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May 16, 2014

Here's a wrap-up of just some of the news New Profit and its portfolio organizations made this week:

NEW PROFIT:

NationSwell: Big Bets: 8 Game-Changers Shake Things Up to Solve Our Country's Challenges NationSwell has partnered with New Profit to launch a new social innovation video series that features social entrepreneurs, including many from our portfolio of grantees, with creative, dynamic approaches to drive systemic solutions to big social challenges. The question that NationSwell posed to each of these leaders at New Profit's 2014 Gathering of Leaders is: “How we can move from small scale progress in social innovation to full-scale impact that has the potential to meet the huge needs that still exist among our fellow citizens?” Social entrepreneurs from our portfolio featured in the series include Gerald Chertavian of Year Up, Suzanne Klahr of BUILD, Spencer Kympton of The Mission Continues, Curt Ellis of FoodCorps, and Dr. Pamela Cantor of Turnaround for Children. Other speakers featured in the series include Alexandra Bernadotte of Beyond 12, and Nick Ehrmann of Blue Engine.

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Des Moines Register: Mentoring new teachers can boost students' learning In Iowa school districts, new teachers are receiving full time mentoring from veteran educators. "Students receive better instruction when novice teachers work closely with mentors, he said. And if teachers emerge from the program as highly effective instructors, future students also benefit." The New Teacher Center induction program is being tapped into by Des Moines and other Iowa districts as they remodel their mentoring programs.

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National Journal: What Can Be Learned From the KIPP School Model? Michael Cordell, chief academic officer for KIPP DC's elementary schools, talks about preschool, parenting, and what works at KIPP DC’s elementary schools. "You walk into so many KIPP classrooms, and it's pretty amazing. You see the kids there working and happy. They have been taught to work hard, and they have been taught to value their opinion and their story. So a lot of it is love of learning. A lot of it is socialization, how to have self-control. One of the big things we are doing now is looking at how we teach kids how to plan their play, to really understand how to set goals and plan, even starting with kids at 3 or 4."

WLOX 13: Three Charter School Systems Named Top in Nation, in Running for 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools KIPP is named as one of the top three public charter school systems in the running for the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools is an annual award to honor "the urban public charter school system that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color." The winner will be announced on July 1.

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Hispanic Business: 2014 Top Nonprofit Organizations by Expenditures AVANCE was named a 2014 Top Nonprofit Organization by Hispanic Business. AVANCE's mission is "to unlock America's potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and family support programs. Our vision is a future where we live in a world where children and parents advance to their full potential, transforming the communities in which they live."

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Huffington Post: Resilience, Unity, Transformation, Hope: How One School Is Helping Vulnerable Students Succeed Michelle Miranda, founder of R.U.T.H. (Resilience Unity Transformation Hope), the Canoga Park site, is interviewed by the Huffington Post, where she shares her vision for young people who are "the most challenging to serve and the least likely to graduate." She is a strong proponent of YouthBuild's approach and explains why it has succeeded in helping youth across the country.

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Smart People Podcast: Gerald Chertavian [AUDIO] On this week's Smart People Podcast, Gerald Chertavian, CEO of Year Up, is interviewed about his organization. Gerald states that “we are wasting human capital in a country where we just don’t have any human capital to waste if we want to be competitive in a global economy.” His organization works to solve this issue by providing intensive professional education to urban young adults. Smart People Podcast refers to Year Up as "one of the most incredible nonprofit organizations we have ever come across." To listen to the full podcast, click here. New Profit is a proud funder of Year Up.

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EdWeek: Madaline Edison, Executive Director, Educators for Excellence Minnesota "Despite widespread agreement in education policy about the importance of teachers, the voices of teachers themselves are often excluded from debates about public policy. As executive director of Educators for Excellence Minnesota, Madaline Edison is one of a growing number of current and former teachers nationally who are working to change that."

PAST PORTFOLIO ORGANIZATIONS:

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Reboot Illinois: Teach for America does the right thing for undocumented teaching candidates Samina Hadi Tabassum, a professor of education, Teach For America alum, and first-generation college graduate applauds Teach For America. The organization recently announced that "it would open its program to applicants who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—individuals who came to the United States as kids and now wish to pursue a career in education."

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Edutopia: A Two-Gear Construct for Envisioning Blended Learning Elisabeth Stock CEO and Co-Founder of CFY discusses how her organization set out to answer the question: What is the optimal blended learning model? "Nearly three years after trying to identify which blended learning model worked best, it's apparent that no one model can guarantee success for our students. Rather, we need to focus on personalizing student instruction and driving student ownership of learning in an integrated way to best prepare our students for college and a career."

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Youtube: Adapt & Thrive: Johann Koss at TEDxLakeGeneva [VIDEO] On Tuesday, Johann Koss gave his first Ted Talk in Geneva! "With four Olympic speed skating gold medals, 10 world records and three world championships, Johann Koss is one of the greatest winter athletes of all time. Johann's achievements on the ice have since been eclipsed by his efforts on behalf of Right To Play, an International NGO that uses the power of play to transform the lives of children affected by poverty, conflict or disease. Present in over 20 countries, Right To Play is working with street children, child soldiers and children with disabilities to heal, educate and reduce violence."

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Bostinno: Boston Startups Face Off for Charity at the Entrepreneur Games "Boston’s 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Games are about to get underway. On June 19th, more than 600 members of the local tech scene will trade their flannels and flip flops for shorts and sneakers to compete in an event testing both physical and mental strength. But the blood, sweat and tears shed won’t just be for bragging rights: All the effort will be put toward raising money for BUILD in Greater Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to providing big-thinking young people with the basic entrepreneurial knowledge resources needed to start their own business, like entrepreneur and venture capital mentorship. Last year, the friendly competition for a good cause raised $48,600 for BUILD."

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WLOX 13: Three Charter School Systems Named Top in Nation, in Running for 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools Achievement First is named as one of the top three public charter school systems in the running for the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools is an annual award to honor "the urban public charter school system that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement in the nation in recent years while reducing achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color." The winner will be announced on July 1.

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