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A Peek into Silicon Valley's Newest Bet: AltSchool

Bright Magazine

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AltSchools use a completely different education system, interconnecting technology and hands on experiments, to help students achieve a higher degree of learning.

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Cultivating a New Immigrant Narrative

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Half of U.S. farm workers are Hispanic, but few make it to leadership positions. A historically white non-profit, FFA, is creating equal education programs in California to increase leadership opportunities for minorities in agriculture.

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In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind

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Volunteers with the Annual Status of Education Report test children's math and reading skills in villages across India. While 96 percent of Indian children are in school, ASER reveals that many of them are not receiving a real education. "Learning camps" and grouping children by ability, not age,...

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Nonpartisan primaries become a game changer

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California exemplifies a change to laws on how constituents can vote for candidates in a local election regardless of party affiliation, effectively breaking up the long-standing "monopolies" of incumbents and allowing for an arguably better representation of voting districts in politics.

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Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

The New York Times

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As American classrooms have focused on raising test scores in math and reading, an outgrowth of the federal No Child Left Behind law and interpretations of the new Common Core standards, even the youngest students have been affected, with more formal lessons and less time in sandboxes. Washington...

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Young Movers, With a Passion for Change

The New York Times

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Young people are often viewed as needing protection or needing correction. However, a Boston organization is creating young peacemakers and powerful change makers by taking kids seriously and giving them the tools to act on their ideas.

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In Colorado, Teaching to a Changing Climate

Bright Magazine

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Colorado has had challenges teaching climate change to elementary and secondary school students because of political divisiveness. Regional advocacy groups and professionals manage to teach climate change through engaging field trips, filmmaking, and outdoor learning.

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Smart African Politics: Candidates Debating Under a Tree

The New York Times

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Voters tend to know a lot about presidential and local candidates but little about those in between. In Sierra Leon, an organization hosted, filmed, and then projected the debates in villages, increasing voters’ knowledge of the candidates and issues, and changing the way people voted.

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Iowa keeping partisanship off the map

The Boston Globe

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In Iowa, the “redistricting” of the state’s legislative and congressional boundaries is done by mapmakers who abide by nonpartisan metrics that all sides agree are fair — a seemingly revolutionary concept in the high-stakes decennial rite of redistricting.

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How to Topple a Dictator (Peacefully)

The New York Times

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around the world to accomplish political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting...

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