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A Tree Without Roots: Astroturf and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations eve...

National Alliance Vows to Increase Degree-Attainment for Low-Income Higher Ed Students

Daniel Greenstein | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
Daniel Greenstein

Co-authored by Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University The U.S. is facing substantial performance gaps within higher education. High-income...

Bill Gates Praises US Leadership In Ebola Fight

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact

Not everyone is happy with America's response to the Ebola outbreak, but Bill Gates isn't one of those people. While The New York Times called Amer...

Ebola Crisis: Idris Elba Goes Viral to Fight the Virus

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Elba says Ebola has hit home for him because his family is originally from Sierra Leone and he has relatives in the region. Sierra Leone is one of the four countries (including Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria) where a total of more than 5,800 cases of Ebola have been reported.

Debating Common Core: Beware Decomposing Numbers and Rinky-Dink Assessments

Alan Singer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Intelligence Squared U.S. sponsored a debate September 9, 2014 on the Common Core State Standards. Four participants argued whether American schools s...

The One Dangerous Thing Philanthropy Has In Common With Big Oil And Banks

Democracy Journal | Gara LaMarche | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

Though this is not the way I would usually describe my career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first 20 working years trying to raise mone...

Bill Gates' Foundation Gives Its Largest Gift Ever To Combat Ebola Crisis

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact

The fight against Ebola has found a deep-pocketed ally in Bill Gates. The billionaire philanthropist's foundation has pledged $50 million to fight ...

Big History: Why We Fail to See Life as Life Sees Itself

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?

A Mom-Designed Solution: Keeping Children's Vaccine Records Current and Useful

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Lisa Scharoun, PhD is a professor in graphic design teaching at Australia's University of Canberra. She's also a mother to Noah, who was born with a cleft palate. Lisa spent much of Noah's first nine months in hospitals.

Christina Wilkie

Internal Memo Recommends Major Global Charities Adopt New Outreach Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the international community considers the next round of development goals to address some of the world's most critical challenges, mo...

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap Is More Relevant Than Ever

John Thompson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We have always had plenty of soul-killing, drill and kill instruction. In the past, however, it was seen as education malpractice. Now, it is imposed in the name of "reform."

Fiddling With Schools While Our Nation Burns

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Attacking teacher unions and tenure, high stakes testing, NCLB, Race to the Top, Common Core, charter schools... all these things are just fiddling around while civil society burns.

Child Malaria Vaccine May Be Available In 2015

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

A malaria vaccine for children may be available as soon as next year. A recent study released by PLOS Medicine and sponsored by GSK Biologicals, fo...

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Larry P. Thomas

Over the last year I've subscribed to a number of YouTube channels that have consistently helped me identify new trends, understand best practices, and spot high-impact opportunities. Here is a list of my favorites.

Here's Why We Definitely Approve Of This Bill Gates, John Green Bromance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

If there ever were a selfie to feel excited about, it's this one of Bill Gates and John Green. The author behind "The Fault In Our Stars" -- which...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

The Excellent But False Messaging of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Have you ever wondered about the amazingly effective campaign to sell the Common Core standards to the media, the business community, and the public? How did it happen that advocates for the standards used the same language, the same talking points, the same claims, no matter where they were located?

Replace Arne Duncan with Secretary of Education Bill Gates

John Thompson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Secretary of Education Bill Gates might confront the contradictions between his hypotheses on school improvement and reality. He might even recognize the impossibility of implementing value-added teacher evaluations and Common Core testing at the same time.

Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools?

John Thompson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
John Thompson

If Bill Gates would respect the fences that are necessary to protect educators and students, in particular, and our constitutional democracy in general, most of us would re-welcome his foundation back into school improvement.

Bill Gates: Eradicating Polio Is Easier Than Fixing American Education

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says eradicating malaria, tuberculosis and polio is easier than fixing th...