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Despite comprising a third of the population, poor and minority students are drastically underrepresented in gifted education programs across the nation, even if their academic performance is on-par with their white peers. Federal Way Public Academy in Washington has re-examined its methods for finding academically talented kids and is changing the numbers.

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

April 2, 2017

Federal Way, Washington, United States

In Latvia, a new software-Edurio- helps educators learn from insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers. This allows for fast feedback and alterations to improve educational experience.

Spring Wise

Spring Wise

March 31, 2017

Riga, Latvia

High school drop out rates, especially for Black and Hispanic students, is alarmingly low, which led North High School in Minneapolis to rebuild the school model resulting in a dramatically increased graduation rate. Through daily advisory periods with teachers, a community of peer support, close contact between teachers and parents, and outside guidance the school has seen overwhelming improvement.

MinnPost

Erin Hinrichs

March 17, 2017

Minneapolis, United States

High school drop out rates, especially for Black and Hispanic students, is alarmingly low, which led North High School in Minneapolis to rebuild the school model resulting in a dramatically increased graduation rate. Through daily advisory periods with teachers, a community of peer support, close contact between teachers and parents, and outside guidance the school has seen overwhelming improvement.

MinnPost

Erin Hinrichs

March 17, 2017

Minneapolis, United States

In Scandinavian countries where the sun doesn’t rise very high during the winter the residents are more prone to seasonal affective disorder. A town square In Norway, has mounted mirrors that create a high sun affect for two hours a day and schools are waking the students up during the wintertime with artificial lights in the classroom that mimic the light intensity cycle of a summer day.

The Atlantic

Linda Geddes

March 14, 2017

Rjukan, Norway

Adapting tactics that have helped persuade homeowners to use less electricity by comparing them to their neighbors, schools in Tacoma and other school districts across the nation are trying to boost student attendance with “nudge” letters. These nudges compare students’ attendance rates with school and district averages. Research has shown that the nudges reduces chronic absenteeism.

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

March 2, 2017

Tacoma, Washington, United States

The Wildwood School District has implemented programs during and after school hours to help provide nutritious meals to students living with hunger and poverty, while also teaching the children invaluable skills such as sewing and gardening to help create better future opportunities.

The Press of Atlantic City

Diane D'Amico

February 27, 2017

Wildwood, New Jersey, United States

In low-income districts, the school nurse is often a family’s first health care provider, and the role at places like Wildwood High School and Glenwood Avenue School has expanded to provide everything from warm coats and food donations for children and their families living in hunger.

The Press of Atlantic City

Diane D'Amico

February 26, 2017

Wildwood, New Jersey, United States

Conflicts of interest have made school lunch meals the dumping ground for the cheap calories our modern agricultural system was designed to overproduce. Many programs are trying to improve school lunches, such as the Community Eligibility Provision which allows schools in high poverty areas to provide free meals to all students, allowing more money to be spent on cooks and food instead of who qualifies.

The Huffington Post

Jane Black

February 9, 2017

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

Both Chicago and Kansas City carried out mass school closures in poor, black neighborhoods, but they had vastly different approaches to repurposing them.

Chicago Reporter

Kalyn Belsha

January 24, 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, allowing children from poorer families to enjoy brighter futures, and yet are being starved of funding.

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

January 18, 2017

New York, United States

​In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut by the 'Youth in Iceland' program that institutted a curfew for children, promoted greater parental involvement, and involvement in extra curriculars. Now the questions is, why are other places not following suit?

Digg

Emma Young

January 17, 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland

The Parent-Child Home Program in the Seattle area is helping close the achievement gap in poor and at-risk families by giving 2 and 3 year-olds a jump start in early education. By pairing parents with a trained educator, the program is helping children in low-income and immigrant families perform on par with their white and wealthier peers years later, improving graduation rates and potentially even salary and healthy lifestyles in the long term.

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

December 21, 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

Research is recognizing that to help women graduate from career programs additional supports and services are needed such as child care, domestic violence aid and emergency cash assistance. Programs, such as The Brighton Center, provide systems of support where students can list additional supports they need and receive the help they need to graduate.

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

December 16, 2016

Newport , Kentucky, United States

Not every route to prosperity involves trashing the planet.

Grist

Nathanael Johnson

December 15, 2016

San Jose, Costa Rica

Detroit's school system has historically lacked funding to make any great changes and parents oftentimes look to the suburbs and private schools for education. With a new Montessori program in the Detroit public schools, more parents are being attracted to the public system and are willing to fight for it.

Chalkbeat

Erin Einhorn

December 14, 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

The Morris district in Northern New Jersey has long championed diversity, even as its student body has changed and nearby schools remain deeply segregated. Each elementary school in the district draws from multiple neighborhoods, with a constant open zone at the center (where the poorest families live) where students are assigned to schools in order to maintain racial and economic diversity.

The New York Times

Kyle Spencer

December 12, 2016

Morristown, New Jersey, United States

A school program in Wyoming, Parents are Teachers, is improving the academic success of their students who come from poor, immigrant families, by teaching the parents English and the same academic content so they can help their kids.

Detroit Free Press

Lori Higgins

December 10, 2016

Godwin Heights, Wyoming, United States

Girls in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods face extensive danger on a daily basis. Not enough is being done to help girls so that they do not engage in violence or self-harm. Programs such as the Urban Warrior Program, Demoiselle 2 Femme, and the juvenile justice system are implementing programs tailored to understand the issues for girls in this community and to then provide mentoring and education.

Chicago Tribune

Anne Sweeney

December 10, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

A just-announced $6 million federal grant will help.

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

December 2, 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Preschoolers have a lot of strong emotions and tend to internalize whatever they're surrounded by which puts kids from stressful homes at a disadvantage. Al’s Pals is a national elementary curriculum that develops young children's social-emotional and problem-solving skills through puppet shows.

Detroit Free Press

Ann Zaniewski

November 30, 2016

Michigan, United States

Medical students are trained in medicine but rarely encouraged to develop their personal skills. The University of Washington School of Medicine requires their students to take a course, “Daily Dose of Humanities,” which is intended to help physicians connect with their patients, remember why they wanted to become a doctor, and provide stress coping tactics, through all forms of the arts.

Inlander

Linda Hagen Miller

November 29, 2016

Spokane, Washington, United States

In schools, black male youth are considered the group in most need but often they receive pity instead of empowerment. Through character education, academic mentoring, motivating psychology and afro-centric curriculum, the Manhood Development Project in Oakland is increasing this groups graduation rates and lowering the number of run-ins with the law.

Detroit Free Press

John Wisely

November 27, 2016

Oakland, California, United States

The Oakland Unified School District's program to help African-American males has done so well, the district is going to create a similar program for other at risk groups, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders. The program will be created through community-engagement, looking at research and listening to the students and community.

Detroit Free Press

John Wisely

November 26, 2016

Oakland, California, United States

Kids in Detroit are discouraged by their city because they feel like the violence, lack of books, lack of state test preparation, and lack of sex-ed affect their opportunities. But the same kids have ideas about ways to improve the city.

Detroit Free Press

Katrease Stafford

November 21, 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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