Wraparound is the way to college success

Growing up in the poorest state in the country gives you a unique perspective on many things. One of those is education. With it, opportunities and careers seemed practically limitless; without it, choices were few, and opportunities scarce. Changing Expectations I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family where college was expected. But … Continued

Dell Scholars Program: The lasting impact of college completion

For first-generation, low-income college students in the United States, the road to a college degree comes with a diverse set of challenges.  These obstacles – such as working part-time or acting as the primary caretaker for family members – can derail a student’s ability to complete college.  And couple that with the stress of finding the funds to pay for college, it often becomes insurmountable for a student.    We launched the Dell Scholars Program in 2004 with these complex challenges in … Continued

Data interoperability in K-12: A teacher’s perspective

Data interoperability is the secure, controlled—and most important—seamless exchange of data between applications. The standardization of the language programs can use to talk to each other is going to benefit me as an instructor and the students. Another benefit of data interoperability is that parents, the key stakeholders in a child’s education, benefit from it. They need access to data as well, not just the students and the teachers.

The decade ahead: Change is coming in data interoperability

Project Unicorn’s ultimate mission is to move our lagging education sector forward by improving data interoperability at scale and with fidelity. Since launching at the ASU GSV, more than 70 districts representing more than two million students have now pledged that the secure, controlled exchange of data is too important to ignore any longer.

Call to all districts: Tackling tough data problems

You’re a Chief Academic Officer, or a similar position, and back-to-school planning and the chaos and excitement of the first day of school have passed. Your students are getting back into a routine, at least most of them. Your teachers are hard at work in the classroom. You are trying to stay laser focused on supporting your educators and students and making sure all the initiatives aimed at maximizing your students’ learning are going strong.

Preventing summer melt: Providing students with wraparound support

The summer after high school is an important time for every student who plans to attend college in the fall. It’s a time of preparation for life away from home, saying “see you later” to family, and completing final tasks needed to enroll in college in the fall. Many students have plenty of support during this time, ensuring they step foot on campus with a positive mindset and the resources they need to be successful.

Test prep in education: Making opportunities accessible to all

Summarized below is the first-person account of the journeys of the founders of Avanti, Edutel and Online Tyari. The founders talk about how their ideas fructified and what it takes to run scalable, sustainable businesses while maximizing social impact. As innovative enterprises operating in the online coaching and test preparation domains, these organizations are at the forefront of providing exemplary and cost-effective test-preparation solutions (both online and in classrooms) to students across the country.

Education data interoperability at work in Michigan

The Michigan Data Hub, which utilizes the Ed-Fi data standard and technologies, was designed to address the challenge of obtaining and sharing enough student data to help educators make better decisions for their students. In the past, the state has had up to 39 different student systems. The Michigan Data Hub was designed to narrow that number down to fewer systems to make getting data easier. So, we proposed creating a data hub where data would be exchanged and standardized from all the systems into one location.

Applying new solutions to old problems in college success

Summer melt is a well-known concept among those who work with students in college success. Harvard University defines it like this: “Across the country, 10–40 percent of seemingly college-intending students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, fail to enroll in college the fall after graduation.” Every year, our team at the Dell Scholars Program works to prevent summer melt in each new class of students.

Acceptance Letters are Great. Diplomas are Even Better.

This year, I attended the National Charter School Conference (NCSC) to share GradSnapp, a technology that helps students complete college by tracking continuous student progress. Over the course of the conference,  the most common sentiment I heard from attendees is the desire to know what happens to their alumni once they graduate from their schools. … Continued