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The opportunity gap disproportionately impacts low-income students of color.
It is common knowledge that every person has an optimal way of learning. By analyzing a range of data sets that include curricula, student attendance records, and students’ behavior on e-learning platforms, IBM aims to turn big data into usable information for education systems on all levels. Want to see how syllabus can turn into syllabi? Check out the video here.
Illustration and animation by Brent Clouse

It is common knowledge that every person has an optimal way of learning. By analyzing a range of data sets that include curricula, student attendance records, and students’ behavior on e-learning platforms, IBM aims to turn big data into usable information for education systems on all levels. Want to see how syllabus can turn into syllabi? Check out the video here.

Illustration and animation by Brent Clouse

It’s Not Rocket Science: Students Need Clean Drinking Water

Studies have shown more than 40 percent of children and adolescents are drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day.  With increasingly high rates of childhood obesity in the U.S., experts are pointing to sugary beverages as the primary driver. So, it’s no wonder the rocket scientist in the video above feels compelled to invent a portable filtration system to put in children’s lunch bags as a safe alternative to soda.

Health happens in schools through a number of ways and it doesn’t take rocket science to find simple, creative solutions to improve the health of our schools

Together we can start with a simple task like making water more available in schools

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On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, It’s Time For Real Action on Freedom and Jobs- Bill Fletcher Jr. wrote in Education, History and Civil Rights


August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Publicly associated with Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, this march brought more than 250,000 people to the nation’s capital. The day went down in history as a powerful show of force against Jim Crow segregation. Over time, this great event has risen to levels of near mythology. The powerful speech by Dr. King, replayed, in part, for us every January on Martin Luther King Day, has eclipsed all else—so much so that too many people believe that the March on Washington was entirely the work of Dr. King. It is also barely remembered that the March on Washington was for freedom and jobs.

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On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, It’s Time For Real Action on Freedom and Jobs
Bill Fletcher Jr. wrote in Education, History and Civil Rights

August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Publicly associated with Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, this march brought more than 250,000 people to the nation’s capital. The day went down in history as a powerful show of force against Jim Crow segregation. Over time, this great event has risen to levels of near mythology. The powerful speech by Dr. King, replayed, in part, for us every January on Martin Luther King Day, has eclipsed all else—so much so that too many people believe that the March on Washington was entirely the work of Dr. King. It is also barely remembered that the March on Washington was for freedom and jobs.

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Why I’m Taking a Year to Learn and Do the Things I Give a Damn About- Manasa Yeturu wrote in Education, Entrepreneurship and San Francisco

I’m taking one full year to focus on what I most give a damn about: entrepreneurship education to empower girls.
The decision to take this adventure wasn’t an easy one—I loved the projects I worked on during the two years I worked at GOOD/Corps, GOOD’s social innovation consultancy. But my “a-ha” moment came when I visited India last summer as part of a project with Gap Inc.’s Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement program. I got to meet female factory workers who are part of the P.A.C.E program, and the conversations I had with them shattered my preconceived notions of what life is like for these women. They exuded “empowerment” and all cited positive life changes due to the entrepreneurial skills they were learning through the program.

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Why I’m Taking a Year to Learn and Do the Things I Give a Damn About
Manasa Yeturu wrote in Education, Entrepreneurship and San Francisco

I’m taking one full year to focus on what I most give a damn about: entrepreneurship education to empower girls.

The decision to take this adventure wasn’t an easy one—I loved the projects I worked on during the two years I worked at GOOD/Corps, GOOD’s social innovation consultancy. But my “a-ha” moment came when I visited India last summer as part of a project with Gap Inc.’s Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement program. I got to meet female factory workers who are part of the P.A.C.E program, and the conversations I had with them shattered my preconceived notions of what life is like for these women. They exuded “empowerment” and all cited positive life changes due to the entrepreneurial skills they were learning through the program.

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Redesigning Recess: Why Kids Need Natural Playgrounds- Sara Gilliam wrote in Environment, Education and Nature


Two preschoolers live in a city. Los Angeles, perhaps, or Houston. Both attend full-time preschool. Both are learning to write their names and developing social skills through peer interactions. Both profess enduring love for Daniel Tiger and the color yellow. On paper, these two children emerge from similar circumstances and have similar educational experiences and opportunities. Except for one distinction.

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Redesigning Recess: Why Kids Need Natural Playgrounds
Sara Gilliam wrote in Environment, Education and Nature

Two preschoolers live in a city. Los Angeles, perhaps, or Houston. Both attend full-time preschool. Both are learning to write their names and developing social skills through peer interactions. Both profess enduring love for Daniel Tiger and the color yellow. On paper, these two children emerge from similar circumstances and have similar educational experiences and opportunities. Except for one distinction.

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10 Things Every Adult Should Do After The Trayvon Martin Tragedy- Jose Vilson wrote in Education, Race and Students

Although I’ve written about the Trayvon Martin case extensively (see here, here, and here) by no means do I consider myself the sole expert on boys of color. I teach them, and I used to be one before I became a man of color. Yet, the things I knew as a former boy of color haven’t changed much. We need change.
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, here are some things anyone (specifically adults) can do to help our students do better both academically and socio-emotionally:
Value them.
Listen to them.
Show them other ways, but don’t force them.

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10 Things Every Adult Should Do After The Trayvon Martin Tragedy
Jose Vilson wrote in Education, Race and Students

Although I’ve written about the Trayvon Martin case extensively (see here, here, and here) by no means do I consider myself the sole expert on boys of color. I teach them, and I used to be one before I became a man of color. Yet, the things I knew as a former boy of color haven’t changed much. We need change.

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, here are some things anyone (specifically adults) can do to help our students do better both academically and socio-emotionally:

  1. Value them.
  2. Listen to them.
  3. Show them other ways, but don’t force them.

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No Arts at Your School? There’s a Law for That- Kristen Rae posted in Education, Arts and California
Arts educator Carl Schafer was shocked to find a few lines in the California education code requiring arts to be taught to all California students. Unfortunately it has no teeth. What are your ideas for incorporating arts education into curriculum on budget?

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No Arts at Your School? There’s a Law for That
Kristen Rae posted in Education, Arts and California

Arts educator Carl Schafer was shocked to find a few lines in the California education code requiring arts to be taught to all California students. Unfortunately it has no teeth. What are your ideas for incorporating arts education into curriculum on budget?

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Quarter-Life Breakthroughs, Not Crises, For the Purpose Generation- Smiley Poswolsky wrote in Business, Education and Creativity


A year ago, I quit my comfortable job at the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. and moved to San Francisco with nothing but two suitcases, my newfound optimism, and a lot of energy. Now I’m writing a book about my journey. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough is a handbook for 20- and 30-somethings trying to make a living doing what they love.

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Quarter-Life Breakthroughs, Not Crises, For the Purpose Generation
Smiley Poswolsky wrote in Business, Education and Creativity

A year ago, I quit my comfortable job at the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. and moved to San Francisco with nothing but two suitcases, my newfound optimism, and a lot of energy. Now I’m writing a book about my journey. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough is a handbook for 20- and 30-somethings trying to make a living doing what they love.

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Oregon’s Bold Plan For Tuition-Free College- Anna posted in School, Education and College

On the day federal legislators let student loan interest rates double, Oregon’s legislators passed a bill to make student loans obsolete.

The proposal is really only a tiny, tentative first step in that direction—calling for a committee to decide to create a pilot project—but it’s nonetheless a conjunction of many inspiring rarities: A fresh idea, passed swiftly and unanimously, bringing real progress to increasingly crushing student debt. And it all started, fittingly enough, in a classroom full of debt-ridden college seniors at Portland State University.


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Oregon’s Bold Plan For Tuition-Free College
Anna posted in School, Education and College

On the day federal legislators let student loan interest rates double, Oregon’s legislators passed a bill to make student loans obsolete.

The proposal is really only a tiny, tentative first step in that direction—calling for a committee to decide to create a pilot project—but it’s nonetheless a conjunction of many inspiring rarities: A fresh idea, passed swiftly and unanimously, bringing real progress to increasingly crushing student debt. And it all started, fittingly enough, in a classroom full of debt-ridden college seniors at Portland State University.

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How Do We Protect Our Trayvon Martins?- MarkNaison wrote in Education, Race and News


What makes the verdict all the more more painful is that the situation that led to Trayvon Martin’s death is one that is very familiar to me. I have walked in George Zimmerman’s shoes. I have been on block patrol in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I’ve escorted very tough kids off my block when they’ve come to cause trouble. I’ve run basketball leagues in tough neighborhoods where I’ve had to make peace with neighborhood drug dealers.
If that were me on patrol, nothing would have happened to Trayvon Martin. There would have been no reason for me to approach him because he was doing nothing wrong. However, let’s say that I decided to do so anyway. I would have approached him politely with an air of confidence and concern, as one physically confident person to another, showing him respect. And Trayvon, like the hundreds of the young people I have dealt with from comparable backgrounds, would have shown me respect back—because he was merely an innocent teenager walking home from the corner store with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.

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How Do We Protect Our Trayvon Martins?
MarkNaison wrote in Education, Race and News

What makes the verdict all the more more painful is that the situation that led to Trayvon Martin’s death is one that is very familiar to me. I have walked in George Zimmerman’s shoes. I have been on block patrol in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I’ve escorted very tough kids off my block when they’ve come to cause trouble. I’ve run basketball leagues in tough neighborhoods where I’ve had to make peace with neighborhood drug dealers.

If that were me on patrol, nothing would have happened to Trayvon Martin. There would have been no reason for me to approach him because he was doing nothing wrong. However, let’s say that I decided to do so anyway. I would have approached him politely with an air of confidence and concern, as one physically confident person to another, showing him respect. And Trayvon, like the hundreds of the young people I have dealt with from comparable backgrounds, would have shown me respect back—because he was merely an innocent teenager walking home from the corner store with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.

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Tel Aviv Opens Its First Public Library With A Sea-View- NoCamels wrote in Education, Reading and Books

The city of Tel Aviv is known for its beaches, offering an array of hangouts and activities to both locals and tourists. Now, the city offers its beach-goers another service – a free public library with books in five languages.

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Tel Aviv Opens Its First Public Library With A Sea-View
NoCamels wrote in Education, Reading and Books

The city of Tel Aviv is known for its beaches, offering an array of hangouts and activities to both locals and tourists. Now, the city offers its beach-goers another service – a free public library with books in five languages.

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GOOD Teens: Sign Up For Maker Summer Camp
Liz Dwyer posted in Education, Diy and Maker Movement

30 Days of free DIY projects for teens? The folks at MAKE magazine and Google have put together a pretty amazing virtual summer camp where teens can do cool things like learn how to build rocket-propelled toy cars. 

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My Fight to Break the Concrete Ceiling of Gender Inequality in Afghanistan- Roya Mahboob wrote in Global Citizenship, Education and The Daily Good

In 2010, I founded Afghan Citadel Software Co., an IT company, in a country in which only 15 percent of the female population is literate, female oppression and subjugation is the norm, and a conservatism dangerous to anyone who wishes to change societal relationships lingers after the reign of the Taliban. Now, with 25 employees, 18 of whom are women, Afghan Citadel has become the foundation for social change and the elimination of gender barriers in my country. Over the course of the last three years, it had always appeared that each step forward would continue to bring larger challenges.

I would like to tell you about those challenges, how imperceptible change was at first, and how we Afghani women, with the growing support of the world, continue to break through the barriers that we face.

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My Fight to Break the Concrete Ceiling of Gender Inequality in Afghanistan
Roya Mahboob wrote in Global Citizenship, Education and The Daily Good

In 2010, I founded Afghan Citadel Software Co., an IT company, in a country in which only 15 percent of the female population is literate, female oppression and subjugation is the norm, and a conservatism dangerous to anyone who wishes to change societal relationships lingers after the reign of the Taliban. Now, with 25 employees, 18 of whom are women, Afghan Citadel has become the foundation for social change and the elimination of gender barriers in my country. Over the course of the last three years, it had always appeared that each step forward would continue to bring larger challenges.

I would like to tell you about those challenges, how imperceptible change was at first, and how we Afghani women, with the growing support of the world, continue to break through the barriers that we face.

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First Vending Machine Library Opens In Santa Clara County, California- sappho rodriguez shared in Education, Library
To improve reading and literacy rates among children, the City of Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County, California, has unveiled a new book vending machine that will function as a “mini, freestanding library”.
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First Vending Machine Library Opens In Santa Clara County, California
sappho rodriguez shared in Education, Library

To improve reading and literacy rates among children, the City of Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County, California, has unveiled a new book vending machine that will function as a “mini, freestanding library”.

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