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Mary Ryerse

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Mary is a Getting Smart Director of Strategic Design.

Getting Smart Podcast | Personalizing Learning Through the Instructional and Technology Integration Model

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Dr. Philip Hickman, superintendent of Columbus Municipal School District in Columbus, Mississippi, shares more about the innovative blended learning instructional model he created that is transforming his district.

Infographic | Academic and Social Supports Matter for College Readiness

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Of today’s high school graduates, data shows many are inadequately prepared for college. College-ready transcripts and college enrollment numbers are declining. In this infographic, we take a deeper look, and examine one successful strategy that has helped.

10 Strategies for Strengthening Academic and Social Support

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The College Readiness Initiative launched through College Spark Washington has shown promising and informative results. An evaluation of the program suggests these 10 lessons for improving college readiness.

You Can Thank Mom for More than the Meal Itself: What the Kids Have...

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Everyone benefits from family dinner—especially the kids. Even better, kids LIKE it. Here, I look at the benefits of regular family dinners, and share the perspectives of some of the kids I know.

How to Promote College Readiness: A Washington State Case Study

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Since 2005, College Spark Washington has awarded more than $50 million to college readiness and degree completion programs. Learn more about how this innovative program is exponentially improving students' college, career and life readiness.

Infographic | Every Student Deserves a Champion

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Even though high school graduation rates continue to steadily increase, research shows that college readiness and enrollment are on the decline. Here, we look at evidence that personalized guidance programming has the power to combat and reverse this trend.

A Personalized and Integrated Approach to College, Career and Life Readiness

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In the first of a two-part series, this publication illuminates the need for readiness, narrates the story of the high-impact Career Guidance Washington program and illustrates how partnerships can enhance college, career and life readiness initiatives.

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