Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
- The Huffington Post: Teachers Of All Races Are More Likely To Punish Black Students "Two students. One is black and the other is white. On Tuesday, they both refuse to complete the math worksheet. On Wednesday, neither will stop talking during lessons. Same behavior. Will they receive the same punishment? A new Stanford University study predicts that the black student will be punished more harshly. Why? Not because of overt racism. Rather, harsher discipline might be the result of unconscious partiality to the white student, a phenomenon called 'implicit bias' by psychologists. The study also finds that the bias might be just as likely to come from a black teacher as a white one."
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: Zone of Impact "A school-based collective impact project in West Dallas, Texas, is yielding lessons on how to compile and use big data."
- Nonprofit Quarterly: Ford President Darren Walker on the Extraordinary Challenge of Flexible Philanthropic Capital "The Ford Foundation, which is headquartered in New York City, has announced that next month it will hold its first board meeting in Detroit since 1948. The foundation was, of course, founded with the wealth built through the Ford Motor Company. It was first incorporated in Michigan in 1936 with an initial stake of $25,000 contributed by Edsel Ford. It is now the second-largest foundation in the United States, making grants both domestically and internationally."
- The Huffington Post: Educators Are Concerned About Students Going Hungry This Summer. Here's Who's Helping "While most kids are counting down the days to summer, low-income children are dreading the sound of the final bell, which signals hunger season is setting in. Across the U.S., 83 percent of 1,100 educators who were recently surveyed said they’re worried that their students won’t have enough to eat over summer break, according to No Kid Hungry. But it’s hardly a new concern."
- NPR: NYU Changes Its Policy On Reviewing Applicants' Criminal Background "Students applying for college supply all sorts of information — financial records, letters of recommendation, the personal essay — to name just a few. One big question they face: Do you have a criminal record? The question appears on the Common Application — the website that prospective students use to apply to more than 500 schools across the U.S. and abroad. Most students don't even think about it. But for some applicants, it's a reason not to apply. Over the weekend, New York University announced a change in how it handles the answer to that question. Students will still have to check that box, but admissions officers won't see it right away."