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2018 State of the States: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day
October 17, 2018
The number of elementary and secondary school students who have access to high-speed Internet has increased by 40.7 million over the last five years, with 98 percent of public school districts now meeting the FCC’s minimum standard of 100 kbps per student, a report from EducationSuperHighway finds. At the same time, the report, 2018 State of...
'We Carry Guns to Stay Safe'
October 14, 2018
In Chicago, where homicide is the leading cause of death among African-American boys and men between the ages of 15 and 34, the experience of being the victim of a violent crime — or knowing one — combined with a lack of trust in the ability of the police to protect neighborhoods often motivates young men to carry guns, a report from the...
Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018
October 11, 2018
Americans are highly engaged in the arts and believe strongly that they promote personal well‐being, contribute to our understanding of other cultures, are essential to a well‐rounded education, and that government has an important role to play in funding them. Based  on a survey of more than three thousand Americans, the report, Americans...
A Renewed Struggle for the American Dream
October 5, 2018
Nearly a third (31 percent) of all Californians and almost half (47 percent) of the state’s workers are "working poor," a report commissioned from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) by the James Irvine Foundation finds. Based on the institute's 2018 California Workers Survey of more than thirty-three hundred California residents,...
Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans a Year After Hurricane Maria
October 2, 2018
A year after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, residents of the island are still struggling with the storm's impact on their housing, finances, and mental and physical health, a survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post finds. Based on face-to-face interviews, the report, Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans One...
Collaborating Towards Kindergarten Readiness at Scale: A Funder Group Case Study
September 29, 2018
Funder collaboratives require a serious investment of time and resources by participating funders in order to be effective, a case study from the Bridgespan Group finds. The report, Collaborating Towards Kindergarten Readiness at Scale: A Funder Group Case Study (17 pages, PDF), examines how twelve foundations led by the David and Lucile Packard...
The Arts: Making Meaning – A Synthesis of Conversations with Creative Leaders
September 26, 2018
While arts funding plays an important role in fostering cultural activity and economic vitality, structural challenges and limitations need to be addressed, a report from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation finds. The report, The Arts: Making Meaning – A Synthesis of Conversations with Creative Leaders (7 pages, PDF), highlights...
Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action
September 23, 2018
A handful of impact investors have begun to create products, raise capital, and make new investments that directly target progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, a report from the Global Impact Investing Network finds. The report, Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action (28 pages, PDF), found that these...
Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global Baseline Report 2018
September 20, 2018
Only two-thirds (69 percent) of schools globally had basic drinking water service in 2016, with nearly 570 million school children having no access to drinking water at all, a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization’s Joint Monitoring Programme finds. According to the report, Drinking Water,...
Early Learning in the Digital Age
September 14, 2018
An interactive toolkit from the Integrating Technology in Early Literacy (InTEL) project at the New America Foundation and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop provides a snapshot of initiatives across the United States that use technology to connect with vulnerable families and improve educational outcomes. Early Learning in the...
Translating Interest Into Action: Insights From the Retail Impact Investor
September 11, 2018
Interest in impact investing is high, and many impact investors would like to see more product options and increase the amount they invest, a report from Calvert Impact Capital finds. Based on a survey of impact investors — 54 percent of whom were current and former investors in Calvert’s Community Investment Note — the report, Translating...