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The Experts Have Spoken: Integrated Student Supports Improve Educational Outcomes

Dan Cardinali | Posted 02.24.2014 | 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
Bill_Robinson

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 Philanthropedia.org. 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

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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.

Last Thursday, CNN was in Washington.  Maybe they should have been in Coral Gables.

Rob Shepardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Shepardson

The answers weren't on CNN that day, but that doesn't mean we don't already know how to help real people in need. We do. And these folks have some important answers.

Two Creative Artist Agency Agents Play It Forward

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

They work at CAA, at the most powerful entertainment company in the world. I thought my students were going to lift Caleb Franklin and Arleta Fowler onto their shoulders.

Michelle Obama Spends Afternoon Reading To Children In Drop-Out Prevention Program (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Verena von Pfetten | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

***Scroll down for slideshow.*** First Lady Michelle Obama spend Wednesday afternoon visiting with third-graders in an after-school program at Ferebe...