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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...

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Laura Pappano

2 July 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Journalist Laura Pappano travels to Texas to examine how one school is enacting "personalized learning," a trend she suspects may be "more revolutionary than we think." At Dan D. Rogers Elementary School in Dallas, st...

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Emmanuel Felton

26 June 2018

East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

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In East St. Louis, which is often known by outsiders for its 50 percent unemployment rate and status as the worst performing school district in the country, leaders are using a "collective impact" approach to improve ...

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Joanne Jacobs

7 June 2018

San Jose, California, United States

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Although many of the schools surrounding Silicon Valley's tech companies are populated by Latino children, less than five percent of the area's tech professionals are Latino. A number of organizations are working to i...

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Robbie Feinberg

4 June 2018

Farmington, Maine, United States

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To serve students who have dropped out of high school for anxiety-related reasons such as bullying or unstable home circumstances, a program in central Maine is sending teachers to students' homes with personalized le...

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Jackie Mader

3 May 2018

Tampa, Florida, United States

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For every dollar invested in the Florida Nurse Family Partnership home visiting program, communities see savings of up to six dollars on medical, social and criminal justice expenses, according to RAND. During home vi...

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Emily Richmond

16 April 2018

Hathorne, Massachusetts, United States

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Essex Technical is one of a growing number of high schools that has shifted from offering vocational classes to promoting "career and technical education" (CTE) courses. Essex's split schedule allows students to alter...

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Amadou Diallo

11 April 2018

Redmond, Washington, United States

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Two schools in New York and Washington state are breaking the traditional high school mold by combining college preparation with career and technical education. Amadou Diallo writes, "Debating whether kids need hands-...

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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

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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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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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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

Brooklyn, 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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