04/13/2018

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Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on this week. 

1.) The Atlantic: The Myth of 'Learning Styles' "A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked."

2.) Harvard Business Review: CEOs with Diverse Networks Create Higher Firm Value "Our study, published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, found that CEO's with strong connections to people of different demographic backgrounds and skill sets create higher firm value. We also found that this greater firm value comes from better corporate innovations and successful diversified M&As. Our work suggests that the diversity of leaders’ social networks is a key ingredient in how they grow their companies

3.) WABE90.1: States Should Invest In Public Schools To Develop Homegrown Talent “One-size-fits-all approaches don’t usually work, or, at least, they don’t work very well,” Rubenstein says. “Every district and every school has its own needs. So, I think it is important to let districts make decisions, develop programs, test those programs, help them to use evidence to make decisions about the programs they’re implementing … and all of that does cost money.”

4.) CISION: National Nonprofit Launches Free Survey to Help Schools Make the Shift to Personalized Learning: "In the 2016-17 school year, over 1,000 teachers and 14,000 students participated in LEAP Innovations' surveys. Participating schools receive an individualized report to help them understand their progress toward creating an environment that is Learner Focused, Learner Demonstrated, and Learner Led. Schools that implement the surveys are also able to identify challenges and progress at the classroom level, with access to detailed information across 105 teacher-reported indicators, including educator-familiarity with students' community context and evidence of peer-based learning." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of LEAP Innovations.

 5.) New York Times: Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning "Today, most of the 600 students who attend City-as-School spend about two days per week in traditional classes at its Greenwich Village campus. The other three days, they are involved in internships with one of about 300 organizations — from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Marvel Comics. There, the students are supervised by employees of the organization (who themselves go through special training), and also by City-as-School teachers who help their students work through the new and daily challenges of work life."