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The Gender-Friendly Classroom: Tips and Tools for Teachers

Randal Mason | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Randal Mason

As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon noted recently, "Today, there are 57 million children out of school -- and most of them are girls." Teachers and ...

5 New Approaches to Teaching and Learning: The Next Frontier

Christopher Emdin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Christopher Emdin

This cycle of dysfunction is a reality for educators across the country, and is part of the reason why achievement gaps exist, dropout rates remain high, and teacher retention is a perpetual issue. I describe five approaches that have a proven record of being successful in the many schools.

10 Cops Caught Red-Handed Making The World A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Good News

These cops showed an inspiring side of law enforcement that the public doesn't always see. From taking the time to reach out to local youth to helping...

Why Nonprofits Should Ditch Old-Fashioned Professional Development

Shayla R. Price | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Shayla R. Price

Professional development is a critical tool to tackle challenges in your organization. However, it doesn't have to be boring! Boost the morale of your nonprofit team by pushing beyond the limits of cliché training. Your staff will be thankful.

There Is an Ambassador in You

Florence Ngobeni-Allen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Florence Ngobeni-Allen

Despite losing my first husband and child to HIV, witnessing HIV-positive mothers in my clinic giving birth to HIV-negative children encouraged me to try as well.

Responding to the Savior Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part II)

Robert West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Robert West

Speaking from the position of "them and those," a position I remember all to well, I say...Check the help, and free yourself!

Theaters Contribute to Social Justice and Meaningful Change in Communities

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

The arts are losing out in the wave of a new philanthropic emphasis on measurable "investment."

My Road to Recovery From Good News Porn

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

In the end, good news porn can be like sexual porn in that there is no real commitment, engagement or sacrifice involved. Good news is presented for our enjoyment, and when we are done, we can move on without any thought for those whose lives we just consumed.

A Resolution You Can Keep

Helena Okolicsanyi | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Helena Okolicsanyi

Often times we see or hear of stories of those suffering around the world, yet we don't act or speak up. Empathy isn't what the world needs more of, it's action.

Pioneers of the Next Silicon Valley

Aaron Hurst | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Hopefully at Davos next year our focus can not be on envying Silicon Valley but discussing how to inspire the capital of the next economic era -- one that is focused on serving people and the planet.

WATCH: This Is What Happens When You Leave A Hotel Cleaner A $500 Tip

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Good News

Instead of encountering a mound of dirty towels and sheets, a cleaner was met with a stack of cash when she walked into a hotel room. Kyle and Josh...

Interracial Couples and Marriage More Accepted Among Americans

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Younger Americans have grown up in an environment where they have been immersed with multi-cultural images from sports, to television, to music, to gender to literature. On the contrary, older Americans inhabited an America that was rigidly segregated by race, class and in a number of cases, religion.

So You Want to Save the World? (Part 4): Making Your Own Luck

Alex Amouyel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

Good connections in this sector, whether in your organization or across different organizations, are worth cultivating to get inside knowledge on open positions and even potentially good recommendations.

TAPIN: Through Self-Reflection a Broader Definition of "Social Good"

Idealist | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Idealist

This article originally appeared on Idealists in Action. As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week and people across the U.S. come together t...

Social Entrepreneurship -- A Wealth of Experience

Janet Longmore | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Janet Longmore

Social entrepreneurs are by nature sharers, social knowledge engineers. They have valuable lessons and best practices to offer today's business leaders and tomorrow's business innovators.

Snowsports for Disabled Athletes -- Liberty and Whitetail Mountain Resorts, Pennsylvania

Connie Lawn | Posted 03.24.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

Once again we skied at Liberty, near Gettysburg. We go there often, because we have a lot of good friends there and it is the closest drive from Washington DC. But its sister area, Whitetail, is also excellent, with some longer, steeper runs.

Raising the Caliber

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

Concerned with the growing problem of gun violence in Newark, Jessica Mindich decided to think of a creative way to repurpose guns into jewelry: "There's an issue of illegal gun violence in Newark, and I saw an opportunity to help a city."

Reluctant Reliability: A Glimpse Into Cerebral Palsy

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

I wanted nothing more than to jump out of my bed, grab my phone, and text someone as fast as my chubby little fingers would allow. As with so many other scenarios like this, my cerebral palsy didn't present me with that option.

Average Is Over

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Education
Marc F. Bernstein

The New York Times columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, recently wrote about three recent advances in technology -- self driving cars, robotic factories and...

Sex Trafficking: Beyond the Abstract Evil

Cameron Conaway | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Just as we work to empathize with and learn from the survivors, so too must we demystify the criminals and learn to speak about them as though they are real-life human beings (because they are).

A Library For All -- Part Two

Isabel Sheinman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Isabel Sheinman

We are not alone in realizing that education is a tool and an extremely high-impact way to assist people in raising themselves out of poverty and the dire circumstances in which they find themselves.

Ted's Story: From Tragedy to New Beginnings

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Jens Erik Gould

As a young man, Ted Wiard had an ideal life. He married his high school sweetheart, worked as a schoolteacher and tennis coach in his picturesque hometown of Taos, New Mexico, and became the father of two beautiful daughters. Suddenly, everything changed.

So You Want to Save the World? Part 3: Take a Pay Cut

Alex Amouyel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

From the private sector and even sometimes between NGOs, you have to be ready for a large pay cut. Every time I've changed organizations, I've taken a 40 percent pay cut, returning each time roughly to my original salary as an entry-level management consultant.

Candles Are Lit for Keith Vidal

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On New Years eve, I celebrated the tremendous breakthroughs we witnessed in mental health in the blog, Dreams Came True in 2013. Now, a week later, the nightmare of this public health emergency wakes us up once again.

Chicagoans Cooking at Home and Donating to Help Homeless Youth

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

While thinking about the over 21,000 homeless people in Chicago struggling to find ways to stay warm and avoid bed bugs, I set out to begin an online fundraising campaign and the #CHIberiaChallenge was born.