Mike has worked with the Alliance for Student Activities—who created an engaging presentation that pulls together the most current research, dialogue and thinking about the impact of co-curricular activities on student performance. The evidence is overwhelming and quite compelling. Student activities and athletics are the missing variable in too many educational reform equations. Whatever your desired educational, social or emotional outcome, student engagement is the common denominator that drives student performance. Participation in school activities increases students’ standardized test scores, GPAs, graduation rates, college acceptance rates and college success rates. It practically eliminates the likelihood that a student will choose to drop out of high school. Inclusion in activities develop core social and emotional skills while reducing high-risk behavioral problems and long-term public assistance needs. The community needs to understand this. Open houses and family seminars are the key. Mike can help.