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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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Former Islamic extremist tries to save others from his mistakes — with a popular online cartoon

Public Radio International (PRI)

Radio / 3-5 Minutes

"The Abdullah-X Show" on YouTube is the creation of a former Islamic extremist who says he was attracted precisely to the kind of ideology terrorists espouse these days. He has used the medium to warn potential extremists away from the ideology.

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The Rise of ‘Studyblrs'

Bright Magazine

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Students in today's technical world are now using blogging and other forms of social media, known as studyblrs, in order to help each other improve achievement through online homework help, communication, and encouragement.

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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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Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power

The New York Times

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Sexual assault, rape, and sexism are social problems that young women face and many feel powerless to create change. Non-profit organizations such as SPARK and WAM have trained teenage girls to be advocates for themselves. Online campaigns and social media have also made teenage girls feel empow...

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Where YouTube Meets the Farm

The New York Times

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To combat hunger and malnutrition, Digital Green, an N.G.O., is creating and delivering videos about cheap, innovative farming techniques that can substantially increase small farmers' production of staple foods in India, Ghana, and Ethiopia.

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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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On the Web, a Revolution in Giving

The New York Times

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New crowdfunding options can help even the smallest donor's contributions to have a meaningful impact, bolstering a sense of personal involvement, maximizing knowledge about causes, and inspiring greater participation.

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How Pinterest Is Revolutionizing Your Child's Classroom

Bright Magazine

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Colorful volumes of books have aided teaching for centuries; however, the scope of engagement in the internet age demands newer methods for pedagogy. Pinterest, a social media-constructed visual bulletin board, has become a venue in which teachers share their pinned visual media, lesson plans, an...

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How to Cut the Prison Population (See for Yourself)

The New York Times

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Prisons in the United States are overcrowded with many non-violent offenders and the cost to keep them in jail consumes public budgets. Criminal justice reform has attracted bipartisan interest with diverse proposals to aid adjust the incarceration rate. The Urban Institute has developed an inter...

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