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Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be?

Has School Choice Been All It Set Out to Be? | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
As the movement slows, policymakers have the opportunity to explore whether school choice has improved education overall.
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Navigating Campus Together

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I knew Sarah was one of them on the first day of class. We made eye contact as I reviewed the lengthy roll of campus resources listed on my syllabus. “Just so you know,” I said, “all of these people are here to help you. No extra charge. You’ve already paid tuition. These services are included.” Sarah’s classmates doodled on the syllabus. Some transferred essay due dates from the course schedule into their calendars. But Sarah drew a star next to one of the resources. “You might as well use them, right?” I added. Writing centers and campus counselors and diversity-inclusion programs want students to succeed. But as a first-generation college student I avoided all of them, assuming I couldn’t afford the extra bill. Now, as college faculty, I want my students to know what I didn’t.

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LEARNING: Scaling Up Quality Education in Developing Countries

Around the world, countries are grappling with how to scale quality education for their children and youth. Quality education is at the center of a nation’s progress, and it is also enshrined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which 193 countries have recently committed to support. While the spread of schooling over the past 150 years is one of the most widely successful “going to scale” stories, this expansion too often has been met with little mastery of core academic content and higher-order thinking skills.
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Education Politics vs. Practice (Or Why So Many VERY BIG IDEAS Rarely Make It to the Classroom)

Education Politics vs. Practice (Or Why So Many VERY BIG IDEAS Rarely Make It to the Classroom) | VIVA News! | Scoop.it

As President Obama’s administration winds down, there will be plenty of arguments under the heading, “The Next Phase of Education Reform.” And as fun as it will be for everyone to debate the substantive merits and political fortunes of the federal role in education, regular collection of academic assessment data, and so forth...I wonder if reformers should take the opportunity to instead think harder about improving their relationship with implementation.

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Bilingual battle brewing in California…again

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Last spring, Derrick Fields, 9, sat in his social studies classroom at Sherman Elementary School, learning about the creation of the telegraph. The machine was invented so that “someone can connect to someone who is far away,” he said. This was pretty normal stuff for a fourth grade history lesson, except …

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Who's the boss of workplace culture?

Who's the boss of workplace culture? | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
Everyone can agree that culture is important in the workplace. But who really drives it? What makes a good culture? And what can destroy it?
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Legislators reject Brown’s early education plan, boosting advocates

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An influential state Assembly subcommittee this week voted unanimously to reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to restructure the state’s early childhood learning programs, encouraging early education advocates who object to the plan and giving them a boost as they move forward through the budget process.

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Improving Quality Among Family Child Care Providers

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With home-based child care being so common it’s imperative that mechanisms be put into place to ensure high levels of quality among these providers.
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So Little to Ask For: A Home

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In a year in which there finally is serious talk about inequality, the ultimate poverty is lack of shelter. And the good news is that in the last decade or so, we’ve figured out what works to address it; the problem is not inevitable. The Housing First approach, which gets people quickly into permanent housing and then offers support services to keep them there, seems particularly cost-effective.

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This Is How You End the Foster Care to Prison Pipeline

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Almost half of all foster care youth end up in jail within two years of aging out of the system. First Place for Youth has figured out a housing and support strategy to keep these young adults out from behind bars and living on their own. 

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Here’s How Social Marketing Techniques Can Be Used For Social Good

Here’s How Social Marketing Techniques Can Be Used For Social Good | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
Social marketing is more than just product awareness or brand building. For many companies, such as Heifer International, social marketing actually helps people all over the world.
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The Power of Convening for Social Impact

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Bringing people together in an environment that encourages and facilitates idea exchange is one of the most powerful communications strategies for driving change.
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The World Changing Ideas Of 2016

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New workplaces, new food sources, new medicineeven an entirely new economic system. Here are 10 new ways we can start transforming the w orld fo
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Housing Blight

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A disaster at a central Fresno apartment complex last fall forced public attention on a problem that has beset California’s fifth-largest city for more than a century: substandard housing. Tenants of low-income apartments are the victims of landlords who collect rent but don’t maintain safe and healthy housing.

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Broad alliance formed to expand preschool at local level

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Despite strong support for universal preschool for 4-year-olds in the state Legislature and among the public at large, getting programs started – and funded – on a local level is another matter altogether. That’s what a broad-based coalition is focusing on in Petaluma and the countryside that surrounds it north of San Francisco. The coalition is the type of alliance increasingly seen as the only way to push universal preschool past funding and political logjams at a local level. It reflects a collaborative approach slowly emerging in communities around the state, with organizations joining together to advocate for greater access to preschool for all families, especially those who are lower-income, and to harness the political will and funds to make it possible.

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How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?

Achievement gaps based on race/ethnicity and income start early and persist over time. A national high-quality universal pre-K program could help ensure that all children start kindergarten on equal footing.
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Poverty, Compounded

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Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.
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Minnesota’s QRIS is Effectively Measuring Pre-K Quality- Sometimes

Minnesota’s QRIS is Effectively Measuring Pre-K Quality- Sometimes | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
The validation study shows that the state is headed in the right direction but has room for improvement.
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Should Kids Lead Parent-Teacher Conferences?

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The student-led conferences are also a way to teach skills you can’t learn from a textbook: organization, long-term planning, confidence with public speaking, collaboration and self-reflection—even how to shake hands and make introductions in a more formal setting. 

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Can Teaching Peace Reduce Violent Crime?

Can Teaching Peace Reduce Violent Crime? | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
Other countries teach conflict resolution to at-risk youth as a way to break the cycle of violent retaliation. The idea is slowly catching on in America.
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Like Starbucks Rewards, But LGBT Homeless Get Coffee and Help

Like Starbucks Rewards, But LGBT Homeless Get Coffee and Help | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
A group of grad students is implementing an award-winning idea for encouraging young homeless people to use health and social services.
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How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting | VIVA News! | Scoop.it

e’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a meeting. It helps team members prepare, allocates time wisely, quickly gets everyone on the same topic, and identifies when the discussion is complete. If problems still occur during the meeting, a well-designed agenda increases the team’s ability to effectively and quickly address them.

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Sometimes Making Progress Means Being Unproductive

Sometimes Making Progress Means Being Unproductive | VIVA News! | Scoop.it
There’s a big difference between being busy and actually being productive. Oddly enough, being busy often feels good because it’s familiar and it makes us feel productive. Productivity may feel good, but sometimes making true progress means giving up that feeling.
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Infographic: Out of Reach: The Child Care Crisis in the United States

The lack of affordable, high-quality child care has quickly become a crisis for families in the United States. The current child care landscape is not working and is impacting children, families, and the economy. It is time to recognize the need to put high-quality child care within reach for working families.

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Sprints Are the Secret to Getting More Done

Sprints Are the Secret to Getting More Done | VIVA News! | Scoop.it

It’s a five-day process that helps teams focus on one big goal and move from idea to prototype to customer research in that short span of time. The idea is to fast-forward a project, so you can see what the end result might look like and how the market will react. It’s also a popular construct in agile project management.

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