Students and schools are being challenged like never before.

The GRAD Partnership for Student Success

Partnering with communities to use high-quality student success systems so that schools are empowered to graduate all students ready for the future.

We Need New and Improved Student Support  Systems to Enable All Students to Thrive in Pandemic-Impacted Times

→ Staffing and substitute shortages result in fewer adults in schools, at the very time that more students need supportive adult relationships.

→ Pandemic impacts continue to be dynamic students who are doing ok at one moment may not be at the next.

→ Students whose prior experiences in school suggest they may not need enhanced or adaptive supports are showing a need for them.

→ Students furthest from opportunities pre-pandemic live in communities hardest hit by pandemics impacts.

→ Student supports and systems need to be:

→ adaptive

→ proactive rather than reactive

→ focused on the here and now and the long-term

→ universal and customized (be able to provide all students what they need to succeed)

→ draw on and enable student, teacher, family and community agency

→ focused on improving educational systems so they promote the success of all students

Community of Practice

Aug. 31, 2022

2:00pm ET

How to Meet the Challenge?

→ A set of proven practices for early warning/ on-track systems has emerged over the past decade and been successfully employed by a wide range of schools.

We can build upon these to create a next generation of student success systems designed for pandemic impacted times and the 21st century need for all students to graduate high school ready for the post-secondary schooling or training

→ If non-profit technical assistance providers, community organizations, school districts, school leaders, teachers, students and parents work together to organize schools so they routinely use, adapt, and continually improve student success (on-track) systems schools will increase their capacity to graduate all students ready for the future and be better able to respond to the impacts of the pandemic.


Work with school districts, schools, community organizations, school leaders, teachers, students, and parents to make high quality student success systems typical, everyday school practice by improving existing systems and creating new ones.

Student Success Systems are
Next Generation Early Warning / On-Track Systems

Engaging and supporting all students so they can graduate on a pathway to postsecondary success.

Research-based, Predictive Indicators

(ex: attendance, course grades, and grade
point average)

Of Key Student Outcomes:

→ on-time earned grade promotion

→ high school graduation

→ postsecondary readiness/attainment

Indicators are:

→ available to educators, for all their students, throughout

→ school year

→ actionable by school-level personnel

School-Based Analysis and Response/Action Human System

(teams of teachers, school staff who know students)

Adult teams work to:

→ progress monitor all students

→ use data (including social-emotional) and their knowledge of students to identify root causes

→ identify, develop & implement strategic actions and supports (i.e. at school, grade, classroom, small group level)

→ evaluate impact

→ adapt actions until they work

Shared Set
of Mindsets

(shifts in outlook and approach)

Aim to Be:

→ preventive not reactive

→ strength / asset-based

→ empathetic not stigmatizing

Commitment to:

→ educators’ role as ensuring student success

→ belief in educator and student agency

→ data use

→ organizing school for improvement

Why a Partnership?

The GRAD Partnership for Student Success is a collaborative effort involving non-profits, community organizations, school districts, and schools which seeks to co-create effective student success systems with school leaders, teachers, students, parents, and community members.

We can do more together, with greater impact, than if we work alone.
Pooling our experiences and learnings, as well as creating a shared definition of high-quality and some common tools, builds all our capacities.
Shared aim to move high-quality student success (on-track) systems from a relatively new to routine school practice.
A deep commitment to equity and anti-racism and belief in student, educator, family and community agency.

Federal stimulus funds provide an opportunity to address students’
current needs and build toward lasting improvement.

Using ESSER Funds for Multi-Tiered Supports Through Early Warning Systems

A report by Education Resource Strategies (ERS)

The GRAD Partnership