Take 5: "Technology in the Classroom: KIPP Bets on Blended Learning" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 31, 2014 10:41:55 AM
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Tags: Brown University, KIPP, Marketplace, MOOCs, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, ADHD, David Flink, Eye to Eye, Technology, US News, Principals, Brown Daily Herald, The Take Away

Eliza Greenberg Reflects on the Legacy of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

Posted by Eliza Greenberg on Oct 30, 2014 4:53:19 PM

Today the City of Boston lost Mayor Tom Menino, who served as mayor from 1993 to January of this year, the longest-serving mayor in the history of Boston. New Profit Partner Eliza Greenberg worked closely with Mayor Menino for nine years before she joined us at New Profit. Here, she reflects on that experience...

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Tags: Boston, Mayor Menino, Social Innovation News, Eliza Greenberg, Thomas Menino

Take 5: "Is the 'Skills Gap' A Real Thing?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 30, 2014 11:57:52 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New Profit Blog: New Profit Joins Partners for Launch of Understood.org "New Profit was a proud participant in last week’s launch event in New York City for Understood.org – a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive web resource for parents of children with learning and attention issue."
  2. Education World: 'Eye to Eye' Program Seeks to Change Perception of Learning Disabilities "'Eye to Eye' is a program co-founded by David Flink, who suffered as a misunderstood student with dyslexia when he was in grade school. Flink co-founded Eye to Eye with four other Brown students in 1998, and the program focuses on talking about learning disabilities as a different way of thinking as opposed to an academic setback. The Brown Herald Daily recently reported on the positive effects 'Eye to Eye' has had on students." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Eye to Eye.
  3. NPR: Is The 'Skills Gap' Really A Thing? "Employers complain about not having enough skilled workers to fill needed positions. It's the so-called skills gap that has become a buzzword in business and policymaking worlds. But is the skills gap a myth, reality or somewhere in between?"
  4. Freelancers Union: How Great Entrepreneurs Make Time for Learning "Over the next few months, my content business ramped up. I found myself with less and less free time — working 14 hour days, missing out on time with friends, and spending my waking hours on growing my company and not letting my health slide. I was learning on the job but found myself wanting more learning opportunities than the days would enable. It was a tough balance to strike.One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned about growing my business is that it’s important to set up processes early — to streamline as many initiatives as possible so that the company is always moving forward. Now that I’m a year into my journey, it’s hit me that this same philosophy applies to my personal learning milestones as well. Here are some steps that I have taken to bring learning back into my journey:" Freelancers Union is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  5. The New York Times: California Leads on Justice Reform "For a long time, the conventional political wisdom was that no one ever lost an election for being too tough on crime. That wisdom has been turned on its head in recent years, as both politicians and the public are realizing how much damage the lock-’em-up mind-set has caused...An encouraging example [of reform] comes from California, the site of some the worst excesses of the mass incarceration era, but also some of the more innovative responses to it."
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Tags: Education World, Freelancers Union, NPR, Social Innovation News, Criminal Justice Reform, Policy, skills gap, The New York Times, Understood, understood.org

New Profit Joins Partners for Launch of Understood.org

Posted by Admin on Oct 30, 2014 9:58:23 AM

New Profit was a proud participant in last week's launch event in New York City for Understood.org - a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive web resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues.

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Tags: education, Organizations, family, New Profit Staff, understood.org

"Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership" featuring New Profit's Tulaine Montgomery

Posted by Admin on Oct 29, 2014 2:59:15 PM

We are excited to announce that New Profit’s own Tulaine Montgomery is featured in Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership, a book that combines the photographic talents of Don West with profiles written by Kenneth J. Cooper. The book, which launched today, “pays tribute to a mix of newly emerging and veteran leaders, unsung heroes and internationally renowned figures, all of whom struggled in a singular way to advance access, opportunity and social justice in Boston – and beyond." Tulaine is featured among 127 renowned local and international leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Freida Garcia, and Hubie Jones.

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Tags: announcements, leaders, New Profit Staff, Tulaine Montgomery, Garcia, Mandela, Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership, Jones

Take 5: "Startup Turns Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences Into Good Deeds" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 29, 2014 1:50:50 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Huffington Post: Tiny Homes For Homeless People Built By The Homeless Could Be Key To Getting People Off Streets "Poor residents in Greensboro may soon be getting a new lease on life, and all it will take is a little bit of elbow grease.The North Carolina city is the latest to move forward with plans to create tiny homes for some of its residents living in extreme poverty -- a growing trend communities across the country are implementing in attempts to curb homelessness, Fox 29 News reported."
  2. Student Voice: The Intersection of Education and Entrepreneurship A panel comprised of esteemed individuals, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, discuss education innovation and entrepreneurship.
  3. NBC News: Startup Turns Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences Into Good Deeds "A startup called Omaze raises money for charity by offering everyone the chance to win a VIP experience with a favorite celebrity for just $10."
  4. Food Tank: Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation present the 2014 Good Food Org Guide "The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice." Many amazing organizations are highlighted including Food Corps. New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Food Corps.
  5. Poughkeepsie Journal: YouthBuild Finishes Home; Congress Takes Note "Poughkeepsie's housing stock just gained two newly refurbished apartments, thanks to a bunch of young folks in a learn-by-doing program called YouthBuild. But did they expect Congress would come to town to take notice? Monday, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, came to 206 Winnikee Ave., a two-year project that got to the ribbon-cutting stage for New Directions YouthBuild Partnership. That's an Americorps program that takes young adults who are out of school and out of work and gives them support on both, teaching job skills and helping them earn a GED high school diploma." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of YouthBuild.
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Tags: education, Food Tank, Homeless, housing, Social Innovation News, Entrepreneur, Food Corps, NBC News, Student voice, The Huffington Post, YouthBuild, James Beard Foundation, Poughkeepsie, homes

Politico Playbook Spotlights Peace First Prize Winners

Posted by Admin on Oct 29, 2014 12:43:16 PM

Today, Peace First was featured in the Politico Playbook following the announcement of the Peace First prize winners. “Peace First, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating the next generation of peacemakers, today announced the five winners of the 2nd annual Peace First Prize at a press conference at the National Press Club. The Peace First Prize is a national award recognizing youth peacemakers, ages 8-22, who are leaders focused on making lasting social change in their communities. The winners will receive a 2-year, $25,000 Fellowship to further their peacemaking work.”

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Tags: inequality, leadership, Peace First, Social Innovation News, Amanda Matos, 100 Men Reading, Amit Dodani, Be ONE Project, Matthew Kaplan, Imani Henry, My Name My Story, WomanHOOD

Take 5: "What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 28, 2014 12:23:30 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The New York Times: A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College "The United States fails to do right by most low-income students who excel in school. They overcome long odds and do well enough in high school to show they can thrive in college. Nevertheless, many never receive a bachelor’s degree.Now, though, the country may be approaching something of a turning point."
  2. The Huffington Post: Number Of Homeless Kids In NYC Spikes 63 Percent In 5 Years: Report "New York City neighborhoods known for their middle-class appeal may be tumbling down the socioeconomic ladder, and children are suffering the consequences.A new report by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness found that the number of homeless kids in public city schools has jumped 63 percent in the last five years, with the borough of Queens experiencing an alarming 90 percent spike. As New York Daily News reported, most of the increase was felt in neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens known to house middle-class families."
  3. The Atlantic: What Happens When Students Control Their Own Education? Pittsfield Middle High School takes "an innovative approach to education" via their student-centered learning program. "Educators, researchers, and policymakers at the state and national level are keeping close tabs on Pittsfield, which has become an incubator for a critical experiment in school reform. The goal: a stronger connection between academic learning and the kind of real-world experience that advocates say can translate into postsecondary success."
  4. The Atlantic: The Economic Impact of School Suspensions "A recent report found that African-American girls were suspended at much higher rates than their white peers, a phenomenon that leads to lower earnings and educational attainment in the long run."
  5. The Hechinger Report: As Top Charters Start to Look Like School Districts, Here’s Why We Should Embrace Their Growth "More than twenty years ago when charter schools first got launched in Minnesota no one envisioned that one day we would see charter management networks growing to resemble medium-size school districts. But it has happened.Last week, New York City-based Success Academy Charter Schools got green lighted to open 14 more schools over the next two years, bringing the network to 50 schools serving 16,300 students. Success Academy’s rapid expansion doesn’t appear to undercut quality: Even students in freshly opened schools turn in impressive academic results.Regardless of your personal opinion of charter schools versus traditional schools, that’s remarkable."
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Tags: education, Homeless Children, Poverty, Social Innovation News

Roca Milestone: Empowerment Program for At-Risk Young People Expands into Boston

Posted by Admin on Oct 28, 2014 10:02:44 AM

Roca Inc., a New Profit portfolio organization whose mission is to help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and poverty, has opened a new site in Boston as part of an effort to dramatically expand the reach of its programming. The new location will be Roca's first outside of Chelsea, a city adjacent to Boston where the organization has built a 25-year record of success.

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Tags: at-risk youth, Boston, Molly Baldwin, Organizations, Pay for Performance, Pay For Success, Recidivism, Roca Inc., social innovation, Social Impact Bonds

Take 5: " Twitter will teach the homeless to code" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 27, 2014 5:06:32 PM
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Tags: bilingual, education, Homeless, San Francisco, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, coding, Criminal Justice Reform, Fast Company, Prison, students, teaching, The New York Times, Washington Post, cost, NeighborNest

Two New Profit Social Entrepreneurs Among 2014 Purpose Prize Winners

Posted by Admin on Oct 27, 2014 9:49:11 AM

Congratulations to the six winners of Encore.org's 2014 Purpose Prize, especially to two social entrepreneurs who are members of the New Profit portfolio - Dr. Pamela Cantor of Turnaround For Children and Mauricio Lim Miller of Family Independence Initiative!

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Tags: Dr. Pamela Cantor, Mauricio Lim Miller, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Family Independence Initiative, Encore.org, Purpose Prize, Turna

Boston Business Journal: WomenUp: Vanessa Kirsch of New Profit Inc.

Posted by dlucnguyen on Oct 24, 2014 4:52:14 PM

Vanessa Kirsch was profiled in Boston Business Journal’s WomenUp Local Women of Influence, and was honored for setting the standard for successful entrepreneurship at the Boston Business Journal’s WomenUp Awards ceremony on December 11th.

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Tags: In The News, Amplify Blog

Vanessa Kirsch Interview Featured in Boston Business Journal Today

Posted by Admin on Oct 24, 2014 1:51:41 PM

Today's issue of The Boston Business Journal features an interview with New Profit Founder and CEO Vanessa Kirsch. In a Q&A, reporter Keith Regan asks Vanessa several questions about her learnings and philosophies, including:

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Tags: Social Innovation News, Teach For America, Accelerator Program, New Profit Staff, Thoughts and Approaches, Vanessa Kirsch, Boston Business Journal

Take 5: "Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 24, 2014 1:01:27 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. WNYC: Advocates Crave Word from Mayor on Expanding Breakfast in Schools "A coalition of anti--hunger advocates on Thursday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow more kids to eat breakfast in class, not just in the cafeteria, citing data showing only 25 percent of New York City students participate in the free meals program."
  2. The Huffington Post: 8 Impossible Choices People Who Can't Afford Food Make Every Day "Hunger in the U.S. is on the rise, with one in seven people turning to Feeding America to get help, a new report concluded. In its recent study on the growing problem, Feeding America -- which helps people in need through its network of food banks -- underscored how hunger will never be an isolated issue. Far too often, all isn’t solved once a struggling household gets something to eat. With food insecurity typically comes impossible trade-offs. In order to put food on the table, low-income families have to sacrifice another basic need that no one should have to live without."
  3. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Redesigning Higher Education Through Intentional Influence "To create system-level change, we must use influence to both work within the system and disrupt it." A look at the strategy the Lumina Foundation is using to reach their goal of "ensuring that 60 percent of Americans hold high-quality degrees, certificates, or other postsecondary credentials by 2025."
  4. EdSurge: Tests Don't Build Skills, Teachers Do: Remembering the Role of Technology Amid the emergence of classroom technology, specifically standardized testing, we must remember that "classroom technology was not meant to be absorbed by the almighty test score." This article serves as that reminder. "Tests don’t build skills. Teachers do."
  5. NPR: Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? "Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. That's something any good teacher lives for. And at the heart of it all is curiosity. Blackwell, like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they're much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain's chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information."
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Tags: hunger, Social Innovation News, de Blasio, Lumina foundation, students, teaching

Take 5: "Kids Can Love Healthy Food Too" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 23, 2014 4:39:16 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Be More Magazine: Kids Can Love Healthy Food Too "Every child in this country deserves—and I’d argue wants— a lunch that is healthy and that tastes good. But kids’ taste preferences have been strongly shaped by their environment. Right now the typical elementary student receives only 3.4 hours of nutrition education each year.To understand by comparison how their food preferences are getting shaped: kids watch an average of over ten food-related ads every day, and nearly all food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar or sodium. Our culture is teaching them what tastes good, and school lunches that are fried, sugary and salty reinforce those tastes. Part of the task, then, in helping kids have a chance at good health, is not only to provide them with a healthier environment overall, but to “sell” them on healthy food." This is where programs like FoodCorps come in. New Profit is a proud funder of FoodCorps.
  2. The New York Times: Helping Parents Deal With Learning and Attention Issues "Nonprofit groups specializing in children’s learning and attention issues will on Thursday introduce a new website and a public service advertising campaign that was created with the Advertising Council. The website, Understood.org, is intended to help parents better understand these issues and provide advice on dealing with them.
  3. NPR: The Short Shelf Life of Urban School Superintendents "If you're a 12th-grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you've seen four superintendents come and go. As we discussed today on Morning Edition, the ouster of John Deasy last week as the head of the nation's second-largest district has renewed a long-running debate about leadership of big-city schools, and particularly the challenges of raising achievement in such a politically charged environment."
  4. The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Charities Use Customized Tools and More to Keep Donors in Touch "The Y is part of a trend: With major gifts accounting for an increasing share of private support at many charities, fundraisers are putting more emphasis on cultivating top donors. The idea behind such efforts, called donor stewardship, is to build relationships between supporters and their favorite charities in hopes the donors will remain loyal to the nonprofit and increase their giving. The latest buzzwords for stewardship, fundraising experts say, are customization and personalization."
  5. NonProfit Quarterly: Dropout Rate for College Students Driven by Income Inequality "Despite the growing need for increased education and advanced degrees to secure jobs, only 59 percent of students who begin college as freshman at a four-year college receive their diploma within six years. Students who come from low-income backgrounds are even less likely to graduate—if they even begin at all."
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Tags: FoodCorps, Health, inequality, learning differences, low income, NPR, Social Innovation News, food, the chronicle of philanthropy, The New York Times, urban schools, attention issues, dropout rate, college dropout

Announcing the New Profit Accelerator Entrepreneurs!

Posted by Vanessa Kirsch on Oct 23, 2014 11:56:18 AM

Exciting news from New Profit today! I am extremely pleased to announce the launch of the New Profit Accelerator - a new one-year program designed to accelerate the potential of extraordinary female social entrepreneurs and the impact of their organizations. Over the next year, seven female social entrepreneurs will form a cohort and receive insider access to New Profit tools, resources, and networks in addition to a one-time gift of up to $50K.

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Tags: Beyond 12, GirlTrek, Jessica Sager, Leila Janah, Lisbeth Shepherd, New Profit, Organizations, Samasource, Social Innovation News, T. Morgan Dixon, Accelerator Program, Alexandra Bernadotte, All Our Kin, Green City Force, Maisha Moses, The Young Peoples Project, Vanessa Garrison, Vanessa Kirsch, Sarah Peter

Take 5: "100 students start college. Who graduates?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 22, 2014 12:37:12 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. NationSwell: The Math Class That Could Cut the College Dropout Rate "This struggle with math can put a pupil at a serious disadvantage as he or she seeks higher education. In fact, a whopping 70 percent of community college students never complete the remedial math courses that are required for a degree. Unfortunately, this prompts many students to quit school because these classes can suck away time, money and drive. And as we previously reported, while 40 percent of the country’s undergrads choose the community college route, their odds of walking away with a degree is low; only a third of of them will graduate." A new math class provides a possible solution to this problem.
  2. The New York Times: The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K "With the introduction of universal pre-K in New York City, we have created a new entry point into our public school system. This raises a key question: What do we want our children’s first experiences in school to be? What does a good education look like for 4-year-olds?"
  3. Wired: American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist "We 'learn,' and after this we 'do.' We go to school and then we go to work. This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover...an exciting new kind of learning is taking place in America. Alternatively framed as maker classes, after-school innovation programs, and innovation prizes, these programs are frequently not framed as learning at all. Discovery environments are showing up as culture and entertainment, from online experiences to contemporary art installations and new kinds of culture labs."
  4. St. Louis Public Radio: New Solutions Needed To Reintegrate A New Generation of Veterans "While the division exists between two worlds - military service and civilian life, veterans are the only ones forced to transition from one to the other. Veterans are forced to fill in their understanding gaps." Emma Brown explores new solutions that are being used to help the latest generation of veterans as they return to civilian life. One of the new trends finds veterans connecting via social media and veteran service organization, The Mission Continues for example. New Profit is a proud funder of The Mission Continues.
  5. The Washington Post: 100 students start college. Who graduates? "A college degree is a near-requirement for students to build a life in the middle class, but whether or not students graduate often depends on their family income when they start school. Here’s what happened to 100 students from four different income groups who began college in 2002."
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Tags: childhood education, Social Innovation News, The Mission Continues, College, graduates, Military, students, The New York Times, The Washington Post, St Louis Public Radio

Take 5: "Collective Impact: The End of Piecemeal Education Reform" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 21, 2014 11:45:00 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Houston Business Journal: Meet the 40 Under 40 Who Stumbled Upon Her Calling "Sehba Ali was in the career office during her senior year of college with plans of teaching for a couple years before pursuing a doctorate in psychology — then she saw a brochure for Teach for America, and her whole life changed." Through her work with Teach For America, Ali found her calling and went on to found her own KIPP school which she currently serves as the superintendent and CEO of. New Profit is a proud funder of KIPP. Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  2. Knowledge Works: Collective Impact: The End of Piecemeal Education Reform "Last week, at StriveTogether’s annual convening in San Diego , KnowledgeWorks released 'Improving Student Outcomes through Collective Impact: A Guide for Federal Policymakers.' This guide provides an overview of the emerging collective impact movement and a series of policy recommendations to bring this work to scale. My colleague, Jeff Edmondson (the Managing Director of StriveTogether) and I decided to write this guide after witnessing more than 50 communities in StriveTogether’s network use the collective impact approach to move the needle on challenging education outcomes — without investing new resources in the system. Collective impact has the potential to revolutionize the way the nation approaches education reform, accelerating student success, closing achievement gaps, and expanding educational opportunity at every stage of the education pipeline."
  3. The Guardian: Four Trends in Tech That Every Trainee Teacher Should Know About "Technology is now playing a greater role in young peoples’ lives than ever before and the opportunities this provides for new teachers to enliven their lessons and engage with students are incredible. Yet it also poses a challenge that trainee teachers need to be ready for."
  4. The Huffington Post: These Harrowing Numbers Prove Hunger Is Far More Of A Dire Issue Than We Realize"Many of us in this county have never experienced hunger and don’t know what it is to be too undernourished to work, study or even play. But hunger is the number one health risk in the world today, ahead of heart disease, cancer and AIDS.And yet, surprisingly, it has nothing to do with global food supplies: Society as a whole produces more food than the global population can consume. The problem is that many of those who are hungry simply don’t have access to food because of poverty, civil unrest, crumbling infrastructures, lack of food-storage facilities and outmoded farming techniques. As a result, there are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of the U.S., Canada and the European Union." Take a look for some important statistics on the current state of world hunger.
  5. Harvard Magazine: Forward, March "Twelve years later, Kympton is president of The Mission Continues (TMC), a nonprofit organization that provides a similar context for post-9/11 veterans struggling to find a foothold in civilian life. 'Many of this generation have deployed four or five times and often with the same men and women,' he notes. When they come home, those bonds are often severed, along with 'the only real identity that person has had, many from the age of 17. Layer on to that, they may be dealing with war wounds, the invisible scars of war, trying to reconnect with relationships at home, the need to find a job—and right there you’ve got monumental challenges for them to overcome.' The Mission Continues puts these veterans to work in volunteer 'platoons' with 'squad leaders' to tackle wide-ranging civic projects..." New Profit is a proud funder of The Mission Continues.
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Tags: education, hunger, KIPP, KnowledgeWorks, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, Policy, Spencer Kympton, Veterans, KIPP Schools, Harvard Magazine, StriveTogether, TMC, hunger issue, technology trends, The Huffington

Take 5: Opportunity Nation releases Opportunity Index, and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 20, 2014 11:49:18 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Getting Smart: Southern New Hampshire Reshaping Higher Ed Landscape "Private nonprofit Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has produced three remarkable innovations that have the potential to reshape the higher education landscape: a leading online program, a new competency-based degree program, and a platform spinout... Last year, SNHU launched College for America, a competency-based associate degree for working adults and their employers. The AA in General Studies for Business is organized around 120 competencies...Students demonstrate these competencies by completing 20 real-world projects."
  2. Fast Company: This App is Saving Veterans Lives "'POS REP allows veterans to discover and communicate with a network of peers who can relate to those unique situations. Think of it as a sacred digital space where veterans can discuss issues pertaining to reintegration without judgment.' The app, which went live at the end of 2012, takes its name straight from the frontlines. “POS REP” is military slang for 'Position Report,' which means to provide your location. The fact that it’s an app goes beyond the mobile-only trend. 'Mobile is ideal for the type of user behavior we’d like to encourage. We don’t want veterans sitting behind their computers posting cat GIFs all day. We want veterans engaging with each other online, but more importantly offline.'"
  3. Opportunity Nation: Opportunity Index Opportunity Nation released its Opportunity Index, data showing how communities in the US fare on a variety of indicators related to opportunity expansion. Opportunity Nation is an America Forward Coalition Member.
  4. Boston Business Journal: 40 Under 40: Caleb Dolan of KIPP Massachusetts Caleb Dolan of KIPP Massachusetts was named in Boston Business Journal's 40 under 40 list. "His passion is underscored by his constant presence — he has yet to miss a day of work in 13 years as KIPP. And he has already seen the long-term benefits start to be realized. Fourteen of his former KIPP students have gone on to become teachers." New Profit is a proud funder of KIPP.
  5. SSIR: Corporate Venture Capital: A New Accelerant for Impact How corporate venture capital investors can work with traditional VC investors to nurture entrepreneurs and more space for impact investment.
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Tags: Higher Education, KIPP, Opportunity Nation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, America Forward Coalition, College, Fast Company, getting smart, Military, students, venture capital, Veterans, Boston Business Journal, impact investment, position report

The Buzz on Bryan Stevenson

Posted by Admin on Oct 20, 2014 11:12:03 AM

Did you catch Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative last Thursday night on The Daily Show? Or did you read in a recent New York Times oped that Nicholas Kristof and Desmond Tutu call him "America's Mandela?"

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Tags: Criminal Justice Reform, Bryan Stevenson

Take 5: "Social Impact Bonds Are Going Mainstream" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 17, 2014 11:17:33 AM
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Tags: Forbes, parents, Pay For Success, Single Stop USA, Social Innovation News, the wall street journal, children, EdCentral, education programs, elementary school, language skills, Social Impact Bonds, The New York Times, caregivers, Bunker Hill Community College, RCC, STCC

Take 5: "Philanthropy 2.0: Ice Buckets, Mustaches and Sniffing Strangers" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 16, 2014 1:40:54 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. NationSwell: For Female Veterans Experiencing Employment Woes, This Organization Offers Strong Advice "It’s no secret that since the recession hit, post-9/11 veterans have faced a greater rate of unemployment and underemployment than the civilian population. But what many Americans may not know is how difficult it is for female veterans, in particular, to find employment."
  2. Teach For America: Blow Minds, Teach STEM "Access to high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is essential for all students. We’re coming out of a decade where the growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as that of non-STEM jobs...All children deserve the opportunity to be competitive for these positions and all that comes with them." Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  3. Forbes: Philanthropy 2.0: Ice Buckets, Mustaches and Sniffing Strangers Ryan Scott takes a look at the benefits of catchy/funny fundraising campaigns in the realm of philanthropy. "Whether it’s skydiving in a Power Rangers suit, sniffing random strangers in a grocery store, or (for a college dean) dying one’s hair pink to support breast cancer awareness, the element of promoting a witty, viral challenge for a cause is the common link that Darelicious shares with Movember and the ice bucket challenge. As such, there’s reason to believe that the organization will catch on; people gravitate to these sorts of funny, shared challenges, especially when they’re all towards a good cause."
  4. Vox: Early Admissions to Colleges Help Kids Who Don't Need It"Early admissions are good for individual students. But they're not necessarily good for society.These programs tend to give the biggest benefit to the students who least need it. They exacerbate economic inequality at top colleges. And they're probably here to stay: Harvard and Princeton tried to start a trend by abandoning early admission in 2008, only to quickly back down a few years later."
  5. New Profit Blog: An Exciting Opportunity for Tufts Students! A look at Tufts University's new 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program from the perspective of a recent alumna.
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Tags: Forbes, ice bucket challenge, professional, Social Innovation News, STEM, college admission, employment, NationSwell, students, TFA, Vox, female veterans, movember

An Exciting Opportunity for Tufts Students!

Posted by Sarah Duarte on Oct 16, 2014 12:01:49 PM

Future students at Tufts University will be afforded an opportunity that current students as well as alumni, such as myself, could only dream of. With the advent of the 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program, future Jumbos will be given the option of spending a year, between high school and college, participating in service work through the University. Applications for the program, which is being run through Tufts’ Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, are open to all accepted students for fall 2015. The applicants will then be narrowed down, eventually leaving a total of 50 students to participate in the inaugural year.

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Tags: announcements, opportunity, social impact, Social Innovation News, City Year, LIFT, Tufts University, Carpe Diem

Take 5: "Identifying The Worst Colleges In America" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 15, 2014 10:56:27 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Wall Street Journal: Tough Task: Fix Camden Schools "With Camden Mayor Dana Redd’s support, Mr. Rouhanifard, a 33-year-old who fled Iran as a child, is attempting an overhaul that includes a hybrid form of charter school that draws from its neighborhood. This fall, three taxpayer-funded “Renaissance” schools opened for the first time, delighting some families but dismaying critics who argued that children in traditional schools lack their fair share of resources.Now 486 children attend Renaissance schools, run by established nonprofit networks called KIPP, Mastery Charter Schools and Uncommon Schools. If they expand to their approved caps in the coming years, they could eventually total 15 schools with 9,754 students—nearly as many as Camden’s traditional schools teach today." New Profit is a proud funder of KIPP.
  2. The New York Times: As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works "The idea is that teachers, like doctors in medical residencies, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can be responsible for classes on their own. At Aspire, mentors believe that the most important thing that novice teachers need to master is the seemingly unexciting — but actually quite complex — task of managing a classroom full of children. Once internalized, the thinking goes, such skills make all the difference between calm and bedlam, and can free teachers to focus on student learning."
  3. NPR: Identifying The Worst Colleges In America "For years,Washington Monthly has been rating and ranking the nation's colleges. But for its 2014 edition, the magazine has done something new. It has put out a list of what it says are the nation's worst colleges. That is, schools with high tuition, low graduation rates and high student debt rates."
  4. NationSwell: 5 Cities That Are Using Water Bills to Identify People in Need "Earlier this year, Detroit ignited controversy when the city government shut off water service to more than 4,000 residences who were late on utility bills. While the crackdown sparked negative press, a pilot program is using the same concept to help low-income residents in financial distress in five cities across the country."
  5. Education Week: Groups Honing Real-Time Teacher-Performance Exam "Prospective doctors take a licensing exam in which they diagnose the ailments of mock patients. Airline pilots dodge wind shear in flight simulators. Even 16-year-olds follow a driving examiner's directions—turn right, parallel park—to earn their coveted driver's licenses. Should a similar licensing standard apply to prospective K-12 teachers?"
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Tags: education, Higher Education, KIPP, NPR, Organizations, Social Innovation News, the wall street journal, The New York Times

Take 5: "'Grit' Might Be More Important Than IQ. Now Schools Need to Learn to Teach it" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 14, 2014 11:53:29 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Vox: 'Grit' Might Be More Important Than IQ. Now Schools Need to Learn to Teach it "Being smart in school isn't enough. The focus has turned to whether students have grit — whether they can keep going in the face of setbacks to achieve long-term goals...College admissions officers have said if they could measure grit in applicants and use it as a selection criterion, they would. Schools, particularly the KIPP charter schools, obsess about instilling it in their students." New Profit is a proud funder of KIPP.
  2. NPR: How Millennials Are Reshaping Charity And Online Giving "Millennials are spending — and giving away their cash — a lot differently than previous generations, and that's changing the game for giving, and for the charities that depend on it. Scott Harrison's group, Charity: Water, is a prime example. Harrison's story starts in New York's hottest nightclubs, promoting the proverbial 'models and bottles.'"
  3. The New York Times: Web-Era Trade Schools, Feeding a Need for Code "A new educational institution, the coding boot camp, is quietly emerging as the vocational school for the digital age, devoted to creating software developers.These boot camps reflect the start-up ethic: small for-profit enterprises that are fast (classes are two to four months), nimble (revising curriculum to meet industry needs) and unconcerned with SAT scores or diplomas. Most are expensive, but some accept a share of the graduates’ first-year earnings or a finder’s fee from employers as payment."
  4. New Teacher Center: Four Ways to Improve Your District’s Teacher Induction Program "So you have a teacher induction program in place, but is it up to par? Is it doing what you had hoped and how do you know? The vast majority of districts across the country have induction programs to support their newest educators, yet many still see new teachers struggle and find that the practice of novice educators is not delivering the required results in student learning. Will these beginning teachers end up leaving before they have had the chance to become effective? Why is this so and what can be done about it?" New Teacher Center takes a look at these questions and " recommend[s] four ways education leaders can set about creating and/or improving teacher induction programs for greater impact." New Profit is a proud funder of New Teacher Center.
  5. The Huffington Post: EdTech Startups Make College Students Better "Entrepreneurs in the edtech industry are shaping the next generation of technology in higher education. From homework help to online mentoring, startups are expanding the possibilities of how college students will learn."
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Tags: education, KIPP, millennials, NPR, Social Innovation News, College, educators, students, teaching, Technology, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, KIPP Schools, the New Teacher Center, education leaders, introduction program, IQ

Take 5: "Tech Companies Hope to Introduce Coding to 100 Million Students" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 10, 2014 11:38:03 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Fox News: Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize "Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. The decision made Malala, a 17-year-old student and education activist, the youngest-ever Nobel winner."
  2. Wall Street Journal: Tech Companies Hope to Introduce Coding to 100 Million Students "In an effort to attract more — and more diverse — programmers, the CEOs of two dozen big tech companies, including Microsoft, Google and Salesforce.com, will launch a campaign Wednesday with non-profit Code.org to introduce computer science to 100 million students world-wide. The companies agreed to promote Hour of Code, a campaign that encourages students to try an hour of computer coding with an online tutorial. They also plan a crowd-sourced campaign to raise $5 million to be used to train teachers in schools that don’t offer computer science classes, Code.org said."
  3. Citizen Schools: Citizen Schools to Expand STEM Footprint Nationally with US2020 oday Citizen Schools, a leading national education nonprofit, announced that it will be expanding its science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming by retaining US2020 as a key part of its efforts to provide real-world STEM learning to middle schools in low-income communities." Citizen Schools is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. Philanthropy News Digest: Cornell Receives $50 Million to Launch Community Engagement Program "Cornell University has announced a $50 million gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust to launch an initiative that establishes community engagement and real-world learning experiences as the hallmark of the university's undergraduate experience. The grant will support Engaged Cornell, a ten-year, $150 million initiative to empower Cornell students to become active citizens and tackle critical challenges through hands-on, practical learning experiences in their communities and around the world. Among other things, the initiative aims to create a new model for higher education in which public engagement is fully institutionalized and implemented effectively."
  5. Huffington Post:Why We Need To Embrace Technology In The Classroom Right Now "'Introducing technology into a rigid environment is not going to suddenly open up a world of possibilities...And technologists have to realize that they can't be about letting kids access anything, anytime - they have to provide some of the structure, without forcing the teacher into that role. There is a lot to learn together as we continue to build out classroom integrations.'"
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Tags: Citizen Schools, Google, Huffington Post, Social Innovation News, the wall street journal, coding, Technology, Fox News, India, Nobel Peace Prize, Salesforce.com, STEM programming

Take 5: "Taking Charge of Scaling Well" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 9, 2014 11:23:53 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Acumen Blog: Five TED Talks That Inspire Us to Tackle Poverty "TED Global 2014 is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, where over 50 speakers will take the stage and explore ideas that shape our world. While there are countless TED talks that inspire us, including those from our fearless leader, below are five TED Talks that have informed how we think about tackling poverty, and continue to inspire us."
  2. edSurge: Philanthropy’s Essential Role in K-12 Edtech and Strategies for Impact "Although “Record Levels of Edtech Funding” has been a recurring headline, there hasn’t been a focus on the role of philanthropy as the majority of funding is coming from the private sector. From our front line view as an active edtech seed investor, we see the need for diverse forms of capital to realize the full potential of technology to differentiate instruction and drive improved learning outcomes."
  3. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Taking Charge of Scaling Well "Tensions at the heart of the scaling process demonstrate the critical part that practitioners’ goals, values, and motivations play in any scaling story."
  4. Forbes: Leader Exports Silicon Valley Style Venture Philanthropy To Africa, Brazil "Jane Wales, CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum, is leading an effort to apply the Silicon Valley model of venture philanthropy and impact investing to developing markets, especially Africa and Brazil. Wales explained, 'The new generation of North American philanthropists made their wealth at a young age. They are known for their combination of risk appetite and business acumen. These knowledge-hungry change agents are often emblematic of the Silicon Valley culture, where young billionaires like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, eBay's Jeff Skoll, Paypal’s Peter Thiel have been as focused, engaged and results-oriented in their philanthropy and they were in building their tech-based businesses. Many, including eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Google cofounder Larry Page, employ market solutions like 'impact investing' to address social and environmental problems.'”
  5. The official website of The Nobel Prize: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half to John O´Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. "How do we know where we are? How can we find the way from one place to another? And how can we store this information in such a way that we can immediately find the way the next time we trace the same path? This year´s Nobel Laureates have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function."
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Tags: silicon valley, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TED Talks, EdSurge, venture philanthropy, Global Philanthropy Forum, The Nobel Prize, brain function, cognitive function, TED Global 2014

Take 5: "Turning Classrooms into Concert Halls" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 8, 2014 11:12:21 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New York Times: Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation Ginia Bellafante opens a window into the daily lives of many Community College students in the United States. Through the story of one student, Vladimir de Jesus, Bellafante shines a light on many of the obstacles that stand in their way.
  2. Fast Company: This School Has Bikes Instead Of Desks--And It Turns Out That's A Better Way To Learn "Elementary school has always looked a little bit like training for a traditional office job: You show up at 8 or 9, sit at your desk, and fill out paperwork for most of the day. An average third grader might spend as much as six hours sitting in the classroom--only a little less time than the average office worker spends sitting at work. But as more offices realize that sitting all day long is actually pretty terrible for health and productivity, how long will it take schools to catch up?"
  3. NPR: A Silent Majority Of Undereducated And Underemployed Millennials Part of a new NPR series, New Boom, about "the generation born between 1980 and 2000", also known as "millenials", this piece focuses on "the economic impact of bypassing college." Through the story of Fabianie Andre we are given insight into the lives of the majority of millenials, those who do not have a college degree.
  4. New Profit Blog: Turning Classrooms into Concert Halls "Recently, the New Profit team held our annual staff retreat; a day on which we reflect on the work we have done, reconnect as a team, and rejuvenate our commitment to the New Profit mission. As part of this year’s retreat we had the pleasure of watching a poetry performance by Amber Rose Johnson, a current senior at Tufts University, 2010 winner of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, and former Citizen Schools teacher; just a few among her many accomplishments."
  5. US Department of the Treasury: Treasury’s Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund Awards 11 Contracts The U.S. Department of Treasury announced 11 recipients of Financial Empowerment Innovation Funding at the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans in Washington D.C. on Thursday morning. Awardees include universities, nonprofits, research organizations and others working to inform higher-education decisions made by low-income young people. College Possible will be funded to grow and evaluate the financial literacy elements of their program, designed to coach low-income students to-and-through college. “Through the projects announced, Treasury is supporting rigorous research and analysis by some of the nation’s leading innovators and research institutions – research that will develop knowledge and insights, and identify new and effective practices in these areas.” New Profit is a proud funder of College Possible.
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Tags: millennials, NPR, Social Innovation News, Amber Rose Johnson, College Possible, Community College, Early Learning, elementary school, Fast Company, students, The New York Times, Tufts University, Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, US Department of Treasury

Turning Classrooms into Concert Halls

Posted by Sarah Duarte on Oct 7, 2014 12:19:36 PM

This blog post was written by Sarah Duarte, Communications Intern.

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Tags: Citizen Schools, Amber Rose Johnson, New Profit Staff, teaching, Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, staff retreat

Take 5: "Early childhood education: Investing in our children and our national security" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 7, 2014 11:22:46 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Hill: Early childhood education: Investing in our children and our national security U.S. Army Gen. Hugh Shelton argues that investing in education is not just beneficial for our economy – it is absolutely critical for our national security. "75 percent of the 17-24 year olds in this country are unable to serve in the military due to three main problems: they don’t meet the educational requirements; they have criminal records; or they are too overweight...Research shows that early childhood education is the best way to address this national security issue."
  2. New Profit Blog: Boston Globe Op-Ed Highlights Pay For Success "Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy published an op-ed in the Boston Globe highlighting the great potential of Pay for Success. As Congressman Kennedy points out, Pay for Success initiatives garner significant bipartisan support and harness the ability to deliver measurable outcomes while saving taxpayers millions of dollars. New Profit has long understood the potential of Pay for Success, serving as a grantor in the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success (MA JJ PFS) Project...New Profit’s nonpartisan policy arm, America Forward, applauds Congressman Kennedy for his efforts in championing a piece of legislation (The Social Impact Bond Act) that would allow for a $300 million investment by the federal government for the expansion and adoption of Pay for Success approaches."
  3. Huffington Post: The World Needs 4 Million More Teachers To Get Every Child In A Classroom A new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which details the acute global teacher shortage currently taking place in 93 countries, finds that in order to get every child in an elementary school classroom by the year 2015, the world would need 4 million more teachers.
  4. TechCrunch: Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers David Liu, COO of Knewton, argues that "we need to start treating teachers with the respect they deserve. Imagine if Apple, Google, Facebook, and the country’s top tech companies tried to recruit employees without offering them great pay, perks, top-of-the-line technology, development opportunities, and smart colleagues. It would be unthinkable.These companies have spent the time and investment to figure out exactly what it takes to get top people to want to work for them — and, once they’re there, to stay. Could improving outcomes be as simple as treating teachers like software engineers? I say yes."
  5. SSIR: Philanthropy and Impact Investing—Stormy Seas, Rocky Shores "The middle ground between traditional philanthropic and commercial spaces is a continuum; we need to shift the dialogue from morals to tools."
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Tags: education, Pay For Success, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, federal government, Military, teaching, Technology, The Huffington Post, software, UNESCO, US Army, engingeers, Joe Kennedy

Take 5: "How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 6, 2014 11:57:32 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. SSIR: Being Present to Poverty Eric Meade, principal at Expotential Consulting, LLC, discusses the importance of overcoming our addictions to causes, solutions, and impact: "If we release ourselves from these addictions, we may find the solution to poverty that lies within the problem of poverty. We may find that the problem is, as Krishnamurti proposes, self-created; we may see that the world does not have problems, but that people have problems because they would like the world to be other than as it is. Let us accept that world as it is and have a new conversation about how it feels to live here. And then let’s 'move out' from there."
  2. Pew Research Center: U.S. high school dropout rate reaches record low, driven by improvements among Hispanics, blacks "More U.S. high school students are staying in school, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau, as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year. Just 7% of the nation’s 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school, continuing a steady decline in the nation’s dropout rate since 2000, when 12% of youth were dropouts. The decline in the national dropout rate has been driven, in part, by substantially fewer Hispanic and black youth dropping out of school (the non-Hispanic white dropout rate has not fallen as sharply)."
  3. The New England Journal of Medicine: Interview with Dr. Thomas Lee on the social factors that affect health and possible reforms that could help to address them In a new podcast from The New Enlgand Journal of Medicine, Health Leads is featured as effective intervention for addressing social determinants of health. New Profit is a proud funder of Health Leads.
  4. Esquire: Where are the male pre-K teachers? One out of every 50 pre-K teachers is a man, reports NPR's Matt Collette . But there's room – and a need – for more. Matt Collette found that "Sometimes, [pre-K classes are] the first time [the kids are] interacting with a professional adult male that is looking out for them everyday. And it’s not just instrumental for [kids] in pre-K. If you look back at the makeup of the teachers at your school, you probably started to see a handful of male teachers in elementary school. Then maybe a few more in middle school. Then you’ll finally start to see more in high school. But, by then, there are probably some young men who have already decided school isn’t for them. Maybe a male teacher would have helped them find ways to connect and engage with them, and there’s a good chance they never had one."
  5. Mashable: How to Empower Women and Girls Even More — With Technology "Social media and other digital tools are transforming the roles of women and girls across the world, policymakers, activists and tech leaders told the 2014 Social Good Summit...United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, noted children's rights activist Graça Machel and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and administrator at the United Nations Development Programme, joined a panel called "Women Power. Empowered Women." Moderated by ABC News co-anchor Juju Chang, the discussion centered on the ways tech is informing, empowering and inspiring women and girls globally. 'Information is power,' Calvin said. 'And technology is the way to empower women.' The panelists discussed the ways technology is improving the lives of women and girls, and addressed action that still needs to be taken on a global scale."
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Tags: girls, Health Leads, NPR, Poverty, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Early Learning, Women, dropout, The New England Journal of Medicine

Boston Globe Op-Ed Highlights Pay For Success

Posted by America Forward on Oct 6, 2014 11:31:32 AM

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Tags: Pay For Success, Roca, America Forward Coalition, Boston Globe, Third Sector Capital, Congressmen Delaney, Congressmen Young

Mauricio Lim Miller Reflects: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Posted by Admin on Oct 3, 2014 4:24:17 PM

Each year, New Profit's is honored to host some of the most dynamic and though-provoking speakers from across the United States at our annual Gathering of Leaders - our platform for cross-sector dialogue among social entrepreneurs and leaders in philanthropy, business, media, government, and academia. We often include a performance of some sort to add another dimension of inspiration to the event. In recent years, we have hosted Anna Deveare Smith, Maya Azucena, and Daniel Beaty.

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Tags: Organizations, Family Independence Initiative, Maurico Lim Miller, Daniel Beaty

Ensembles, Not Soloists: Inspiration from New Profit Board Member Jeff Walker

Posted by Admin on Oct 3, 2014 10:52:35 AM
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Take 5: "Solving the World's Biggest Problems Takes Ensembles, Not Soloists" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 3, 2014 6:30:55 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Huffington Post: Solving the World's Biggest Problems Takes Ensembles, Not Soloists Jeffery Walker of The Generosity Network on the importance of focusing on bringing together the teams of organizations and individuals that must collaborate to address problems. He mentions New Profit as an example of an organization that has recognized the need for collaborative teams to tackle the biggest challenges humanity faces, and is building partnerships of this kind.
  2. Huffington Post: My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships Mauricio Miller, Founder and CEO of Family Independence Initiative, shares how his experience at New Profit's 2011 Gathering of Leaders reflected his belief that "those people at the center of our upbringing need to be seen and supported as the primary providers of what we need to grow and thrive. Emotional support--love--is the first building block and that needs to be reinforced and supported, and then carried forward out into the world." New Profit is a proud funder of The Family Independence Initiative.
  3. Politico Influence: America Forward Brings on Two Politico Influence shares that America Forward, New Profit's nonpartisan policy arm, has hired former White House staffer Lexi Barrett as policy director and Nicole Truhe as government affairs director.
  4. New Profit Blog: America Forward Part of Team That Will Receive New Social Innovation Fund Grant On Wednesday, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced nearly $12 million in grants to 8 grantees as part of the Social Innovation Fund’s Pay for Success Competition to develop and scale Pay for Success (PFS) approaches and projects across the country. America Forward is excited to be a partner in this first-of-its-kind grant program that aims to build capacity among local governments and nonprofit service providers to take on new Pay for Success programs and deliver strong outcomes and accountability. America Forward and New Profit are partnering with Coalition member Third Sector Capital Partners on a larger grant of $1.9 million. With the grant, Third Sector will select several local governments as sub-recipients to explore and use Pay for Success to address local challenges. America Forward will be working to educate state and local policymakers on the competition and broader issues relating to Pay for Success.
  5. SSIR: Making “What Works” Work for More People
    Michael Smith, director of the Social Innovation Fund, shares learnings from his interviews with two nonprofit leaders - Lois Loofbourrow of Breakthrough Collaborative, and Bob Giannino of uAspire - to convey the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling effective solutions.
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Tags: Pay For Success, PFS, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, family, Social Innovation Fund, The Huffington Post, Third Sector Capital Partners, The Family Independence Initiative

Take 5: New Classrooms: "Reflecting on Lessons Learned" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 2, 2014 2:49:22 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Atlantic: Which Colleges Produce Grads Who Find Meaning in Their Work? "But there’s one measure in which those 'top' schools consistently lag behind: how meaningful their graduates feel their jobs are. Every year, PayScale surveys 1.4 million college alumni from over a thousand U.S. colleges. In addition to collecting data on income, they also ask: Does your work make the world a better place? The answer options range from 'very much so' to 'my job may make the world a worse place.' Apparently, only two thirds of graduates of schools like Harvard and Yale feel that their work is making a difference. The number one school for sending alums off into meaningful work is Loma Linda University in southern California."
  2. The Huffington Post: For Army Couple Reentering Civilian Life, Food Insecurity Just One of Many Challenges A look into some of the challenges Veterans face upon returning home, told through the personal story of the Alba family.
  3. New Classrooms Blog: Five Years On: Reflecting on Lessons Learned A reflective look at the past five years of New Classrooms. "While the media was intrigued by the “whiz-bang” elements of our reimagined classroom (yes, every student uses a laptop), we knew that what we had learned at that point was only a small fraction of what it would ultimately take to bring high quality personalized learning to scale. As has been said before, it’s all about sweating the small stuff." New Profit is a proud funder of New Classrooms.
  4. The Huffington Post: Clinton Global Initiative Brings In $103 Billion For Education, HIV Treatment, Other Pressing Issues "After wrapping up its 10th annual meeting on Wednesday, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) saw its commitments to helping the underserved across the globe climb to $103 billion."
  5. Education Week: Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers "High school students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes through an online platform created by two of the nation's top universities, in one of the most ambitious and direct efforts to date to bring MOOCs into K-12 education."
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Tags: colleges, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, Clinton Global Initiative, Education Week, New Classrooms, The Huffington Post, Veterans, AP exams

Take 5: "Exercise Is ADHD Medication" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 1, 2014 11:30:49 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Atlantic: Exercise Is ADHD Medication "Mental exercises to build (or rebuild) attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Building cognitive control, to be better able to focus on just one thing, or single-task, might involve regular practice with a specialized video game that reinforces "top-down" cognitive modulation, as was the case in a popular paper in Nature last year. Cool but still notional. More insipid but also more clearly critical to addressing what's being called the ADHD epidemic is plain old physical activity."
  2. The New York Times: New School Evaluations Will Lower Test Scores’ Influence "New York City is overhauling its system for evaluating schools, de-emphasizing test scores in favor of measures like the strength of the curriculum and the school environment, and doing away with an overall A-through-F grade for each school..."
  3. The Huffington Post: From the Classroom to Kabul: Why Education Matters "How can communities support at-risk students?" Wes Moore takes a look at this question and the state of the education system today. "We cannot have a conversation about the future of the United States without making sure education is at the top of the list. Talking about the job market or ISIS means nothing if we are letting one million students slip by each year and lose the opportunity to solve these problems in the future. Our greatest challenges will not be fought overseas, but tackled right here at home. The core of any issue facing this country is education."
  4. Acumen Blog: Seven Perspectives from the Social Good Summit "What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? It is a big question on peoples’ minds during a very busy week in New York, where among the People’s Climate March, the United Nations General Assembly, and Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit was another event amplifying the calls to action being made around the world this week." This article provides perspectives on this subject from seven individuals including, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, Nick Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times, Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Muhammad Yunus Chairman, Yunus Center and Founder of Grameen Bank, Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State Department of State, The United States, Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell, Inc. and Jensine Larson, CEO and Founder of World Pulse.
  5. KIPP: KIPP School Summit 2014 "KIPP School Summit (KSS) is the annual gathering of the entire KIPP Team and Family to connect, learn, and share with our colleagues and friends from across the country. This network-wide event offers specialized learning experiences with high-quality presenters across a wide range of topics. KSS ensures that teachers and staff can return to their classrooms and offices armed with best practices and tools to foster excellence and better serve our students." New Profit is a proud funder of KIPP.
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Tags: education, KIPP, Social Good, Social Innovation News, ADHD, Clinton Global Initiative, evaluation, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, KSS, mental exercises, KIPP School Summit

America Forward Part of Team That Will Receive New Social Innovation Fund Grant

Posted by America Forward on Oct 1, 2014 9:41:24 AM

America Forward, the nonpartisan policy arm of New Profit, is excited to announce today that it will be a partner in a first-of-its-kind “Pay for Success” grant program from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF).

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Tags: Pay For Success, America Forward Coalition, SIF, Social Innovation Fund, TSCP, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties