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The Problem With Poverty Statistics

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Dan Cardinali

As a natural optimist, I like to think that we're making headway on the poverty issue, but that does not mean we can pat ourselves on the back and unfurl the banner proclaiming "mission accomplished." In fact, I would argue that any progress thus far represents the proverbial low-hanging fruit and that further advances will require even deeper commitment and more creative thinking.

The $65 Dollar "Solution"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when we tend to think about the less fortunate, and this year, I'll be thinking specifically about two numbers: $49 and $65.

Do You Know What They Did Last Summer?

Dan Cardinali | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

For millions of poor kids in the U.S. today, the reality of summer is very different from that middle-class ideal. For them, the words "back to school" suggest the start of something good, not the end.

Dropouts Are Putting a Major Strain on Our Economy

Marc Joseph | Posted 09.13.2014 | Education
Marc Joseph

Despite all the efforts of every president from Kennedy to Obama, kids not completing their high school education are a blight on our society. Accordi...

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act

Dan Cardinali | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

We're not facing angry mobs and jail time, but I like to think that our work is furthering the hopes and dreams of the brave kids who marched in the streets of Birmingham.

"What's in a Name?"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

On the key issue of why a young person would leave school without a diploma, researchers found that 25 different factors were mentioned over and over again, with abuse, homelessness and time in juvenile detention topping the list.

Communities In Schools' Change the Picture: A Conversation With CIS President Dan Cardinali

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Mike Ragogna

"If we are to make good on that promise, all of us in the education and youth development space have an obligation to ensure that an evidence-based student support strategy becomes an integral part of the public school landscape."

The Experts Have Spoken: Integrated Student Supports Improve Educational Outcomes

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Dan Cardinali

There aren't many seminal moments in the field of education research, which often manages to be esoteric, expansive, parochial and contradictory, all ...

Mentoring: Unlocking Young People's Potential

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Building a relationship with a caring adult is the foundation for many great things. Kids who are at risk desperately need the sense of security that high-quality mentoring can offer. It's about fostering trust and opening up a young person's mind to possibility.

Shocked by Violence? Try Being Surprised by Peace

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech -- three schools, three places that should be associated with learning and growth and brighter futures. Instead,...

Bridging the False Dichotomy Between Poverty and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

In Kalamazoo, the silos that separate schools, businesses and civic organizations are coming down as everyone accepts a shared responsibility to prepare young people for a successful, productive life.

Daring to Dream: Graduating to a More Hopeful Future

Dan Cardinali | Posted 07.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Amid the euphoria of record levels for the Dow or the S&P 500, Wall Street and Main Street.That's certainly true, but my visit to Chaparral High School reminded me that for some kids, even Main Street looks like a dream destination -- and they don't have the bus fare to get there.

Central Truths, Learned on the Margins

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

What I've found over the years is that problems -- and solutions -- often look quite different on the periphery. For those of us at the "center" of society, the problems on the periphery can appear smaller because we are physically or psychologically removed from the fallout.

Designer Schools: Making Sure They're a Good Fit for All

Dan Cardinali | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

School redesign is a hot topic in education circles, and it's easy to see why. In so many ways, the basic underpinnings of our schools haven't changed radically since the Industrial Revolution.

Invest in Innovative Solutions That Work for Children and Families

Michele Jolin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Investing in what works is a long-term economic growth strategy designed to strengthen our future workforce. It just makes sense, particularly as we look to find cost-effective ways to ensure that our nation's children receive the education and training that they require to compete globally.

Accelerating Innovation Through Integrated Student Supports

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Austin, Texas, likes to cultivate a reputation for weirdness, but there are some pretty wonderful things going on in the Austin Independent School District. Throughout the city, students are learning about persistence, empathy and honesty right alongside math, science and history.

Poverty and Student Success

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

To move towards high impact, cost-effective student support strategies, we need to adopt evidence-based, targeted student supports and deploy nonprofit organizations to leverage community volunteers and national service to address this challenge.

If Murder Can Be Tracked Like an Infectious Disease, Should Failing Schools Be, Too?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Currently, we tend to (overly) assign individual causes to the symptoms of whole-school or single-child success in school. A growing chorus of educators and communities, however, recognize there is a complex constellation of forces impacting every child's capacity to learn and grow.

Embracing Brokenness In Bill Milliken's 'Rearview Mirror'

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

God has a funny way of ministering healing though. Sometimes it comes through strangers who send packages via the U.S. Postal Service.

The Gift of Connection

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.01.2012 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

In From the Rear View Mirror: Reflecting on Connecting the Dots, we are treated to the deeply personal, sometimes painful and often humorous life of Bill Milliken.

Watching the Bowl Championship Series? Give Money to Your Favorite Charity at the Same Time!

Bill_Robinson | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

There's a new high-tech start-up in Austin, Texas, called that has a different twist: empowering 'micro-donations' over the Internet while also tying in those donations to a fan's sports, entertainment or even routine (think a Starbucks in the morning) passions.

Who's Rescuing Foster Kids, Runaways And High School Dropouts? (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact

More than 4 million people between ages 16 to 24 were either unemployed or had dropped out of school in 2000, according to Yet, t...

John Legend Helps Kids Stay In School, Works On New Album

The Boombox | Posted Jul 27th 2011 6:35PM by Georgette Cline | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education


PHOTOS: 'Vanity Fair' And Chrysler Celebrate 'The Fighter' For Charitable Cause

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

On Monday, February 21, Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood 2011 kicked off Oscar Week, partnering with Chrysler to celebrate Best Picture Nominee The Figh...

Be a 'Superman' in Your Community

John Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Koch

Davis Guggenheim (and everyone involved with this film) has done our country a great public service. The conversation has been tipped. We need to keep it going in every way possible.