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National Geographic

Peyton Fleming

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6 August 2014

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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Anna Patton

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17 July 2014

India

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With youth no longer joining the agriculture workforce at the same rate or volume as they were historically, food systems are struggling to keep pace with need. Prioritizing the efficiency of supply chains and food se...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

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14 July 2014

Mercer Island, Washington, United States

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In the Renton School District, teachers found that only a very few fifth-graders could solve problems with the skill that, in other schools, was common in third or even second grade. So they turned math lessons into c...

The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

13 July 2014

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Schools with high percentages of immigrants and refugees face the particularly difficult challenges of language acquisition and cultural integration. One Brooklyn school succeeds by having students teach one another a...

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Kelsey Stein

24 June 2014

Deatsville, Alabama, United States

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According to a Pew Center on the States report, the prison recidivism rate has stabilized around 40 percent for decades. The J.F. Ingram State Technical College offers correctional education and 20 different vocation...

The Buffalo News

Tiffany Lankes

22 June 2014

Bronx, New York, United States

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Eagle Academy in the Bronx combines rigorous academics, high expectations, and a structured environment to help minority students succeed.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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18 June 2014

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the c...

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Shuka Kalantari

18 June 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Studies show group prenatal care leads to better birth outcomes when compared against standard care. Centering Pregnancy in San Francisco is a space for women with similar gestational ages to meet, learn about self-ca...

Al Jazeera

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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14 June 2014

Erachi, Tamil Nadu, India

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Small-scale women farmers are working together to create a new Green Revolution in southern India, opening a set of pilot farms to empower women and sustainably farm.

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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Many qualified high school students are unable to attend college due to financial reasons. Delaware's governor works hard to make sure that all college-ready graduates, regardless of socioeconomic status, make it to c...

Politico Magazine

Ben Schreckinger

10 June 2014

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston had an issue with solving civic problems efficiently, and holding leadership accountable for it. But a new mobile app makes leaders accountable and, therefore, their systems more efficient.

Los Angeles Times

Noam N. Levey

7 June 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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Many people in Las Vegas lack access to quality health care centers and providers, and often end up having illnesses that go undiagnosed. Clinics try a personal approach and high-tech system to track, improve health o...

WNYC

Amanda Aronczyk

6 June 2014

Bronx, New York, United States

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A hospital, university, and research center partnership is trying to encourage local Bronx students to become nurses and community health care workers and stay in the area to improve the health of the community.

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

29 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Some Tucson residents have begun looking at water as a crop, something to harvest to lessen the reliance of Tucson's burgeoning population on water sucked from the ground and imported from the Colorado River.

Seychelles News Agency

Wanjohi Kabukuru

18 May 2014

Roche Caiman, Bel Air, Seychelles

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The 2004 tsunami that hit Asia caused significant damage in the islands of the Seychelles, destroying roads, homes, and shoreline. A teacher determined to restore her home through tangible action took a lead role in h...

The New York Times

Ankita Rao

15 May 2014

Karnataka, India

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B. Godihal is one of the thousands of communities in Karnataka that have worked to hold clean elections, stirred by a confluence of awareness campaigns by nongovernmental organizations and rising public frustration wi...

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April Dembosky

30 April 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Health insurance sign-ups made available to all inmates at the San Francisco county jail, partnered with guidance from a clinic once they are on the outside, allows them to receive better care upon release, and may he...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

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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

Linda Shaw

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27 April 2014

Auburn, Washington, United States

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At Gildo Ray Elementary School, students have high rates of poverty however defy trends by also having some of the best scores on reading and math tests. This has been accomplished by teachers working in close collabo...

Civic Story

Susan Haig

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23 April 2014

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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To play their part in environmentally friendly solutions to a trash problem, the city of Princeton, NJ has implemented a program curbside composting program that has already grown from 160 participants to over 900. Th...

Politico

Dan Morrison

21 April 2014

Chittagong, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is fighting rising sea levels due to climate change. It's doing so with the help of foreign money and Dutch-inspired engineering.

Harper's Magazine

Lisa M. Hamilton

17 April 2014

Altiplano, Bolivia

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The solution is quinoa, the problem is a bit more complicated. As the human population increases alongside environmental challenges like water scarcity and climate change, quinoa shines as the answer to what can withs...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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16 April 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is an increasingly popular way to do so.

The Independent

Kate Hilpern

15 April 2014

London, United Kingdom

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Lisa is one of hundreds of children living in the UK who has lived with HIV her whole life - part of a singular generation born in the 90's, when mother-to-child transmission couldn’t be prevented, but HIV positive ba...

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