There are no words, but somehow we must find them

It’s time for action

OAKLAND, CA (June 5, 2020)

Dear Friends,

At GreatSchools, we feel outrage at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oscar Grant, Nia Wilson, and countless others as a result of the police brutality and racist policies that perpetuate these injustices against Black communities. Continue reading “There are no words, but somehow we must find them” launches new school closure learning guide

Grade-based resources and guidance help parents as their child starts learning at home during the coronavirus crisis.

OAKLAND, CA (March 20, 2020) — announces a new, free resource for parents as they support their families through school closures, home learning, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The school closure learning guide gives parents and caregivers practical advice, information, and easy-to-use tools to help prepare their child for learning at home. Continue reading “”

Deane: Information Is Power — All Parents, Regardless of Income, Need Access to Good Data About School Quality

By Jon Deane and originally published on The 74.

OAKLAND, CA (December 2, 2019) — As college application season kicks into high gear, a myth prevails that only privileged families work hard to crunch data and debate the pros and cons to ensure their children can get the education they need. But new research debunks this myth, conclusively showing that the very families who have been underserved by our educational system, often low-income black and Hispanic families, are setting their sights high and prioritizing educational opportunities. Continue reading “”

Communities celebrate College Success Award to kick-off the new school year

High schools in Oklahoma, Texas and Connecticut go above and beyond to show their spirit and school pride in winning the 2019 GreatSchools College Success Award.

OAKLAND, CA (October 18, 2019) — Today, announced the winners of the Celebrating College Success social media contest for 2019 GreatSchools College Success Award-winning high schools. In May 2019, 1,722 public high schools across the country were honored and celebrated for excelling in preparing their students for college and ultimately careers.[1] The four contest winners exhibited creativity, community involvement, and the spirit of college success. Continue reading “”

Lloyd: This Year, 1,722 High Schools Are Receiving College Success Awards. Meet 5 of the Winners Helping Their Low-Income Students Thrive

By Carol Lloyd and originally published on The 74.

OAKLAND, CA (May 2, 2019) — “It was always arguments, drama, fighting,” Lashawn Pettaway Polen says of his previous school. “If I did more [schoolwork] … I would become a target.” Eight years ago, his mother transferred him to North Star Academy, an Uncommon Schools charter school in downtown Newark. This spring, the high school senior will graduate with eight Advanced Placement classes under his belt and a plan: “I want to major in psychology and become a child psychologist.” Continue reading “”