Take 5: "Is the Push for Women in STEM Hurting Female Artists?" and More...

Posted by Admin on Apr 14, 2017 11:59:49 AM

Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

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Tags: education, Forbes, philanthropy, Poverty, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Teach For America, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, College, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Fast Company, Technology, venture philanthropy, Vox

Take 5: "Increasing Impact: People and Place at the Center" and More...

Posted by Admin on Mar 23, 2017 9:53:42 AM

Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

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Tags: education, NPR, philanthropy, Poverty, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, College, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Entrepreneur, teaching, Technology, The New York Times, venture philanthropy, Vox

#NPGathering16: What We're Reading

Posted by Meghan Gannon on Mar 22, 2016 1:11:36 PM

The 2016 Gathering of Leaders is just days away! Follow us here and on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for live updates.

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Tags: Little Bets, #NPGathering16, Peter Sims, TED Talks, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, Bold Bets, Brittany Packnett, Deval Patrick, Gathering of Leaders, Political identity, The Boston Globe, Vox

Take 5: " #ScaryStats uses data to reveal the horror of inequality" and more...

Posted by Admin on Nov 2, 2015 11:07:05 AM

Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

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Tags: Black Students, Classroom, Congress, Hidden Racism, i3, inequality, Innovation, Investing in Innovation, Kindergarten, Lean Startups, Mashable, Organizations, Racism, Social Innovation News, The Hill, Achievement Network, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, anet, Data, Department of Education, EdSurge, Education Funding, Evidence, #ScaryStats, School Discipline, Social Innovation Fund, venture philanthropy, Vox

Take 5: "Excellence in Opera or Saving a Life? Your Choice. " and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 9, 2015 1:13:01 PM

Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

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Tags: Charity, Classroom, Classroom Design, High School, MindShift, NPR, Opera, Pre-K, Scale, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Amplify Blog, Teenagers, The Washington Post, Tulsa, United States, venture philanthropy, Vox

Take 5: "New Prize Rewards Economic Diversity at Colleges" and more...

Posted by Sarah Duarte on Apr 8, 2015 11:10:27 AM

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Tags: Inc., NCLB, No Child Left Behind, Social Innovation News, Stanford, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, The Hechinger Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, tuition, Vassar College, Vox

Take 5: "This Year's 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 19, 2014 11:23:53 AM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. SSIR: This Year’s 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles "What do unconditional cash transfers, brain science, big data, and collective impact have in common? They were all subjects covered in the top SSIR articles published this year. New approaches to philanthropy proved a particularly hot topic. Here’s a look at what piqued the most interest—and, in the spirit of the holidays, they’re all open to nonsubscribers!"
  2. Vox: The government is going to grade colleges. Friday we learn what it takes to get an "A" "Tomorrow, we'll get the first look at a federal project that aims to be the Consumer Reports of higher education: an Education Department system that rates colleges based on their quality. Individual colleges won't be rated yet. But the Education Department will finally say what data they plan to use when they assign letter grade, or whatever shorthand they choose to denote quality. The grades themselves will be released in 2015. Why is the government doing this? President Obama sees college students as consumers in an expensive, confusing higher education marketplace. He hopes the government can help as they sort out their college decisions, which often come with thousands of dollars of student debt. The ultimate goal is tying the ratings to federal financial aid — so colleges with higher ratings could offer students more generous grants or loans with more favorable terms than are available at colleges with lower ratings."
  3. Pass The Chalk: The Teach For America Blog: We Are the Ones: Montgomery, AL, Teacher Launches Instagram Project "Catherine Ordeman is a Teach For America corps member and an art teacher at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama. Last week, she launched We Are The Ones, a photography project in which nearly 200 students posed for Instagram portraits in front of a quote by Barack Obama. We caught up with Catherine earlier this week, and she told us about her inspiration behind the project and its impact on her students." Teach for America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  4. NationSwell: Utah Is on Track to End Homelessness by 2015 With This One Simple Idea "Utah has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 74 percent over the past eight years, moving 2000 people off the street and putting the state on track to eradicate homelessness altogether by 2015. How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000. Each participant works with a caseworker to become self-sufficient, but if they fail, they still get to keep their apartment."
  5. The Washington Post: Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended "The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning. Betty Weller, the president of the teachers union, said the MSEA fielded numerous complaints from teachers after they started administering the test this fall. The union wants the state to halt the testing until issues surrounding the assessment and its implementation are resolved. 'Our students in all grades — and especially those in kindergarten, which for many is their first formal educational experience — are counting on the adults to get it right and provide them with an education in which they have adequate time to learn and their teachers have adequate time to teach,' Weller said in a statement. 'We cannot afford to waste valuable instructional time without ensuring that new initiatives have been thoroughly piloted, communicated and are useful to our practitioners.'"
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Tags: education, Homeless, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, NationSwell, testing, TFA, The Washington Post, Vox

Take 5: "5 Surprising Things Everyone Should Know About Standardized Tests" and more...

Posted by Admin on Dec 5, 2014 2:18:43 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Atlantic: How Teachers Help Students Who've Survived Trauma "When I was teaching at an independent middle school, the term 'professional development' meant shoring up my skills in English and Latin, strengthening my cultural literacy base, and learning about new teaching techniques and innovations. But now that I am teaching English and writing in the adolescent wing of a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, 'professional development' has taken on an entirely new meaning. I’ve had to switch up my priorities and expectations, not to mention my acronyms. Today, I’m less concerned with boosting my students’ A.P. (Advanced Placement) scores than I am with mitigating the consequences of their high ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scores."
  2. Fast Company: Vertical Farms Will Be Big, But For Whom? "Growers say they want to grow nutritious food in a new, sustainable way, and supplement field farms and greenhouses. They believe the technique [vertical urban farming] can revolutionize farming in crowded urban metropolises, during cold winters, and in impoverished parts of the world. And, the growers add, their produce is already in demand because it’s local, available year around, and frankly, pristine."
  3. EdSurge: Embracing Collaboration with Google Apps: From the Halls of Kettle Moraine School District "Google Apps for Education are a set of tools that give users access to (among other things) professional email, online storage, collaborative documents and presentations, all in a cloud-based system. KMSD staff, students and administrators use Google Apps daily and have quickly learned how these tools can open doors to new collective, instructional and organizational opportunities."
  4. Vox: 5 Surprising Things Everyone Should Know About Standardized Tests "Standardized tests have become a lot more common — and a lot more controversial — in the past 15 years. This year, the Common Core will change the state assessments that most students take at the end of the year. But there is still plenty people don't know about standardized testing, including these five facts, which might surprise you."
  5. Getting Smart: EdTech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand "Much like the 3 little pigs, a 'straw house' implementation cannot withstand the elements around it. Successful EdTech implementations share several commonalities when you peel back to the core of the project."
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Tags: Adverse Childhood Experience, Social Innovation News, Standardized Tests, The Atlantic, ACE, Common Core, EdSurge, Fast Company, Fast Company's Co. Exist, getting smart, students, Take 5, teaching, Technology, Trauma, Vox, KMSD, Google Apps, Kettle Moraine, Verticle Farms

Take 5: "The Dos and Don'ts of Helping the Hungry" and more...

Posted by Admin on Nov 25, 2014 8:25:06 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New Profit Blog: The Power of Collaboration Our amazing Board Member Jeff Walker was featured in David Brooks column on the power of collaboration. Check out our latest blog post featuring the column and more.
  2. Mashable: Global Recession Worsens Outlook for Youth in Developed World "The economic decline observed in world markets since 2008, dubbed the 'Great Recession,' continues to have a negative effect on young adults' well-being, according to a recent study. UNICEF's 'Children of the Recession' report, released in September, argues that youth living in developed countries have suffered from the recession the most, and will likely suffer the consequences for the longest."
  3. Vox: 82% of Americans Want Congress to Make Student Loans Cheaper, But it's a Bad Idea "The Wall Street Journal and NBC are out with a new post-election poll, and the most popular policy idea for the next Congress is… cheaper student loans. A whopping 82 percent of survey respondents said they supported 'providing access to lower-cost student loans and providing more time to those who are paying off their debt...[but] There are better ways to make college affordable."
  4. Harvard Business Review: 5 Examples of Great Health Care Management "Here are just five examples of the dozens of innovations out there that make my head and my heart hurt. I hope they make you feel envious, too — and that you will send us your own examples so that we might learn from them as well." This article features Health Leads among other innovative organizations. New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Health Leads.
  5. NationSwell: The Dos and Don’ts of Helping the Hungry "America has a hunger problem.That’s a fact that often goes unnoticed, but at least one in seven Americans depend on meal services or food pantries to feed themselves or their families, according to a recent report from Feeding America, a hunger relief organization. While it’s natural to think about helping the hungry around the holidays, here are some ways to assist those struggling to meet their basic needs not just now, but throughout the entire year."
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Tags: Congress, harvard business review, health care, Health Leads, Jeff Walker, Mashable, Social Innovation News, debt, NationSwell, Student Loans, Take 5, Vox, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, global recession, david brooks, NBC, UNICEF

Take 5: "Philanthropy 2.0: Ice Buckets, Mustaches and Sniffing Strangers" and more...

Posted by Admin on Oct 16, 2014 1:40:54 PM
    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. NationSwell: For Female Veterans Experiencing Employment Woes, This Organization Offers Strong Advice "It’s no secret that since the recession hit, post-9/11 veterans have faced a greater rate of unemployment and underemployment than the civilian population. But what many Americans may not know is how difficult it is for female veterans, in particular, to find employment."
  2. Teach For America: Blow Minds, Teach STEM "Access to high quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is essential for all students. We’re coming out of a decade where the growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as that of non-STEM jobs...All children deserve the opportunity to be competitive for these positions and all that comes with them." Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  3. Forbes: Philanthropy 2.0: Ice Buckets, Mustaches and Sniffing Strangers Ryan Scott takes a look at the benefits of catchy/funny fundraising campaigns in the realm of philanthropy. "Whether it’s skydiving in a Power Rangers suit, sniffing random strangers in a grocery store, or (for a college dean) dying one’s hair pink to support breast cancer awareness, the element of promoting a witty, viral challenge for a cause is the common link that Darelicious shares with Movember and the ice bucket challenge. As such, there’s reason to believe that the organization will catch on; people gravitate to these sorts of funny, shared challenges, especially when they’re all towards a good cause."
  4. Vox: Early Admissions to Colleges Help Kids Who Don't Need It"Early admissions are good for individual students. But they're not necessarily good for society.These programs tend to give the biggest benefit to the students who least need it. They exacerbate economic inequality at top colleges. And they're probably here to stay: Harvard and Princeton tried to start a trend by abandoning early admission in 2008, only to quickly back down a few years later."
  5. New Profit Blog: An Exciting Opportunity for Tufts Students! A look at Tufts University's new 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program from the perspective of a recent alumna.
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Tags: Forbes, ice bucket challenge, professional, Social Innovation News, STEM, college admission, employment, NationSwell, students, TFA, Vox, female veterans, movember