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Block Club Chicago

Alex V. Hernandez

22 July 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Alderman Matt Martin worked with school leaders to involve students in determining how to spend discretionary funding for their school. After learning about local governance, participatory budgeting, and how infrastru...

The Kansas City Beacon

Maria Benevento

2 July 2021

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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Restorative discipline in classrooms is allowing students to focus on building relationships and repairing harm instead of suffering punishments. The practice prioritizes communication in an effort to emphasize commun...

Cicero Independiente

Irene Romulo

26 May 2021

Cicero, Illinois, United States

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"Gang contracts" are used by many schools as a way to tell students they are suspected of gang activity and must avoid such activity or face discipline or expulsion. Gang contracts have been put to extensive use in th...

Concord Monitor

Meg McIntyre

25 May 2021

Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

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As New Hampshire schools debate the presence of police officers stationed in schools, one model they and other states can consider is found at Minnesota Intermediate School District 287. That district lowered in-schoo...

The Chicago Reader

Kiran Misra

30 April 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A participatory budgeting pilot in ten Chicago Public Schools empowers students to influence change by deciding how small grants, typically $1,000 to $2,000, should be spent for school improvement. Students brainstorm...

The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

7 April 2021

Sedalia, Missouri, United States

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Seven teen suicides in one county over a two-year span prompted residents whose lives were touched by suicide to form DeFeet, an educational and advocacy group devoted to the message that suicide is preventable. Thank...

The New Yorker

Ian Frazier

29 March 2021

New York, New York, United States

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One of dozens of community-based anti-violence groups in New York City, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence teaches high schoolers classes on gun-violence prevention that carry an underlying message: how to fight their c...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

9 March 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Amy Edelstein thought that if high school students knew how to meditate they could learn how to focus, stay on track, and regulate negative self-talk. They could become better. So, in 2014 she started the Inner Streng...

Los Angeles Times

Anita Chabria

Brian van der Brug

8 March 2021

Sacramento, California, United States

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Jesuit High School in Northern California has remained open in full for two months without encountering a single outbreak of Covid-19 amongst school attendants. While it hasn't been inexpensive, the parochial school r...

The Kansas City Star

Kaitlin Washburn

Rachel D. Rice

7 March 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Kids Under Twenty One has taken phone calls from thousands of St. Louis-area youth to its 24/7 crisis hotline and has educated many more students at 60 schools in four counties. Teens staff the hotline, a rarity. KUTO...

The New York Times

Erica Green

18 February 2021

United States

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About “1,500 (High School) students from 75 of the nation’s poorest schools in 35 cities,” are enrolling in college courses in elite universities like Harvard and Columbia through an initiative started by a nonprofit—...

The Hechinger Report

Jill Barshay

8 February 2021

Israel

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Despite the evidence of early interventions when children are failing academic, a now-defunct Israeli remedial high school program had long lasting effects on the participants. The teens that participated in the progr...

The Baltimore Sun

Tatyana Turner

23 December 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In Baltimore, a non-profit known as the Next One Up program is helping young men who are struggling in school by supporting and advancing their academic, athletic, and social development through small group activities...

EdSource

Larry Gordon

12 October 2020

California, United States

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High schools and colleges across California are turning to virtual campus tours and remote recruiting in order to appeal to college-bound students. College representatives are hosting Zoom sessions to connect with stu...

Education Next

Kelly Field

22 September 2020

United States

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Dual credit classes were a response to the increasing costs of attending college and university and to make postsecondary education more accessible to low-income students. Although low-income and minority students a...

NPR

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Emily Alfin Johnson

11 September 2020

United States

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Students taking AP U.S. History at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, may have been limited in their ability to attend in-person classes, but their teacher decided to supplement their lessons by taking on a 15-day...

Next City

Emily Nonko

20 August 2020

New York, United States

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The Thinkubator, a Bronx-based nonprofit, launched "Thinkubator Solves" a virtual internship program that pairs Bronx high school students with local businesses. The paid one-month summer internship allows students to...

Science Magazine

Elizabeth Pennisi

15 July 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Due to the pandemic, university professors teaching field and lab work courses are rethinking ways to provide what was formerly a strictly in-person, hands-on experience. In New Hampshire staff at a marine laboratory ...

BBC

Mehreen Zahra-Malik

13 July 2020

Pakistan

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The Pakistani government uses technology, like a state-owned TV channel that broadcasts content for grades 1-12 and apps sourced for free by ed-tech companies, to help the over 50 million school children without broad...

Chalkbeat

Kalyn Belsha

19 June 2020

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Prompted by Black Lives Matter protesters and informed by a controversial survey of high school students on their feelings about having police stationed in their schools, Toronto pulled police from its schools in 2017...

Teen Vogue

Zach Schermele

17 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis school board’s vote to remove police from public schools arose not only from protests over the police killing of George Floyd, but also from a long-term advocacy project to end the so-called school-to-...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

3 June 2020

Wyoming, United States

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Schools in Teton County are successfully addressing the achievement gap between English language learners, kids who don't have a strong grasp on English, and white students by taking a holistic approach. In order to i...

The Notebook

Neena Hagen

28 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As high schoolers across the nation grapple with the stress of the sudden shift to online learning, unstable home environments, and for some students the toll of coronavirus on family members, school counselors are lo...

Chalkbeat

Yana Kunichoff

3 April 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When the pandemic forced schools to cancel in-person classes, the pivot to virtual lessons had to be fast and efficient. In Chicago, three charter school networks were able to make the switch quickly, while innovating...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Dave Solomon

18 March 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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School districts across New Hampshire went into action to feed their students quickly after in-person classes had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Some districts incorporated community volunteers in order to increa...

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