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June 20, 2014

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

CURRENT PORTFOLIO ORGANIZATIONS:

Eye to Eye
Ashoka: Meet Ashoka Fellow David Flink David Flink of Eye to Eye is named an Ashoka Fellow! Watch this video to learn more about how David is "building a youth-powered movement designed to combat the prevailing stigmas attached to learning differences, and to equip students with the tools and sense of personal efficacy they need to self advocate."

E4EConnecticut News: New Bridgeport teachers group calls for better “PD” "Educators 4 Excellence, a group funded at least in part by Steve Mandel’s Lone Pine Foundation, release a policy plan this week, calling for a better, teacher-driven system for professional development...The group says the “PD” teachers get now is inconsistent and often doesn’t relate to what they do in the classroom. Teachers generally have no voice in the kind of PD the get and the training doesn’t lead to better student learning. They also want the training to come from fellow teachers in the district, not outsiders."

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My San Antonio: The argument is over: Pre-K works and should be universal in Texas "When it comes to making education great, high-quality early learning is a fundamental. While it may not be flashy to focus on preschool access, teacher preparation and overall quality, studies show how much this makes a difference. AVANCE's Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) is highlighted as creating significant improvement in pre-/post-language development: A longitudinal evaluation of AVANCE's two-generation model—which focuses on the powerful role of families — showed that more than 93 percent of mothers reported that their preschoolers were school-ready when they entered school. Nearly 90 percent of children stayed in school 10 years after their mothers participated in the program, significantly outperforming comparable statewide rates."

College Advising Corps
Charlotte Observer: Pushing kids toward college A look at organizations focused on guiding as many as possible toward the level of higher education that fits their goals and readiness. College Advising Corps is featured in the piece as "perhaps the state’s best funded organization of its kind" and as "opening doors to higher education". A Stanford University Study found that "schools served by College Advising Corps advisers have an 8 to 10 percentage point increase in college-going. And seniors who meet with an adviser are nearly 70 percent more likely to be accepted by a college or university."

LIFT
GrantCraft: Practicing Constituent Voice for Social Change Davis Winslow of GrantCraft shares a video of Kirsten Lodal, Executive Director of LIFT, introducing the attendees of New Profit's 2014 Annual Gathering of Leaders to practice consitituent voice, a tool LIFT has implemented to foster systemic listening as a method of evaluation. To view the clip, click here.

LIFT: STATEMENT: Kirsten Lodal’s Response to New York Times Article on Bandwidth Poverty In response to Maria Konnikova’s New York Times Opinionator post, "No Money, No Time", Kirsten Lodal, founder and CEO of LIFT, released the following statement: "This is an important discussion at a moment when we must innovate our programs to push forward in the next 50 years of the war on poverty. The concept of bandwidth poverty is one that must anchor our collective approach as we improve how we fight poverty in this country...This conversation must be elevated because it pushes us away from the insidious 'culture of poverty' dialogue that exclaims that the poor are bad people who make bad choices. And pushes us toward the truth that, as Sendhil Mullainathan said, 'even if you’re poor, you have a brain with all the majesty of any human brain. It’s just subject to different pressures.'"

KIPP Schools
KIPP blog: Why College? Richard Barth, Chief Executive Officer of The KIPP Foundation, addresses the question: "Why is KIPP so focused on preparing kids for college? What if college isn’t for everyone?...Here’s what I say to them: College may not be for everyone, but every child should be able to go to a school that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed for college. A college degree is the most proven engine of freedom that we have, and right now too few students have access to it."

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Importance of A Good College Match A touching video of Robin Heider, who was valedictorian of her high-school class yet lacked the resources needed to apply for college. Thanks to the help of College Possible, a program that counsels low income students on how to prepare and apply for college, Robin now attends John Hopkins University.

Year Up
IT Business Net: Efficient, Accessible, Affordable Online Program Will Help Job Seekers Get High-Demand Technical Skills AT&T and Udacity will launch the first business-led nanodegree based on real-world needs this fall in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format. "The first courses will focus on entry-level software skills. Udacity will manage the program with personalized coaching and career services. AT&T will provide direction on course content... AT&T and Udacity will provide full scholarships through qualified non-profit organizations, including Genesys Works and Year Up... AT&T will offer up to 100 paid internships for nanodegree graduates."

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Skoll Foundation: Don’t Call Them Dropouts Two touching videos featuring Youthbuild students, DeAnte Andrews and Cameron Achiele, who talk about the program. The videos serve to compliment YouthBuild founder Dorothy Stoneman's recent Huffington Post op-ed based on the newly released report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” which explains why people leave school: violence, abuse, poverty, under-resourced school systems, and poor networks of peer and family support.

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DC.gov (Office of the State Superintendent of Education): OSSE Launches Initiative to Increase Healthy Eating among District Students "The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) today announced a partnership with FoodCorps, Inc., a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. This nationwide program is dedicated to teaching children about healthy food, how it grows, and where it comes from, and ensuring they have access to these foods every day. The ongoing partnership will initially place 13 service members in District public schools and community-based organizations during the 2014-15 school year."

PAST PORTFOLIO ORGANIZATIONS:

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Forbes: Wendy Kopp Receives Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award For Social Entrepreneurship [VIDEO] Wendy Sue Kopp, the Founder and Chair of the Board of Teach For America (TFA) and the CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award For Social Entrepreneurship. Watch her accept the award here.

Genesys Works
IT Business Net: Efficient, Accessible, Affordable Online Program Will Help Job Seekers Get High-Demand Technical Skills AT&T and Udacity will launch the first business-led nanodegree based on real-world needs this fall in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format. "The first courses will focus on entry-level software skills. Udacity will manage the program with personalized coaching and career services. AT&T will provide direction on course content... AT&T and Udacity will provide full scholarships through qualified non-profit organizations, including Genesys Works and Year Up... AT&T will offer up to 100 paid internships for nanodegree graduates."

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