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Elissa Nadworny

Clare Lombardo

15 May 2019

Bronx, New York, United States

Radio

5-15 Minutes

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When a group of middle school girls got tired of having their periods treated as a stigmatized issue, they decided to start their own podcast in order to educate their peers and start a conversation around this natura...

Seattle Magazine

Hallie Golden

13 May 2019

Washington, United States

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A new mental health screening test in King County, Washington is connecting middle school students with resources and health advice.

KUSA-TV

Megan Yoder

22 April 2019

Kutztown, Pennsylvania, United States

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City Cuts is a special barbershop in Kutztown, PA that, in addition to being a barbershop, is simultaneously running an internationally-acclaimed literacy program for kids. Barber Jon Escueta gives young clients $3 to...

The New York Times

Eliza Shapiro

16 April 2019

New York, New York, United States

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When City Hall was slow in addressing the issue of the deeply segregated schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, parents took the matter in their own hands and drafted a proposal to integrate the students more. High-achiev...

The Colorado Sun

Joe Purtell

26 March 2019

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States

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The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity program combines outdoor education with core academic subjects - "attempting to connect math, history, and language arts with a physical experience." Te...

Chalkbeat

Caroline Bauman

12 March 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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A Memphis charter middle school requires teachers to complete professional development courses on restorative justice practices and the impact of trauma and poverty on student behavior. This year, the school has halve...

The New York Times

Eliza Shapiro

26 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched and then ended a program to rejuvenate struggling schools in the city. Despite deeming the program as unsuccessful overall, the city learned several lessons from the sch...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

4 January 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In Milwaukee Public schools, when a student or teacher passes away, a crisis response team, made up of school psychologists, social workers, and counselors, steps in to offer grief counseling and mental health care su...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Erica Bryant

2 January 2019

New York, United States

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In recent years, School 145 in New York City has significantly bolstered its mental health counseling services, with the help of the nonprofit Counseling in Schools, and test scores are starting to improve. "I have 52...

NPR

Patti Neighmond

12 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Sleep deprivation is an issue that plagues many people today, but is especially detrimental to the health of children that are still in school. Recognizing this, Seattle middle and high schools have shifted the start ...

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Rachel Gotbaum

5 December 2018

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

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In order to deal with the opioid crisis, schools in Massachusetts are hiring counselors to support teachers and their students. In Cape Cod alone, 17 schools hired outside counselors, while 50 schools throughout the...

The Hechinger Report

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Middle and high school students of Alaska Native descent enrolled in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage outperform most of their peers in the rest of the country o...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Erica Bryant

27 October 2018

Rochester, New York, United States

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Rochester, NY received a $1.2 million grant to encourage suburban students to enroll in public city schools, but only a few preschoolers moved to different schools and no students in upper grades transferred. Some lea...

The New York Times

Julia Jacobs

12 September 2018

United States

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Speak, a young adult novel that grapples with sexual violence, was heralded for its unflinching honesty. Now, in the wake of the #MeToo era, librarians and educators are “ turning to fiction to help teenagers understa...

Kirkland Reporter

Madison Miller

31 August 2018

Washington, United States

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In response to a growing suicide rate, Washington State's King County school district is trying to take a proactive approach by incorporating a universal mental health screening through online surveys in seventh grade...

The 74

Esmeralda Fabián Romero

13 August 2018

United States

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A new "readiness check" digital tool, available in English and Spanish, gives parents realtime feedback about whether their child is prepared to enter the next grade level and provides resources and activities to prac...

Al-Fanar Media

Tonny Onyulo

9 August 2018

Uganda

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In 2005 refugee youth at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, founded the Coburwas school in order to provide students with a better education. Now, it is one of the best performing schools in the camps, ranking in the...

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Zoie Koostra

13 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Kaleidoscope Connect is a curriculum program that helps middle school students build strong relationships with adults. The program helps students define what is important to them in relationships and helps them develo...

High Country News

Zoie Koostra

13 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Having a trusted network of adult mentors promotes social engagement and resilience in kids. The Kaleidoscope Connect program in Seeley Lake, Montana teaches seventh and eighth grade students the importance of trusted...

Quartz

Lauren Alix Brown

5 June 2018

Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

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A school in Ohio runs a program called Adventure Girls in order to teach adolescent girls resilience and creative problem-solving skills. The curriculum is borne out of research designed to build resilience, and it cr...

Texas Tribune

Aliyya Swaby

29 May 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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One year after first adopting a restorative justice approach to discipline, a Texas school decreased suspensions from 94 to 47. While students are enthusiastic about the change, teachers have been more reluctant to bu...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Emily Dugdale

10 May 2018

Hawaii, United States

Radio

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While Hawaii's Kamalani Academy tries to improve the school experience for and academic achievements of immigrant students from the Marshall Islands, it is looking to an unlikely place for inspiration: Springdale, Ark...

High Country News

Anthony Moreno

12 April 2018

Melrose, New Mexico, United States

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For over sixteen years Melrose Municipal Schools, a small rural school district which oversees the students of Melrose, New Mexico, sets aside funds for the Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering...

KQED

Katrina Schwartz

12 March 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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For years, teachers at San Francisco-based MLK Academic Middle School struggled to balance the role of instructor, counselor, and disciplinarian. Then, Principal Michael Essien arrived with a strong vision for MLK: Es...

Ohio Valley ReSource

Benny Becker

9 March 2018

Kentucky, United States

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As coal jobs become increasingly rare, schools in Kentucky are facing rising electricity prices and declining tax rates. Through innovative class work and partnerships with solar installation companies, local students...

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