United Way Partners with Diplomas Now to Boost Student Achievement

United Way Partners with Diplomas Now to Boost Student Achievement

Earlier today, United Way co-hosted "Diplomas Now: Investing in Innovation for L.A.'s Students" at William Jefferson Clinton Middle School for the purposes of exploring a historic investment of federal and private funds to turn the city's lowest-performing schools around.

Leading experts in the field of education including Dr. Robert Balfanz, Co-Director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and creator of the Diplomas Now model, and LAUSD's Chief of Intensive Support and Intervention Donna Muncey were in attendance.

Having already been piloted in Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Miami and now Los Angeles, the Diplomas Now program is addressing the nation's high school dropout crisis by using key performance data to identify at-risk youths and provide them with the academic tutoring, peer mentoring, case management and customized curriculums they need to succeed.

Among other things, the two-hour event featured a brief panel discussion on the ins and outs of this unique approach to student intervention and how it will increase the District's 56% graduation rate as well as its impact on struggling campuses like Clinton Middle School.

According to Dr. Balfanz, “Diplomas Now is helping kids overcome the pull of poverty and disengagement with a model that is welcoming and inclusive - but strategically so. In order to bring its evidence-based practices to scale, we have to build a strong network with external partners like United Way and draw from the wealth of talent which exists in L.A. to really push things forward.”

For more information on how you can support United Way and Diplomas Now's efforts to boost student achievement, please contact lruben@unitedwayla.org or mollyann@unitedwayla.org.


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