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First Person: Matt Gunn of the Haitian Youth Development Center

Matt Gunn, a 34-year-old elementary teacher from Logan, Utah built a living quarters and school for orphans in Leogane, Haiti. He partners with other organizations so that the orphanage has…

Get an MIT education for free, with soon-to-launch MITx

Most of the people I know have debt from education. And they were reluctant to take it on—but, many of them tell me, they felt that their choices were either…

Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay! Or, Become An Edu-Punk: Some Solutions To The Problem Of Student Debt

Chances are, if you have a college or postgraduate degree, you also have student loans to pay back. Nationwide, Americans have around $1 trillion in education debt; each year, the…

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of ‘Social Emotional Learning’

Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me…

Interview: Andrew Rasiej on technology as a new ecology, not just a medium

This week Dowser is revisiting our best tech stories while our writers report back from the Social Good Summit. Check back often for our conference coverage – we’ll examine the…

Heeding Obama’s Call to Rebuild and Improve our Nation’s Schools

During President Obama’s recent speech to Congress outlining his American Jobs Act, he acknowledged the state of America’s schools: “There are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How…

Sports to Share: an interview with Dina Buchbinder

Large-scale global initiatives can be challenging to interpret on a local level, especially when they involve goals for children and education. Deport-es para Compartir seeks to render the UN Millennium…

Slideshow: Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute

This summer, Pencils of Promise also hosted a series of free Leadership Institutes for high school students, held in New York City. By bringing in speakers like Warby Parker’s Niel Blumenthal, each day-long event aimed to teach participants the essentials of changemaking leadership: public speaking, entrepreneurship, advocacy. The list goes on.

Hatua Likoni: Offering Scholarships and Mentors For Kenyan students

After studying abroad in Kenya during her junior year at Wesleyan, Gabrielle Fondiller founded Hatua Likoni, an organization that helps students pay their school fees through scholarships and provides mentoring to get them into college. Starting with seven students in 2007, the program now supports 76 young Kenyans in the Likoni region, and has a staff of local mentors who work with the students to keep them motivated in an under-resourced education system.

In a Failed State, a Path to Success

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news frames the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining the…

The Mycelium School: A theory of fungal education

Mycelium are the vegetative part of a fungus, through which mushrooms absorbs nutrients from their environment as they spread out, latch on to the roots of plants and trees, and…

Nuvana brings social technology and arts education together to inspire youth

Artists have long enjoyed the creative space at the intersection of social networking and technology, using the Internet to generate new forms of art and more engaging platforms to experience…

Mini case study: BlueEngine addresses the need for academic rigor through intensive tutorials

PROBLEM: The “achievement gap” in education is one of the most pressing equal rights issues in the United States: all over the country, public schools students in low-income, largely minority…

Critical Exposure: A lens and a student aiming for systematic reform

The photo shows a wall-mounted clock with chunks of glass missing between one and three o’clock. “This photo depicts a broken clock in a classroom. It shows how time is…

Darell Hammond: 5 tips from his new book on how KaBOOM is ressurecting play

Most adults reflect fondly on the days when long hours spent at school were punctuated by a sunny and loud recess break. Playtime is an essential component in a child’s…