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News & Events | 31 October 2012 | Halloween, Hurricane Sandy, and Other News

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy!

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Teleconference hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Today at 3pm EST, you can join a discussion on how to become involved in long-term recovery efforts. Scheduled speakers include Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, a representative from FEMA, and CDP Vice President Regine A. Webster. Click here to register.

Hurricane Sandy Resources and Information from the United Way: Visit the United Way blog for ways to volunteer in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Other News

Report supports organic produce, but not milk: A new clinical report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows how it’s not that organic food is more nutritious, it’s that it exposes consumers to fewer substances—pesticides—known to be harmful.

Betty Hart Dies at 85; Studied Disparities in Children’s Vocabulary Growth: Betty Hart, a pioneering researcher in the field of early childhood development, died last week. She was a stellar example of how rigorous, social science research can help elucidate factors behind social and economic inequities and spawn a host of well-targeted responses to overcome barriers. Her work highlighted the importance of environment for early childhood development and undergirds many of the early literacy interventions designed over the last 20 years.

Building Roadmaps to Close the Achievement Gap: In this October’s Journal of School Psychology, a team of Penn GSE professors, led by John Fantuzzo, take a closer look at the achievement gap between African-American and white boys in Philadelphia. Drawing on social service agency and school data, they map known risk factors to achievement and determine that the “risk gap” largely mirrors the achievement gap. Better attendance and high engagement in school, however, served as protective factors and had a positive effect on achievement. Fantuzzo and his team urge early and greater collaboration between schools and social service agencies to mitigate and reduce known risk factors, as well as greater efforts at school-family collaboration aimed at keeping African-American boys engaged in school.

GreenLight Fund adds the New Teacher Center to its Boston portfolio: The partnership between GreenLight Boston and New Teacher Center—with the goal to provide mentorship to 250 first-year teachers—was announced at the GreenLight Gala held in September. Kate Hovde, senior analyst of our center, recently interviewed Ellen Moir of the New Teacher Center on improving teaching.

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