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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 October 2013

Putnam, Connecticut, United States

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Students have challenges retaining information, staying motivated, and keeping up with the pace of their classes. In a flipped mastery class, teachers make video lectures for students to watch at home, and at school s...

Wired

Joshua Davis

15 October 2013

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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Around the world, a new way of teaching and learning is gaining traction – and seeing results. Rooted in educational theory from the likes of Socrates, Piaget, and Montessori, this method is led by students’ curiosity...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 October 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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What is the best use of a teacher’s precious face-to-face classroom time? It’s working one-on-one with students, not lecturing. To free up more time for the important stuff, some teachers are now recording videos of t...

The Atlantic

Emily Richmond

30 September 2013

New York, New York, United States

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The high school graduation and college matriculation rates are especially low for minority students. But some use tactics, like staying busy with extracurriculars and relying on guidance support systems, to ensure tha...

The Atlantic

Mike Riggs

9 September 2013

Michigan, United States

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Inmates who get correctional education are less likely to become repeat offenders, but education costs money. An organization is funding educational opportunities for prisoners in various cities in the U.S. to improve...

San Francisco Chronicle

Jill Tucker

18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in scho...

San Francisco Chronicle

Jill Tucker

18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Young black males in Oakland are suspended more frequently and graduate high school at a much lower rate than their peers. A charter school specifically designed for African American boys focuses on providing them wit...

Al-Fanar Media

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Rasha Faek

25 June 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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Arab Open University is making education accessible for students in seven middle eastern countries. The seven separate campuses offer “a blend of campuses-based and online learning,”flexible class times, and affordabl...

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

31 May 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's progress in lowering the dropout rate is in part because of a network of charter schools around the city that provide small, alternative programs that specialize in serving students who have dropped out or a...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

15 May 2013

Bronx, New York, United States

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Blue Engine, which places recent college grads as full-time teaching assistants in New York City public schools, is helping poor students thrive in college. They focus on small teacher-student ratios, frequent feedbac...

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

13 May 2013

Manassas, Virginia, United States

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Through programs across the country, nurses, social workers, or trained mentors offer support to new or expectant parents, imparting skills to help them become better teachers for their children. Through regular home ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 May 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh schools had very low attendance because children were kept home to work and conditions were unsafe for girls, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities. BRAC, one of the world's largest and most compre...

United Nations University

Sarah Hasaba

8 May 2013

Kenya

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Many of the issues facing underdeveloped rural communities stem from low rates of literacy. Researchers have found that cooperation between "formal and non-formal education systems" is an effective method in strengthe...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

1 May 2013

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Young people are often viewed as needing protection or needing correction. However, a Boston organization is creating young peacemakers and powerful change makers by taking kids seriously and giving them the tools to ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 April 2013

Karnataka, India

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To combat hunger and malnutrition, Digital Green, an N.G.O., is creating and delivering videos about cheap, innovative farming techniques that can substantially increase small farmers' production of staple foods in In...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

29 March 2013

Virginia, United States

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Many poor students do not attend selective colleges not because they don't want to, but because they did not understand that they could. Basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students w...

BBC

Sanchia Berg

21 February 2013

London, United Kingdom

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For many years, students in London's secondary schools consistently scored worse on exams than their peers in other parts of the country, but now, other regions are looking to London as a model. Under the "London Chal...

NPR

David Kestenbaum

14 December 2012

Queens, New York, United States

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School MS 53 in Queens experienced extremely poor student attendance, a high rate of student suspensions, and an increase of staff and teacher resignations—all causing the city’s department of education to give the sc...

The Atlantic

Peg Tyre

25 September 2012

Staten Island, New York, United States

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For decades, no one at New Dorp public high school seemed to know how to help low-performing students, and unfortunately, this troubled population made up most of the school, which caters primarily to students from po...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 September 2012

New York, New York, United States

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PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent, or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning. When most attention is being placed on teacher effectiveness, this program redirec...

This American Life

Ira Glass

14 September 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerg...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe in order to help close the gap between education and workplace skills. Particularly focused on providing access to areas...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 February 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Many qualified students lack the motivation to follow through attending college due to a lack of peer support. A highly successful U.S. program sends great inner-city students to elite colleges in groups – one key to ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 January 2012

Kailalia District, Nepal

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

PBS

Noliwe Rooks

5 January 2012

Richmond, California, United States

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Only 19 percent of Latino youth have completed an associate’s degree or higher, with 29 percent of African-American young people having done the same. The Making Waves Academy provides children of minority groups with...

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