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The Atlantic

Peg Tyre

25 September 2012

Staten Island, New York, United States

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For decades, no one at New Dorp public high school seemed to know how to help low-performing students, and unfortunately, this troubled population made up most of the school, which caters primarily to students from po...

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...

This American Life

Ira Glass

14 September 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerg...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 August 2012

Florida, United States

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smok...

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

Amy Yee

4 April 2012

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly ...

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

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...

San Jose Mercury News

Beatrice Motamedi

31 May 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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In East Oakland, teens experience random violence, a lack of healthy food, and other sources of chronic stress. The consequences can be grave. At one school, the dropout rate is one in two. Learning to be resilient he...

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...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

21 April 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Many people believe that math is only for a select few. By fostering commitment and providing explicit guidance, Jump, an math education curriculum, is showing people that anyone can do math if they understand it.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

18 April 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Can we improve the methods we use to teach math in schools — so that everyone develops proficiency? A grade-school math program is changing how children learn based on the assumption that all children can achieve a hi...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 April 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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Great minds from Plato to Piaget have recognized the importance of play in healthy child development, but with bullying becoming more prevalent on school playgrounds and increased pressure to maximize school hours to ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

4 April 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration, and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and decrease bullying have drastica...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

1 April 2011

Boynton Beach, Florida, United States

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school ca...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

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Dylan Purcell

1 April 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Often social programs at schools fail because they are not implemented fully or over a long enough period. One school in Philadelphia attributes their success in decreasing violence to having a long-term principal, a ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 November 2010

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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...

Christian Science Monitor

Amy Yee

18 July 2000

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s Apple Seed program gets children who live in the city to experiment, engage with, and learn from nature. The program – which has reached over 4,000 kids in New York Public Schools – teaches children ab...

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