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Take 5: "How a Two-Week Bootcamp is Getting Vets Ready for Higher Learning" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 29, 2014 2:00:59 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Citizen Schools, education, Higher Education, Poverty, Social Innovation News, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Ferguson, LIFT, teaching, Veterans, Learning Partners Program, the New Teacher Center

Take 5: "Fifty Shades of Sharing. Or at Least Two." and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 28, 2014 5:01:28 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, Learning Disabilities, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, ADHD, Dyslexia, gender, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Thinking Differently, women issues, special needs, TechSoup Global

New Profit & LinkedIn Partner On The LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace

Posted by Admin on Aug 28, 2014 3:15:13 PM

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for New Profit as part of “The LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace Intern Program”. LinkedIn teamed up with New Profit and similar organizations to arm nonprofits with a new platform, the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace (LVM). With the LVM, nonprofits can fulfill their high-quality volunteer needs by discovering the millions of LinkedIn professional members who have expressed interest in volunteering, and these members can find volunteer opportunities that nonprofits are seeking to fill. I worked with several New Profit portfolio organizations to leverage the LVM to attract skilled volunteers. To provide you with a lens on some of this work, I will focus here on how I worked with Citizen Schools, which greatly benefited from what New Profit and LinkedIn had to offer.

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Tags: Citizen Schools, internship, leadership, LinkedIn, Organizations, New Profit Staff, Thoughts and Approaches, Citizen Teachers

Take 5: "Using Big Data For Social Good" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 27, 2014 12:46:36 PM

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Tags: Citizen Schools, Forbes, Freelancers Union, Huffington Post, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Data, EdSurge, Ferguson, LA Times, Mission Measurement, Technology, Eric Shwarz, FUEL education, Sarah Horowitz

The Power of Two: Join Us For A Fireside Chat with Joshua Wolf Shenk

Posted by Admin on Aug 27, 2014 12:19:08 PM

Ever wonder where world-changing ideas come from?

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Tags: Social Innovation News, Thoughts and Approaches, Dian M. Smith, Joshua Wolf Shenk, Joshua Wolk Shenk, The Power of Two, world changing ideas

Take 5: "Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not one-night stands and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 26, 2014 2:31:07 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, Hechinger Report, Huffington Post, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, College, Digital Learning, Education Week, Ferguson, Georgetown, students, teaching, Technology, The New York Times, College Test Prep, college education

Book Alert! Thinking Differently by David Flink

Posted by Admin on Aug 26, 2014 12:09:56 PM

We're thrilled to spread the news that the new book Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities by David Flink is out today!

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Tags: Learning Disabilities, Organizations, Social Innovation News, ADHD, David Flink, Dyslexia, Eye to Eye, Thinking Differently, Learding Differences

Take 5: "Critical Roots that Drive Quality Collective Impact" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 25, 2014 11:45:37 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: community, Forbes, Inside Higher Ed, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, leaders, schools, teaching, TFA, CHECC, StriveTogether, test prep, Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center, college graduates, Harvard Business, US Department of Education

Take 5: 'Youth unemployment is being fueled by an education crisis' and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 22, 2014 2:00:26 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Charter Schools, education, Higher Education, Homeless veterans, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, YouthBuild, Delgado News, Youth unemployment, Capital one, dropout, Education For All Report, high school dropout crisis

Take 5: "A New Approach to Testing and Assessment" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 21, 2014 11:04:08 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, New Teacher Center, social impact, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Educators 4 Excellence, standardized testing, Third Sector Capital, Cleveland Business, cyber security, funds, Technical.ly

Take 5: "Education Drives Expanded Access to Opportunity in the U.S." and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 20, 2014 8:23:31 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, hunger, MSNBC, New Teacher Center, Opportunity Nation, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, teaching, The Hechinger Report, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Women, AF Coalition, crisis, woman issues

Take 5: "Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 19, 2014 2:43:36 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Bill Gates, Citizen Schools, education, Homeless Children, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, EdSurge, Military, NationSwell, teaching, The Huffington Post, Veterans, Department of Housing, US Department of Energy, US Department of Education

Take 5: "Teaching Is Not a Business" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 18, 2014 1:20:40 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Ashoka, education, Forbes, Google, Huffington Post, opportunity, Social Innovation News, College, Early Learning, EdSurge, FII, students, teaching, The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Google Classroom

Take 5: Adult Education Pay for Success Initiative in Massachusetts, and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 15, 2014 11:37:27 AM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, immigration, Social Innovation News, EdWeek, teaching, TechCrunch, The Boston Globe, The Shriver Report, US Department of Education

Take 5: "How Government is Partnering with Private Funders to Shape Social Innovation" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 14, 2014 11:30:54 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Huffington Post, Michelle Obama, Social Innovation News, Starbucks, AmeriCorps, LIFT, NationSwell, Social Innovation Fund, Harvards graduate school of education, CollegeAccess14

We're Hiring: CFO at New Profit

Posted by Admin on Aug 14, 2014 11:12:03 AM

New Profit is hiring a Chief Financial Officer. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to make a significant contribution to New Profit’s growth. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will serve as a member of the senior leadership team and will be responsible for building and enhancing the business processes and infrastructure that will allow New Profit to fulfill its vision.

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Tags: CFO, Chief Financial Officer, Job Postings, New Profit Staff

Take 5: "Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 13, 2014 11:03:56 AM

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Tags: Diverse Education, education, Forbes, Poverty, Social Innovation News, school, students, TFA, The Boston Globe, Vox, the American Educational Research Journal, farmers

Take 5: "Is a Hard Life Inherited?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Aug 12, 2014 1:29:07 PM

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Tags: education, Nicholas Kristof, philanthropy, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, teaching, child literacy, oppertunity

Take 5: Lens on Education

Posted by Admin on Aug 11, 2014 11:39:50 AM

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Tags: Bill Gates, Charter Schools, education, Educators for Excellence, Seattle, Social Innovation News, The New Yorker, children, Early Learning, American education system, National Association of College and University Bus

Kate Anderson: Inspired By The MassChallenge Startup Showcase

Posted by Admin on Aug 11, 2014 11:23:20 AM

Kate Anderson and Nithyaa Venkataramani learning about Kinems data tracking technology that teachers can use to monitor their students’ progress as they play these games. They are speakin with co-founder Michalis Boloudakis.

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Tags: Social Innovation News, New Profit Staff, Thoughts and Approaches, CareerVillage, Kinems, Michalis Boloudakis, Kate Anderson, MassChallenge, Nithyaa Venkataramani

Take 5: "The Biggest Benefit of Pre-K Might Not Be Education" and more

Posted by Admin on Aug 8, 2014 2:45:26 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: Boston, government, KIPP, President Barack Obama, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, learning, NationSwell, Veterans, academic planning, civic technology, Roadtrip Nation, KIPP Annual Summit, Supercomputer

New Profit Has an Interest in Pinterest!

Posted by Admin on Aug 8, 2014 2:35:34 PM

It's Friday. It's summer. You're at work. Are your fingers wandering on the keyboard to some non-work-related items? Perhaps you're prone to wandering over to the highly addictive site, Pinterest?

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Tags: New Profit, New Profit Staff, Technology, Pinterest

Take 5: "Replicating Parts, not the Whole, to Scale" and more

Posted by Admin on Aug 7, 2014 3:31:39 PM

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Tags: California, nonprofits, Social Innovation News, education department, The New York Times, child care, US Department of Education

NPR on Landmark Study: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

Posted by Admin on Aug 7, 2014 2:22:34 PM

In Tuesday's Take 5, we highlighted a story that Al Jazeera America did on a landmark study Johns Hopkins University did that followed 800 children in Baltimore nearly 30 years.

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Tags: NPR, Organizations, Baltimore, Thoughts and Approaches, Johns Hopkins University, urban poverty

Take 5: It's all about... TECH!

Posted by Admin on Aug 6, 2014 4:07:23 PM

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Tags: education, Learning Disabilities, Social Innovation News, Dyslexia, Early Learning, Technology, TLA

Take 5: Thinking Beyond The Business, Jobs Madness, Fuse Corps, Detroit Water Shut-off, and a Landmark Johns Hopkins Study on Urban Poverty

Posted by Admin on Aug 5, 2014 11:05:31 AM
  1. HuffPost Impact: "Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business" StartingBloc Fellow Hila Mehr writes, "Social enterprises can become easily distracted building and managing their business instead of focusing on the problem they are trying to solve -- even if the solution involves running a healthy business. A strong business model and management-style is critical to success, and I proclaim their value to a sustainable social enterprise as much as the next person. Yet, a social entrepreneur can run the most transparent, well-managed, profitable social enterprise in the world, and still not be solving the social problem their business is founded upon....As we continue to grow as a movement, there are a few things we should remember in order to maintain a focus on the core mission of our work -- positive social change."
  2. CloseIt.org CloseIt.org has opened their 2014 JOBS MADNESS competition."JOBS MADNESS is now accepting applications for companies, either for-profit or non-profit with $5 million or less in annual revenue who are working to disrupt the status quo in the following key areas:
    • Building accelerated pathways to employment in high demand sectors (IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, etc.)
    • “Skilling Up” low skilled workers using competency-based strategies for successful employment
    • Innovative technologies disrupting the traditional education to employment model

    Click here for more information. All submissions must be received by midnight (12:00AM) Pacific Standard Time on Monday September 1, 2014.

  3. NationSwell: "Looking for Work That Has Meaning? Fuse Corps Can Help". NationSwell profiles Fuse Corps, co-founded by Peter Sims in response to the emergence of talented millennials who want to make a difference. Every year, the nonprofit pairs ten to 20 mid-career private sector professionals with a forward-thinking elected official. By working in government, Fuse Corps fellows can find a way to make the change that some find harder to achieve in the private sector." The piece includes this video on what a Fuse Corps member looks like:

  4. NPR: A Right Or A Privilege? Detroit Residents Split Over Water Shut-Offs (AUDIO) All Things Considers talks with those on both sides of Detroit's water-shut off controversy. "Tutorials have also spread on Facebook describing how to get water flowing again. Detroiter Nita O'Neal says it's relatively easy to find someone with the kind of long metal keys that open closed water valves — even though only city workers are supposed to have them. 'People gonna turn that water back on. Somebody has a water key, trust me. You give 'em $5, you gonna get your water back on,' O'Neal says. 'People have to have shelter, food and water.' Turning the water back on that way is, in fact, a crime — it's stealing water. But for families with little or no income, O'Neal says, the stakes are too high to worry about that. 'You got babies that's probably not taking baths. That's opening up the door for protective services to come in, say that you are unfit parent,' she says. 'This is a game that they're playing, and it's a serious, dangerous game.'"
  5. Al Jazeera America: "Is the American dream dead? A groundbreaking study from Johns Hopkins University shows that for big segments of the population it is." Press for "a landmark study tracking nearly 800 Baltimore schoolchildren, following them through school and into adulthood, until age 28. More than three decades later, they published the outcome in June, a book titled "The Long Shadow." It offers a searing and dismal view of the chances of escaping urban poverty.

    The article includes this infographic from Johns Hopkins:

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Tags: Al Jazeera America, Job Postings, Social Innovation News, NationSwell, Cybersecurity, Detroit News, JOBS MADNESS

Take 5: #SocInn News Links: 8/4/14

Posted by Admin on Aug 4, 2014 5:06:28 PM

Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

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Tags: education, Higher Education, John Legend, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, TED Talk

Congratulations to new Public Allies CEO, Arden O. Wilson, Ph.D.

Posted by Admin on Aug 4, 2014 2:14:40 PM

In 1992, Public Allies was co-founded by Vanessa Kirsch, who later went on to found our very own New Profit. Today, after 15 years of tremendous service by outgoing rockstar Paul Schmitz, Public Allies announced their newest CEO, Arden O. Wilson, Ph.D.

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Tags: Public Allies, New Profit Staff, Vanessa Kirsch, Paul Schmitz, Arden WIlson

Real Momentum Behind 'Pay for Success'

Posted by Deborah Smolover on Aug 1, 2014 7:19:10 AM

Defying prevailing political winds, Congress has passed, and President Obama just signed into law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) -- the first update to federal workforce programs in nearly 15 years. This unique moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity is notable not solely for its rarity within the current climate of legislative inertia,  but because WIOA will provide critical support to millions of Americans struggling to gain the job skills they need in this tough economy.

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Tags: Pay For Success, Roca Inc., America Forward Coalition, WIOA, Pay f, WIA. America Forward