Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

  1. Education Dive: Measuring the impact of external factors on school operations, learning “Factors like poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, drug use and high incarceration rates have often overlooked consequences for education.”
  2. The Atlantic: A 40-Year Friendship Forged by the Challenges of Busing “In Boston and across the country, this trend toward resegregation is compounded by waning teacher diversity: Classrooms filled entirely with black and Latino children often have a white teacher at the blackboard. These realities are underscored by structural fault lines outside the classroom. Incidents of police brutality have prompted communities of color to question the narrative of civil-rights progress. Downward mobility threatens even those black families that have gained some financial stability, and racial discord is at one of the highest levels it’s been in decades.”
  3. NPR: On The Lesson Plan: Make Stuff. Fail. Learn While You’re At It “We’ve always been a hands-on, DIY kind of nation. Ben Franklin didn’t just invent the lightning rod. His creations include bifocals, swim fins, the catheter, innovative stoves and more. Franklin, who was largely self-taught, may have been a genius, but he wasn’t really an outlier when it comes to American making and tinkering.”
  4. The News Tribune: Teaching middle schoolers to cope with emotions helps reduce suspensions “Part of the morning routine in Stipes-Carder’s classroom — and throughout the school — involves students plotting their moods on a ‘mood meter.’ It’s one of the classroom management tools Tacoma teachers are using to reduce suspensions and expulsions, and reduce school discipline disparities between racial groups.”
  5. New Profit: New Investment: Accelerating the Impact of Visionary Women Entrepreneurs “New Profit is excited to introduce the eight amazing female social entrepreneurs who are participating in our second Women’s Accelerator, a one-year program designed to help extraordinary leaders build capacity in their organizations and increase impact. Across a range of issue areas, these women are pioneering new social problem solving approaches, building new movements, and creating new pathways to opportunity for all Americans.”

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