Graduation Success Initiative: A Full Court Press Approach

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Aired on: January 12th, 2016

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Solutions January 2016

Carol W. Alexander

Carol Alexander has worked in the field of Education for 34 years. Her entire tenure has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She has served as a language arts/English teacher, social studies teacher, dean of student services, and school counselor. She earned an undergraduate degree in English Education from Tuskegee Institute and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Arts degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb University.

Solutions January 2016

Cheryl M. Robinson

Cheryl Robinson is in her 11th year with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. At the high school level, she has worked as a college and career counselor, guidance counselor, and director of guidance. District level positions include high school counseling coordinator, school counseling specialist, and her current position as school counseling program manager. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Development from George Mason University.

This Week's Topic


In 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)—one of the largest school districts in the state of North Carolina—developed and implemented the Graduation Success Initiative (GSI). It began as a student-centered districtwide approach to assess each senior’s status in meeting graduation requirements. While maintaining the student-centered focus, the GSI has evolved into an integrated and systematic tool—used by many stakeholders—that promotes graduation integrity and success. The result for CMS has been a significant increase in graduation rates. This presentation will include a brief overview of CMS, the superintendent’s vision, the first year’s creation and implementation of the GSI, the current process, and outcomes.

Viewers of this Solutions program will learn about:

  • The challenges of a large urban school district as it pertains to graduation success
  • Why there was a need for a systematic approach
  • Lessons learned from the first year of implementation
  • The current process
  • Outcomes and successes as a result of the GSI


Extended Version of Program Powerpoint

Graduation checklist: used by counselors in concert with the GSI; the graduation checklist is an assessment of the student’s progress in meeting graduation requirements at a specific time.  pdf

GSI template: fluid monitoring tool



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