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

  1. WBUR: Why James Baldwin's 'A Talk To Teachers' Remains Relevant 54 Years Later
    "We so often operate under the false pretense that our classrooms are these somehow sanctuaries that are not affected by the rest of the world, but our students leave our classrooms and go out into a world in which they are deeply affected by the sociopolitical phenomena that they experience every day."
  2. Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): A Force for Equity in Parent Engagement
    "When involving local parents to help guide their children into and through college, we 'did all the right things.' We were sensitive to scheduling meetings at times that accommodated parents’ work and family responsibilities. We partnered with institutions of higher education and K-12 schools to support parent events such as Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion nights and university campus visits. We thought we had discovered the right formula to engage parents of first-generation college students. But our collaborative received a wake-up call when, in the 1990s, we conducted about 50 conversations with teachers, small business owners, parents, college-access professionals, students, principals, and elected officials throughout the community."
  3. Fast Company: Salesforce Just Launched A $50 Million Impact Investing Fund
    "It will focus on investing on companies doing innovative impact work using Salesforce’s software in the fields of workplace development, equality, sustainability, and the social sector... The $50 million will be doled out to promising candidates within the next two years, While the company hasn’t released how many companies its plans to back, those that represent each category in its initial wave give some clues about what makes a promising target."
  4. America Forward: Evidence in Action: Public-Private Partnerships Demonstrate the Power of an Integrated Curriculum
    "Thanks to the persistence of social entrepreneurs across the country, every day we see strategies that are working and delivering results in a rapidly changing world. This Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of the more than 70 social innovation organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition, the results-driven solutions our community has to our country’s most pressing social problems, and the evidence-based federal programs that are critical to scaling the impact of this work. Today, America Forward Coalition organization Schools That Can shares about the power of a public-private partnership at MC2 STEM High School."
  5. Wall Street Journal: Study Finds Test-Score Growth at NYC Charter Schools Outpaces District Schools
    "A new study says that on average, New York City charter school students show growth equal to 23 extra days of learning in reading and 63 more days in math each year, compared with similar students in traditional public schools. Released Wednesday by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, the study found black and Hispanic students in poverty posted especially strong test-score growth at charters. At the middle school level, students at charter networks showed more robust gains overall than those at independent charters. Skeptics say standardized tests are flawed measures. The study relied on such scores for grades three to eight for the five years ending in June 2016."