It Takes a Community to Get Students Through Graduation

By Susan Richards, state director, Communities In Schools of Washington With graduation season behind us, thousands of high school seniors statewide are embarking on the next chapter of their lives with a diploma in hand. But what about all those kids who didn’t graduate with their class? The kids who slipped behind or gave up […]

CIS President Pens Article for Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Spring 2014 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review includes an article by Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali in a special supplement, Smarter Philanthropy for Greater Impact: Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale. This supplement includes eleven professional perspectives on “scaling what works”—what it means, what it takes to do it right, and what needs […]

Want Better Students? Get Real About Life Outside the Classroom

By Claudia Rowe, Reporter, The Seattle Times The din surrounding education reform often fails to recognize forces that significantly affect student achievement, but happen outside the classroom. You can strengthen teacher quality, overhaul curricula or throw open the doors to school choice, yet research shows that if kids are frightened, hungry or depressed, they cannot learn […]