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

  1. Bloomberg: Let Teachers Go Where They're Needed
    "Barely a month into the new academic year, public school districts across the U.S. are already running short of a critical asset: teachers. In response, some states have lowered the standards for obtaining a teaching license -- or eliminated the requirement altogether. There are better ways to help supply meet demand. Turning over classrooms to non-credentialed, inexperienced teachers will do students more harm than good. The goal should be to raise standards, not abandon them. Policy makers should focus on subject areas where the need for qualified instructors is greatest, and on how to make it easier for teachers to take their credentials across state lines."
  2. Education Week: National Institutes of Health Awards $100 Million for Autism Research
    "How early should children be screened for autism? How do girls with autism spectrum disorder differ from boys? The National Institutes of Health have awarded $100 million to nine research projects designed to answer those and other questions about the development disorder, characterized by behavioral, communication and social challenges. The five-year grants are a continuation of the NIH's Autism Centers of Excellence, a nationwide research program working to find better screening, differentiation, and treatments for autism spectrum disorders, which affect 1 in 68 children nationwide. The new grants will support five research centers and four networks of scholars."
  3. FSG: The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity
    "Corporate America is missing out on one of the biggest opportunities of our time for driving innovation and growth: creating business value by advancing racial equity... 'Most grocery stores fled low-income communities because they deemed them to be unprofitable … But I saw a window of opportunity as an entrepreneur… I also noticed that while grocery stores in richer neighborhoods prioritize customer experience, in low-income areas, that are predominantly markets of color, grocery stores are often overly policed with locks on expensive merchandise. Nobody wants to be treated that way.'"
  4. The Lily: GirlTrek’s Carmen Harris is Proof That You Can ‘Change a Generation of Health in Your Family’
    "Harris is now the chief of social impact and strategic partnerships at GirlTrek, a nonprofit that encourages African American women to take control of their health, families and communities by walking. There are now 647 GirlTrek teams across the United States. GirlTrek honors the sacrifices of women who came before them, including Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights crusader who died at 59 from complications associated with heart disease and untreated breast cancer. Both are chronic diseases, which GirlTrek is dedicated to preventing." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of GirlTrek.
  5. Y Combinator: What Y Combinator Looks for in Nonprofits
    "In 2013, Y Combinator made its first nonprofit grant to Watsi. Since then, we’ve funded 25 nonprofit startups in diverse spaces including global health (Noora Health, New Incentives), poverty alleviation (e.g. No Lean Season, New Story, Zidisha), democracy (vote.org, ACLU), and philanthropy itself (80,000 Hours, Centre for Effective Altruism). Y Combinator backed nonprofits have gone on to be funded by GiveWell, the Open Philanthropy Project, DRK, and others. The premise of the program is simple—we treat nonprofit startups almost exactly like for-profits. Nonprofits get $100k of funding and go through the standard YC program, participating side by side with for-profits. We help the founders focus on relentlessly growing a key metric and on making something people want." Also check out parts one and two of New Profit's interview with Y Combinator's Kate Courteau from 2014.