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What's Working: Setting Goals For Success

Allan Golston | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

Over the next few weeks, millions of children across the country will spontaneously take part in a quiet, private ritual. Just before bedtime on their last night of summer vacation these students, like generations before them, will carefully select and lay out their first-day-of-school outfit.

Computers Are For Girls, Too

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Melinda Gates

The gross underrepresentation of women in computer science is not just a problem for the girls who are left out. It's a problem for all of us, because we're not benefitting from the creativity girls have to offer.

What Immunization Programs Can Learn From Trees in NYC

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Dr. Kebede Worku, health minister of Ethiopia, inspects the immunization records at the Feedho Health Post. How can annual reporting of district-level...

How Tech Breakthroughs Can Shatter the Bonds of Poverty

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery | Posted 07.28.2016 | Technology
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery

Kosta Peric Deputy Director for Global Development Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Right now, roughly 2 billion adults around the world lack basic fi...

Trends In Philanthropy -- Giving To Women And Girls And Why It Matters

Dianne Bailey | Posted 07.22.2016 | Women
Dianne Bailey

When we donate to nonprofit organizations that lift up women, we can be assured that our philanthropic investments will generate dividends for entire communities.

Go (College) Fish: Easing Path for Community College Transfers

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.20.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

One of the most persistent problems facing American higher education is how best to create a seamless pathway among the various higher education secto...

Nonprofits Can Help Prevent Gun Violence

Paul Clolery | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Paul Clolery

It could be argued that gun violence is a public health issue. But, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not studied gun violence since funding was stripped some 20 years ago due to lobbying efforts by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which feared that research would be used to advocate or promote gun control.

Charter Schools Break the Rules and Don't Seem to Care

Alan Singer | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Three recent stories about Charter Schools and the school deform movement should make readers ask, "Is this what they mean by school reform?"

Measuring What Works: Evaluating Women's Groups on Maternal Health Uptake in Rural Nepal

Sheetal Sharma | Posted 06.07.2016 | Impact
Sheetal Sharma

with Edwin van Teijlingen, Professor of Maternal & Perinatal Health Research at Bournemouth University. Last month Women's Deliver Conference in Cope...

Failure Is a Part of Success: The Gates Foundation Should Be Praised for Owning Up

Peter Cunningham | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.

A Memo to Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

The Gates Foundation has done remarkable work across the globe. How about taking some of your formidable resources and bringing them on home to America's children and communities?

Current Data Is 'Sexist,' So Bill And Melinda Gates Are Funding Research To Help Women

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact

Data is “sexist,” and will remain so until we get accurate statistics on women and girls, according to Melinda Gates. Because there’s a lack of ...

What's Working: Listening to Parents of Color

Allan Golston | Posted 05.18.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

In conversations about education in the United States, the word "equity" seems to be everywhere. And the central question around which equity revolves -- whether every student is receiving what they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond -- is nearly as old as the country itself.

Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.

A Race Against Time to Check Malaria Resistance

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Insecticide-treated bed nets and spraying of homes have proved formidable tools to fight malaria. Concern is growing, however, that hard-fought gains over the past decade could be undermined by insecticide resistance.

Mentoring a New Generation of Nurses in India―Saving Lives

Mariam Claeson | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

© Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar Throughout the world, nurses are on the front lines, using their skills and passion to meet the n...

Assessing Our Children to Death

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.16.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Imagine a world where a poem was judged by the number of characters per line or the font in which it was published, or a violin concerto reviewed in terms of its precise conformance to metronomic beats or the posture of the violinist. This is what we are doing to education: Trying to measure beauty with a ruler.

What's Working: Getting Teachers More Common Core Aligned Materials

Allan Golston | Posted 04.14.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

Much has been written and debated on the state-led shift toward more rigorous, consistent K-12 education standards commonly known as Common Core. At t...

The Best of America: Part II

Deborah Derrick | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

This is the second in a three-part series on U.S.-led successes in global health. This post focuses on a question recently posed to me: What game-chan...

Melinda Gates To Her Daughter: This Is The Most Important Decision Of Your Life

Melinda Gates | Posted 04.09.2016 | Parents
Melinda Gates

Even though I've always made a point to talk to all three of my kids about my work at the Gates Foundation and my commitment to advocating for women and girls, this conversation felt special. Jenn asked great questions, touching on everything from my experience balancing work and being a mom to whether I'd ever treated my son Rory differently than my daughters.

Techs and the City: Part 2 Femmes Up

Mia Kossiavelou | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Mia Kossiavelou

This special spring collection celebrates Women's History Month, with a mosaic of contemporary femmes - each one swaying the narrative with her passio...

What's Working: Using Data on the Path to College Completion

Allan Golston | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

The road through college can be daunting, especially if you're the first in your family to go to college or hail from a historically underrepresented ...

Caltech Re-inventing the Toilet

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Cody Finke User Interface designed by Anastasia Hanan Our world, from our cars to our phones now communicates and the Internet of Th...

What's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter Schools

Allan Golston | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

Instead of dreading Mondays, students at Summit Sierra High School in Seattle actually complained about taking two weeks off for winter break--they mi...

Two Superpowers We Wish We Had

Bill Gates | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Bill Gates

For billions of families around the world, the challenges of energy and time are very different from ours -- and these challenges have a huge impact on their ability to realize their potential.