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New Education Strategy Focused on Middle Grade Success

Tue, January 08, 2013

New Education Strategy Focused on Middle Grade Success

Research shows that one of the single greatest markers of an ‘at-risk’ student simply is the number of days he or she spends in school. Educators recognize that keeping kids in school is a critical factor in ensuring that students achieve good grades, advance to the next grade level and are prepared to consider post-secondary education.

Cumberland County is no exception, with truancy remaining an area of great concern. With a stronger focus on middle grade success, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Cumberland County hopes to help more students graduate from high school, college- and career-ready.

To implement this goal, Cumberland County moved toward the Community Impact model in 2009, focusing our grants on programs delivering measurable results in the areas of education, income and health. That focus recently narrowed even further within Education, to address middle school success. This fresh approach enables us to target middle school students, better engaging them during these vulnerable years and helping them to stay on track toward high school graduation.

Our fresh approach to education is just the beginning – we will be introducing new, refined strategies to guide our work in income and health as well. By elevating our work to address chronic issues in these areas, we will have make an even greater impact in our community and help to create better opportunities for individuals and families in Cumberland County.