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

  1. The Atlantic: Inside a High School Training Future Teachers "With the economy humming and teachers often at the center of heated political debates, one recent survey found that only four percent of high-school graduates want to be teachers. Enrollment in teacher-preparation programs plummeted by 40 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to a report by the New York State School Boards Association."

  2. Stanford Social Innovation Review: Three Big Takeaways from the Latest Impact Investing Data "To map the way forward from here, we are gathering insights from a diverse global selection of industry stakeholders—including fund managers, institutional investors, and foundations, as well as field-building organizations, advisors, and others in the impact investing ecosystem—to assess the progress the impact industry has made, and identify what is needed to exponentially enhance its scale and effectiveness over the next decade."

  3. America Forward: A Call to Action: Advocating for Critical Programs & Partnerships in the Federal Budget "Across the nation, social innovation organizations are delivering results. They know what it takes to support our most vulnerable learners, build lasting pipelines for today’s students to and through a post-secondary education, and help individuals currently out of the workforce into meaningful living wage employment. The challenge is not finding evidence-based solutions to these and other pressing social problems our nation faces. The challenge is creating strong public-private partnerships and building the political will to scale the solutions that already exist."

  4. The 74 Million: Lake: Are We Personalizing Learning for the Students Who Need It Most? "The theory behind personalized learning (PL) — crafting an individualized education experience for each student — holds tremendous potential for better serving all students, especially students who don’t fit the norm. But too often teachers in PL classrooms are simply substituting one-size-fits-all direct group instruction for one-size-fits-all models of personalization. "

  5. The Washington Post: New charter schools debate: Are they widening racial divides in public education? "As the charter school movement accelerates across the country, a critical question remains unanswered — whether the creation of charters is accelerating school segregation...The nation’s schools have become more segregated by race and class over the past two decades, according to federal data, and some research indicates that charter schools are more likely to be segregated than traditional public schools."