The Grad Partnership For Student Success

The GRAD Partnership for Student Success is a new national initiative that encourages and supports communities in efforts to use high quality student success systems that empower schools to graduate all students ready for the future.

About the Project

The GRAD Partnership, which is led by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, consists of nine national partners, including the Rural Schools Collaborative. RSC’s work will focus on establishing regional rural school networks that will participate in this nationwide effort. The project has received funding support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Carnegie Foundation
Everyone Graduates Center
Rural Schools Collaborative
Schott Foundation
Talent Development Secondary

RSC and Our Partners

RSC is working with two of our regional hub partners, North State Together and University of West Alabama, to launch pilot cohorts of participating schools in California and Alabama. These 20 diverse rural schools will receive a matched support grant and technical assistance to implement new student success systems to help students reach on time graduation. Learn more in the official press release.

North State Together

North State Together

Our partners at North State Together have created their own landing page describing their involvement with the project.

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GRAD Partnership Black Belt Visit

As part of a kickoff of the GRAD Partnership for Student Success project, RSC visited our long-standing partners in the Black Belt region at the University of West Alabama (UWA) in Livingston, AL.

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RSC Hub Schools in the GRAD Partnership

California Alabama
  • Anderson High School - Shasta College TRIO
  • Burney Junior Senior High School
  • Dunsmuir High School
  • Fall River Junior Senior High School
  • Gateway to College at Shasta College
  • Red Bluff High School
  • Redding School of the Arts
  • Southern Trinity High School
  • Tulelake High School
  • West Valley Early College High School – Shasta College TRIO
  • Demopolis High School
  • Hale County High School
  • Greensboro High School
  • University Charter School
  • Pickens County High School
  • Southeast Lauderdale High School
  • Francis Marion School
  • Sumter Central High School
  • Kemper County High School
  • A.L. Johnson High School

Rural School Resources

  • Using Continuous Improvement Cycles to Improve Attendance: This brief provides a case study of NCRERN’s continuous improvement process as implemented in New York and Ohio during 2020-21, including outlining steps to implement a pilot-and-test model in a rural context and summarizing key lessons learned.
  • Trends in Student Absenteeism in NCRERN's New York & Ohio Rural Research Network: This brief describes trends in student absenteeism and the relationship between absenteeism and achievement for students in rural districts in New York and Ohio in the years prior to districts’ involvement in NCRERN.
  • Results from Six Pilots in NCRERN's New York & Ohio Rural Research Network: This brief summarizes the findings for the four attendance-focused interventions NCRERN districts implemented and evaluated in the 2020–21 and 2021–22 school years: personalized messaging, mentoring, family engagement, and postcards.
  • Personalized Messaging How-To Guide: This resource is designed for school staff who want to try out personalized messaging to improve attendance in their districts. The step-by-step guide includes an overview of the messaging intervention, considerations for planning to roll out the messages in your district, tips for successful implementation, and message templates that can be adapted for use in your district.

The Rural Schools Collaborative is honored to be a part of this important national initiative!

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