Engaging Schools is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with educators in middle and high schools.

We help them create a schoolwide community of learning that integrates academic, social, and emotional development — and prepares each and every student to succeed.

We offer professional development and resources with practical strategies that are grounded in the values of equity, community, and democracy. The result: educators who can better engage their students — and students who are prepared to make positive contributions in school, work, and life.

Did You Know?

Twenty percent of U.S. high school students do not graduate on time. Engaging Schools helped Dean Tech boost its on-time graduation rate from 28 to 40 percent in one year.

America’s Promise Alliance, 2014

Being suspended even once in 9th grade is associated with a twofold increase in the likelihood of dropping out. After one year of working with Engaging Schools, the suspension rate at Dean Tech dropped from 50 to 24 percent.

Out of School and Off Track, UCLA

Boredom, restlessness, and irrelevance were more often associated with dropping out of school than were academic difficulties. After working with Engaging Schools, school staff report “palpable energy” from the students.

The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts, from REAL, Bridgeland, 2006.

A one-percentage-point increase in a school’s average student engagement score is associated with a six-point increase in reading achievement and an eight-point increase in math achievement.

2009 Gallup study of more than 78,000 students in 160 schools in eight states; cited in Gallup’s 2014 State of America's Schools report.

Students who strongly agree that they have at least one teacher who makes them “feel excited about the future” and that their school is “committed to building the strengths of each student” are 30 times more likely to be engaged in their classrooms.

Gallup's 2014 State of America’s Schools report

African American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as their white peers without disabilities to be expelled or suspended.

U.S. Department of Education Guiding Principles: A Resource for Improving School Climate and Discipline

Promoting successful school completion requires a shift in focus from [demographic] predictors of non-completion, such as race and socioeconomic status, to student engagement at school and with learning over time. Students who are engaged — academically, cognitively, psychologically, and behaviorally — are more likely to complete school.

School Completion and Student Engagement, National Association of School Psychologists

Asked to rate various factors’ effect on achievement, teachers and administrators rated student engagement and motivation, on average, 3.9 on a 4-point scale. And 87 percent of respondents considered student engagement and motivation to be “very important.”

Diplomas Count 2014, Education Week Research Center

Sixty percent of students ranked achievement above caring for others and nearly two-thirds believed their peers would rank achievement above caring.

The Children We Mean to Raise, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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From Our Blog

“Creating Birds of Similar Feathers”: The power of creating teacher-student similarities

Based on the premise that positive relationships between middle and high school students and their teachers can lead to better educational outcomes, “Creating birds of similar feathers: Leveraging similarity to improve teacher-student relationships and academic achievement,” by Hunter Gehlbach, Maureen E. Brinkworth, Aaron King, Laura Hsu, Joe McIntyre, and Todd Rogers, focuses on a simple intervention…

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