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(DC) The State of our GradNation

May 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

Over the last decade, 2.8 million more students have graduated from high school rather than dropping out, with significant benefits for them, our economy and our nation. The current national graduation rate is at an all-time high of 83.2 percent. However, the nation is still off-pace to reach a 90 percent graduation rate goal by 2020, and some even wonder if the progress being made is real.

What challenges are ahead in order to reach the 2020 goal? How do we address the skeptics? What are the promising practices and evidence that will help our nation achieve its commitment to equitable access to a quality education for all?

The Aspen Institute and the convening partners of the GradNation campaign – America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins – invite you to attend an event to learn more about the current state of high school graduation in our country.

The event will showcase the release of the 2017 Building a Grad Nation Report by Civic Enterprises and The Everyone Graduates Center, followed by a moderated panel conversation to address the key challenges associated with raising graduation rates, featuring voices from leaders on the ground and researchers in the field.

Speakers will include:

  • Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Aspen Institute
  • Nicole Anderson, AVP of Social Innovation and President of the AT&T Foundation
  • John Bridgeland, President and CEO, Civic Enterprises
  • Bob Balfanz, Director, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University
  • Gov. Bob Wise, President, The Alliance for Excellent Education
  • John Gomperts, President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Lisa Stark, Contributor, Education Week, PBS Newshour
  • Charlene Briner, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Research and Policy Advisor, Civic Enterprises
  • Anthony Terrell, Principal, Mt. Vernon High School, Fairfax, VA


The Aspen Institute
1 Dupont Circle Northwes
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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