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Against the grain: why millet is making a comeback in rural India

The Guardian

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By reviving millet farming, farming communities are adapting to climate change. In India, the Millet Farmers Group, organized by a women’s rights nonprofit, the North East Network (NEN), helps farmers cultivate millet, an ancient grain that is less water-intensive than white rice. NEN Nagaland he...

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The 'water literacy' lessons cities can learn from Cape Town

Smart Cities Dive

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Facing a drought in 2017, Cape Town, South Africa pursued a number of city planning and public engagement efforts to reverse course. From publishing water use dashboards to creating a more flexible water planning strategy, the city rebounded. Could this multi-pronged model work in other places fa...

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Teaching Children How to Reverse an Overdose

The New York Times

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In Carter County, Tennessee, where an opioid crisis is underway, elementary-aged children and teenagers are being taught how to administer the overdose reversal nasal spray, Narcan. Although this strategy has faced opposition from some local residents, at least 100 students have administered the ...

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Teachers use meditation to inspire and calm: 'Imagine a voice coming from your heart'

Washington Post

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Across the United States, mindfulness programs are gaining traction in elementary school classrooms as a strategy for students dealing with stress. As the approach spreads, some religious groups are raising concerns.

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A weekly meetup aims to keep black male teachers in the classroom

The Hechinger Report

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Male teachers of color are often called on to do extra disciplinary work and mentor students of color in other classes in addition to their own. A weekly virtual meetup for Mississpi's male teachers of color provides a forum for instructors to discuss their unique experiences and share strategies.

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Bringing a New Vibe to the Classroom

The New York Times

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Some educators and organizations are challenging traditional elementary and high school curricula by incorporating new, more diverse perspectives and texts into lesson plans. Teachers are talking about race and racism and working to empower students from all cultures and backgrounds.

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These Students Are Learning About Fake News and How to Spot It

The New York Times

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Some schools are formally adding media literacy education to their curricula. Lessons train students to spot fake news and navigate the non-stop media cycle.

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Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Policymakers, nonprofit leaders, and corporate heads have recently undertaken efforts to increase urban forestry. Urban trees decrease energy use, protect storm drain infrastructure, decrease noise, and help boost wellbeing. City Forest Credits in Seattle assesses urban tree projects for carbon c...

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High School Health Workers? It Works

Yes! Magazine

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In Georgia, where residents of underserved, largely minority neighborhoods lack adequate access to health care services, a program is training local high school students to serve as community health workers equipped to identify chronic illnesses and connect patients with appropriate resources.

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Has one of the Valley's poorest districts figured out how to keep kids in school?

The Fresno Bee

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A school attendance campaign in a rural California district relies on buy-in from a variety of community partners. For instance, administrators supported the construction of a new health clinic next to the school, concentrating multiple key resources on one block and making it easier for parents ...

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How Farms Turn Food Waste Into Renewable Energy

WBTS-TV

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Food waste diverted from the landfill to anaerobic digesters can be used to create electricity. In Massachusetts, farmers and businesses participate in a waste-to-energy project in partnership with Vanguard Renewables. Discarded food waste is mixed with cow manure and fed into a digester. The gas...

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Finding patients where they live: Street medicine grows, along with homeless population

Los Angeles Times

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Doctors from USC have formed a small street team that travels to homeless communities to treat medical concerns and help provide assistance. Part of a growing trend around the United States, these teams are playing a vital role for the homeless by eliminating barriers such as the need to "schedul...

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