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Live From Woodburn High

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Radio / Over 15 Minutes

The four academies that make up Woodburn High have exceeded the Oregon state average by double digits for two years in a row, despite high poverty rates. What's driving the school's success?

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Reading, writing and results in Binghamton classrooms

Press & Sun-Bulletin

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Literacy rates can be a problem, especially in low-income school districts. Amid a years-in-the-making revision of literacy instruction, the Binghamton school district is seeing a payoff.

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Colonialism Nearly Wiped Out the Hawaiian Language. These Public Schools Are Bringing It Back.

Slate

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With the emphasis on teaching English in American public schools, many non-English speaking students can lose the language of their family’s heritage. Hawaii has “language-immersion schools” that teaches children the native Hawaiian language until about fifth grade and then English is introduced....

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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Meet the School That Speaks 23 Languages

Bright Magazine

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Colorado has one of the largest achievement gaps in the country, and only half of students in the Denver Public School system are reading at grade level. Schools like Rocky Mountain Prep are working to change that - the school uses a unique, individualized program to help students achieve.

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Summer Reading: How to Shake Up the Status Quo

The New York Times

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Social innovation rarely comes from “eureka” moments; it’s much more deliberate - it’s something that can be studied and learned. A short summer reading list for anyone interested in shaking up the status quo.

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In a global economy, Mass. lags in teaching foreign languages

The Boston Globe

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In a global economy, helping students succeed means offering them the opportunity to become multilingual. States such as Utah, Indiana, and Delaware have stepped up their efforts with immersion programs for elementary students.

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Montana Offers A Boost To Native Language Immersion Programs

NPR

Radio / 3-5 Minutes

Montana, home to nine Native American languages, becomes the second state to fund indigenous language immersion programs in public schools. The same languages were once forbidden, but now they are helping to preserve a disappearing culture and closing the graduation rate gap for Native American s...

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As Other Districts Grapple With Segregation, This One Makes Integration Work

The New York Times

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The Morris district in Northern New Jersey has long championed diversity, even as its student body has changed and nearby schools remain deeply segregated. Each elementary school in the district draws from multiple neighborhoods, with a constant open zone at the center (where the poorest families...

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A New Way to Commemorate Atrocity

Pacific Standard

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Memorials are being created at rapid rates these days, but they seem to lack a long-term effect on the public. The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project seeks to change this pattern by putting out an international call for memorial proposals, wanting a variety in visions and a collective memo...

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