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180 Days

PBS

Broadcast TV News / Over 15 Minutes

Harsville, South Carolina is trying to better its educational program. But first it must change the standard of living in the town to provide greater examples of success for the children to follow.

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A Book in Every Home, and Then Some

The New York Times

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem - many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boost literacy, and help publishers, too.

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A Boost for the World's Poorest Schools

The New York Times

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

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A By-the-E-Book Education, for $5 a Month

The New York Times

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of every lesson on an e-reader.

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An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy

The New York Times

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Teaching reading skills to children early is crucial, especially with respect to their educational success later in life. School systems are switching reading programs to help underachieving students have one on one time with a tutor.

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Back to School

This American Life

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach kids.

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Can School Heal Children in Pain?

Bright Magazine

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Adverse childhood experiences — like assault, emotional abuse, observing domestic violence — can fundamentally alter a child’s body and brain. Lincoln High School teachers are taking in a "trauma-informed care" approach to their teaching to help those vulnerable students whose brains have been al...

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Coming Together to Give Schools a Boost

The New York Times

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A 2006 report noted that Ohio and Kentucky were lagging behind other states in college attainment rates - community leaders were concerned about remaining competitive in a global economy. A group of leaders in the Cincinnati area are improving school systems by using data for progress, not punish...

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Charter school takeovers: As York schools near privatization, lessons from New Orleans and Michigan

PennLive

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York schools are considering changing public schools into charter schools, following the example of New Orleans and Michigan, in order to help their school system which is crumbling.

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