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

  1. Gates Notes: Our Education Efforts Are Evolving "Melinda and I made public education our top priority in the U.S. because we wanted to do something about the disparity in achievement and postsecondary success for students of color and low-income students. That inequity persists today, and we are just as determined now to eliminate it as we were when we started. . . Over time, we realized that what made the most successful schools successful – large or small – was their teachers, their relationships with students, and their high expectations of student achievement. Understanding this, we saw an opportunity to move our work closer to the classroom – to systemically support schools across the country to improve the quality of teaching and raise academic standards."

  2. Chicago Tribune: Chicago Ideas Week: From Idea to Action, Here's How These Influencers Bring Concepts to Life "How do you bring an idea to life? That question was at the center of two events that kicked off Chicago Ideas Week, a series of more than 150 events around the city focusing on topics as diverse as politics, food, cybersecurity and entrepreneurship. Facebook Vice President and Head of Design Luke Woods, Emmy Award-winning creative director and designer David Korins, and fashion designer Zac Posen helped kick off the events with a panel called 'Collaborative Creativity and the Evolution of an Idea.' The conversation touched on multiple art forms, like theater, social media, cooking and fashion, but centered around design and the development of ideas."

  3. Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): Philanthropy’s Missing Trillions "A demographic wave could soon funnel unprecedented dollars into philanthropy, but few nonprofits are poised to take advantage of the largest wealth transfer in human history. In the next 20 years, an estimated $30 trillion will be inherited in the United States as the large and prosperous Baby Boomer generation passes its wealth on to the next generation. This is the largest wealth transfer in human history, and may be the single greatest opportunity for philanthropy in the modern era."

  4. The Boston Globe: They are Turning the Picture Around "'What we heard was "You are broken because you don’t read well. You are insufficient,"' said Bragonier, who three years ago founded NoticeAbility, a nonprofit aimed at helping dyslexic children. He has teamed up with educators from Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Education, and MIT to create a curriculum that will help dyslexic children learn in different ways and change the conversation around dyslexia. . . It is estimated that one in five people in the United States has some form of dyslexia, which Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education — and herself dyslexic — described as having 'difficulty with reading words accurately or fluently, or spelling.'”

  5. Brookings: Beyond a Number: How Qualitative Accountability Can Make a Difference to Schools "How can qualitative evaluation and feedback enhance a state’s accountability system? School inspection systems, common in the U.K. and other countries, provide one model for enriching test-based accountability with better information about schools. A well-designed approach to qualitative accountability has the potential to support policymakers in assessing how well a school’s work aligns with its goals, including social and emotional learning and youth development in addition to academic outcomes."