Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Communities In Schools

Story highlights use of hard data and soft skills to reduce dropout rates.

Communities In Schools (CIS), the leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, announced today that it was featured in the summer issue of the prestigious Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) in the “What Works” column.

The article details how Communities In Schools uses a mix of hard data (research and evaluation) and soft skills (caring site coordinators) to reduce dropout rates and improve graduation rates.

Communities In Schools of Washington is part of the national Communities In Schools network, last year serving nearly 46,000 students statewide, and empowering 92% of high school seniors served to graduate.

“As part of the leading dropout prevention organization, I am proud to see the collective work of our network recognized by the respected SSIR,” said State Director Susan Richards. “Communities In Schools looks forward to continuing its critical and proven work of providing Washington students with whatever it takes for them to achieve.”

The award-winning magazine, written for and by leaders in the nonprofit, business and government sectors, covers academic theory and practical ideas for achieving social change. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, SSIR views collaboration as key to solving environmental, social and economic justice issues.

“The SSIR is one of the most influential publications in the social sector, so we’re honored to be profiled,” said Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali. “I’m particularly pleased that they recognized the unique combination of research-based practice and deeply rooted compassion that is the hallmark of our site coordinators.”

You can read the complete article here: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/keeping_kids_in_school

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