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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

-Frederick Douglass

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Make Your Child a Reader

When my son was small he struggled with reading. I hired a tutor for him,…

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Clinton Global Initiative
Clinton Global Initiative Looks at Its Work Through the Lens of Gender

But even in the U.S. girls are affected in ways that have to do with…

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Fellowship Initiative
The Fellowship Initiative Is Shattering the Status Quo

The Fellowship Initiative sponsored by JPMorgan Chase is a comprehensive mentoring and enrichment program that…

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schools
Educated Black Lives Also Matter-All Good Schools Help Our Kids

In the debate over whether there should be a moratorium on charter schools, we must…

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Obama
5 Ways the Back-to-School Bus Tour Shows Us What Obama Really Cares About

King called the Opportunity Across America back-to-school bus tour inspiring. “We’re seeing so many good…

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gifted
3 Ways Gifted Education for All Students Makes Sense

The Advanced Learning Academy, a K-10 school, is the brainchild of District Superintendent Pedro Martinez,…

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Grammy-nominated Music Producer’s Nonprofit Revolutionizes Urban Education

A few years ago, Kevin “Khao” Cates was at the top of the music industry…

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police
The Role of Police in K-12 Schools

We visited a school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The first thing we noticed were the security…

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STEM
How Hip-Hop Can Engage Black Kids in STEM Education

Find out how hip hop is playing a vital role in engaging African American students…

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high school
Prepare Students for College While They’re in High School

The Hechinger Report explains how such students end up in the swamp of remedial or…

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Girls Inc. STEM Program Shows the Way to a Bright Future

“We saw ligaments and met orthopedic doctors. We touched the spinal cords of a turtle…

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new majority
The New Majority in Higher Ed

Leading institutions are doing several things that can make a difference for these students. They…

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P. Diddy
Back to School with P. Diddy

I thought of that the other day when I heard that Diddy (or Sean Combs)…

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Barbershop Books
Barbershop Books Provides Reading Spaces for Boys

Yet he sensed that something was missing when, after a year of sophomore high school…

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tech
Tech Skills Bring Hope to Chicago’s At-Risk Youth

Get IN Chicago, a 3-year-old private fund that supports evidence-based programs that work to reduce…

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kindergarten
What Your Child Needs to Know Before Starting Kindergarten

Describing what makes her daughter ready, Myers writes, “To me it’s the basics of academics,…

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cutting-edge school design
The Cutting Edge School Design Bill Gates Loves

We still need more data about the strengths and weaknesses of personalized learning, but the…

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schools
A Powerful Conversation on Schools, Poverty, and Race

I asked Nate why he’s so passionate about teaching. “It is a matter of life…

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Head Start
Head Start’s Long-Term Impact

Research has consistently shown that early learning environments can profoundly influence a person’s later development,…

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college admissions
Write Your Own Ticket to College Admissions—and Success

We felt that we could change the game on college admissions essays and use that…

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