October 2012 - No One Graduates Before They Are Ready
Read this great blog post about SFF on Competency Works - and for those interested in competency-based approaches to learning, be sure to spend some time browsing the Competency Works site. It's an excellent resource and go-to spot.

October 2012 - Funders visit SFF Detroit
The Youth Transition Funders Groups' Pathways to Graduation work group visited SFF Detroit at Hope Academy on September 28th. Representatives of the Meyer, Sherwood, Irvine, Mott and Skillman Foundations toured classes, spoke to students, and debriefed with Principal Harris, Black Family Development Inc.'s CEO Alice Thompson (SFF Detroit's CBO partner) and SFF Founder Ephraim Weisstein. YTFG members work together to enable collective action toward achieving the mission that vulnerable youth become “Connected by 25.” The Youth Transition Funders Group is open to involvement by foundations at two levels: Action Group Membership and Associate Membership. 


October 2012 - Educationally entrepreurial cities
On October 4, SFF Founder Ephraim Weisstein presented in Boulder, CO to the Cities for Educational Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE Trust) on the Schools for the Future model at the invitation of the Trust and Next Generation Learning. Ephraim focused on issues of blended technology, SFF's scaling strategy, and our business model for replication. Interested? See the handout SFF provided to attendees. The CEE Trust is focused on helping members create vibrant ecosystems for education innovation and reform in their cities. To do so, it facilitates the growth of entrepreneurial education initiatives, shares high-impact reform strategies between cities, and helps communities design and launch city-based initiatives that champion education innovation and reform.

LTF September 2012 - Learn to Finish partners celebrate 2011 Duval graduation rate increase
SFF Jacksonville and its CBO partner The Bridge of Northeast Florida are part of The Learning to Finish initiative, an effort to boost Duval County graduation rates - and they're up 11% this past year!  Read the full Florida Times Union article

"They even jettisoned programs that didn’t work, like an initiative that funneled poor performing students into a track to obtain a GED instead of a traditional diploma.“It wasn’t just about the data. It was about individual students that we were losing,” Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said.  Students like April Lindsey, 18, who now attends Schools for the Future Academy, a program designed for students behind grade level.'I always saw myself as a failure,' Lindsey said, wiping tears from her eyes. But all of that changed at her new school, she said.'The school has helped many of the students believe that college is an option and there’s potential in our minds to become successful young men and young women.' Many in the crowd were moved to tears by Lindsey’s story. And her success is what the collaborative is about, United Way President Connie Hodges said."
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September 2012 - SFF Detroit opens!
The new SFF school in Detroit welcomed its first 100 students on September 4th - and things are off to a great start. Read the school opening press release. Visit the SFF Detroit school website to learn more about our great Detroit team and life at the school.

June 2012 - SFF selected for NextGen
We're thrilled to annouce that SFF received a Next Generation Learning Wave III award! Read the press release.

Schools for the Future February 2012 - Schools for the Future offers a path for high risk students
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