Small Town Essex Plays Major Role in College and 21st-Century Career Preparation
ESSEX, N.Y. – (April 21, 2017) – Rick Dalton, President and CEO of College For Every Student (CFES), said in an interview with Education Talk Radio April 17 that the greatest need in our country is giving low-income youth access to postsecondary education and the support to complete higher education degrees.
From the CFES headquarters in Essex, N.Y., a community of 670 residents on the western shores of Lake Champlain, Dalton said CFES will leverage an approach that has helped 100,000 students throughout the nation over the past 25 years, to ensure that all low-income students are prepared to enter the 21st-century workplace. The interview can be heard at www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2017/04/17/college-for-every-student.
Dalton said support and guidance outside the classroom is critical for the success of all young people, especially students from low-income households. “Helping young people move toward college and careers is the responsibility of far more than teachers and educators in the school building,” Dalton said. “We work with low-income students
because the need is so great. The fastest growing population in the United States, and globally, is low-income youth.”
CFES has committed to helping one million more students over the next decade. The organization is accelerating the implementation of its research-based, adaptable approach carried out in 800 schools over the past 25 years, and currently employed in 200 schools across the nation. This approach is based on building college-and-career pathway knowledge through student interaction with college and business partners in the CFES expanding network, and helping students build grit, leadership and the other Essential Skills youth need to navigate and succeed in school, college and the workplace.
Ninety-nine percent of CFES students, known as Scholars, graduate from high school, and 95 percent go on to college.Citing statistics from “College For Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building College and Career Readiness, the book he co-authored, Dalton said, “A young person from the top economic quartile is eight times more likely to get a college degree than a young person from the bottom economic quartile. That speaks to the talent waste, not only in the United States but globally. When we waste talent, we all pay the price.”
About College For Every Student
College For Every Student (CFES) is a global leader helping K-12 students from low-income rural and urban communities become college and career ready. CFES has helped 100,000 students since 1991, and today supports 25,000 students through partnerships with schools, businesses and colleges in 30 states and Ireland. The CFES Program engages students in three core practices — Mentoring, Leadership Through Service, and Pathways to College and Career. These practices raise aspirations and develop, grit, teamwork, resilience, leadership and the other Essential Skills that advance social and educational uplift. Follow CFES at www.collegefes.org and on Twitter at @CollegeFES.
Panorama Education Launches Panorama Student Success, a Platform for Educators to Understand and Support the Progress of Every Student
Bringing together academic, attendance, school climate, and social-emotional learning data, Panorama’s platform allows schools and districts to track and support the holistic progress of groups and individual students in real time
(Boston, MA) April 20, 2017 — Panorama Education, a leading provider of social-emotional learning and student, family, and teacher feedback surveys, today announced the release of a new platform, Panorama Student Success, to help educators bring together academic and non-academic data and act in targeted, timely ways to support students. Panorama Student Success brings academic, attendance, and behavior data together with school climate surveys and social-emotional learning data to paint a full picture of every student’s progress.
Developed in partnership with school and district administrators, Panorama Student Success provides tools to monitor groups and individual students, tracking who is thriving, which students are on track for graduation and college/career readiness, and those who may be at risk. By organizing data from multiple sources into an easy-to-use interface, the tool equips educators with the insights they need to spend less time sorting through spreadsheets and more time with students.
With daily syncs to schools’ data systems and automatic notifications for important changes, such as when a student is newly struggling, Panorama Student Success enables proactive, timely student support and interventions. With Panorama Education currently serving 5 million students and more than 7,000 schools, Panorama Student Success is in use in several districts across the country.
“We are thrilled to see school teams using Panorama Student Success on a daily basis,” said Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education. “The educators I have spoken with talk about how powerful it is to see trends in students’ grades and attendance information alongside non-academic measures, like behavior data and social-emotional learning assessments. To us, this wider lens is key to fully understanding and supporting students’ long-term strengths and growth as people.”
Panorama Student Success is designed to meet the changing needs of school systems. For instance, the National Center for Education Statistics reports rising numbers of English language learners (ELLs) nationwide, and many districts are seeing significant local growth in the number of ELLs they serve. School teams can use Panorama Student Success to monitor the progress of ELLs with lower attendance and SEL indicators or keep track of intervention groups across each indicator. On the platform, students are automatically added or removed from these “smart groups” as the data updates on a daily basis.
Panorama Student Success is in use in several school districts across the country, including Waltham Public Schools in Waltham, Massachusetts. Liz Homan, Ph.D, administrator of educational technology, coordinated the launch of Student Success in Waltham’s schools. Reflecting on bringing Panorama Student Success into her district, Dr. Homan said, “When our principals look at data, I don’t actually want them grappling with raw data. I want them to have a dashboard that lets them quickly glance and take action. So I’ve been really excited about the way our experience with Panorama Student Success has unfolded. With this platform, the data is actually capable of representing a full picture of success or struggle for our students. It’s really a different thing when a company helps you put all these things together to see a holistic view of a student.”
To learn more about bringing Panorama Student Success to your district to promote proactive, holistic support for every student, visit PanoramaEd.com/student-success.
About Panorama Education
Panorama Education partners with schools and districts to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. This year, Panorama will support 5 million students in 7,000 schools across 40 states, including those in the Dallas Independent School District, New York City Department of Education, Seattle Public Schools, and San Francisco Unified School District. To learn more, please visit PanoramaEd.com.