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Neal Morton

13 July 2018

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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As absenteeism has decreased and scores have gone up, Vancouver's community school model has not gone unnoticed. Administrators and teachers attribute the change to the city's push to incorporate social services into ...

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Katherine Long

2 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Two federally-funded Seattle tech training programs tasked with increasing diversity in the industry returned dramatically different results over the course of one year. Experts credit Apprenti's employer-driven natur...

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Erika Schultz

25 June 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Popsicle Palace, an organization that serves the Seattle area, provides housing for families with chronically ill children who are experiencing homelessness. The program designs rooms for children with compromised imm...

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Katherine Long

13 June 2018

Washington, United States

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The University of Washington State Academic Red Shirt program provides enrolled students with an extra year of prerequisite instruction in an attempt to prepare them to pursue an engineering degree. Five years in, the...

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Katherine Long

1 June 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan looks to Tennessee's initiative that offers free community college education for every high-school graduate in the state. Only one year after Tennessee became the first state to offer such a...

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Benjamin Romano

13 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, tradeswomen have been hard at work building a village of tiny houses. The project accomplishes two objectives: creating homes for the many homeless women in Seattle while also providing valuable experience...

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Scott Greenstone

5 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Start-ups in Seattle are using apps and technology to connect the city's massive homeless population to those who can help. Apps like Beacon are helping people to donate directly to the homeless people they may pass o...

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Vianna Davila

3 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For homeless people living out of their cars, a safe place to park for the night is essential. While Seattle has struggled with this, the cities of San Diego and Santa Barbara have implemented more successful programs...

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David Gutman

Michelle Baruchman

28 April 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When public transportation is not an option and commuting alone is undesirable, vanpools are a great option for shared commuting. Seattle’s vanpool program is the largest in the country, with 1,469 vanpools, followed ...

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David Gutman

23 April 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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As Seattle tries to implement bike lanes effectively, it can look to Vancouver as a success story. Vancouver’s bike lanes are physically separated from roads, making riders safer and increasing the number of people wh...

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David Gutman

19 April 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The mantra of public transit officials in Vancouver is: “The best transportation plan is a good land-use plan.” Their ideology, clearly manifested in public transit development over the last several decades, has led t...

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Katherine Long

15 March 2018

Washington, United States

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Washington state boasts one of the country's most established and successful dual-credit programs, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school (at no cost). Some participants even graduate hig...

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Katherine Long

22 January 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Students enrolled in community college may waste time and money if they don't have a clear plan laid out for their post-secondary education. With new grant funding, five community colleges in Washington are working to...

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Katherine Long

13 January 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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“It’s like my tongue is tap-dancing,” is how one student described learning Lushootseed, an indigenous language. Colleges and universities are allowing students to get a credit for learning an indigenous language. A f...

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Claudia Rowe

7 December 2017

Miami, Florida, United States

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In most "gifted" programs across the U.S., students are predominantly middle income and white, regardless of the variation in demographics between districts. Since the 1990s, Miami public schools have made it their qu...

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Claudia Rowe

23 October 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle’s Central District continues plans to expand their juvenile detention center, one prosecutor is looking for ways to keep kids out of it. "Our system has proven woefully inadequate, so we can’t just keep doi...

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Neal Morton

2 September 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Acting on research that suggests students' freshman year grades are a reliable predictor of whether or not they will graduate from high school, administrators and teachers in Seattle are implementing new efforts to av...

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Paige Cornwell

7 July 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For many years, Leschi Elementary was a divided school - white kids were overwhelmingly enrolled in Leschi's Montessori program, while students of color were most likely found in the "contemporary" classes. In 2014, s...

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Katherine Long

5 June 2017

Onalaska, Washington, United States

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Responding to a changing economy in rural Washington state, one high school has added more relevant vocational programs and started requiring students to take a daily 50-minute class on the college application process...

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Katherine Long

2 June 2017

Chehalis, Washington, United States

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The Chehalis school district has teamed up with the Chehalis Foundation to support students pursue higher education after high school. Only 15% of adults in the area have a bachelor's degree, and only 20% of graduati...

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Claudia Rowe

2 April 2017

Federal Way, Washington, United States

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Despite comprising a third of the population, poor and minority students are drastically underrepresented in gifted education programs across the nation, even if their academic performance is on-par with their white p...

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Neal Morton

2 March 2017

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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Adapting tactics that have helped persuade homeowners to use less electricity by comparing them to their neighbors, schools in Tacoma and other school districts across the nation are trying to boost student attendance...

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Neal Morton

21 December 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Parent-Child Home Program in the Seattle area is helping close the achievement gap in poor and at-risk families by giving 2 and 3 year-olds a jump start in early education. By pairing parents with a trained educat...

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Daniel Gilbert

2 December 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Seattle doesn’t need to experience a major earthquake to predict and prepare for its effects. The comparable city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit with a big one in 2011. Buildings collapsed. 185 people died. A k...

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Daniel Gilbert

2 December 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 laid waste to much of the city and killed 185 people. Although on the opposite side of the world, Seattle is home to strikingly similar buildi...

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