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dc.descriptionDiplomas Now developed an evidence-based school improvement model that supported high-need secondary schools. Diplomas Now is based on the insight that the middle and high schools where most of the nation’s dropouts fall off track to graduation are neither designed nor resourced to address the volume or intensity of the student challenges they encounter. Diplomas Now responded by creating a comprehensive whole-school model that increases school capacities to both improve teacher practice to ensure students graduate with the academic and social-emotional skills required for college, career, and life success and also address the scale and intensity of student need. It recognizes the importance of providing each student with a caring relationship with an adult at school. It takes an asset-based approach to instruction that recognizes individual students’ developmental needs and creates a school and classroom culture and climate that is conducive to students not only acquiring critical competencies, but also identifying with their school experience, understanding its relevance to their future pursuits, and becoming empowered to affect change in their community.en_US
dc.description.abstractHow an evidence-based, collaborative, whole-school improvement model, leveraging AmeriCorps members and early warning systems, can accelerate student and school success in the highest-need schools.en_US
dc.subjectDiplomas Nowen_US
dc.titleDiplomas Now: Findings from the First Decade and What's Nexten_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US

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  • Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS)
    Founded more than 50 years ago at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Social Organization of Schools, now part of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, concentrates its considerable research and development resources on improving low-performing schools and the education they offer their students. The center maintains a staff of full-time sociologists, psychologists, social psychologists, and educators who conduct programmatic research to improve the education system, as well as full-time support staff engaged in developing curricula and providing technical assistance to help schools use the center’s research.

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