Building A Grad Nation 2020


The NEW 2020 Building a Grad Nation report calls us to ‘Meet the Moment’ by focusing on the states with the highest numbers of students not graduating on-time, recommending evidence-based interventions where they will improve outcomes for the most students.

We must continue to close graduation gaps for all students. 


Civic (formerly Civic Enterprises) is a bipartisan ideas company specializing in innovative initiatives at the cutting edge of domestic, economic, and international policy.


The Upswing |UVA's Miller Center

October 22, 2020 — John Bridgeland moderated a discussion between Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett to discuss their new book, 'The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again'. It's a brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again, and how we can learn from that experience to become a stronger, more unified nation. Watch here:

I Should Have Worn a Mask |Wall Street Journal

October 21, 2020 — Former Governor Chris Christie published the importance of wearing a mask to save lives and the economy after being infected with COVID-19 following the the Rose Garden nomination event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. "One of the worst aspects of America’s divided politics is the polarization of something as practical as a mask." Read here: 

Reimagining Democracy Town Hall |CWCSEO

October 21, 2020 — John Bridgeland gave the keynote address to the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity on Reimagining Democracy: A More Perfect Union. Watch here:

NEW REPORT: Strategies for Success | Education Leads Home

October 20, 2020 — Strategies for Success: Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness, authored by Civic and sponsored by The Raikes Foundation, is based on interviews with educators in Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Texas, and Virginia to identify strategies school and districts are using to successfully mitigate the challenges students experiencing homelessness face in attending and succeeding in school. Read here:

National Service| Bloomberg Businessweek

October 15, 2020 — Rachel Cohen writes that national service has rare bipartisan support, but an uncertain future. Expanding AmeriCorps in response to Covid-19 has bipartisan support in Congress, yet it’s been a low political priority. Read here:

Big Idea for America| Dallas Morning News

October 4, 2020 — John Bridgeland writes in the Sunday Dallas Morning News: As America approaches the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, it could give itself a birthday present of 1 million opportunities every year for young people to serve their country. Read here.

NEW REPORT: Building A Grad Nation 2020| GradNation Campaign

October 1, 2020 — The core conveners of the GradNation campaign (Civic, the Everyone Graduates Center, America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education) released the 2020 Building a Grad Nation report coauthored by Matt Atwell, Ellie Manspile, Bob Balfanz and John Bridgeland through a virtual event featuring lead researchers, youth and educators, and three former U.S. Secretaries of Education: Arne Duncan, John B. King, Jr., and Margaret Spellings who discussed the challenges and opportunities of high school completion in our country’s current environment and ways we, as a nation, can meet this moment. 

Read the report. 

Watch the event.

Indiana Conference on Citizenship| Sagamore Institute

September 17, 2020 — John Bridgeland presented on the history of national service and our country coming together during times of crisis at the Sagamore Institute's 6th annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship. Learn more about the conference and institute here:

COVID Collaborative| UNITE

August 21, 2020 — The COVID Collaborative, a project of UNITE, released a national poll by Hart Research Associates showing that mask mandates are extremely effective in getting Americans to wear face coverings when they might not do so on their own. The COVID Collaborative is a platform for bringing experts in health, education, and the economy together with state and local leaders to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. You can review the full poll results at

COVID Testing| Curative Labs

August 13, 2020 — Senator Dirk Kempthorne and the Civic team (CEO John Bridgeland, Fallon Bridgeland, and Ellie Manspile) visited Curative Labs in Washington, D.C. and were inspired by the 300 young people, including college students, who are on the front lines saving lives by running more than 30,000 COVID-19 tests every day.

The Rebuild We Need Now | The Aspen Institute Project Play

August 5, 2020 — This panel discussed the need to include recreation infrastructure in the next wave of Congressional funding. It featured J.J. Tighe, Director of the Parks & Trails Initiative, Ronda Jackson, Senior Advisor of Government Affairs of KABOOM!, Andrew Ference, Director of Social Impact, Growth, and Fan Development for the NHL, and John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic. Watch here: 

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