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Citywide data partnership offers new ways to serve students

The Hechinger Report

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The Kansas City school district and a group of local nonprofits are implementing a new software management system that will allow partners to access student data from a range of sources. The data-sharing agreement will paint a more holistic picture of students and, in the future, allow teachers a...

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Denmark's "sex week" helps kids navigate their sexuality

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Every year, the sixth week of classes in Denmark is dedicated to sex education. Over 20,000 teachers and 400,000 students participate in programming that goes beyond the basics to challenge participants to analyze gender norms, sexual rights, and laws in other countries related to sex.

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Schools Find a New Way to Combat Student Absences: Washing Machines

The New York Times

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Schools have found that, among other deterrents, dirty clothes are one reason students skip school. Some, serving predominantly low-income populations, have now installed washing machines within their buildings, offering students free laundry services during the school day.

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The Viral Hashtag That's Getting People to Clean Up Garbage

CityLab

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Viral social media trends can be harnessed for social and environmental good. A social media#trashtag challenge that spread from Reddit to Instagram draws upon the satisfying nature of a before-and-after meme. People all over the world who participated in #trashtag challenge went out and beautifi...

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Does Baltimore Need a Crime-Tracking App?

CityLab

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Citizen, a crime-tracking app that first made an appearance in New York and California, has launched in Baltimore, Maryland, a city with a crime rate that has skyrocketed in recent years. Alerting community members to crime happening at specific locations via curation by city safety officials, th...

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These shipping container farms will soon be in grocery store lots across the U.S.

FastCompany

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A direct line from local producer to consumer reduces carbon emissions and strengthens community food systems. A partnership between farming tech company Square Roots and Gordon Food Services aims to create local food supply chains by placing cargo-container hydroponic farms directly at store s...

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Serving Survivors: In Rural States, Telemedicine Connects Sexual Assault Survivors To Services

Ohio Valley Resource

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Gillette, Wyoming is a small rural town that isn't connected to many resources, so that help for people who have experienced traumas can be difficult to access. With the implementation of the Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation, however, that isolation is decreasing. Through digital connections dubb...

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PedsAcademy gives kids fun learning opportunities in the hospital

The Hechinger Report

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PedsAcdaemy offers personalized learning to school-age kids who are in a hospital for extended stays. Lessons, which are up to three hours a day, are designed around any physical impediments students might be facing and help to ensure there is no lost time while students are away from their norma...

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From Shampoo To Breast Implants To Airplanes, This Startup's Lab-Grown Spider Silk Could Go A Long Way

Forbes

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Bringing in bio-manufactured materials can make existing commercial supply chains more sustainable. The German company AMSilk has created a plastic-free alternative to synthetic and farmed silk. By growing biodegradable silk proteins and selling the plastic-free, bio-manufactured material to othe...

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How the Robin Hood Foundation is fighting a hunger emergency in New York caused by the shutdown

FastCompany

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In response to the government shutdown in December 2018, the Robin Hood Foundation pieced together a food-aid puzzle to provide food for low-income families that weren't receiving their monthly SNAP benefits. By re-stocking food pantries around the city, donating to food delivery services, and wo...

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