. Through participating in the LifeBridge Mentoring Program, Patrick embraces friendship and pursues his college education which allows him to explore his passion and succeed in life. Patrick's mentor James Turner is helping him to follow-up with his college application to Central State and continues to help provide Patrick with support for his high school to college transition.

Patrick has received a band scholarship after attending our college tour to Central State University. He auditioned by playing the drums and received a band scholarship on the spot.

The video below, which is featured in this month’s LifeBridge newsletter, is a remarkable presentation about the journey Patrick has taken to achieve his educational goals.  (Click on the video to watch, or go to the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mktnrwhxat5hhsh/Bridgescape Draft 6HQ.mp4?dl=0

With assistance from the EdisonLearning Grants Department and Grants Manager Paula Asbury, the Bridgescape Academies plan to continue the mentoring program next school year, with plans to include Urban Early College Network Bridgescape Academy and to expand partnerships in all three cities: Columbus, Cleveland and Dayton.

 

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Indiana State Board of Education Extends EdisonLearning’s Contract in Gary for 5 Years.

Improvement in Student Achievement on Positive Trajectory

Photo caption: Thom Jackson (fourth from right) joins Gary Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt (far right), Gary School Board members, and Roosevelt students at the Indiana State Board of Education meeting yesterday in Indianapolis.

 

The State Board of Education gave its approval Wednesday to a partnership between the Gary Community School Corp. and EdisonLearning Inc. to operate the Roosevelt College and Career Academy.

The plan goes into effect in July. The resolution, with performance goals for five years, approved Wednesday stated Roosevelt's designation as a state turnaround academy would remain.

Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt and EdisonLearning CEO Thom Jackson told the state board they are moving forward with a transitional model to improve achievement and the career potential for students.

Roosevelt's entanglement with the state began in 2011 when six straight years of F grades triggered the state to label it as a turnaround target. The state hired EdisonLearning to run the school for five years and it's being paid with Gary's share of tuition support money for Roosevelt, about $3 million to $4 million annually.

"The climate, safety and the graduation rate has improved," Pruitt said.

The school's test scores have improved, and its graduation rate improved from 41 percent in 2012 to 57 percent last year. Today, 85 percent of graduates are enrolled in two- or four-year college or vocational programs, compared to 60 percent in 2012. Attendance has increased from 71 percent to 92 percent.

Under the agreement, EdisonLearning will continue running the school, but both parties would oversee academics and performance goals.

Together, they plan to transform Roosevelt into an innovation network school under the state law that established state turnaround guidelines.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-gary-edison-learning-st-0309-20170308-story.html

 

 

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Empowering Young People to Change the World

Chicago/Humboldt Park Bridgescape Students Learn Community Involvement

On Wednesday, March 1, students from Bridgescape Learning Academies Humboldt Park and Lawndale traveled to Rosemont, Illinois to celebrate efforts to “Empower Young People to Change the World.”

We Day is a celebration that encourages our youth to make a difference in their local and global communities. “WE Schools” has designed a year-long program that nurtures the compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change. Together they offer young people tools and the inspiration to take social action, empower others and transform lives including their own. 

We salute Directors Kisha Lang (Humboldt Park) and John Shenberger (Lawndale) for allowing our students to participate in this life-impacting event. They say WE DAY!

 

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Theodore Roosevelt Students Join Gary’s Mayor for UNCF Benefit

EdisonLearning Supports United Negro College Fund

On Wednesday, March 1, Gary Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson hosted her annual Prayer Breakfast benefitting the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). More than 300 businesses – including EdisonLearning – civic, and community leaders support the UNCF event. Proceeds assist in providing scholarships for Northwest Indiana students.

This year, students from Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy attended – shown above with Mayor Freeman-Wilson - Shawana Martin, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Tion Traywick, and Shawn Hampton

UNCF is known as the nation’s largest minority organization supporting higher education, student development and other programs for students attending historically black colleges and universities.  The UNCF Northwest Indiana Leadership Council established in 2007 has raised more than $400,000 and has awarded more than 60 Scholarships to students in Northwest Indiana.

The UNCF administers more than 400 programs including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment and curriculum and faculty development.  Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities.

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