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Interview: Steve Barr on how Green Dot’s schools are beating the odds in Los Angeles

Rather than lobby the State Board of Education to create reform in the public school system, Steve Barr uses grassroots political tactics to motivate families to demand change. A co-founder…

Arts and Urban Youth: Ryan Keesling of Free Write Jail Arts on slipping art through the bars

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a…

Interview: Deb Delman on how The Pangaea Project creates global citizens

The Pangaea Project arranges overseas learning experiences for low-income high school students from Portland, Oregon. In the eight-month-long program, students meet social entrepreneurs and activists working on issues related to…

Interview: Bob Bates on how art gives kids lifelong problem-solving skills

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by, or disconnected from, public schools. Starting today, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting…

Interview: James Cleveland of Jumpstart on preschoolers, connections and literacy

Five-year-olds from low-income communities have one-quarter the vocabulary of their more affluent peers, and half of them enter first grade as much as two years behind in preschool skills. That’s…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Phyllis Novak on why homeless youths need art studios, not just shelter

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a…

Roberta Golinkoff on play and learning at the Ultimate Block Party

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that American children don’t get enough time to play and that it’s negatively impacting their development. With joint appointments to the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by  or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the newt few weeks, we’ll be…

Interview: Betsy Krebs on how foster kids can get out of the system

Foster care kids don’t get many breaks. Imagine being abandoned by or forcibly separated from your parents, and then having to adjust to life in a new family or within…

Back-to-school Interview: Aleta Margolis on why a dynamic classroom leads to greater learning

Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, believes all kids have an innate desire to learn. She also believes our schools are beating it out…

WATCH: Back-to-school special! Joan Sullivan on the importance of effective communication

A while back we conducted an interview with Joan Sullivan, who was then the Principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a New York City middle and high school founded…

Q&A with #SummerImpact winner Chris Gordon

Earlier this month we launched our #SummerImpact contest where we asked you, our faithful readers, to tweet what you’d be doing this summer to make a social impact. We got…

Twitter Roundup – August 13: Health tips from Sesame Street, mentorship from i/o ventures, and street parking solutions from San Francisco

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Sesame Workshop, the…

Interview: Kristin Hayden on developing the next generation of global citizens through study abroad

Kristin Hayden, the founder of the Seattle-based OneWorld Now!, faced her share of rejection while trying to get her global leadership organization off the ground. She spent two years trying…

WATCH: Nancy Henkin on the importance of intergenerational contact

Nancy Henkin believes there isn’t enough contact across generations. For the past 30 years she’s been striving to remedy that imbalance. As the founder and executive director of the Intergenerational…