Jonah Edelman
Chief Executive Officer

As the new school year kicks off, it’s a particularly appropriate time to talk about the reality of what so many of our nation’s children face and share the efforts Stand for Children is making to achieve real progress that benefits students and communities. I’d like to share with you some of what we’re currently focused on at Stand and give you the opportunity to be a part of this important work.

The Center for High School Success, our program that gives educators training, coaching, and data to support ninth graders’ success, is partnering with more than 100 high schools in Oregon, Washington, and Tennessee – and will launch soon in Colorado. CHSS partners with school districts and high schools to help educators determine, in real time, which students are off track and collaboratively determine how best to intervene quickly so they finish their make-or-break ninth grade year on track to graduation.

At the same time, hundreds of schools across the country are already diving into Teach Kindness, our 4-week challenge created to improve school culture by teaching students the practical life skills of kindness and empathy. Formerly called the Middle School Kindness Challenge, we've expanded to grades K-8 and introduced new activities designed specifically for elementary students.

Stand Texas continues to expand its successful Home Visit Project, which has resulted in more than 15,000 home visits by teachers and was recently featured in a New York Times profile. Designed to build impactful relationships between school and home, Stand supports educators in Dallas, Fort Worth, and, for the first time this year, Chicago as they meet with families and students outside of a classroom setting, and often in students’ homes, to talk not just about children's academics, but their hopes, dreams, and goals.

This fall, all children in Colorado are able to attend tuition-free full-day kindergarten, thanks to tireless advocacy this past spring by Stand Colorado parent members and staff in close collaboration with Colorado’s wonderful Governor Jared Polis. In Arizona, we’re proud of Stand’s role in getting passed a law that will improve outcomes for English-language learners by allowing them to spend more time in core classes instead of being isolated from their native English-speaking peers. In Oregon, finally, we are thrilled that the legislature is investing $303 million to fully fund Measure 98, Stand’s high school success law, and further expand access to college credit courses, Career Technical Education pathways, and proven dropout prevention strategies focused primarily on that make or break ninth grade year.

None of this would be possible without your generosity and support. Your gifts to Stand for Children are directly benefiting students and steering their lives toward a brighter future through efforts like those you’ve read about today — and much more.

Please stand with us during this next school year by making a gift today.

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