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Mississippi Today

Aallyah Wright

14 June 2018

Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States

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Three elementary schools in an after-school reading pilot program saw significant increases in the percentage of students reaching third-grade level literacy benchmarks. The Mississippi-based curriculum takes a data-d...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

7 June 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An organization called Books for Africa collects donations of books from all over the country to send to schools in Rwanda. Books for Africa has sent over 41 million books over the past 30 years to 53 different countr...

Los Angeles Review of Books

Ruth Ebenstein

5 May 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Book Truck is a nonprofit that addresses the issue of "book deserts" in Los Angeles by providing free books and literacy programming to over 10,000 teenagers across the city. The truck was established in 2012 and ...

Literary Hub

Christine Ro

2 October 2017

Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe

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An organization in Zimbabwe has taken a creative approach to libraries; the Rural Libraries and Resources Development Programme sponsors donkey-powered mobile libraries that travel around the country to brink books an...

Pacific Standard

Priti Salian

2 October 2017

India

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While many books are available in Braille, other literary forms are not as readily accessible in this format. A magazine in India has started publishing content in Braille, allowing blind students to read about lifest...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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With new mayor-ordained shelters and support services unlikely to function until 2020, NYC’s 60,000+ homeless population is left in need of assistance in the meantime. But recently, an anti-homelessness nonprofit—Brea...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

21 December 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Parent-Child Home Program in the Seattle area is helping close the achievement gap in poor and at-risk families by giving 2 and 3 year-olds a jump start in early education. By pairing parents with a trained educat...

Santa Fe Public Radio (KSFR)

Lucia Duncan

4 October 2016

Dixon, New Mexico, United States

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In New Mexico, public libraries are funded by municipalities. That means, if you live in an unincorporated town, there’s no funding stream for a local public library. But, in northern New Mexico, residents in severa...

TakePart

Rebecca L. Weber

1 January 2016

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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At the Libromat—a portmanteau of library and laundromat—parents learn to read and share books with their children during the spin and dry cycles, saving mothers time.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Hannah Keyser

12 November 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A New York program bridges the word gap—the disparity in children's vocabularies—for children of the incarcerated by allowing their fathers to record themselves reading stories.

Bright Magazine

Ruben Brosbe

17 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Low graduation and literacy rates persist among Black males in New York City. Barbershop Books - a charity that distributes books to Black-owned barbershops - leverages the power of subliminal association: by bringing...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Emma Eisenberg

14 July 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Want to ensure that Philadelphia children can read? Let’s do what they did in Minneapolis: Get books into their homes.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

6 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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A public library in Columbus, Ohio stays ahead of the curve by investing in new technology as well as expanding outreach efforts to people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic class. The library offers rigorous, hand...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Middle-class children don’t regress as readers during the summer, because they go to the library, do educational activities, take classes - poor children, however, lose between one and two months in reading achievemen...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 September 2014

Michigan, United States

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Teaching reading skills to children early is crucial, especially with respect to their educational success later in life. School systems are switching reading programs to help underachieving students have one on one t...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

27 April 2014

Auburn, Washington, United States

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As school poverty rates goes up, learning and test scores fall. At Gildo Ray elementary school in Washington state uses a teaching method called director or explicit instruction, in which children learn from a structu...

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...

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.

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...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem – many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boos...

This American Life

Paul Tough

26 September 2008

Harlem, New York, United States

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Studies show the educational divide between affluent and poor people starts early on, before the age of 3, when children learn cognitive and emotional skills that are difficult to almost impossible to learn later as a...

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