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Citywide data partnership offers new ways to serve students

The Hechinger Report

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The Kansas City school district and a group of local nonprofits are implementing a new software management system that will allow partners to access student data from a range of sources. The data-sharing agreement will paint a more holistic picture of students and, in the future, allow teachers a...

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The Viral Hashtag That's Getting People to Clean Up Garbage

CityLab

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Viral social media trends can be harnessed for social and environmental good. A social media#trashtag challenge that spread from Reddit to Instagram draws upon the satisfying nature of a before-and-after meme. People all over the world who participated in #trashtag challenge went out and beautifi...

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Does Baltimore Need a Crime-Tracking App?

CityLab

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Citizen, a crime-tracking app that first made an appearance in New York and California, has launched in Baltimore, Maryland, a city with a crime rate that has skyrocketed in recent years. Alerting community members to crime happening at specific locations via curation by city safety officials, th...

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Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure

The Guardian

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Correcting "data voids," which provide the space for conspiracies to flourish online, requires online platforms to take active measures against misinformation. In the face of digital marketing incentive structures and biases in search algorithms, scientific journals can’t produce enough content t...

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In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice

Religion News Service

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In a movement that started from a trending hashtag on Twitter - #BeingBlackandMuslim - scholars and activists around the country are working to reduce stereotypes about Black Muslims. Organizations that arose from the movement now compile toolkits, syllabi, and other educational materials about...

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Want to hire a refugee? This program can match you with someone with the right skills

FastCompany

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Talent Beyond Boundaries is an organization that connects refugees with specialized skillsets to employers who can offer them jobs (and visas) in Canada and Australia. For many such refugees, employers traditionally ask for documentation that those fleeing from unsafe conditions cannot provide, b...

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