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

Book Excerpt: The Opportunity Equation by Eric Schwarz

Posted by Admin on Sep 5, 2014 2:18:05 PM

Eric Schwarz, Co-founder of Citizen Schools, realeased a new book this week, The Opportunity Equation: How Citizen Teachers Are Combating the Achievement Gap in America's Schools. It's a wonderful read about the power and potential that citizen volunteers hold in amplifying and reshaping education in America.

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Tags: Citizen Schools, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Thoughts and Approaches, The Opportunity Equation, Beacon Press, Eric Schwarz

Friday Wrap Up: New Profit Portfolio Orgs Making the News This Week

Posted by Admin on Mar 21, 2014 11:44:26 AM

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

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Tags: ChalkBeat, Citizen Schools, Huffington Post, KIPP, MLT, New Leaders, Organizations, Pathways Fund, Pay For Success, Roca, STEM, College Possible, Year Up, Gerald Cheravian, Eric Schwarz, NBC, StarTribune