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Reengaging Out-of-School Youth in Rural School Districts: What Do We Know?04/21/17

Some school districts serve thousands of students, while others serve hundreds, or less than a hundred. Some school districts have multiple elementary, middle, and high schools, while some have one for all grades. Some school districts have superintendents with very narrow and defined roles, while some have superintendents who coach the basketball team. It’s probably […]» Read the full article

“Coming Out” – Two Student Perspectives: MVP Part II03/21/17

A junior at Adams City High School, Jorge is charismatic and extremely confident. Theater is his main love and he hopes to one day be an actor. His eyes are set on the future. Will LA or New York offer more opportunities? He wants to go as soon as he graduates. Living in a big […]» Read the full article

The Most Vulnerable Populations (MVP) of Students – Part One of Four Part Series02/23/17

We recognize a group of students with exceptional needs and challenges. We call them the Most Vulnerable Populations (MVP) of students. Some MVP students are vulnerable because of their identity, such as LGBTQ, while others are vulnerable because of a life event, such as foster care. Other life events we recognize are pregnant or parenting, […]» Read the full article

Colorado’s Dropout Rate Decreases to 2.3 Percent01/23/17

10,530 students dropped out of school in the 2015-2016 school year, which corresponds to a 2.3 percent Dropout Rate. After a small increase in the dropout rate in the previous year, Colorado is back on track when it comes to dropout prevention and reengagement. Each January an eagerly awaited set of numbers are published. After […]» Read the full article

Third-Grade Literacy: A Key Dropout Indicator12/21/16

What makes education so powerful is its ability to build on what came before it. Curriculum is carefully designed to align with child development and to move towards greater complexity and depth in every subject. For this reason—and as many advocates claim—education begins the moment a child is born. Each development stage requires the right […]» Read the full article

Chronic Absenteeism Part II: Time and Commitment11/30/16

After an overwhelming response to our last post about chronic absenteeism, we thought we would dive a little deeper into the subject. Identifying students who are experiencing chronic absenteeism—which is most often described as missing 10 percent or more of school—is relatively straightforward. As many school administrators know, it’s also one of the most powerful early […]» Read the full article

Excused or Not, What Chronic Absenteeism Means for a Student’s Future10/27/16

Students cannot learn if they are absent from school. A student who is not attending school is considered “truant” and is subject to the laws and school regulations that address this behavior. Both attendance and truancy rates are reported by the Colorado Department of Education and can be found on the SchoolView data center.  Yet […]» Read the full article

A Juggling Act: Data, Outcomes and Youth Development10/06/16

As a nonprofit in the youth development field, there are often many objectives to juggle. They often require some debate and conversation to get it right. One particular juggling act is balancing the need for data collection and outcomes with the need to remain open-minded and youth centered. That is, it’s important to approach everyone […]» Read the full article

The Rise of Colorado’s Dropout Rate08/25/16

As we start the new school year, we reflect on last year’s dropout rate. After eight years of steady decline, the dropout rate in Colorado has gone up. While the percentage itself doesn’t seem like a wide swing, when you look at the raw numbers and imagine the future for each of those youth, a […]» Read the full article

The Issues Impacting Youth and Their Families: The Educational Divide07/29/16

Program staff and AmeriCorps members with Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) speak to hundreds of youth each year about their education. Some of these youth are still in school, but are beginning to struggle–failing a core class or having issues with attendance. Some of these youth have left school altogether and are considered a […]» Read the full article