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

  1. Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): Sparking Opportunities for Education and Career Pathways
    "Public postsecondary education is in transition. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has taken an online course, read an open-source textbook, or used an app in a classroom. Innovation in higher education—particularly through reforms that increase college completion rates and make it more affordable—can create academic and economic pathways for students who otherwise may never have those opportunities. We have implemented such reforms in the West Hills Community College District, helping improve educational equity in the 3,464-square-mile rural service area in California’s Central Valley."
  2. Education Talk Radio: Civics Education: Middle and High School 'Action Civics'
    Dana Harris of Generation Citizen talks about the importance of action civics in today's classroom. 
  3. Hechinger Report: The Next Generation of Science Education Means More Doing
    "Five groups of high school students worked around tables in Vielca Anglin’s science classroom on a recent afternoon at City-As-School in New York City. They had half-liter water bottles in front of them and a range of materials including pebbles, soil, rice, marbles, scouring pads and gauze. Their task: create a gravity-driven water filtration system that gets dirty water as clean as possible. It was up to them to decide what materials to use and in what order."
  4. RAND: Developing Community Schools at Scale
    "The findings of this report will inform district decisions regarding the priorities and support needed to sustain the NYC-CS long-term, and they may be useful for other practitioners and policymakers interested in developing or refining holistic school-based programs that support students' and communities' academic, social, and emotional well-being. A follow-up report on the impact of the NYC-CS on student and school outcomes is set to be released in 2019."
  5. Daily Union: Official Observes Use of “Primary Sources” in Teaching History
    "Jefferson Middle School teacher Jeff Kawleski’s use of primary sources in teaching history has drawn the attention of the Wisconsin State Historical Society and state Department of Public Instruction, which are working together on a grant related to primary sources. To that end, Kurt Griesemer, of Cambridge, coordinator of primary education for the Wisconsin Historical Society, visited one of Kawleski’s social studies classes Monday to document how he used primary sources in his lessons on the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods of human pre-history. . . Griesemer said that the state historical society is working on a grant in cooperation with the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance, DPI, Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota Alliance of Geographic Educators. The grant, titled 'Inquiry in the Upper Midwest,' is aimed at helping educators access and use primary source material from the Library of Congress."