Here's five interesting #SocInn links we're clicking on today:

  1. New York Times: Reading, Writing and Renewal (the Urban Kind) A look into a new public school in one of the poorest neighborhoods in East Baltimore that wants to become the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project, challenging the blueprint that public schools are gated communities, dead zones, and not open to the larger community.“Designed by Rob Rogers, of Rogers Partners in New York, Henderson-Hopkins, as it’s called, aspires to be a campus for the whole area — with a community center, library, auditorium and gym — as well as a hub for economic renewal.”
  2. Las Vegas Review Journal: Experts: Early investment in literacy has biggest payoff “The consensus among experts at the Nevada Literacy Summit at University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Invest early and make certain students have grade-level reading skills by the end of third grade. If they aren’t proficient, don’t advance them. Give attention early to students who are struggling, which will cost more in the short term but less in the long run as they reach middle and high school.”
  3. New York Times: Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap As incomes have diverged between the country’s richest counties, like Fairfax County, VA., and its poorest ones, like McDowell County, W.Va., so have their life expectancies of their residents. “Residents of Fairfax County are among the longest-lived in the country: Men have an average life expectancy of 82 years and women, 85, about the same as in Sweden. In McDowell, the averages are 64 and 73, about the same as in Iraq.”
  4. Huffington Post: How Can We Encourage Students Of All Backgrounds To Go Into STEM? Blair Christie of Cisco, and Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools (a New Profit portfolio organization), discuss how to address the limited flow of talent into the STEM pipeline: “ US2020, and initiatives like it, are helping address our STEM shortfall through high-quality mentoring, engagement in earlier years of education and addressing the ‘creativity crisis.’”
  5. Politico: Jeff Bridges helps launch breakfast campaign “Oscar winner Jeff Bridges will share the morning meal with Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and students at a classroom in Little Rock on Monday to launch Breakfast After the Bell. Part of the No Kid Hungry campaign started by Share Our Strength, a D.C.-based nonprofit, the effort encourages schools to move breakfast from cafeterias to classrooms, allowing more children to take advantage of the federally subsidized offering.”