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Empower a girl, transform a community

By Kakenya Ntaiya ~ TED ~ Kakenya Ntaiya turned her dream of getting an education into a movement to empower vulnerable girls and bring an end to harmful traditional practices in Kenya. Meet two students at the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a school where girls can live and study safely — and uplift their community along the way. “When you empower a girl, you transform a community,” Ntaiya says. Watch…

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Extra arts education boosts students’ writing scores — and their compassion, big new study finds

By Matt Barnum ~ Chalkbeat ~  When you’re the big fish, it’s not OK to pick on the little fish just because you can. That’s an important lesson for everyone. But some Houston first-graders got a particularly vivid demonstration in the form of a musical puppet show, which featured fish puppets and an underlying message about why it’s wrong to bully others. The show left an impression on the students…

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The diversity gap for public school teachers is actually growing across generations

By Michael Hansen & Diana Quintero ~ Brookings ~ The public teacher workforce has been slowly growing more racially diverse over the last three decades. A notable study from Richard Ingersoll and Lisa Merrill finds the number of teachers of color more than doubled between 1987 and 2012, resulting in the share of nonwhite teachers in America’s public schools expanding from 12 to 17 percent over that same period. More current survey results from…

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It’s time to fix America’s crumbling schools

By Michael Addonizio ~ Fast Company ~ Infrastructure upgrades often take a backseat to other pressing needs in public education. Here’s why that is so wrongheaded. Detroit’s schools are so old and raggedy that last year the city’s schools chief, Nikolai Vitti, ordered the water shut off across the district due to lead and copper risks from antiquated plumbing. By mid-September, elevated levels of copper and lead were confirmed in 57 of 86 schools…

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‘Safety’ In U.S. Schools Means More Cops And Fewer Counselors

By Rebecca Klein ~ Huffpost ~  About 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report. An estimated 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union. But their schools do employ cops. This disparity is poised to get worse after the 2018…

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Pollution is bad for your health and the environment. It’s also bad for schools, two recent studies show.

By Matt Barnum ~ Chalkbeat ~  Late last year, the Trump administration moved to roll back Obama-era regulations designed to improve air quality and limit pollution. No one thought of it as an education story. But new research suggests it is, at least in part. While the health risks of air pollution have long been documented, two recent studies are among the first to directly connect two different forms of pollution to…

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Inequity is THE Problem in Education

By The Hewlett Foundation ~ Deeper Learning. Linked Learning. Blended Learning. Personalized Learning. Student-centered Learning. Project-based learning. Social and emotional learning. And the list goes on (and on). There are literally hundreds of education initiatives—and an equal number of philanthropic strategies—designed to improve our education system. In my time as fellow at the Hewlett Foundation, I have come to realize the importance of putting equity first, ahead of any other…

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Later school starts linked to better teen grades

By Silke Schmidt ~ ScienceNews for Students ~ Low-income students also may find it easier to get to school, the new data show If you think school starts too early in the day, you’re not alone. Experts have long argued for later start times in middle and high school. A new study used activity trackers worn on the wrist to see how such a delay affected kids in a real school.…

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What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality

By Sam Pizzigati ~ OurFuture.org ~  Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits. They struck for professional dignity. The teachers’ strike in Los Angeles, America’s second-largest…

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