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Take 5: "It Hasn't Gotten Easier for Poor Kids to Catch Up" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 31, 2017 2:21:49 PM

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Reimagine Learning: The Power of Youth Voice

Posted by Admin on Oct 31, 2017 1:50:23 PM

Written by: Delanoe Johnson, Reimagine Learning Associate and Leader of Youth Engagement Work.

We all have unique gifts that can frame our sense of purpose and what mark we leave on the world. For me it is art. My music is JOY. Art allows me to express myself in the rawest, purest, freest form. The great range of art we see and experience (music, poetry, dance, performance, etc.) shows us how self-expression can take many different forms.

Because art encourages us to discover and express our unique selves, it can let us tap into our genius. This is especially empowering for youth who are already natural creative thinkers. Young people haven’t been crushed into the “adult” way of approaching problems – typically structured, rigid, linear and (too often) unoriginal. Instead, youth are dreamers, seeing connections and possibilities that adults might have lost the ability to envision.

In the field of education, young peoples’ voices have been lost. There is a cost to this. Creativity and a sense of possibility are limited by the way in which we are approaching the question of designing the future of learning. Also – the voices of those whom schools are meant to serve – the young people themselves – are largely silent.

As a student who found an alternative pathway through my high school and college education, I know firsthand that the ways in which schools are set up don’t always result in young people being seen, known and supported to articulate and realize their dreams. And yet, we don’t turn to young people for input or perspective. Conversations about the future of school in the US have been, and largely remain, conversations between adults about young people and the schools meant to serve them. Why is this? What if we asked students for advice and guidance? What might they suggest?

If we hope to change the education system to support the strengths and needs of ALL students, we must engage these dreamers. Creating space for diverse perspectives at the education reform table – and in particular engaging students, can drastically shift the conversation. Students are directly affected by the policy and systems we hope to change and so far, the changes we’re making aren’t serving all students. According to the numbers, about one-third of students are systematically under-served by schools and you can easily make the case that all students are failing to get what they need to maximize their potential.

Reformers should ask themselves: “Have I truly listened to the voice of students?” “Have I authentically incorporated their experience and perspective into my reform strategy?” If the answer is “no,” then you are not tapping into the power of youth voice and your approach is likely sub-optimal and may unintentionally repeat some of education reform’s past mistakes.

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Tags: Education Reform, Reimagine Learning Fund, Systems Change, Youth Voice

Take 5: "Ensuring Students are Known by More Than Just Names" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 30, 2017 3:48:48 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, KIPP, Learning Disabilities, Social Innovation News, Achievement Gaps, ADHD, Computer Science, Eye to Eye, Take 5, student enrollment

#ProBonoWeek Video Appreciation for Deloitte

Posted by Admin on Oct 27, 2017 4:15:03 PM

Left to right: Deloitte's Shawon Jackson, Anna Muoio, Allen Ludgate, Dana O'Donovan, Delicia Jones, and Joanna Burleson.

Since 2013, New Profit has collaborated with Deloitte Consulting LLC to do something rare and extraordinarily valuable in the nonprofit sector: provide nonprofits and other social impact organizations with the caliber of strategic support that Fortune 500 companies can access to build and scale their companies and products.

Our goal together has always been to help innovative ideas, leaders, and organizations break through and change lives, communities, and systems at scale. Our collaboration is built on an incredible platform of shared passion for social impact and commitment to the leaders and staff that are on the front lines of social change across America.

Today, as #ProBonoWeek comes to a close and on behalf of our community of changemakers, we want to say, "THANK YOU, DELOITTE!"

Thank you for the staff time, the resources, the expertise, and for being there for us. Thank you, Steven Jennings and Michael Canning, for your leadership and stewardship on New Profit's Board of Directors.

Below are New Profit grantee-partner organizations that have recieved support from Deloitte-New Profit strategy teams since 2013.

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Take 5: "Musician Raises Money to Build Music Studio in Cook County Jail" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 27, 2017 1:39:00 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, music education, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Take 5

Take 5: "Setting Young People on a Path to Lifelong Success" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 26, 2017 2:39:29 PM

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Tags: Changemakers, education, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Systems Change, Take 5, lifelong success

Take 5: "Lifting Students Up Without Lowering the Bar" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 25, 2017 2:50:11 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Social Innovation News, Take 5

Take 5: "Using Evidence as a Tool, Not an Axe" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 24, 2017 2:39:20 PM

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Take 5: "D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson on Closing the City's Achievement Gap" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 23, 2017 1:54:48 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, achievement gap, Early Learning, Take 5

Take 5: Bill Gates: "Our Education Efforts Are Evolving" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 20, 2017 2:26:00 PM

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Tags: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, breakthroughs, Changemakers, inequality, New Profit, Opportunity Divide, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Systems Change, Take 5, workforce development

Take 5: "Harlem School of the Art Dreams Big" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 19, 2017 2:21:28 PM

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Tags: Changemakers, Opportunity Divide, Public Schools, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Systems Change, Take 5, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Educators Employ Strategies to Help Kids With Anxiety" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 18, 2017 2:30:30 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, inequality, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, STEM Education, Amplify Blog, Early Learning, Systems Change, Take 5, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Uniting Donors and Doers for Social Change" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 17, 2017 1:26:24 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, inequality, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Systems Change, Take 5, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Advocates Call Recess a Crucial Part of Education" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 16, 2017 2:11:55 PM

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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, inequality, New Profit, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Early Learning, Systems Change, Take 5, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Middle School Launches Personalized Learning with Innovation Grant" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 12, 2017 1:16:05 PM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Sparking Opportunities for Education" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 11, 2017 1:31:06 PM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Initiative Aims to Close the Achievement Gap" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 10, 2017 2:46:43 PM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Empower Parents to Close the Achievement Gap: RSS Fund

Posted by Admin on Oct 10, 2017 12:45:49 PM



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Tags: education, Innovation, Investing, KIPP, New Profit, parents, Partnership, Reimagine School Systems, Reimagine School Systems Fund, RSS, social innovation, achievement gap, Alex Cortez, Amplify Blog, Early Learning, venture philanthropy, Yordanos Eyoel, empower, reform, shared goals, agenda, invest, KIPP Schools, respect

Take 5: "Learning While Homeless" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 6, 2017 2:07:38 PM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 5, 2017 1:22:15 PM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Brookings, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Atlantic, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development, college endownment, reform

Take 5: "A Force for Equity in Parent Engagement" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 4, 2017 2:21:55 PM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "Let Teachers Go Where They're Needed" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 3, 2017 11:47:35 AM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development

Take 5: "The Most Important Year in School" and More

Posted by Admin on Oct 2, 2017 11:57:03 AM


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Tags: breakthroughs, Changemakers, communications gap, education, Grants, Income, inequality, Innovation, New Profit, opportunity, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, Giving, schools, Systems Change, Take 5, Technology, venture philanthropy, workforce development