11/14/2014

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    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Baltimore Sun: Connecting City Kids to Health Care Careers "Baltimore is known for its world-class hospitals, medical schools and research laboratories. What if, I thought to myself, we could capitalize on the city's existing resources and create partnerships to support students like Trevor on the path to graduate school and to pursue careers in health care? We could change their academic trajectories. In turn, they could come back to their communities and ensure that everyone has access to health care. We could transform Baltimore's high school students into health care leaders." Tyler Mains, founder of Merit Baltimore and TFA alumni, writes about connecting students to health care careers. Teach For America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  2. The Washington Post: How Teacher Hiring Puts Black and Hispanic Kids at a Disadvantage "A Los Angeles judge outraged educators around the country this summer when he threw out California's law granting schoolteachers tenure, ruling that it kept incompetent teachers in classrooms with minority students. What teachers saw as a simple reward for difficult and important work had been declared, in essence, a law with disturbing racial impacts. Now, a new working paper suggests that schools in Los Angeles often wind up putting children of color in classrooms with teachers who have less skill and experience than those who teach their white classmates."
  3. College Advising Corps Blog: Advisers Draw Inspiration from Mellody Hobson, Peter T. Grauer, and Political Leaders at Summit "College Advising Corps’ Adviser Summit is a highlight of the year, in part, because advisers have the opportunity to hear from high-profile speakers and thought-leaders. This year’s Summit included remarks and reflections from a range of speakers, including" Mellody Hobon, Peter T. Grauer, and Political Leaders. New Profit is a proud funder and partner of College Advising Corps.
  4. The Huffington Post: Dyslexia Action: Denied and Delayed "Students can only achieve their potential when they get the skills and accommodations they need to thrive. Despite everything we know about dyslexia through research and science, too many children are denied screening for the condition, and many more, once diagnosed, are denied the services that should accompany such a diagnosis. Usually the school's reason for denial, either implicitly or explicitly, points to the limited resources (financial or expertise) of the child's school or district. But that is not the whole picture."
  5. CNN: She's America's Youngest Female Billionaire - and a Dropout "America's youngest self-made female billionaire is 30 years old and a college dropout. The company she founded has the potential to change health care for millions of Americans."