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Higher Grades, Higher Earnings: New Study Ties In-School Mentoring with Huge Benefits for Students

A new study offers suggestive evidence that informal, in-school mentorship leads students to earn better grades, fail fewer courses, and attend college at higher rates.

July 29, 2021 | The 74 Million
Gen Z: New Study Finds Concerns of Mentorship and Making Labor Valuable Among the Youngest and Most Diverse Generation

A survey of nearly 7,000 13-25-year-olds Gen Z’ers — the nation’s most ethnically and racially diverse generation ever — by the Springtide Research Institute found a majority want work to be meaningful, don’t have a mentor, are worried about work/life balance, and are concerned their gender or racial identity may prevent them from finding work.

July 19, 2021 | The 74 Million
Dramatic Drop in College Persistence Latest Sign of COVID’s ‘Missing Generation’ of College Students

Latest National Student Clearinghouse data shows of the 2.6 million students who entered college as first-time freshmen in fall 2019, 74% returned for their second year — an unprecedented drop & the lowest level since 2012

July 8, 2021 | The 74 Million
Recommendations from a State Senator and a Mayor for Aligning Education With the Workforce & Boosting Students’ COVID Recovery

Elena Parent, a Georgia state senator, and Steven L. Reed, mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, make recommendations to prepare more workers for high-skill, high-wage jobs. They point to the success of Oakland Health Pathways and recommend Linked Learning to boost college and career readiness for all young people.

June 21, 2021 | The 74 Million
A Year After Nationwide Protests, District Promises for Racial Equity — Juneteenth Gains Legal Popularity, but Misses Classroom Recognition

Districts tout plans for racial equity, but did they leave out social studies curriculum? In-school lessons on Juneteenth are scarce, even with President Biden signing it into law as the 12th federal holiday, writes Marianna McMurdock.

June 17, 2021 | The 74 Million
Pandemic Learning Loss Is Rooted in the Racial Chasm Between Educators and Students of Color. Only Teacher Diversity and a Strong Black Teacher Pipeline Can Fix It

The widened achievement gap reflects the chasm between the ability of teachers and school leaders and the potential of children of color. The root cause is not the pandemic, but instead the pre-existing racism endemic writes Sharif El-Mekki.

June 16, 2021 | The 74 Million
Case Studies: How 11 States Are Using Emergency Federal Funds to Make Improvements in College and Career Access That Will Endure Beyond the Pandemic

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund gave states $4.25 billion in discretionary federal dollars to support K–12 schools, higher education, and workforce initiatives. These were welcome resources, coming just as the pandemic accelerated unemployment and exacerbated declining college enrollment, hitting those from low-income backgrounds hardest.

June 3, 2021 | The 74 Million
To Make Up for Lost Learning, Students Need Strong Networks. Our New Playbook Offers Help in Building Relationships & Addressing this Looming Social Crisis

As schools plan for the summer and upcoming school year, a road to reconnection must be paved in order to ensure student engagement and empowerment, writes Mahnaz Charania, Ph.D.

May 18, 2021 | The 74 Million
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