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The Graduation Effect: Engaging Communities to Improve Grad Rates in Title I Schools
The national high school graduation rate is at an all-time high—81% according to the Department of Education. Yet, for many students of color, particularly those with special needs or from low-income families (many of whom attend Title I schools), this number has yet to reach the national goal of 90%. This has significant, measurable economic and societal impacts. Join us for a conversation about economic impact data and ways to engage parents, students, educators, community members and policy makers in collaborative efforts and collective action aimed at ensuring all students graduate from high school ready for college, career and life. Utilizing the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Graduation Effect toolkit, we will examine efforts taking place at the local, state and national levels and ways in which we all can play an active role in increasing the number of traditionally underserved students who successfully graduate from high school prepared for college and career.
This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2017 in Long Beach, CA
For more information:
swoodgarnett@all4ed.org; dreid@all4ed.org; impact.all4ed.org
Donique Reid

Donique Reid is a Policy and Research Associate for the Policy and Practice (P2P) team at the Alliance. She conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses to support the policy work at the Alliance and manages a complex economic model for the Alliance's Graduation Effect project. She has authored several pieces on preparing students for college and career, preparing effective teachers, and using data to drive school improvement. She is certified in secondary Spanish language instruction and has taught in Title I schools in Prince George’s County (MD). Ms. Reid received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in sociology and education, with a concentration in education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Stephanie Wood-Garnett

Stephanie Wood-Garnett is the Vice President of Policy to Practice (P2P) at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Her portfolio includes deeper learning, college and career ready academic standards, assessment, science of learning, and diversity and equity initiatives. Dr. Wood-Garnett is an accomplished educator with extensive experience in leading complex P–20 education reform initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. Her previous roles include serving as the assistant commissioner of teacher and leader effectiveness for the New York State Education Department where she led Race to the Top initiatives aimed at transforming teacher and leader preparation programs and strengthening P–20 collaboration; serving as a district central office leader in Washington state, and directing the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement funded by the U.S. Department of Education.