Take 5: "True Or False? Free and Reduced - Price Lunch = Poor" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 30, 2015 1:58:02 PM

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Tags: Civil Rights, homelessness, iMentor, Medium, NPR, Organizations, PBS, philanthropy, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Elisabeth Mason, Single Stop, social science, Social Sector, Technology, The Huffington Post, Free and reduced-price lunch, The American Library Association, Free Community COllege, innovative, ScriptEd, unverprivileged

Take 5: "Getting Credit for What You Know" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 29, 2015 11:09:17 AM

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Tags: NPR, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Atlantic, AVANCE, Child Poverty, Early Learning, head start, New Classrooms, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, competency based credentials, Critical Thinking, National Head Start Association, Parents in Community Action, Two Generations Together, NHSA, PICA

Take 5: "How A Simple Piece of Technology Can Help Eradicate Homelessness" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 28, 2015 9:42:33 AM

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Tags: Advanced Placement, homelessness, NPR, Organizations, Providence Journal, Rhode Island, Social Innovation News, AP, College, Common Core, EdSurge, Educators 4 Excellence, Fast Company, NationSwell, New Schools, Technology, Advanced Placement United States History, American Enterprise, APUSH, CollegeBoundBaby, Competency-Based Degree Programs, NSVF, Stacey Childress, startups, AP exams, Housing First, Jennifer Carolan, NewSchools Venture Fund, Venture Fund

Take 5: "Striving for Urban School Excellence" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 26, 2015 10:33:59 AM

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Tags: bill and melinda gates foundation, Bill Gates, Boston, Boston Opportunity Agenda, Homless Vets, Jeff Walker, LinkedIn, Marty Walsh, Reading Proficiency, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Commonwealth Magazine, Education Week, Melinda Gates, NationSwell, New Orleans, The Huffington Post, Turahn Dorsey, Veterans

Take 5: "The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 23, 2015 11:40:40 AM

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Tags: Citizen Schools, Education on Tap, Organizations, Social Innovation News, STEM, Teach For America, CareMessage, College Advising Corps, Education Week, TFA, digital health, startups, Andy Smarick, Bellwether Eudcation, Complete College America, high-achievement gap, New American media, The College Myth, U.S. Health Care System, US2020, Venture Beat

Take 5: "The Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 22, 2015 11:14:30 AM

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Tags: Bill Gates, education, GED, Joel Rose, No Child Left Behind, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Fast Company, Melinda Gates, New Classrooms, standardized testing, The Gates Foundation, The Huffington Post, YouthBuild, Labor and Pensions Committee, Rachael Murphy, St. Michael's Hospital, The Rapidian, The Star, poor health, Senate Health, Stephen Lazar

Take 5: "Thinking Differently About 2015" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 21, 2015 10:05:29 AM

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Tags: LinkedIn, Michelle Obama, Organizations, President Barack Obama, Social Innovation News, State of the Union, Teach For America, America Forward Coalition, Educators 4 Excellence, SOTU, The Huffington Post, Thinking Differently, Vanessa Kirsch, white house, Anthony Mendez, State of the Classroom, University of Hartford

SOTU Cheat Sheet From America Forward

Posted by America Forward on Jan 21, 2015 4:36:39 AM

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Tags: education, President Barack Obama, State of the Union, America Forward Coalition, Criminal Justice Reform, Student Loans, child tax credit, student privacy

Take 5: "Making Ideas Move" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 20, 2015 11:28:53 AM

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Tags: Health Leads, healthcare, Inside Higher Ed, Organizations, President Barack Obama, SAT, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Atlantic, Data, Rebecca Onie, The College Board, The New York Times, AACU, David Coleman, The Association of American Colleges and Universit, david brooks, HP Matter, MacArthur Fellow

Take 5: "When I Grow Up" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 16, 2015 11:51:23 AM

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Tags: Lego, Poverty, Social Innovation News, STEM, The New Yorker, Criminal Justice Reform, Department of Education, EdSurge, getting smart, Technology, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Tina Rosenberg, white house, KidZania, DOE, Superintendent Summits, U.S. Public Schools

Take 5: "Turning Sideways to Close the Gap" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 15, 2015 12:10:46 PM

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Tags: MindShift, Nonprofit sector, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, suspension, Arts, Family Independence Initiative, FII, Social Sector, Test Scores, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, Brea Perry, creatifvity, academic achivement, Edward Morris, immigrant communities, University of Indiana, University of Kentucky

Dealing with Racial Inequity in the Classroom: Insights from Educators 4 Excellence

Posted by Admin on Jan 14, 2015 2:38:31 PM

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Tags: announcements, Michael Brown, Organizations, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Educators 4 Excellence, Eric Garner, Ferguson, Tamir Rice

Take 5: "Meet The Classroom Of The Future" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 14, 2015 12:44:20 PM

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Tags: MindShift, New York City, NPR, Organizations, Social Innovation News, College, Criminal Justice Reform, Family Independence Initiative, getting smart, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Bill Clinton, GSV Advisors, David Boody

Applications Now Open for the Peace First Prize!

Posted by Admin on Jan 13, 2015 2:21:31 PM

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Tags: announcements, Organizations, Peace First, Application, Peace First Prize

Take 5: "What's Your Endgame?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 13, 2015 10:04:59 AM

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Tags: Education on Tap, Organizations, President Barack Obama, Social Good, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Teach For America, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, EdSurge, Educators 4 Excellence, Fast Company, Fast Company Exist, Fast Company's Co. Exist, TFA, Unions, Ben Spielberg, Free Community COllege

Take 5: "The Power of Data To Create Powerful Change" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 12, 2015 11:27:48 AM

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Tags: Arne Duncan, KIm Syman, No Child Left Behind, Organizations, President Barack Obama, social innovation, Social Innovation News, The New Yorker, Data, Family Independence Initiative, Fast Company, Fast Company's Co. Exist, FII, getting smart, New Profit Staff, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, U.S. Secretary of Education, Student designed schools, NYT Fixes, solutions journalism, word gap

New "Social Innovation Optimism" Piece in Fast Company Co. Exist

Posted by Kim Syman on Jan 9, 2015 3:18:34 PM

This morning, Fast Company Co. Exist ran “The Power Of Data To Create Powerful Change.”, the third installment of my social innovation optimism series “7 Reasons for Social Innovation Optimism."

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Tags: announcements, KIm Syman, social innovation, Data, Fast Company, Fast Company's Co. Exist, New Profit Staff, Thoughts and Approaches

Debra Eschmeyer Appointed to White House Position!

Posted by Admin on Jan 9, 2015 12:09:12 PM

Some big news from one of our portfolio organizations! Debra Eschmeyer, co-founder and Vice President of External Affairs for FoodCorps, has been appointed Executive Director of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, and as the President’s Policy Advisor on Nutrition, a role previously held by Sam Kass.

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Tags: announcements, FoodCorps, Michelle Obama, Organizations, Debra Eschmeyer, Let's Move!, Policy Advisor on Nutrition, Sam Kass

Take 5: "How Lego Became the Apple of Toys" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 9, 2015 10:01:58 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. Teach For All: Alumni Changemakers: Richard Wilson and Justin Matthys "Inside and outside of the classroom, alumni across the network continue to take on the challenges to educational equity and excellence in their nations and around the world. Grounded in their experiences teaching in high-need schools and under-resourced communities, they are leading innovations to expand opportunity for growing numbers of children and families. This video is the latest in a series of profiles of these network alumni changemakers." Teach For All is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  2. The Huffington Post: A Long Overdue College Rating System "The Obama administration is considering a proposal to set up a college rating system that would measure whether graduates earn enough money after leaving school to live substantially above the poverty level -- and perhaps even pay off their college debt. If there is any concept more likely to rattle the ivory towers of academia, I cannot imagine what it would be. As the world moves forward into the 21st century, our colleges and universities remain mired in the 19th, growing ever more distant from the realities of the modern era while they become ever more bloated, inefficient and out of touch."
  3. Cosmopolitan: Interview Insider: How to Get Hired by Teach for America "Since 1990, Teach for America has been working to level the educational playing field. Its mission: bringing quality, competitive education to every kid, regardless of how he or she grows up. To achieve that, the organization needs a tribe of dedicated individuals — and TFA is looking to Millennials for help. The majority of new teachers are recent college graduates, says Elissa Kim, an executive vice president for recruitment. And the program thrives when those new recruits stay on beyond the minimum two-year commitment and continue teaching at their schools...If changing kids' lives through education is your goal, read on and learn how to prepare to become a TFA teacher." Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. The New York Times: Obama Plan Would Help Many Go to Community College Free "President Obama said Thursday that he would propose a government program to make community college tuition-free for millions of students, an ambitious plan that would expand educational opportunities across the United States. The initiative, which the president plans to officially announce Friday at a Tennessee community college, aims to transform publicly financed higher education in an effort to address growing income inequality."
  5. Fast Company: How Lego Became the Apple of Toys "After a decade-long slump, Lego has rebuild itself into a global juggernaut. An exclusive look inside the company's top-secret future lab."
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Tags: change-makers, Elissa Kim, Justin Matthys, Lego, Organizations, President Barack Obama, Richard Wilson, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, alumni, Amplify Blog, College Rating System, Community College, Cosmopolitan, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Fast Company, Millenials, Teach For All, TFA, The Huffington Post, The New York Times

Take 5: "We Need More Great Teachers" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 8, 2015 11:26:53 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. NPR: From Foster Care To Freshman Year Jennifer Guerra tells the story of Jasmine Uqdah, a girl who spent most of her life in the Detroit foster care system, and her journey to higher education.
  2. The Boston Globe: Under Deval Patrick, Mass. Has Led the Nation in Education Arne Duncan writes about the success of the Massachusetts education system under Deval Patrick. "I have always been impressed by Massachusetts’ deep commitment to education. From the founding of America’s first public schools, through the historic Education Reform Act of 1993 and to today, the state has shown a commitment to improving student outcomes, raising academic standards, closing achievement gaps — and to the opportunities for all that a world-class education can create. This has been particularly true under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick. I have tremendous respect for what he has done, and know that when the story of his tenure is written it will have as a highlight the tremendous progress that’s been made in education."
  3. The Huffington Post: We Need More Great Teachers "We know that Teach For America is only part of the solution. Across the education community, we must take steps to prepare teachers for one of the toughest jobs they may ever commit to. We need to create environments that support them and foster their continued development. Our children's future depends on our collective actions today. There is an urgent need for teachers, no matter the path they take to the profession. From the moment a student walks in the classroom, the most important factor in their success should not be the color of their skin or the income of their parents--it should be their own potential, brought out by the person standing at the front of the room." Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. Inc.: 10 Ways to Give Back to Your Community "Donating money to local charities isn't the only way you can give back to your local community. Here are 10 different ways to help giveback."
  5. Common Health: A Prescription For Better Teaching, Stronger Doctors "Medicine, in many ways, is changing. Patient-centered care is all the rage and the old, iconic image of the all-knowing doctor is fading away. In one concrete example of this shift, a new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is just around the corner. Starting in spring 2015 for the class that will enter medical school in the fall of 2016, the new MCAT promises a 'better test for tomorrow’s doctors.' Among other changes, it will have a new section focusing on the social determinants of health — essentially asking students to consider how income and social status, education, home and work environments and other factors shape health outcomes."
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Tags: Arne Duncan, Common Health MCAT, community, Detroit, education, Education Reform Act of 1993, Foster Care, Inc., Jasmine Uqdah, Jennifer Guerra, Medical College Admission Test, NPR, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, Amplify Blog, Boston Globe, Deval Patrick, doctors, giveback, The Huffington Post

New Profit Alum Anderson on Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs List

Posted by Admin on Jan 7, 2015 2:07:09 PM

We want to congratulate former New Profit employee Jen Anderson on being honored as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur. Anderson is being recognized for co-founding The Reset Foundation, an organization with a unique vision for changing the U.S. criminal justice system and combating poverty:

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Tags: announcements, Forbes, MAPFS, Pay For Success, Roca, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Criminal Justice Reform, Forbes 30 under 30, Jen Anderson, Prison, The Reset Foundation, Adam Lewis

Take 5: "Where Does Moral Courage Come From?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 7, 2015 11:03:45 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. MindShift: Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs "Common sense — along with a growing body of research — shows that mastering social skills early on can help people stay out of trouble all the way into their adult lives. So shouldn’t schools teach kids about emotions and conflict negotiation in the same way they teach math and reading?"
  2. The Huffington Post: Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias: Report "As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teachers, too, to examine their prejudices -- especially in relation to school discipline...Last month, the Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative released a paper positing that to eliminate that discipline gap, people must start by talking about it more. The paper examines the systemic and historical reasons why students of color are more harshly disciplined in school and why educators, often with no conscious racial intent, perpetuate these practices."
  3. The New York Times: Where Does Moral Courage Come From? "Readers of Fixes know that our primary mission each week is to highlight strategies that work to effect social change and improve lives. In her column last week, Tina Rosenberg zeroed in on some of the strategies that successful efforts have in common. They are crucial, but there is also something fundamental that underlies all these efforts: the human ability to imagine that wrongs can be righted, and the belief that change can happen. Where does that sort of moral imagination — and the courage to act on it — come from?"
  4. The Atlantic: First-Generation College-Goers: Unprepared and Behind "Kids who are the first in their families to brave the world of higher education come on campus with little academic know-how and are much more likely than their peers to drop out before graduation."
  5. NPR: Kindergarten Entry Tests And More Education Predictions for 2015 "In 2014 we've covered education as the world-changing story it is and you've been along for the ride. And so at year's end, NPR Ed reached far and wide to bring you a set of provocative predictions for the education world in 2015."
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Tags: discipline gap, Higher Education, Kindergarten Entry Tests, MindShift, Moral Courage, NPR, NPR Ed, Racial Bias, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collab, Education Predictions for 2015, emotional learning, First Generation Students, teaching, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Tina Rosenberg

Take 5: "Last Year Was Big For Early Childhood Education Funding. What Lies Ahead for 2015?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 6, 2015 10:16:23 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Washington Post: Chicago Gave Hundreds of High-Risk Kids a Summer Job. Violent Crime Arrests Plummeted. "In a year full of distressing stories — especially about race, crime and violence in urban neighborhoods — this one points to some hope. Earlier this December, we covered a summer jobs program in Chicago that appeared to lead to fewer teenage arrests for violent crime. Our original story, republished below, also reminds us that policy solutions are possible — and possibly even inexpensive."
  2. The New York Times: Little College Guidance: 500 High School Students Per Counselor "While small private schools can often afford to provide their students with tremendous hand-holding, large public high schools across the country struggle with staggering ratios of students to guidance counselors. Nationally, that ratio is nearly 500 to 1, a proportion experts say has remained virtually unchanged for more than 10 years. And when it comes time to apply to college, all of the students need help at once."
  3. Inside Philanthropy: Last Year Was Big For Early Childhood Education Funding. What Lies Ahead for 2015? "The past year saw major philanthropic organizations and national policymakers coalesce around a shared goal of expanded access and greater support for those critical early years in a child's education. The question going into 2015 is whether that momentum can be sustained."
  4. Fast Company: Never Mind Corporate Responsibility, Companies Can Solve Actual Social Problems "More recently, however, [Michael] Porter has been less interested in how companies can get a leg-up on their rivals and more concerned with improving the planet. His theory is called 'shared value,' and it says that companies can and should solve social problems—and they can make money doing it. He believes that companies are entering a third phase in their relationship with society. The first was about philanthropy, where business donates money to causes. The second was about 'corporate social responsibility,' or minimizing their social or environmental harm. The third is about solutions: actual products and services with a social purpose."
  5. NPR: What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests "Annual tests for every child in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, plus one in high school, have been a centerpiece of federal education law since 2002. No Child Left Behind, the current incarnation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, requires them. But this law has been overdue for reauthorization since before President Obama took office. The Senate plans to take the matter up early this year."
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Tags: Chicago, Inside Philanthropy, NPR, Social Innovation News, Standardized Tests, Corporate, Criminal Justice Reform, Early Learning, Fast Company, summer jobs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, College Guidance Counselor, Elementary Education Act, Michael Porter, Secondary Education Act, shared value

Take 5: "Strategic or Emergent: Why Are We Stuck in the Swimming Pool?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Jan 5, 2015 11:27:57 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The New York Times: Social Programs That Work "Hardly anyone knows it, but since its earliest days the Obama administration has been pursuing the most important initiative in the history of federal attempts to use evidence to improve social programs...As a policy analyst who helped House Republicans design the 1996 welfare overhaul and who later advised President George W. Bush on social policy, I am committed to the principle that the government should fund only social welfare programs that work. That’s why it’s imperative that the new Congress reject efforts by some Republicans to cut the Obama administration’s evidence-based programs. Especially in a time of austerity, policy makers must know which programs work, and which don’t."
  2. The Washington Post: Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley Billionaires Pioneer New Approach to Philanthropy "When Cari Tuna and her future husband, Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, decided they would give away most of their multibillion-dollar fortune to charity, they thought of asteroids. Or more specifically, the risk of one slamming to Earth and causing mass destruction. It was one of many early ideas and it wasn’t that they had any special passion for or expertise in the subject, but it wasn’t a joke either. In trying to figure out how they could make the maximum impact with their money, the couple wanted to cast as wide a net as possible and systematically evaluate every cause on its merits."
  3. Understood.org: Understood Journey This video shows the journey that led to the creation of Understood.org, an amazing website dedicated to helping parents of students with learning differences.
  4. The Wall Street Journal: A Budget Win in a Conservative Approach to Social Programs? "One option could be Republican leadership in broad “pay-for-success” policies. Historically, providers of social services to at-risk and vulnerable populations have been paid for their efforts rather than for the outcomes they effect. But the past four House budgets constructed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) have emphasized measuring the impact of federal funds spent on education, food security, and other social needs. Such programs typically reimburse operators for meeting specific benchmarks in their efforts to keep clients out of prison or end homelessness. These policy innovations could help improve outcomes for at-risk populations while stewarding scarce federal dollars." Juleanna Glover is an advisor to America Forward, New Profit's nonpartisan policy branch.
  5. Alliance Magazine: Strategic or Emergent: Why Are We Stuck in the Swimming Pool? "In March 2014, we edited a special feature for Alliance on ‘Grantmaking for Social Change’. We see this Alliance special feature as very much part of this same debate – the debate about what is needed to bring about social change. It was triggered by a perception that grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change had fallen out of favour, to be replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy – venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism and catalytic philanthropy. Despite a wide range of contributors from many parts of the world, there was an impressive consistency running through all the articles. There were two main conclusions. First, grantmaking is central to social change (particularly in developing and emerging market contexts). Second, and most central to this debate, a wide range of different approaches and tools are necessary to produce social change in our complex world, such that no single approach – strategic, emergent or otherwise – enjoys a monopoly of method."
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Tags: Cari Tuna, Congress, homelessness, Juleanna Glover, learning differences, Paul Ryan, Pay For Success, Philanthrocapitalism, philanthropy, President Barack Obama, Republican, silicon valley, social impact, Social Innovation News, the wall street journal, America Forward Coalition, Prison, Social Problem Solving, Strategic Philanthropy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, understood.org, venture philanthropy, Alliance Magazine, federal dollars, policy innovation, Catalytic Philanthropy, Dustin Moskovitz, George W. Bush, Understood Journey