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Al Jazeera

Kalpana Sunder

12 October 2020

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Back in 1988, Bina Sheth Lashkar, started noticing that students who lived in Slums were dropping out at high rates because they had to work to support their families. So, Bina and her colleague created Door Step Scho...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 October 2020

United States

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Engaging parents during the pandemic is crucial for student learning. This story takes a look at methods undertaken by an organization in U.S. and another in Botswana. In the U.S., Springboard, has a five-week summer ...

Next City

Nicolette White

21 August 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Liberation Library, a Chicago-based nonprofit, provides books for incarcerated youth. The nonprofit fills the youths' book requests and has also partnered with five Chicago-based bookstores, where shoppers can purchas...

Concord Monitor

Hadley Barndollar

25 March 2020

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a library pop-up trailer run by school librarians is shifting the way it offers services to children as a result of the pandemic. For three years prior, the library pop-up trailer allowed...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Abbagail Leon

14 August 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Family resource centers across Maricopa County in Phoenix offer services to children, parents, and guardians in a holistic approach to child development. Programs that they host include parenting classes, a library, a...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

29 July 2019

Rotherham, England

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Grimm & Co.'s Apothecary to the Magical is boosting child literacy skills in a former steel and coal town with a large low-income population. By offering an imaginative space and free writing workshops, the nonprofit ...

The New York Times

Christine Hauser

2 July 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Across the United States, barbershops, laundromats, libraries, and other civic institutions are collaborating to provide more "informal" spaces for kids to practice their reading skills. The initiatives are often loc...

NPR

Celeste Noche

8 June 2019

Stornoway, Scotland

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Mobile libraries provide a crucial point of engagement for remote communities. In Scotland, the country’s mobile library service has provided residents of its Western Isles with access to books, Gaelic culture, and a ...

Idaho Education News

Devin Bodkin

5 June 2019

Kalispell, Montana, United States

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Placing students into smaller groups with peers of similar learning ability allows schools to allocate resources to struggling or underprivileged students. The Peterson Elementary School in Kalispell, Montana, has beg...

PBS NewsHour

Lisa Stark

30 April 2019

Arkansas, United States

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Only about 40 percent of students in the fourth and eighth grades in the U.S. are considered proficient in reading. A group of parents in Arkansas, whose students are dyslexic, are introducing new strategies informed ...

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Amar Diwakar

23 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Enrolling parents in simple, scalable ways can improve early child learning outcomes. Building on a model used in the US state of California, firms in the UK are developing an SMS-based curriculum geared toward parent...

KUSA-TV

Megan Yoder

22 April 2019

Kutztown, Pennsylvania, United States

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City Cuts is a special barbershop in Kutztown, PA that, in addition to being a barbershop, is simultaneously running an internationally-acclaimed literacy program for kids. Barber Jon Escueta gives young clients $3 to...

BBC

Emma Jane Kirby

16 April 2019

Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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After graffitiing a historic landmark with swastikas and racist phrases, a juvenile prosecutor chose to educate rather than punish the perpetrators. Each teen was given a list of 35 books that covered topics like race...

PBS NewsHour

Lisa Stark

2 April 2019

New York, New York, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Librarians in New York City are attempting to "promote literacy in ordinary locations." By adding books and staff to laundromats in low-income communities, they are providing opportunities for children living in "bo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Siobhan Gleason

29 March 2019

United States

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As part of efforts to get all students reading at grade level in elementary school, a nonprofit has provided 18 million free print dictionaries to students in the U.S. and around the world, many of whom don't have rea...

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Abdussalam Amoo

17 January 2019

Ojokoro, Lagos, Nigeria

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A community library built in Lagos, Nigeria by a nonprofit called Pyramid Educational Advancement (PEA) is filling a literacy gap in the area due to the low number of government-owned public libraries. Aside from simp...

The Arizona Republic

Megan Janetsky

19 September 2018

For Defiance, Arizona, United States

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Interest in spelling bees in one Navajo Nation district shot up after Kelly Haven made it to the national stage in Washington D.C., representing children who had never before seen anyone like her make it that far. The...

Crain's New York Business

Catherine Curan

14 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Despite the looming competition from Amazon, independent bookstores in New York are finding ways to innovate and create bookstore experiences that go beyond the books. The Lit. Bar is a bookshop-wine bar in the Bronx ...

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Avi Wolfman-Arent

10 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Recognizing that "much of childhood happens outside the classroom," a Philadelphia initiative is creating opportunities for students to learn basic math concepts and gain basic literacy skills while shopping in the gr...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

15 August 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Enrolling in school can help former girl soldiers reintegrate into society. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Child Soldiers International interviewed community members and former soldiers, and then shared this...

The Hechinger Report

Sarah Gonser

10 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Researchers have pointed to third grade as a make it or break it point for young students learning to read so several nonprofits are now focusing their energy on improving student literacy rates in the grades prior. T...

Christian Science Monitor

Dean Paton

18 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After realizing that their system of fines for lost and late books was actually preventing kids and young people from reading more, L.A. libraries instituted a new program that's already showing results. The program, ...

Mississippi Today

Aallyah Wright

14 June 2018

Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States

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Three elementary schools in an after-school reading pilot program saw significant increases in the percentage of students reaching third-grade level literacy benchmarks. The Mississippi-based curriculum takes a data-d...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

7 June 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An organization called Books for Africa collects donations of books from all over the country to send to schools in Rwanda. Books for Africa has sent over 41 million books over the past 30 years to 53 different countr...

Los Angeles Review of Books

Ruth Ebenstein

5 May 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Book Truck is a nonprofit that addresses the issue of "book deserts" in Los Angeles by providing free books and literacy programming to over 10,000 teenagers across the city. The truck was established in 2012 and ...

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