CNBC: Here's A Switch: Big Hedge Funders Going Nonprofit

Posted by Sarah Duarte on Dec 30, 2014 1:17:57 PM

"Marci Spector is one of the young people who made the jump [from hedge fund to nonprofit].

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Tags: Harvard School of Public Health, Hedge Fund, Hedge Funders, In The News, nonprofit, Perry Capital, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, CNBC, Marci Spector, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "It Ain't Calculus: The Opportunity Equation" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 23, 2014 1:59:20 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Brookings Reimagine College "In 2015 we are likely to see such a full-blown invasion and transformation of higher education. This will have profound and beneficial consequences for the education and finances of millions of young Americans and their parents."
  2. Education on Tap: It Ain't Calculus: The Opportunity Equation The newest installment of the the Teach For America podcast. "Eric Schwarz, founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools, joined the podcast to discuss his new book and expand on the benefits of citizen teachers and expanded learning time. Beyond that, he shares some honest reflections around his own "privilege to fail" and how it influenced the work he does now." Teach for America and Citizen Schools are past New Profit portfolio organizations.
  3. LIFT Blog: Giving the Gift of Trust "As the Executive Director of LIFT-Boston, I have many stories to share about the amazing work of our members and volunteers, as well as the ways LIFT engages in active partnerships and relationships based on trust, mutual respect and reciprocity. Today, I am writing to share my story and the impact I discovered this fall season through my own efforts to get involved in direct service." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of LIFT.
  4. USA Today: Where are we now with the FAST Act proposal? "Two simple questions could eventually be the only thing standing between a student and thousands of dollars in federal financial aid. The Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency (FAST) Act aims to simplify the entire financial aid process for the nearly 22 million students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. The act would reduce the 100-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) into just two questions that could fit on a postcard: 'What’s your family size?' and 'What was your household income two years ago?'"
  5. The Huffington Post: The Next Big Social Idea: Unconditional Basic Income "In 2014, serious voices from Pope Francis to Thomas Piketty, in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, have lamented ever-widening inequality. Others have expressed concern that 'the second machine age' of digital technologies will entail the massive elimination of jobs. Few, however, have proposed policy solutions equal to the scale of the problem. But there is one proposal -- perhaps the next big social idea -- that has emerged: Unconditional Basic Income."
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Tags: Brookings, Citizen Schools, Education on Tap, Higher Education, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, FAFSA, LIFT, TFA, The Huffington Post, USA Today, FAST Act, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Pope Francis, Reimagine College, Thomas Piketty, Eric Schwarz, Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency, Unconditional Basic Income

Take 5: "Can You Teach Someone How to Be Creative?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 22, 2014 5:10:04 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Huffington Post: How to Build a Successful School Technology Program "Technology is a catalyst for change. If you want to disrupt a classroom full of children or young adults, try handing out an iPad or a Chromebook to each of them. You'll see lots of activity and excitement, but without solid planning and expectations, much of that energy will be counter-productive. Distractions lurk behind every keystroke, and you can be sure that our 21st Century learners know how to find them. It's no wonder that teachers have mixed feelings about educational technology. Many school districts invest in new computers, label and configure them according to policy, place them in the hands of the students, and expect great things to happen. Not likely. When new and complex disciplinary issues arise, test scores gradually decline, and teachers begin asking students to turn off their devices, the finger-pointing begins."
  2. Educators 4 Excellence: It’s Not the Tests, It’s How We Use Them: A Smarter Approach to Data-Driven Instruction
    "Like nearly every other sector in the 21st century, data has reached education from high-level leadership to individual schools and teachers. For example, WNYC recently profiled a school in Manhattan that is using real-time data to improve. This school is just one of many that is trying to put objective evidence of student performance into practical use. Indeed, the call for more data makes sense, as research has shown that, when used effectively, data-driven education can and has led to improvements in teacher practice and student outcomes. So, how can we ensure that we use data effectively to inform instruction and policy?" New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Educators 4 Excellence.
  3. Mashable: 10 Fundamental Design Rules for Nonprofits "Good design can change the world — or at least help nonprofits and social good organizations in the process.
    Whether it's using a website to tell compelling stories or creating an innovative product, design and social change go hand in hand."
  4. College Advising Corps: Why I Am Excited about Our eAdvising Initiative "To help open more doors, College Advising Corps and a coalition of non-profit organizations and philanthropic leaders are joining forces on a new initiative that leverages technology in an effort to increase the number of high achieving, low-and moderate-income students who enroll in and graduate from selective colleges and universities. College Advising Corps’ role with the coalition is to do what we do best – college advising – in a slightly new way. Instead of serving students in a high school setting, like other College Advising Corps advisers, we will be serving students virtually." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of College Advising Corps.
  5. Nation Swell: Can You Teach Someone How to Be Creative? "How do you teach a concept to a child? For Jeremy Boyle and Melissa Butler, the answer is to put it in their hands. That’s the idea behind Children’s Innovation Project, the duo’s program that introduces public school children to the world of technology and innovation."
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Tags: Huffington Post, HuffPost Impact, Mashable, Organizations, Social Innovation News, College Advising Corps, Educators 4 Excellence, Nation Swell, Take 5, Technology, Design, Jeremy Boyle, Children's Innovation Project, Data Driven Instruction, eAdvising, Melissa Butler, school technology

Take 5: "This Year's 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 19, 2014 11:23:53 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. SSIR: This Year’s 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles "What do unconditional cash transfers, brain science, big data, and collective impact have in common? They were all subjects covered in the top SSIR articles published this year. New approaches to philanthropy proved a particularly hot topic. Here’s a look at what piqued the most interest—and, in the spirit of the holidays, they’re all open to nonsubscribers!"
  2. Vox: The government is going to grade colleges. Friday we learn what it takes to get an "A" "Tomorrow, we'll get the first look at a federal project that aims to be the Consumer Reports of higher education: an Education Department system that rates colleges based on their quality. Individual colleges won't be rated yet. But the Education Department will finally say what data they plan to use when they assign letter grade, or whatever shorthand they choose to denote quality. The grades themselves will be released in 2015. Why is the government doing this? President Obama sees college students as consumers in an expensive, confusing higher education marketplace. He hopes the government can help as they sort out their college decisions, which often come with thousands of dollars of student debt. The ultimate goal is tying the ratings to federal financial aid — so colleges with higher ratings could offer students more generous grants or loans with more favorable terms than are available at colleges with lower ratings."
  3. Pass The Chalk: The Teach For America Blog: We Are the Ones: Montgomery, AL, Teacher Launches Instagram Project "Catherine Ordeman is a Teach For America corps member and an art teacher at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama. Last week, she launched We Are The Ones, a photography project in which nearly 200 students posed for Instagram portraits in front of a quote by Barack Obama. We caught up with Catherine earlier this week, and she told us about her inspiration behind the project and its impact on her students." Teach for America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. NationSwell: Utah Is on Track to End Homelessness by 2015 With This One Simple Idea "Utah has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 74 percent over the past eight years, moving 2000 people off the street and putting the state on track to eradicate homelessness altogether by 2015. How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000. Each participant works with a caseworker to become self-sufficient, but if they fail, they still get to keep their apartment."
  5. The Washington Post: Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended "The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning. Betty Weller, the president of the teachers union, said the MSEA fielded numerous complaints from teachers after they started administering the test this fall. The union wants the state to halt the testing until issues surrounding the assessment and its implementation are resolved. 'Our students in all grades — and especially those in kindergarten, which for many is their first formal educational experience — are counting on the adults to get it right and provide them with an education in which they have adequate time to learn and their teachers have adequate time to teach,' Weller said in a statement. 'We cannot afford to waste valuable instructional time without ensuring that new initiatives have been thoroughly piloted, communicated and are useful to our practitioners.'"
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Tags: education, Homeless, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, NationSwell, testing, TFA, The Washington Post, Vox

Take 5: "Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 18, 2014 12:35:15 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Atlantic: When It Comes to Early Learning, Preschool Isn't Enough "'Is my 18-month old already behind for schooling?' That was the subject line of a recent post on the D.C. Urban Moms and Dads online discussion forum. The anonymous author was reacting to an article written by a mom who had hired an education consultant to help her navigate the preschool enrollment process for her 6-month-old daughter. 'Is this normal?' the listserv poster queried. It's easy to dismiss this question as an example of the neurotic, competitive parenting of elite urban dwellers. But it's actually one that education and child development experts want more parents asking. Because the answer can depend on who is doing the asking and, more importantly, what economic stratum they live in."
  2. NPR: An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!' "Some 80 seventh-grade students, from Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., have applied to be 'peer leaders' in the school's new, alternative discipline program called 'restorative justice.' Kyle McClerkins, the program's director, grills them on aspects of adolescent life: 'What is the biggest challenge for middle school girls? What has changed about you from sixth grade to now?' This school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue. Oakland Unified, one of California's largest districts, has been a national leader in expanding restorative justice. The district is one-third African-American and more than 70 percent low-income. The program was expanded after a federal civil rights agreement in 2012 to reduce school discipline inequity for African-American students."
  3. EdSurge: Jaime Casap’s 2015 Personal Statement: Beating the Low Expectation Syndrome "‘Tis the trendy season for trends, to reflect on 2014 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. This year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts--yes, the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now! Here’s what Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist at Google, had to say..."
  4. NationSwell: Why More Cities Are Creating Innovation Labs "Will social brainstorming make a difference in government?
    Los Angeles is just the latest city to join the movement toward embracing social innovation in government. In collaboration with local incubator Hub LA, Learn Do Share, and Columbia University, the City Controller’s Tech Bullpen launched an 11-month initiative inviting citizens to use the city’s open data portal, Control Panel LA, to come up with solutions for government efficiency and solving local challenges. The Civic Innovation Lab is similar to Chicago’s CivicLab, Open Austin and OpenOakland, which also aim to connect citizens with government problems that need solving. In fact, more and more innovation projects have cropped up since President Barack Obama created the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in 2009, Planetizen points out. But as one of the most populated cities in the country, can Los Angeles really make a difference through its new innovation lab?"
  5. New York Times Fixes: Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014 "This year, people in Charleston, S.C., taught young children to read. In Las Cruces, N.M., others cured hepatitis C. And still others treated depression in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. On the surface, these people have nothing in common — except for being featured in Fixes columns this year. But they are all cousins, in a sense. They all owe their success to one particular strategy. This year in the Fixes column, we’ve looked at 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world. Some of these projects are successful, some partially successful, some are failing in ways we can learn from, and some are intriguing ideas that have yet to compile a track record. The initiatives we’ve covered are — quite literally — all over the map. But there are ideas that unite them, a few strategies that show up over and over again. By connecting the dots we can get a sense of what can work in various contexts to solve many different types of problems. These, then, are Fixes’ nominations for the big ideas in social change of 2014."
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Tags: NPR, Social Innovation News, EdSurge, TED, Youtube

Take 5: "Young Adults Today: More Educated, More Poor" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 17, 2014 1:42:10 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Chronicle For Higher Education: 2014 Influence List: Messenger: Nicole Hurd "This year saw a number of high-profile efforts to open college doors to more students, and Nicole Hurd seemed to have a hand in all of them. In January, Ms. Hurd spoke on a panel at a White House summit on the topic. When Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $10-million commitment to help high-achieving, low-income students, her organization, College Advising Corps, was on its list of partners. And her name appeared in one news article after another about college access. Ms. Hurd, 44, recognizes that this is a special moment. Sometimes, she says, 'everything lines up.'The corps has established itself just as college access has been getting more attention. Ms. Hurd credits that change to the growing body of research showing that access is a serious dilemma and that there are solutions. Her group has also benefited from donors’ heightened interest in proven results, as it makes a point of documenting its successes." New Profit is a proud partner and funder of College Advising Corps.
  2. The Huffington Post Education: Your Kids May Not Be Able To Say If They're Having Trouble -- But They Can Draw It "Parents already know that their kids' artwork is an endless source of amusement, but there could be more to those mini masterpieces, according to new research. A study published in the Attachment and Human Development journal found that children's drawings are a window, so to speak, into the way they view their home life. As part of The Family Life Project, 962 participating 6- and 7-year-old kids were asked to draw their families. Since the researchers had been making regular visits to the participating families' homes, they were able to make one big connection: If a child is experiencing household disorganization and chaos, you'll be able to see it in their family drawings."
  3. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Better Relationships, Better Results "A new survey shows that nonprofits and funders are finding new ways of working together, in the effort to achieve greater impact. Every three years Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conducts a national survey of staffed grantmaking foundations to track progress on practices that both nonprofits and grantmakers agree are critical to achieving better results."
  4. NationSwell: How A Venezuelan Program Inspired Massachusetts to Save the Music "Music education has the ability to improve graduation rates. Across the country school budget cuts have led to diminishing music programs,but Massachusetts is borrowing an idea from Venezuela to carry on the tune. The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced plans this week to set aside funding for a program inspired by El Sistema, a free, music-education program founded in Venezuela, making it the first state to do so in the United States. The new program, SerHacer, translates to 'to be is to make.'”
  5. Fast Company Exist:Young Adults Today: More Educated, More Poor "The U.S. Census Bureau’s new now-and-then look at adults aged 18 to 34 shows how hard it is to be one of the 73 million young adults today. While many more young people have graduated from college than in the past, more are also living in poverty or are unemployed. 'Many of the differences between generations examined within these latest data reflect long-term demographic and societal changes,' Jonathan Vespa, a Census Bureau demographer, stated in a press release. The analysis is based on five years of socioeconomic data collected between 2009 and 2013 from the American Community Survey, an ongoing household survey conducted by the bureau, compared to data from the 1980 census."
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Tags: Higher Education, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, children, College, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Vote Now to Support Understood.org!

Posted by Admin on Dec 16, 2014 2:44:21 PM

Launched in October of this year, Understood.org is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive web resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues. Understood is currently in the running for the Sitecore People’s Choice Award! Sitecore is the content management system (CMS) that was used as the basis for all of Understood – it drives all of their content and is the machinery powering their amazing personalization. Vote now to support the amazing work being done by Understood!

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Tags: announcements, understood.org, voting, Sitecore competition, Sitecore

Take 5: "Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 16, 2014 11:19:17 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Huffington Post: Bloomberg's Giving 14 Cities Up To $3 Million Each To End Poverty, Spur Job Growth"NEW YORK (AP) — Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create 'innovation teams' to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. The Bloomberg Philanthropies grants range from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years, expanding and internationalizing awards to five U.S. cities in 2011. The teams are styled as in-house innovation consultants who work on a series of mayoral priorities."
  2. NPR: Big Drop In Students Being Held Back, But Why? "The question of when or whether it's appropriate to hold a child back in school is a heated one among teachers, parents and even politicians. And a new study is adding some kindling to the debate. Researchers found that the rate at which kids are held back — in education circles it's called 'grade retention' — has dropped dramatically. From 1995 to 2005, the overall retention rate hovered near 3 percent. But, from 2005 to 2010 it fell to 1.5 percent. 'It has pretty much gone under the radar because no one was able to measure [grade retention],' says the University of Minnesota's Rob Warren, lead researcher on the study. 'The next step is why.'That's the bad news. As remarkable as these numbers are, they're also a bit of a mystery."
  3. The Mission Continues Blog: Honoring the Fallen with Wreaths Across America "Each year, Wreaths Across America remembers and honors the fallen by placing wreaths at individual headstones and monuments nationwide. In one afternoon alone last year, more than 143,000 wreaths were placed throughout Arlington National Cemetery. The annual tradition will continue this Saturday with wreath laying ceremonies nationwide." New Profit is a proud partner and funder of The Mission Continues.
  4. Mashable: 5 digital health trends you'll see in 2015 "2014 has been a huge year for health tech. According to digital health incubator StartUp Health, digital health funding in the first three quarters of 2014 has already surpassed $5 billion, close to double what was invested in all of 2013 ($2.8 billion).'Digital health funding for the year is on track to double last year's total,' said Unity Stoakes, co-founder and president of StartUp Health. 'Some trends we're watching include a growing corporate interest in digital health, more global cross-pollination of ideas, as well as increasing health consumerism as people move into the driver's seat when it comes to their care.'"
  5. The New York Times Well: A Shortage of Juggling Doctors "A controversial statistic suggests that in the near future our country will be in desperate need of more doctors. The Association of American Medical Colleges has estimated that by 2025 we will be about 130,000 short, thanks primarily to an exploding older population. Ten thousand Americans now turn 65 every day, entering their golden years of disproportionate consumption of medical care. Not all the experts agree with these calculations. A panel at the Institute of Medicine, for example, has countered that geographic variability always undermines these dire predictions, with a reliable glut of physicians persisting in some places and reliable shortages in others. The real problem, they say, is a profession top-heavy with specialists, leaving too few to provide primary care."
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Tags: education, Health, Huffington Post, Mashable, NPR, Poverty, Social Innovation News, doctors, public health, The New York Times, Veterans, digital, The Mission Continues Blog

Deloitte Launches New Social Impact Toolkit

Posted by Addie Chamberlain on Dec 15, 2014 1:48:05 PM

Deloitte has had a long standing commitment to philanthropy. As you may know, New Profit and Deloitte recently renewed an annual multi-million dollar collaboration that has helped nearly 50 innovative nonprofits achieve scale and greater impact over the last 15 years. Now, Deloitte has released a new social impact toolkit for philanthropic organizations. New Profit Manager of Strategic Partnerships Addie Chamberlain takes a closer look...

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Tags: Social Innovation News, Deloitte, New Profit Staff, Addie Chamberlain

Take 5: "The White House Wants You To Know That Preschool Is Really Good For The Economy" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 15, 2014 12:45:55 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Education on Tap: Stay The Course - Teacher Training and Retention The next installment of the Teach For America podcast Education on Tap. "We're back for Part II of our interview with University of Pennsylvania professor and researcher Dr. Richard Ingersoll. In the second part of our conversation, we focus on teacher training and whether that correlates to how long educators spend in the classroom. WARNING: May get bumpy. More myth-busting research lies ahead." Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  2. The Huffington Post: The White House Wants You To Know That Preschool Is Really Good For The Economy "A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers makes the case that investing in preschool education is absolutely worth it. The report, released Wednesday morning, comes out the same day that the White House is convening a Summit on Early Education. While President Barack Obama has not yet persuaded Congress to pass a major preschool expansion bill, he pointed at the Summit to other indications of progress."
  3. NationSwell: This New Federal Program Provides Better Food to Low-Income Individuals "A new federal program will allow low-income families to eat healthier food and spur the local economy at the same time. The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), approved alongside this year’s Farm Bill, will put $100 million over the next five years into the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps). As CBS News reports, the money will go towards programs such as Double Up Food Bucks, which allows farmer’s markets to match the amount a SNAP recipient might spend, meaning they can double up on fresh fruits and vegetables. According to NPR, the $100 million will also be matched by private funding, so there’s a potential of $200 million going towards the program."
  4. Understood: 10 Holiday Stressors for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues "Holidays can be a time to make memories and spend time with family. They can also be a time of stress for kids with learning and attention issues. Here are 10 stressors to look out for, and ways to help."
  5. Fast Company Exist: What It's Like To Live Without A Bank Account For A Day " The challenge was simple, or so it seemed: Pay my bills and complete a handful of money-related errands before my work shift began at noon. It was harder than I ever could have imagined. In reality, I wasn't handling my own finances; I was participating in a simulation of what it's like to be one of the underbanked—that is, to be one of the 7.7% of Americans with limited access to traditional banking services. The Financial Solutions Lab, a spin-off of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), put on the simulation for a group of entrepreneurs, nonprofit employees, and banking executives so that they could come up with new product ideas for addressing the challenges of cash flow management."
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Tags: education, Education on Tap, learning differences, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Fast Company Exist, food, NationSwell, TFA, The Huffington Post, Understood

Forbes: Collaboration Seeks To Increase Impact

Posted by Sarah Duarte on Dec 12, 2014 1:10:50 PM

"Deloitte’s Monitor Institute has been collaborating with New Profit, a venture philanthropy fund, for 15 years 'to help social entrepreneurs grow their impact,' according to Monitor’s Chief Operating Officer Dana O’Donovan.

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Tags: Forbes, Google Hangout, In The News, philanthropy, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Collaboration Forbes, Dana O'Donovan, Deloitte, Deloitte's Monitor Institute, Devin Thorpe, Monitor Institute, Vanessa Kirsch, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "What We're Missing in the Global Education Race" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 12, 2014 12:02:59 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The New York Times: Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue "For all the attention placed on problems that black boys face in terms of school discipline and criminal justice, there is increasing focus on the way those issues affect black girls as well. Data from the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education show that from 2011 to 2012, black girls in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide were suspended at a rate of 12 percent, compared with a rate of just 2 percent for white girls, and more than girls of any other race or ethnicity. In Georgia, the ratio of black girls receiving suspensions in the same period compared with white girls was 5 to 1, and in Henry County, that ratio was 2.3 to 1, said J D Hardin, the spokesman for the county’s school district. And researchers say that within minority groups, darker-skinned girls are disciplined more harshly than light-skinned ones."
  2. The Washington Post: Most College Students Literally Have No Idea How Much They’re Paying to go to School "A majority of first-year undergraduates can't correctly estimate how much student loan debt they're taking on. More surprising, among college freshmen who have taken out federal student loans, more than a quarter (28 percent) don't think they have any federal debt, and 14 percent don't think they have any debt at all."
  3. Time: What We’re Missing in the Global Education Race Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America and Teach For All, writes about global education goals, progress, and what we need to do next. "Nearly 15 years ago, the global community set an unprecedented goal—to give every child access to primary education. We have made progress, but today 58 million children in developing regions remain out of school, and 250 million school-aged children around the world lack basic literacy and numeracy skills...If we’re going to see sustainable results from all the other investments we’re making in education, we need to build leadership capacity in each and every country. Without it, there is no certainty that 10 years from now, and 10 years after that, we will see rising educational levels and decreasing disparities all around the world. Our collective welfare depends on it." Teach For America and Teach For All are past New Profit portfolio organizations.
  4. The Bangor Daily News: Poor Child Care Options Hurt Young Parents Trying to get College Education "As a growing number of young parents find a way to pay for and attend college, they’re confronting a spotty and inadequate child care system that drives many to drop out or load up on debt — a problem that threatens to undermine efforts to improve social mobility for young people from low-income and minority backgrounds."
  5. Mashable: Giving Tuesday Sets Record in Online Donations This Year "Giving Tuesday, the global movement of giving back after consumer-driven holidays Black Friday and Cyber Monday, saw its most successful year yet on Tuesday, according to early metrics."
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Tags: Civil Rights, Mashable, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, College, Discipline, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Ethnicity, Federal Student Loans, Giving Tuesday, TFA, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, tuition, United States Department of Education, Wendy Kopp, child care, Global Education Race, The Bangor Daily News, undergraduates

Take 5: "Forget the Kids Who Can't Get In; What About Those Who Don't Even Apply?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 11, 2014 4:29:11 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Huffington Post: White House Issues Guidelines For Education Of Incarcerated Students With Disabilities "The federal government is putting prisons on notice, reminding them that incarcerated students with disabilities are legally entitled to the same rights and protections granted to students with disabilities in public school settings...Students identified as having a disability who are incarcerated during the academic year must be provided with the same supplementary services listed on their school-based Individualized Education Plan -- a crucial roadmap created by educators and parents to help special-education students -- or that plan must be formally re-examineed by the relevant public agency, in consultation with parents."
  2. The Daily Beast: Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply? "It’s called 'undermatching'—when super-smart poor kids could get into elite schools but are afraid to apply. And it’s a problem we can fix. ‘Tis the season for college admissions. Across the country, high school seniors are in the throes of completing college applications before looming deadlines. Among privileged students, we aren’t talking about just applying to a few choice schools. Upper-income students are applying to as many as 30 to 60 colleges—at $40 to $80 per app—to improve their chances of getting into a 'reach' or top tier school, a 'safety' school, or landing somewhere in the middle. Last year, according to The New York Times, one student applied to nearly 90 colleges. At a minimum, that’s like $4,000 in application costs. Meanwhile, a staggering number of bright, high-achieving students growing up in poverty won’t even apply to one. This phenomenon is known in education circles as 'undermatching.'"
  3. The Boston Globe: Mass. receives $15m US grant to increase access to preschool "Massachusetts will receive $15 million from the US Department of Education to expand access to preschool to about 750 4-year-olds in five communities across the state, officials announced Wednesday. The funding comes as part of the federal Preschool Development Grant program, which will use $250 million to enroll 33,000 children in high-needs communities in preschool programs nationwide. The grant will be devoted to expanding preschool programs in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, and Springfield, according to a statement from Governor Deval Patrick."
  4. NPR: Why The President Wants To Give Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Toddlers "Why does public school start at age 5? Neuroscientists say the most important brain development begins at birth. Friedrich Froebel, who coined the term 'kindergarten' in Germany in the mid-19th century, was among the first education thinkers to intuit this fact about the brain. His 'child-gardens' were mixed-age classrooms of children from 3 to 7 years old, who learned through play.When reformers such as Boston's Elizabeth Peabody brought kindergarten to the United States, they followed Froebel's mixed-age model. But when kindergartens became incorporated into public school systems, beginning in the late 19th century, the age cutoff was generally set higher, at age 5. Wednesday, President Obama invited researchers, educators and philanthropists to the White House to reopen the conversation about the importance of quality learning for even the youngest children."
  5. The Mission Continues Blog: Veterans Coming Home
    "For many veterans, the transition is filled with complicated and confusing challenges. Veterans Coming Home, a new initiative led by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, believes these are challenges every American should help overcome. Working with community-based partners like The Mission Continues, many local stations are recognizing veterans for their service, sharing their stories, opportunities and challenges, and increasing the number of veterans connecting with local resources to support their successful transition to civilian life." New Profit is a proud partner and funder of The Mission Continues.
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Tags: NPR, Organizations, Preschool, President Barack Obama, Social Innovation News, special education, The Mission Continues, college admissions, Deval Patrick, Disabilities, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, white house, Public Broadcasting, Elizabeth Peabody, Federal Preschool Development Grant, Friedrich Froebel, undermatching, US Department of Education, Veterans Coming Home

Send Your Questions! Google Hangout with Vanessa Kirsch Tonight at 6:00 PM

Posted by Admin on Dec 11, 2014 9:38:28 AM

Today at 6:00pm ET, New Profit's Founder and CEO Vanessa Kirsch will participate in a Google Hangout on social impact collaboration with Deloitte's Dana O'Donovan and Devin Thorpe of Forbes.com. The conversation will build on our recent announcement about extending our multi-million dollar annual collaboration with Deloitte to provide world-class strategic support to social entrepreneurs and leadership teams at organizations in the New Profit portfolio.

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Tags: announcements, Forbes, Google Hangout, Dana O'Donovan, Deloitte, New Profit Staff, Vanessa Kirsch, Dvin Thorpe, the power of collaboration

Deadline Tomorrow! Last Chance to Apply for Current Social Innovation Fund 'Pay for Success' Competition

Posted by Admin on Dec 11, 2014 4:32:00 AM

This post is to remind those who plan to apply for the Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. competition that the submission deadline for the intent to apply form has been extended to tomorrow - Friday, December 12th!

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Tags: announcements, Pay For Success, America Forward Coalition, Third Sector Capital, Third Sector Capital Partners, Competition

Take 5: Patrick Announces $3.5 Million to Reduce Chronic Homelessness" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 10, 2014 1:25:07 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Boston Globe: Patrick Announces $3.5 Million to Reduce Chronic Homelessness "Governor Deval Patrick launched a new effort Monday to reduce the state’s chronically homeless population funded by $3.5 million from private investors, the state’s second 'pay for success' program. The goal of the program is to stabilize the lives of up to 800 longtime homeless individuals — nearly half the state’s chronically homeless population — by providing them with permanent housing while at the same time reducing the amount of taxpayer money that would otherwise have been spent on shelter, Medicaid, and other emergency services for these individuals... In 2012, Massachusetts became the first state to announce that it would use this social financing system, also known as social impact bonds, which was pioneered in the United Kingdom. In January, the state launched a $27 million juvenile justice initiative funded by the investment firm Goldman Sachs and other foundations to help the Chelsea nonprofit Roca to reduce the rate at which young offenders return to jail. The first evaluation will be held in two years." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Roca.
  2. The New York Times: Tech Figures Join to Fund Change.org Petition Site "In a twist on how Silicon Valley companies are financed, several technology luminaries have banded together to effectively do the work of a traditional venture capital firm. The Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and others have invested $25 million in Change.org, the petitions website, to help it expand."
  3. Fast Company: Farm2050: Silicon Valley's Attempt At Cashing In On The New Farming Revolution "Can organic farming feed the world? Possibly, but it depends on who you ask. Even if it can and ultimately does, the future of farming won't look much like the industry did a decade years ago. Data science and all the technologies that go along with it—sensors, computers, and so on—are making it possible for farmers to grow crops more efficiently, and Silicon Valley is intrigued with the monetary possibilities. In November, Flextronics’ Lab IX and Innovation Endeavors, a VC fund backed by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, announced the creation of Farm2050, an initiative that will offer funding and support to startups that want to cash in on the new farming revolution. But can Silicon Valley really transform farms from afar?"
  4. The Huffington Post: What is the Hour of Code? "You may vaguely remember hearing something about the Hour of Code last year. You may even be able put a face to the event, like that of Chris Bosh, Ashton Kutcher, or Hadi Partovi, but it's hard to deny that it has become so much more in 2014. This year, the world is expected to surpass 100 million users who have been introduced to programming thanks to this exuberant campaign spearheaded by Code.org...The Hour of Code is an initiative that takes place during CSEd Week (the second week of December) where everyone is encouraged to try programming for at least one hour. The idea behind the movement is very similar to getting a child to try a new food. Someone may think that they don't have a taste for programming, but a great first experience might change their mind."
  5. Mashable: How to Find Volunteer Work Online "There's an infinite number of worthy causes and organizations eager to have volunteers, but if you're just getting started, it can be difficult — even discouraging — to weed through all the options. Luckily, many sites and platforms can help you find the best volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and skills. From Catchafire, which helps busy professionals apply their skills to volunteer work, to DoSomething, which helps young people take meaningful action based on their passions and time preferences, you're bound to find volunteer work among the eight resources we've rounded up below."
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Tags: Bill Gates, Chronic Homelessness, code.org, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hadi Partovi, HuffPost, HuffPost Impact, Juvenile Justice, Mashable, Microsoft, Organizations, Pay For Success, Roca, silicon valley, Social Innovation News, coding, Deval Patrick, Fast Company, Technology, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Twitter, venture capital, Chris Bosh, Jerry Yang, startups, Ashton Kutcher, catchafire, Change.org, CSEd Week, DoSomething, Eric Schmidt, Evan Willaims, Farm 2050, Farming, Flextronics, Houre of Code, Innovation Endeavors, Lab IX, VC, Volunteer, Volunteer Work Online, Yahoo

Employers of National Service Initiative

Posted by Admin on Dec 9, 2014 12:52:25 PM

New Profit is proud to join the Employers of National Service initiative. Employers of National Service highlights the talents of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni and connects them with employers that recognize their unique skills.

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Tags: announcements, president, President Barack Obama, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Employer of National Service

Take 5: "Tell Your Truth: Reframing the Narrative" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 9, 2014 11:16:29 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Philly.com: Schools Can do More to Make College Accessible "Today, there aren't nearly enough lower-income students...attending America's highest-performing colleges and universities. Less than 10 percent of young people whose families are in the lowest quartile of American incomes ever earn a college degree, compared with 85 percent of those in the top quartile. With the average lifetime earnings difference between high school and college graduates exceeding $1 million, America is re-creating the economic caste system our ancestors came here to escape. To make our country truly a land of opportunity, colleges must do a better job serving low-income and minority students."
  2. The Atlantic: How Black Students Tend to Learn Science "Recent data could hold the key to closing STEM’s diversity gap in the classroom and offer insight into how different student groups learn as a whole. Kelly Hogan, a biology professor at the University of North Carolina, and Sarah L. Eddy, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington, recently completed a study, 'Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work.' The study delves into how differences in race, culture, and a family’s higher-education background can affect the methodologies by which students learn. It also encourages debate about whether college courses—specifically STEM-related ones—are using archaic teaching approaches, especially considering today’s increasingly diverse student populations."
  3. Teach For All: Tell Your Truth: Reframing the Narrative "On a societal level the power of the narrative is repeated on a wider scale. As a society, we are constantly hearing stories through politics, the media, entertainment, religion, education, or individuals. How we understand each story depends on who is telling it—who is framing the narrative. Clint Smith and his students describe how the voices of young people from low income and minority communities are often excluded from this societal narrative. Also often missing is a deep and honest analysis of the history that shapes the current context in which these young people live. Disconnecting a context from the history that shaped it and excluding the voices of those most affected can lead a society to view its low income and minority communities through a limited, and often distorted lens. This lens shapes how we perceive our students, their communities, and the role we play within the environment in which we work. Likewise, it shapes how our students perceive themselves." Teach For All is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. Getting Smart: New Classrooms’ Blended Math Program Yields Big Gains for Struggling Students "Nonprofit R&D shop New Classrooms powers middle school math programs in 15 high poverty schools. A report out today shows promising results from their blended learning Teach to One program. About 6000 middle grade students, most of whom had initial mathematics skills that were well below national averages, made 1.5 years of progress during the second year of Teach to One implementation according to Dr. Douglas Ready of Columbia University’s Teachers College." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of New Classrooms.
  5. EdSurge: Closing the Opportunity Gap with #FutureReady "'We must close the opportunity gap first before we can begin the work of closing the achievement gap for kids.' So it begins--a call to action for us to commit to begin to identify and provide opportunities for all members of our school communities, as well as with those members of our personal and professional networks. The work is too great for the load to fall solely on the shoulders of Superintendents to bring about #FutureReady opportunities that will lead to #FutureReady change--more exactly, #FutureReadyChange."
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Tags: Columbia University, minority students, Opportunity Gap, Organizations, Social Innovation News, STEM, The Atlantic, achievement gap, College Accessible, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, EdSurge, getting smart, New Classrooms, Teach For All, #FutureReady, lower-income students, Philly.com, Reframing the Narrative, Blended Math Program, Clint Smith, Culture, Dr. Douglas Ready, Kelly Hogan, Sarah L. Eddy, superintendents, University of North Carolina

J.B. Schramm, Founder of College Summit, Joins New Profit

Posted by Admin on Dec 8, 2014 1:45:52 PM

J.B. Schramm, the co-founder and former CEO of College Summit, has joined New Profit to lead a new initiative that aims to help 10 million more American youth from underserved communities develop the career skills needed to be successful in the workforce by 2025.

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Tags: J.B. Schramm, College Summit, New Profit Staff, Vanessa Kirsch, 10 Million More Career Ready Americans by 2025

Take 5: "The Cutthroat World of Elite Public Schools" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 8, 2014 1:27:11 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Atlantic: The Cutthroat World of Elite Public Schools "In September 2012, the NAACP’s legal arm joined forces with two other advocacy groups to file a federal civil rights complaint against New York City’s public school system. The issue at hand was—and still is—the city’s nine elite public high schools. Like most public high schools in the city, these schools can choose who attends. But the elite schools are their own animal: Whereas other schools look at a range of criteria to determine students’ eligibility, eight of these nine elite institutions admit applicants based exclusively on how the students score on a rigorous, two-and-a-half-hour-long standardized test."
  2. Fast Company: This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People "As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don't have much space left for urban wildlife—at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for nature. Based on the design of floating oil platforms, the Sea Trees are made from steel and shaped like giant trees. Each level of the platform supports a slightly different habitat. Underwater, the structure supports fish, oysters, and could even serve as the base for a coral reef in the right climate."
  3. The Huffington Post: Here's Where Child Care Is The Least Affordable Around America "To the surprise of no one, child care remains massively expensive and is putting a huge strain on the bank accounts of families around America. On Thursday morning, Child Care Aware of America released its latest report about the costs of child care around the country. As in previous years, the results were bleak. Even though this is the eighth year the organization has been releasing such a report, authors say 'the picture for families has not improved...and child care remains one of the most significant expenses in a family budget.'"
  4. New York Times: How Game Theory Helped Improve New York City’s High School Application Process "Tuesday was the deadline for eighth graders in New York City to submit applications to secure a spot at one of 426 public high schools. After months of school tours and tests, auditions and interviews, 75,000 students have entrusted their choices to a computer program that will arrange their school assignments for the coming year. The weeks of research and deliberation will be reduced to a fraction of a second of mathematical calculation: In just a couple of hours, all the sorting for the Class of 2019 will be finished. To middle-school students and their parents, the high-school admissions process is a grueling and universally loathed rite of passage. But as awful as it can be, it used to be much worse. In the late 1990s, for instance, tens of thousands of children were shunted off to schools that had nothing going for them, it seemed, beyond empty desks. The process was so byzantine it appeared nothing short of a Nobel Prize-worthy algorithm could fix it. Which is essentially what happened."
  5. AirTalk: Teaching Our Teachers: U.S. Department of Education Rolls Out Plan for Regulations on Teacher Preparedness Programs "Thanks to a new plan from the U.S. Department of Education, teachers across the country could be getting report cards of their own before they get to hand out any to students in the classroom. The recently-unveiled proposal would require states to give report cards for teacher evaluation programs in each state. This would include not only public and private colleges and universities, but also alternative programs run by school districts or nonprofits like Teach for America." Larry Mantle interviews three leaders in the education field including Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Educators 4 Excellence. Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization. New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Educators 4 Excellence.
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Tags: HuffPost, New York City, Organizations, Public Schools, Social Innovation News, standardized test, Teach For America, The Atlantic, Educators 4 Excellence, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, U.S. Department of Education, AirTalk, child care, Larry Mantle, Teacher Preparedness Programs, child care aware, Evan Stone, Game Theory, High School Application Process, Urban Wildlife

Take 5: "5 Surprising Things Everyone Should Know About Standardized Tests" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 5, 2014 2:18:43 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Atlantic: How Teachers Help Students Who've Survived Trauma "When I was teaching at an independent middle school, the term 'professional development' meant shoring up my skills in English and Latin, strengthening my cultural literacy base, and learning about new teaching techniques and innovations. But now that I am teaching English and writing in the adolescent wing of a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, 'professional development' has taken on an entirely new meaning. I’ve had to switch up my priorities and expectations, not to mention my acronyms. Today, I’m less concerned with boosting my students’ A.P. (Advanced Placement) scores than I am with mitigating the consequences of their high ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scores."
  2. Fast Company: Vertical Farms Will Be Big, But For Whom? "Growers say they want to grow nutritious food in a new, sustainable way, and supplement field farms and greenhouses. They believe the technique [vertical urban farming] can revolutionize farming in crowded urban metropolises, during cold winters, and in impoverished parts of the world. And, the growers add, their produce is already in demand because it’s local, available year around, and frankly, pristine."
  3. EdSurge: Embracing Collaboration with Google Apps: From the Halls of Kettle Moraine School District "Google Apps for Education are a set of tools that give users access to (among other things) professional email, online storage, collaborative documents and presentations, all in a cloud-based system. KMSD staff, students and administrators use Google Apps daily and have quickly learned how these tools can open doors to new collective, instructional and organizational opportunities."
  4. Vox: 5 Surprising Things Everyone Should Know About Standardized Tests "Standardized tests have become a lot more common — and a lot more controversial — in the past 15 years. This year, the Common Core will change the state assessments that most students take at the end of the year. But there is still plenty people don't know about standardized testing, including these five facts, which might surprise you."
  5. Getting Smart: EdTech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand "Much like the 3 little pigs, a 'straw house' implementation cannot withstand the elements around it. Successful EdTech implementations share several commonalities when you peel back to the core of the project."
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Tags: Adverse Childhood Experience, Social Innovation News, Standardized Tests, The Atlantic, ACE, Common Core, EdSurge, Fast Company, Fast Company's Co. Exist, getting smart, students, Take 5, teaching, Technology, Trauma, Vox, KMSD, Google Apps, Kettle Moraine, Verticle Farms

#CollegeOpportunity Day of Action

Posted by Admin on Dec 5, 2014 9:06:07 AM

Yesterday, leaders in the realm of education joined the President, First Lady, and Vice-President at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action. This event is part of the President's plan to expand access to opportunity in America by preparing students for and to graduate from college. Some of New Profit's grantee partners --College Possible, College Advising Corps, iMentor and Single Stop -- played a feature role in the event and continue to do so. To learn more, check out the links below!

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Tags: iMentor, Michelle Obama, Organizations, president, President Barack Obama, America Forward Coalition, College Advising Corps, College Possible, first lady, Single Stop, Vice-President, white house, College Opportunity Action Day, College Opportunity Summit, Joe Biden

Take 5: "Blowing off Class? We Know" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 4, 2014 5:01:11 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New Classrooms Blog: Independent Analysis of First Two Years of Teach to One: Math "Today, we’re proud and excited to share an independent analysis of results from the first two full years of Teach to One: Math. You can read the report here. This report offers us a great opportunity to reflect on our impact in the students we serve." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of New Classrooms.
  2. The New York Times: Blowing Off Class? We Know "The stuff some colleges know right now about their students, thanks to data-mining of their digital footprints, boggles the mind. It may even seem a bit creepy. Has their attendance slipped? Have they stopped logging in to read course packets or file assignments? Did they just drop the very class they needed for their major? Tools developed in-house and by a slew of companies now give administrators digital dashboards that can code students red or green to highlight who may be in academic trouble. Handsome 'heat maps' — some powered by apps that update four times a day — can alert professors to students who may be cramming rather than keeping up."
  3. The Atlantic: Why Students Avoid Academic Help "Nearly everybody who went to secondary school remembers being peer-pressured into something—pranks, parties, or cutting class. It’s a time when people tend to be most insecure and conscious of what others think of them. That spills over into decisions about the future: Some students make poor decisions about their education because they’re worried about how their peers will perceive them. Depending on the context, the rate at which students sign up for SAT prep can be dramatically different, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper. Students indicated that they’re willing to turn down a free course just because their classmates would find out, the findings suggest."
  4. EdSurge: PARCC Shares 'Lessons Learned' from Common Core Field Tests "During the spring of 2014, more than 1.1 million students in approximately 16,000 U.S. schools took field tests of a Common Core assessment developed by PARCC, short for the 'Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.' According to a recently released report from PARCC summarizing key findings from these tests, the ultimate goal of the pilots 'was to confirm that PARCC is a quality assessment program and to make improvements based on the experience' before the formal administration of the exam to 'an estimated 5 million students' in 2015."
  5. Tech Crunch: Tumblr Now Has ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons From Etsy, Kickstarter, Artsy + Do Something "Tumblr — the site that has apparently overtaken Instagram as the fastest-growing social media property — has today announced a test of a new feature that will give it more interactivity, and more of a social commerce spin. Users that post links from a selection of sites — Etsy, Artsy, Kickstarter and Do Something — will now automatically see action buttons appear in the top right corner of the posts for people to 'buy', 'browse', 'pledge', or 'do something'."
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Tags: education, Social Innovation News, College, Data, New Classrooms, students, Teach to One: Math, teaching, Technology, The New York Times, careers, Tumblr, digital footprint

Take 5: "Can 3-D Printed Homes Help Solve Homelessness?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 3, 2014 1:54:01 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Huffington Post: School Technology: Important for Teaching, Learning "As school districts work to prepare students for careers, education and life beyond high school, teaching and using technology in schools has become increasingly important. This doesn't mean simply purchasing and using new devices in school. For example, it can also mean sending 'literacy texts' to parents with tips about reading. Regardless of how we do it, our obligation as educators is to determine what uses of technology work best to meet educational goals for students."
  2. The Huffington Post: Continuous Learning Is Key to Achieving Better Outcomes "To address complex social challenges, we need to figure out what works. Collecting evidence, however, is only part of the challenge. There needs to be a process of continuous learning over time of what works, for whom, and under what circumstances - and then using that information to deliver better results." Kirsten Lodal, co-founder and CEO of LIFT, and Dan Cardinali, President of Communities in Schools, talk about the importance of "data, evidence and evaluation to continue building evidence of effectiveness" in the social realm. LIFT was recently featured in a Moneyball for Government video, click the link to watch the video and learn more about the initiative. New Profit is a proud funder and partner of LIFT.
  3. NationSwell: A Small Island That Makes a Big Difference for America’s Veterans "Soldiers spend months deployed thousands of miles from home, selflessly defending their country. To show gratitude to these men and women, Holidays for Heroes and the whole Nantucket community treat them to a relaxing island getaway."
  4. The Atlantic: Is the U.S. Focusing Too Much on STEM? "STEM can sometimes be an overused buzzword, the negative impacts of which are felt by students who don’t get a quality, well-rounded education. But in general its hype is justified because students simply need greater scientific and technological literacy than they did before to function in today’s society and economy."
  5. Fast Company: Can 3-D Printed Homes Help Solve Homelessness? "The best way of solving homelessness, many advocates argue, is just to give people homes. Though it sounds simplistic—and expensive—a 'housing first' policy in places like Utah and Boston actually saves the government money. Now a U.K. company hopes to help make the process cheaper by building homes with a 3-D printer."
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Tags: education, Organizations, Social Innovation News, STEM, Fast Company, LIFT, NationSwell, Technology, The Huffington Post, Veterans, Holidays for Heros

Help Break Down Barriers to Opportunity for #GivingTuesday

Posted by Admin on Dec 2, 2014 2:24:12 PM

It's that time of year again, the season of giving, and what better way to kick it off than participating in Giving Tuesday? Several of our amazing New Profit portfolio organizations let us know that they are participating today. Check them out and consider making them part of your Giving Tuesday donations:

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Tags: First Place for Youth, #GivingTuesday, Health Leads, New Teacher Center, Organizations, Eye to Eye, Giving Tuesday, Turnaround, YouthBuild

Take 5: "14 Innovations that Improved the World in 2014" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 2, 2014 11:29:23 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. NPR: What Every School Can Learn From Preschools "Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. Planning for the future. A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn't be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes."
  2. The Huffington Post: A Learning Problem Is Not an Intelligence Problem David Flink, co-founder and CEO of Eye to Eye, writes about how learning differences affect a large percentage of our population. "A learning problem is not an intelligence problem -- these children are smart, creative, and capable. They can and do learn; however, they think differently, access and process information in an atypical way. That is where opportunity lies, and where we are falling far short." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Eye to Eye.
  3. Education Week: Kindergartners Benefit From Early-Years Program, Study Finds "A year makes a big difference in the life and learning of a child, and a new study suggests the early-childhood curriculum Tools of the Mind may be significantly more effective for children in kindergarten than preschool."
  4. Mashable: 14 Innovations that Improved the World in 2014 This has been an amazing year for innovative inventions, this list provides information about 14 of the inventions that are helping to improve the world. "These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or 'groundbreaking' apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the world."
  5. NationSwell: From Farm to Patient: How One Medical Facility is Rethinking Hospital Food "The words 'hospital food' usually inspire thoughts of rubbery jello and syrupy fruit cups. But the St. Luke’s University Health Network in Easton, Pa. is doing its best to change that. In the fall of 2013, it teamed up with the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing organic farms and spreading organic practices, to establish a produce farm serving the hospital network."
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Tags: Kindergarten, learning differences, Mashable, NPR, Organizations, Preschool, Social Innovation News, David Flink, Education Week, Eye to Eye, NationSwell, Take 5, The Huffington Post, Hospital Food, St. Luke's, Innovations that Improved the World in 2014, Medical Facility, Rodale Institute

We've Moved!

Posted by Admin on Dec 1, 2014 2:29:43 PM
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Tags: New Profit Staff, 29th Floor, Move Announcement

Take 5: "Myths About Education From Around the World" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 1, 2014 11:35:28 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. NPR: Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not "Politicians from Jeb Bush to President Obama like to hype the revolutionary power and cost-effectiveness of digital learning, but a new study suggests, in many cases, it is neither more powerful nor cheaper than old-fashioned teaching."
  2. The Washington Post: How Facebook Plans to Become One of the Most Powerful Tools in Politics "Political campaigns are obsessed with two things: Telling every possible voter exactly what they want to hear in order to get them to the polls and cast the 'right' vote, and telling them that message for as close to zero dollars as possible. It's not a surprise, then, that Facebook has focused its social-Sauron eye on the world of politics. Already a focal point of political activity (of varying quality), the site has shifted its toolset to let campaigns target extremely specific audiences with very specific messages, for prices somewhat north of zero dollars. The end goal for the company seems clear: Replace, as much as possible, expensive, blanketed television advertising with much more immediate, much more specific ads appearing in users' feeds -- and then cash a whole lot of checks. This is not as far in the future as you might think."
  3. Teach For All: Myths About Education From Around the World "In partnership with Fundación Gabriel & Mary Mustakis, Teach For All, a global network for expanding educational opportunity, asked its participants around the world the following question: 'Based on your experience in the classroom, what myths about education do you no longer believe?' The following is a selection of their responses and the myths they've seen dispelled." Teach For All is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. The Huffington Post: White House Wants To Make Sure Schools Do A Much Better Job Of Preparing Future Teachers "Amid long-running concerns that it’s too easy to become a teacher, the White House on Tuesday evening announced new draft regulations that could overhaul the way teacher preparation programs are held accountable for their graduates' performance."
  5. EdSurge: OPINION: Your Data Lack Value, and What You Can Do About It "When it comes to data use in schools, our rhetoric outpaces reality. Even though many school districts lay claim to data-driven instruction, too often the expression serves only as a convenient slogan for school improvement plans, conference presentations, and accreditation documents. Early results of EdSurge’s sentiment analysis directionally indicate that many working in schools lack confidence in using data (75% of respondents identify themselves as needing help or a work-in-progress in using data). This sentiment is also reflected in research literature suggesting that when data systems are used in schools, accuracy in interpreting data by educators is less than 50%. Clearly, our data lack value."
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Tags: NPR, Organizations, President Barack Obama, Social Innovation News, Data, Digital Learning, EdSurge, Facebook, Take 5, Teach For All, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, white house, Jeb Bush, Political campaigns, Education Myths