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

  1. The Washington Post: How to Teach Students to Struggle and Fail — Productively "This is the fifth in a series of essays I am publishing that emanate from a project in which more than 20 biology teachers around the country wrote around the prompt: 'What is the value of letting students struggle in class?' The effort was an attempt to give teachers an avenue to discuss teaching and how they deal with the struggles of their students. You can read about the project here; the first post, here, about how much struggle is too much; the second post, here, about the nature of struggle; and the third post, here, about conversations about failure and success that teachers are scared to have. In the fourth post, a teacher explains why failure is not an option in her classroom, but, rather, it is a requirement. This post was written by Megan Fretz (@MegFretz), a high school science teacher in Thornton, CO. She is a 2011 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow, a member of the 2014 AP Biology Leadership Academy Cohort, a self-professed ed-tech junkie and lover of all things cycling and outdoor-related."

  2. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Connecting Big-Picture Theories with Community Experience "Blending practices and theory to improve health outcomes outside the clinical setting."

  3. NPR: A New Kind Of College Wins State Approval In Rhode Island "It's one of the biggest challenges in higher education today: What to do with the nearly one in five working-age adults who have some college experience, but no degree?...College Unbound is the creation of education innovator Dennis Littky, who built it on this principle: Treat students from nontraditional backgrounds to the kind of special, individualized attention found in the most elite educational settings. Allow their own passions and interests to be paramount. Help them craft their own path to a degree."

  4. The Guardian: Lost for Words? How Reading Can Teach Children Empathy "Stories have the power to bring emotions to life, and help children understand their own feelings and those of others."

  5. Everyone Graduates: Building a Grad Nation 2014-2015 Update "Too many students are trapped in failing schools or in communities of intergenerational poverty with too few ways out. This sixth annual report to the nation highlights the significant progress that has been made, but also the serious challenges that remain – closing gaping graduation gaps between various student populations; tackling the challenge in key states and school districts; and keeping the nation’s focus on ensuring that all students – whom Robert Putnam calls 'our kids' – have an equal chance at the American Dream."