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

  1. NPR: Resources For Educators To Use In the Wake of Charlottesville "How should educators confront bigotry, racism and white supremacy? The incidents in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend pushed that question from history to current events. One teacher wondering aloud about his role is Derek Weimer. He taught James Alex Fields Jr., the man charged with murdering a woman and injuring multiple others by driving his car into a crowd of anti-racist marchers this weekend."
  2. iNACOL: Empowering Teachers "In competency-based schools, a collaborative and empowered cadre of teachers is the engine that drives learning. Student learning depends on a strong adaptive instructional cycle that, in turn, depends on skilled teachers using their professional judgment that, also in turn, depends on the structures and cultures of the organization. Missy DeRivera, a homeschool teacher at Chugach School District, explained, 'The leadership question is always central to our work. Is this best for kids? That is at the core of our entire district. We identify what is best for kids and then we figure out how to make it happen.'"New Profit is a proud funder and partner of iNACOL.
  3. The Atlantic: The Art of Teaching the Youngest Students "A Denver child-care provider hopes an in-house training initiative will better prepare educators for a uniquely difficult field."
  4. Buffalo News: Another Voice: Closing the Digital Divide Will Help Students "With more than 50 percent of public school students living in poverty, Buffalo has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. Given that income level is a predictor for both academic achievement and access to critical educational resources such as broadband, the poverty rate should be a rallying cry for change in this city. In Buffalo, and across the nation, we have come very far in providing internet access to schools, but we have not done enough to ensure broadband access in every student’s home. Students who do not have broadband at home suffer academically because when they leave school, they cannot access digital learning resources that are crucial to their success. PowerMyLearning is working to change this reality in Buffalo. Last week we teamed up with Spectrum to spread the word to low-income families about a new low-cost, high-speed broadband solution, Spectrum Internet Assist." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of PowerMyLearning
  5. The Hechinger Report: What Happens When a Regular High School Decides No Student is a Lost Cause? "Trauma-informed education is spreading from alternative high schools to comprehensive ones, and it’s not always an easy fit."