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Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

When Your HS Graduates Choose Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Isa Adney

It scares me how much the negative stereotypes of community colleges have crept into the national psyche. Because they creep into community college students' psyches as well and make them feel unworthy of success before they've even begun.

What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation

Patrick Corvington | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.

NYC Schools Lack Arts Education, Low-Income Hit Hardest

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

A new report from the New York City comptroller finds that many public schools offer no arts programs, and that low-income and minority students are h...

Education Is the Great Equalizer

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Jean-Claude Brizard

From my decades in education, I know that the status quo is powerful. The temptation to say "no" is strong. Opportunities to be truly bold and open up new paths to progress are rare. That's why a victory by the plaintiffs in Vergara v. California would be so important.

How For-Profit Institutions Peddle College to the Poor

Regina Deil-Amen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Regina Deil-Amen

Why would low-income students pay four or five times more for an education they could receive around the corner at their local community college? And why would they accumulate large amounts of debt to do it, foregoing the ability to later transfer their credits?

Over-Reaching on Undermatching

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Undermatching was one of the motivating forces behind last week's White House Summit on College Opportunity that included mostly elite institutions to the exclusion of broad access colleges.

Why Educational Reform Fails

Jack Rothman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Jack Rothman

Fine teaching does little good when children are hungry, sick, scared, lacking preparation, or worn down by atrocious life circumstances. Giving disadvantaged kids iPads, attempting to boost their self-esteem, or letting their parents choose a charter school doesn't overcome the cumulative detriments dished out from living at the poverty level.

Students Get Your Debt for Free! Read All About It!

Bob Hildreth | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

It is a legitimate question to ask if student debt may soon disappear as a result of default and forgiveness. Ultimately, taxpayers may want to support students with upfront grants rather than to suffer losses from forgiveness.

Real Education Reform Happens in the Classroom -- Unlocking the Gifts of Teacher Quality

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Eric Cooper

When guided by neuroscience and professional development, teachers learn to develop nurturing relationships with students and introduce complex material in a manner that helps them recognize they know more than they think they know.

College Board Challenges the Pell

Bob Hildreth | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

Brave as it is to suggest changes in a cow so sacred as the Pell, the College Board needs to go further. To succeed, the plan must promote a strong role for families to save, learn, and take control of their own college process.

A Shining Star in Our Nation's Capital: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Ann Tran | Posted 10.23.2013 | DC
Ann Tran

The school has created many stars, who also give back to the school when possible: Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, and Hank Williams Thomas, among many. Famed opera singer Denyce Graves, who emerged from the school as a polished singer, says, "It gave me what I have today."

Education: All in the Family

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

We propose a Welfare to Homework program. In this program, parents would be trained and paid not to leave home to go to work but to stay home and become part of the educational team. These parents might even been paid a bonus for their children's attendance and performance at school.

Part II, The Road to Nationals: How NFTE Graduates Around the Country Are Getting Ready for October 3

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Of the 35 business plans to be displayed on that evening, six of them come to us from the west coast programs in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco. In fact, NFTE Los Angeles has bred three of the past seven winners!

ScriptEd: Empowering Kids by Teaching Them to Code

Maurya Couvares | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

Young black and Latino students are particularly underrepresented in the software engineering industry. To remain innovative, the industry must employ a diverse workforce, and young black and Latino students should be included in that workforce.

Project: Starter Pack Program

Darius Brown | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darius Brown

I want job-seeking to be less stressful and more reciprocal.

Practice Makes Perfect

Karim Abouelnaga | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Karim Abouelnaga

One of the biggest problems in education reform today is that many of the initiatives to improve the public education system are done from an "outside-looking in" perspective. Our most admirable education reformers have never attended or gone through an inner-city public school themselves.

Reading Time's a Missed Opportunity for Life-Skills Learning

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.12.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

For a long time, we've been told, "read to children!" As important as this message is, it has frustrated me. It's not JUST reading to children that ...

The Educational Pipeline: Improving the Transition to College

Karen Gross | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Karen Gross

First, we need to create a new cultural norm: being smart is a good thing. Then, we need to focus more on what are oft-termed the non-cognitive skills -- despite the fact that these skills are deeply cognitive and undeserving of pejorative connotations.

How One Program Sent 100 Kids To College.. For Free!

Posted 08.05.2013 | Good News

What began as an educational experiment five years ago is now making a big difference in the lives of low-income New Jersey students. In 2007, Rutg...

Smarter Summers: Keeping Kids Engaged During Crucial Summer Months

Anna M. Babin | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Anna M. Babin

When school doors close for the summer months, studies show the learning gap widens drastically for kids from low-income families compared to their more advantaged peers.

The Right Fit: Low-income Students and College Success

Karen Gross | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Karen Gross

The bottom line is that determining fit is costly. It is not like stepping into a dressing room at a mall. Imagine the monies spent by wealthier families to hire college advisers and then visit campuses, often with overnight stays and plane trips, not to speak of days taken off from work.

Missing the Fit: Low-income Students and College Success

Karen Gross | Posted 07.12.2013 | College
Karen Gross

While buying an education is not like buying sweaters and shoes, finding the right fit -- not just the right price of attendance or the right academic program or the right graduation rate or the right ranking -- requires that we address many current gaps within the educational pipeline.

28 Letters

Cory Zacker | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Cory Zacker

I read every one of those 28 letters feeling happy that I had helped supply brand new copies of a literary classic to students in need. But the more I read, the more I realized that it wasn't really about the material things.