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Ed tech can transform physical education classes, too

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Where does technology fit into a gym class? One physical education teacher uses an online platform to let students track their fitness progress throughout the semester and ensure that all students stay engaged throughout class periods when gym space is limited.

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In Peoria, Green Infrastructure As a Path to Social Equity

Next City

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Green infrastructure provides a return on investment and improves the quality of life in a community. In Peoria, Illinois, the city’s Public Works Department has piloted several green infrastructure initiatives with the help of funding of a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant. Projects like the Well F...

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A new 'Sesame Street' show in Arabic aims to help refugee children

CNN

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Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee created a special show for displaced Syrian children conducted entirely in Arabic. The show teaches children lessons like counting and the alphabet, but it also teaches them emotional coping skills, which is very important for refugee childre...

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With Paper Monuments, New Orleanians Draft The City's History Themselves

Next City

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Bringing the community into conversations about commemoration opens new ways to present public history. The Paper Monuments project in New Orleans asked residents to draw monuments that they would like to see replace the four Confederate monuments removed in the city. The project brought organiza...

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Mozambique's newly empowered rangers, courts catch up with poachers, loggers

Mongabay

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Protecting forests requires collaboration between conservation groups and government authorities. In Mozambique, the Peace Parks Foundation is working with support of the Mozambique government to protect the Zinave National Park from illegal poaching and logging. By increasing patrols and tighten...

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Colleges adding second language sections to English-instructed courses

The Hechinger Report

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Food studies in Portuguese. History in German. To address declining enrollment in second-language courses and "combat the notion that language learning belongs only in language classes," more U.S. colleges are offering language-specific sections for classes traditionally taught in English.

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Indigenous-wildlife ranger collaboration conserves rare Australian rainforests

Mongabay

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Revegetation and fire management practices are helping to preserve Australia’s biodiversity. In Western Australia, collaborative efforts between Environs Kimberley, an environmental NGO, and local rangers from the First Nation communities of the Dampier Peninsula are working to document, conserve...

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This single shipping container can start powering a small renewable grid in less than a day

FastCompany

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Solar microgrids can improve community resilience to natural disasters by quickly restoring power. California-based startup, BoxPower, has developed an easy-to-install solar panels, packaged in a cargo shipping container. Housing the units in a shipping container allows for easy transport to disa...

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Holland Aims to Bring Back Its Starry Nights

CityLab

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To address the harm - both to human psychology as well as natural ecosystems - of artificial light, The Netherlands calls on its citizens to turn their lights off and feel the effects of a natural darkness. The awareness of negative consequences of artificial light has helped residents reduce lig...

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How a new grain could help combat climate change

PBS NewsHour

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Planting perennial grains for human consumption retains more nutrients in the soil, prevents soil erosion, and traps carbon. Farmers and researchers have been working to develop a commercially viable perennial grain, known as Kernza. Today, business pioneers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are f...

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Making a More Democratic Economy, One Revolving Loan Fund at a Time

Next City

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Advancing the model of worker ownership requires expanding access to loans for cooperative businesses. In California, Berkeley City Council recently adopted changes to its Loan Fund for small businesses, allowing businesses without a CEO to apply for a loan. The City Council and Loan Administrati...

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Battle Creek groups and employers work together to make getting a GED easier for workers

Second Wave Michigan

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In Michigan, the lack of a GED or high school diploma is often what is standing between motivated workers and good jobs. A partnership between Battle Creek Public Schools, community organizations, and local employers is working to address common barriers, such as transportation, that prevent peop...

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