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The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

17 May 2014

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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Individualized advice and counseling, boosted by software tools, is helping hundreds more students earn degrees and certificates each year at Walla Walla Community College in Washington.

The New York Times Magazine

Paul Tough

15 May 2014

Austin, Texas, United States

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Aware of the challenges low-income students face, University of Texas Austin is offering them extra hours of instruction, advisers, and peer mentors, aiming to create a new sense of identity for these high-achieving b...

MinnPost

Beth Hawkins

5 May 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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African American boys were being treated less-than-equally by the Oakland Unified School District – a change of culture was implemented and the playing field leveled. Now, Minnesota is looking to adopt the same system...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

14 April 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle and high school, finally offering rigorous college coaching. In Oakland, CA, the National Coll...

EdSurge News

Matt Bowman

18 March 2014

Navarre, Florida, United States

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Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, thanks to her innovative approach of heavy content integration into collective class activiti...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Baier

12 December 2013

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

Orange County Register

Jordan England-Nelson

14 November 2013

Huntington Beach, California, United States

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The Twilight Education Club is a non-profit working to break down the barriers – transportation, child care and cost – that typically prevent the economically disadvantaged from accessing social services such as langu...

San Francisco Chronicle

Jill Tucker

18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in scho...

The New York Times

Peg Tyre

7 August 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Many students doing poorly in school are not doing poorly enough to go to city-mandated summer school - yet they will likely fall further behind their peers during the summer. A summer school program in New York City ...

Associated Press

Martha Irvine

28 May 2013

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Conventional school policies fail to address the needs of transgender students. A school district in Tampa changed its human rights ordinance to include gender identity and expression.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

22 May 2013

Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of ev...

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

13 May 2013

Manassas, Virginia, United States

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Through programs across the country, nurses, social workers, or trained mentors offer support to new or expectant parents, imparting skills to help them become better teachers for their children. Through regular home ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 May 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh schools had very low attendance because children were kept home to work and conditions were unsafe for girls, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities. BRAC, one of the world's largest and most compre...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

29 March 2013

Virginia, United States

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Many poor students do not attend selective colleges not because they don't want to, but because they did not understand that they could. Basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students w...

The New York Times

James Dao

1 February 2013

Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

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More than one million service members, veterans and their families take college courses financed with federal tax dollars. Their experiences are more complicated than those of their fresh-faced civilian peers, leading...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 September 2012

New York, New York, United States

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PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent, or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their own learning. When most attention is being placed on teacher effectiveness, this program redirec...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe in order to help close the gap between education and workplace skills. Particularly focused on providing access to areas...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

19 May 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite the latest anniversary and celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, desegregation is effectively dead. Using magnet schools and other programs to integrate geographic regions may be the right next move.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 March 2012

Zimbabwe

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 January 2012

Kailalia District, Nepal

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

PBS

Noliwe Rooks

5 January 2012

Richmond, California, United States

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Only 19 percent of Latino youth have completed an associate’s degree or higher, with 29 percent of African-American young people having done the same. The Making Waves Academy provides children of minority groups with...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 September 2011

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Why do schools teach music in a way that turns off so many young people rather than igniting their imagination? A program that taps into students’ passion for pop and rock is revitalizing music education in many schools.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 June 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite overwhelming evidence that play is vital for children’s physical, emotional and cognitive development, in recent decades, due to many factors, children’s outdoor play opportunities have declined markedly. For ...

Wall Street Journal

Geeta Anand

4 June 2011

New Delhi, India

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The country of India has long suffered from extreme income inequalities, with many poor children growing up with lackluster education. The Right to Education Act, passed in 2009, requires elite private schools to admi...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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First Book Marketplace, which makes quality, new books affordable for children in low-income families, is providing not only improved access to engaging educational materials, but a sense of dignity and self worth tha...

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