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The Last Dropout by Bill Milliken

The Last Dropout

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The Last Dropout by Bill Milliken
Sep 18, 2007 | ISBN 9781401920975

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“We can all agree that all students deserve an education that prepares them for college, career, and life. But with more than one million students dropping out a year, our belief in this is not enough—we need to understand the dropout problem and take the action that Bill Milliken suggests. If enough of us just do this, we can create an education system that works for all young people.”
— Patty Stonesifer, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Bill Milliken is one of my heroes. He made a lifelong commitment to young people and always walks his talk. This book tells the truth—with facts and stories and heart and humor—about how ‘the system’ has failed so many of our kids, and what we can and must do about that.”
— Russell Simmons, founder, Def Jam Music and Phat Fashions

“We must dispel the lie that our children’s destinies are determined essentially by the families they’re born into or the color of their skin. Comprehensive student support services that build resiliency skills in students are a key strategy to dispel that lie, and Bill Milliken has been a pioneer in this arena for many years.”
— Joel Klein, chancellor, New York City Department of Education

“We can’t possibly succeed in the hypercompetitive global economy with one-third of our young people on the bench. Additional rigor and relevance are important, but the crisis in our schools also requires all of us to pitch in. We need to mobilize an army of adult volunteers to come alongside our dedicated educators and change the dynamics of the ‘Dropout Nation.’ Bill Milliken is a powerful, effective advocate because he has lived the revolution he is helping to lead.”
— Governor Tim Pawlenty, chair of the National Governors Association

“We’ve known Bill Milliken for over 25 years, and he is one of the most amaz-ing and inspiring people we know. He writes in the same way he walks his path . . . full of passion, compassion, and love.”
— Authors Jerry Jampolsky, M.D., and Diane Ciriacione, Ph.D.

“Bill’s uplifting story of his life’s work shows us that every child has something to contribute, and that to achieve that potential, we must create the right environment for our children. Through better access to community services, rich connections with others, and a sense of ownership for their own success, our children can thrive in both academics and in life. In his comprehensive book, Bill engages us to envision the CIS model scaled to reach every schoolchild across the country, and he challenges all of us to work together to help our children achieve the success they deserve.”
— Pam and Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay; cofounders of the Omidyar Network

“No one but Bill Milliken could have written The Last Dropout, because no one but Bill Milliken has been able to connect his own personal journey so powerfully to what America’s students need today. This book is a well of inspiration from which one can drink again and again. If we are serious about a different vision for America—one that begins with education and runs straight through to justice for all—The Last Dropout shows us how to give our children the hope and promise they deserve.”
— Billy Shore, founder and executive director, Share Our Strength

“Bill Milliken’s book is essential reading for any businessperson who cares about the future of education in America and the importance of an educated workforce. He vividly illustrates the power of collaboration and innovation to combat the dropout epidemic that plagues our local school systems. The Last Dropout describes a leveraged alternative to throwing money at seemingly intractable problems; it describes a robust strategy that delivers breakthrough results—and offers a significant multiplier on our charitable dollars. America’s children deserve to benefit from these insights.”
— Thomas J. Tierney, chairman and cofounder, the Bridgespan Group

“Bill Milliken has distilled 40 years of experience—with kids on the streets, with teachers and staff in schools, with lay and clergy in churches and tem-ples, with corporate leaders in boardrooms, and with public leaders in halls of government—down to a few key principles with a single, compelling purpose: helping troubled students do well in school and reclaim their futures. The title of Part I summarizes not only the book, but also the theme of Bill Milliken’s own life and work, ‘It all starts with relationships.’ This is both a powerfully practical and spiritually moving book. Now there’s a combination!”
— Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and the author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It

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