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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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Soap Operas With a Social Message

The New York Times

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

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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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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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How to Reduce Police Violence

Scientific American

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Police, policy makers and scientists are scrambling for answers about how to combat excessive—and often deadly—force against African-Americans. The Center for Policing Equity has the strongest data yet on how often officers use force on the job and how those actions differ according to the race o...

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Evolving a City

On Being

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David Sloan Wilson takes what he knows about evolution and applies it to social groups in his hometown of Binghamton to show how people can live at their best for the good of the whole. He discusses how cities and communities can be improved in favor of social cooperation by applying the ingredie...

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How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive

Bloomberg

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist explores the Mormon-influenced structure of charitable giving and various social fa...

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Even with progressive education funding, 'fairness' eludes Berlin schools

Keystone Crossroads

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Part 1 of 3 - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline of staff and resources that would make them the envy of many of their counterparts in Pennsylvania. But schools in poorer neighborhoods face a myriad of struggles that a...

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The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life

The New York Times Magazine

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Young adults who decide to abandon their cloistered Jewish communities have only one another to help them navigate the alternate reality of modern-day New York. Leaving their families and life can be extremely difficult in a myriad of ways, 'Footsteps', is a nonprofit organization that brings for...

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Gender equality key to development

Anglican Journal

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them have relied on a single underlying principle that has proven to be effective: th...

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