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Katy Reckdahl

5 March 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) partners with local high schools to reengage "under-credited, over-age students" who haven't graduated from high school. Counselors prepare students for the High School Equivalency ...

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Peggy Barmore

25 December 2017

McDowell County, West Virginia, United States

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High rates of teacher turnover plaguing McDowell County were the reason behind a new initiative, Reconnecting McDowell, to reverse the trend. The district began creating a number of incentives to attract teachers, suc...

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Peggy Barmore

24 December 2017

West Virginia, United States

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A public-private initiative has successfully increased graduation rates and decreased teen pregnancies in West Virginia's opioid-ridden hills. Reconnecting McDowell brings together nonprofits, government representativ...

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Emrys Eller

28 November 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Since opening its doors in 2006, the Native American Community Academy has built up a school led by native leaders and centered around curricula informed by tribal cultures in New Mexico. The charter school has had re...

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Sarah Butrymowicz

18 November 2017

Covina, California, United States

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The Covina-Valley School District in California reduced high school drop-out rates and chronic absenteeism among special education students by providing a more engaging environment and curriculum for students. Student...

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Liz Willen

16 October 2017

India

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In India, an intense gender disparity has continued to develop in the sphere of educational attainment. This article discusses new innovations, both public and private, seeking to bridge this attainment gap and increa...

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Lillian Mongeau

11 August 2017

Sequim, Washington, United States

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Although trauma-informed approaches to education have become increasingly popular in alternative schools, they are still rare in traditional "comprehensive" schools. Sequim Senior High School in Washington State is at...

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Kyle Spencer

11 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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At Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, teachers grade on a color-coded scale and students frequently work on hands-on group projects and set personal behavioral goals. When faced with the myriad critics and criticisms of ma...

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Natalie Gross

5 July 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An alternative approach to education has long existed, but in the last decade, collaborations between non-profit student-support organizations and public schools have fostered a model called "Last-Chance Schools" with...

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Lillian Mongeau

12 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Although the diversity of the teacher pool is low, several nonprofits are successfully recruiting and training more principals of color from this same group. New Leaders has shown particular promise - 64 percent of pr...

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Ben Stocking

10 April 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In response to dropping enrollments and low test scores, Catholic schools nationwide have started taking a new approach to instruction, one called "blended learning." Students alternate small group learning with digit...

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Lillian Mongeau

23 August 2016

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Since 2004, the national government in England has paid for all three-year-olds to receive 15 free hours of child-care per week. Since the program was implemented, the academic achievement gap between high-income and ...

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Jon Marcus

18 August 2016

Tennessee, United States

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Because high schools are assessed on graduation rates in lieu of college-readiness and public universities are funded based on the number of students who enroll instead of those that graduate, there is often a miscomm...

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Sarah Butrymowicz

23 June 2016

Tartu, Estonia

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Most educators and policymakers can rattle off a list of international educational powerhouses: Korea. Singapore. Japan. Finland. But there’s an overlooked member of the list: Estonia. With a focus on equity, Estonia...

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Meredith Kolodner

28 April 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A pilot program on the City University of New York's five campuses provides rare support, through group sessions and workshops, to students who are both on the autism spectrum and low-income.

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Emily Richmond

6 April 2016

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, United States

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'Student-centered learning' has taken on new life at one of the nation's lowest-performing high schools in the form of student-led parent-teacher conferences.

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Lillian Mongeau

2 February 2016

Clinton, Oklahoma, United States

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Free, universal preschool education has been a priority - one that transcends politics - for leaders in the small town of Clinton, Oklahoma.

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Emily Richmond

29 December 2015

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, United States

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Instead of suspending them, a New Hampshire high school asks students to talk, listen, and make amends. The idea—termed "restorative justice"—aims to be more productive than traditional punishments.

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Jennifer D. Jordan

8 September 2015

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Through effective leadership and blended traditional and online learning, a struggling school in Rhode Island improved student achievement, teacher satisfaction, technology upgrades, and parent involvement.

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Meredith Kolodner

14 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Forty percent of low-income students accepted to college never start school because of a fear of debt and feelings they don't belong. A New York college access organization is using peer-mentoring to help perspective ...

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Meredith Kolodner

14 July 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The overall graduation rate for black male students in New York City was 58 percent in 2014 - student retention rates are equally poor. But one school achieved a 100% on-time graduation rate last year, motivating thei...

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Sarah Garland

25 March 2015

Waco, Texas, United States

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A new vocational school in Waco makes a promise to its graduates: A good-paying job. The school focuses on blue-collar skills with a practical edge, ensuring employability.

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Liz Willen

17 March 2015

Clinton, New York, United States

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Hamilton College, a small, rural liberal arts college, is optimistic about furthering its efforts to provide scholarships for low-income students and for those who are the first in their family to attend college.

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Emily Richmond

24 October 2014

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, United States

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Students take responsibility for their own learning at Pittsfield Middle High School, where student-centered learning puts them in charge of leading discussions, creating group work goals and individual learning proje...

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Sarah Garland

17 June 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The digital divide in America is the disparity in students' access to the internet and technology. In Philadelphia, the introduction of high-speed internet aims to address that divide.

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