BOSTON, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced they have become a partner of America's Promise Alliance (America's Promise) and will work with them to help reduce the nation's high school dropout rate and ensure that America's children and youth have the resources they need to lead healthy, successful lives.
Credo believes that the ability to find, evaluate and use information—a skill set labeled as "the Fourth R" by the Common Core State Standards Initiative— is critical to success in the classroom and beyond. Students need to be able to locate sources for individual school projects, but they also need to transfer these information skills in order to make well-informed financial, health and civic decisions in their personal lives. Credo is committed to making these information skills accessible to every student through their Literati School solution, which combines innovative technologies, quality content and customized services to teach the information skills that are critical to academic, professional and personal success. Credo, winner of a 2013 SIIA CODiE Award, also offers Literati solutions developed to meet the specific needs of college students, student athletes and public library patrons.
Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as its founding chair, America's Promise is the nation's largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Its strong national network of more than 400 partners is comprised of organizations representing all sectors of American life. Through America's Promise, these partners are working together to end the dropout crisis and see that more children and youth experience the Five Promises in their lives—Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.
"At Credo we are driven by our belief that every individual deserves the ability to learn and the opportunity to succeed," said Mike Sweet, Credo's CEO. "We envision a digitally undivided future and a partnership with America's Promise Alliance will help us get there."
As an official partner, Credo will support and take part in the work of America's Promise to ensure that more of the nation's young people experience the Five Promises and are prepared to finish high school prepared for college and the 21st century workforce. Credo will also be an active partner in supporting the work of the Grad Nation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end the dropout crisis. The goal of Grad Nation is to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.
"Creating stronger communities where youth feel supported and encouraged is essential to America's future strength and vitality," said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance. "By coming together in common purpose, we demonstrate our commitment and the fact that we all have a role to play in the success of our children and youth, and we are infinitely more powerful as a united force. We're thrilled that Credo has joined this movement."
The work of America's Promise includes signature initiatives like the 100 Best Communities for Young People competition and Grad Nation Communities. America's Promise also supports and distributes numerous reports highlighting the latest research and data for communities and youth development practitioners. This includes the annual Building a Grad Nation report on the dropout crisis as well as resources on parental engagement, career exploration and communications. As a partner, Credo will have early access to all America's Promise commissioned research, tools and information.
To learn more about America's Promise Alliance, visit: www.americaspromise.org.
A 2013 SIIA CODiE award winner, Credo believes that everyone deserves the ability to learn and the opportunity to succeed.
To help people achieve their academic, professional and personal goals, Credo partners with libraries, educators, publishers and technology providers to deliver solutions for developing information skills. Founded in 1999, Credo has offices in Boston and the UK. For additional information about Credo and its Literati solutions please visit http://corp.credoreference.com.
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