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Schools, nonprofit organizations, families and employers must work together to ensure that all students graduate from high school college-ready. We know that the majority of living-wage jobs in King County require at least some postsecondary education.

 

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tactics for giving to teach life skills
  • Provide students with social-emotional supports that improve school attachment, self-efficacy, and academic motivation 
  • Reduce the need for remediation through early identification and intervention for students who are not achieving at grade-level 
  • Support first-generation, low-income students in planning for and transitioning to college 
  • Connect high-school dropouts and other “off-track” youth to post-secondary education and employment pathways
The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
20% of K-12 students in King County’s Roadmap Region (SE/SW Seattle, South King County) switched schools within the last year.
Success Story
Coaching-to-College Pairs Foster Children with Volunteer Mentors
Treehouse for Kids offers Coaching-to-College, a program pairing foster children with volunteer mentors to help them identify, pursue and achieve their educational goals. Working with their mentor, they discuss college options and even tour campuses together. This kind of support and mentoring is essential to help foster children learn about and access higher education.
Stay Informed:

Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners
This report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research outlines a new framework for understanding how non-cognitive factors influence the behaviors that drive academic performance among middle and high school students.
Trends in Education Philanthropy
Grantmakers for Education (GFE) introduced its annual Benchmarking survey in 2008 to gauge the state of education philanthropy and to learn from its members how the field was evolving. Every year since 2008, they have offered a snapshot of trends, emerging issues and challenges funders saw on the horizon. The latest report in this series was published in 2012.
For Each and Every Child
The Equity and Excellence Commission's charge was to provide advice to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education on the disparities in meaningful educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance, and to recommend ways in which federal and state policies could address such disparities.
Social and Health Indicators Across King County
The Communities Count Partnership is committed to improving community health and well-being through information advocacy—providing accurate and timely reports on conditions that matter to King County residents.
School Reports and District Scorecards
Seattle Public Schools provides detailed information on how each school, and the district overall, is performing. These reports also explain what the district is doing to increase academic achievement and close the achievement gap in each school and across the district.

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