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News and Events 4-6-12: TEDxChange, Child Survival, Students and Teachers, and More

April 6, 2012

Events and Highlights

TEDxChange: The Big Picture: On Thursday, April 5th, we joined over 200 TEDx groups in 65 countries participating in the TEDxChange: The Big Picture live stream with talks from Melinda Gates, Jeff Chapin, Sven Giegold, and Theo Sawa, with a musical performance by Baaba Maal. Continue the discussion on twitter using the #tedxchange hashtag and stay tuned for next week’s blog wrap-up of the event.

We blogged yesterday about the development of a new type of online guidance in the form of a donor toolkit. Our first toolkit on children’s health and child survival will provide donors with the tools they need to take action.

The Nonprofit Times “NPT Best and Brightest” profiles those who have shaped the philanthropic and nonprofit sector over the past 25 years.

Health News

Equity in maternal, newborn, and child health interventions in Countdown to 2015: a retrospective review of survey data from 54 countries: A study in the Lancet examined progress on reaching global targets for maternal and child health. It found community-level interventions such as early breastfeeding were more equitably distributed compared with other health interventions such as skilled birth attendants. The finding highlight key geographic areas and health services where future emphasis needs to be placed to ensure the health of families.

A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children: A promising practice tested in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) is now being expanded in six other child treatment centers, with hopes to replicate across the U.S.

Education News

Off the Clock: What More Time Can (and Can’t) Do for School Turnarounds: Across the country, districts have adopted “extended learning time (ELT)” as a key strategy for improving student outcomes. This new report looks at the research surrounding these efforts. While some ELT plans are promising, there are clear limitations to the strategy, particularly when resource constraints favor quantity over quality, a subject we examined at length in our High Impact Philanthropy to Improve Teaching Quality donor guide.

Where Teachers Are Replaceable Widgets, Education Suffers: The damage due to extremely high levels of teacher turnover is the topic of an article in this week’s EdWeek by the University of Pennsylvania’s Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Andrew Porter, Penn GSE professor Robert Boruch, and Joseph Merlino, chair of the 21st Century Partnership for STEM (21PSTEM) education based in Conshohoken, PA. High teacher turnover or “churn” both within schools and the profession adversely affects student learning, school culture, and even the possibility of conducting reliable research.

Completion matters: the high cost of low community college graduation rates: As community colleges serve more and more students, this report from AEI examines opportunities for improving their current low graduation rates.

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