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The New York Times

Jeffrey J. Selingo

29 October 2014

Stanford, California, United States

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 October 2014

India

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Volunteers with the Annual Status of Education Report test children's math and reading skills in villages across India. While 96 percent of Indian children are in school, ASER reveals that many of them are not receivi...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

6 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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A public library in Columbus, Ohio stays ahead of the curve by investing in new technology as well as expanding outreach efforts to people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic class. The library offers rigorous, hand...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Middle-class children don’t regress as readers during the summer, because they go to the library, do educational activities, take classes - poor children, however, lose between one and two months in reading achievemen...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

16 September 2014

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to thei...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 September 2014

Michigan, United States

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Teaching reading skills to children early is crucial, especially with respect to their educational success later in life. School systems are switching reading programs to help underachieving students have one on one t...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

26 August 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Incoming students are more likely to submit to hazing if they fear being ostracized. Link Crew is a national program that teaches upperclassman during the summer to connect with freshman throughout the year, changing ...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

27 July 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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A private high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is mimicking a college campus as part of an effort to help kids succeed in college. By trusting the students and giving them autonomy they have also reduced bad behavior.

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

14 June 2014

Toppenish, Washington, United States

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Toppenish High School in Washington State boasts a graduation rate of 94% despite the fact that a third of all parents in the town dropped out of school by ninth grade and the student body is all low-income. Respondin...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

10 June 2014

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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Delaware has been working to make sure that all college-ready graduates, regardless of socioeconomic status, make it to college. With financial reasons standing in the way of many qualified students, the state has wor...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

17 May 2014

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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Individualized advice and counseling, boosted by software tools, is helping hundreds more students earn degrees and certificates each year at Walla Walla Community College in Washington.

The New York Times Magazine

Paul Tough

15 May 2014

Austin, Texas, United States

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Aware of the challenges low-income students face, University of Texas Austin is offering them extra hours of instruction, advisers, and peer mentors, aiming to create a new sense of identity for these high-achieving b...

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Garland

13 May 2014

Quakertown, Pennsylvania, United States

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The small rural school district of Quakertown in Bucks County has become a national model for how to use technology to transform the public school experience. The majority of students in the district take at least one...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

27 April 2014

Auburn, Washington, United States

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As school poverty rates goes up, learning and test scores fall. At Gildo Ray elementary school in Washington state uses a teaching method called director or explicit instruction, in which children learn from a structu...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

14 April 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle and high school, finally offering rigorous college coaching. In Oakland, CA, the National Coll...

Politico

Cassie Walker Burke

3 April 2014

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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Huge numbers of students lack the chance to go to college because of financial problems. Recently, Kalamazoo schools received more funding allowing them to have the chance to help and pay for students to then go to co...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

27 March 2014

St. Marys, Georgia, United States

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A high school in Southern Georgia addresses their dismal graduation rates by adopting a "career technical" approach to teaching that offers students a choice of five career path "academies." Once a student is enrolled...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 March 2014

Kansas, United States

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Children who experience neglect, severe stress or sudden separation at a young age can be traumatized - without appropriate adult support, trauma can interfere with healthy brain development, inhibiting children’s abi...

EdSurge News

Matt Bowman

18 March 2014

Navarre, Florida, United States

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Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, thanks to her innovative approach of heavy content integration into collective class activiti...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

1 March 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Several dozen schools across the country are participating in an experiment to determine whether project-based learning in lieu of lecture-only instruction can improve student outcomes on Advanced Placement tests. Man...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

8 February 2014

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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Fewer than one in four high-school graduates in the Sedro-Woolley and Meridian school districts, for example, go to four-year colleges. Just a little over half of all graduates in surrounding districts go to college a...

The New York Times

Peg Tyre

5 February 2014

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Students with low-income that attend public schools can find themselves locked in a system that prevents them from getting into the best colleges, from being unable to afford tuition, to not having the ambition, to n...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

12 January 2014

Kent, Washington, United States

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Cities save money and help kids by connecting them with diploma programs. In Washington, iGrad is helping students do just this – and seeing results.

The Hechinger Report

Margaret Ramirez

10 January 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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School in various states in the United States are incorporating online learning into the curriculum to track student comprehension, adapt to students' learning levels, and decrease the digital divide.

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Baier

12 December 2013

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

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