Take 5: “How TV Can Make Kids Better Readers” and more…

Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

  1. New York Times: Los Angeles Puts $100 Million Into Helping Homeless “Flooded with homeless encampments from its freeway underpasses to the chic sidewalks of Venice Beach, municipal officials here declared a public emergency on Tuesday, making Los Angeles the first city in the nation to take such a drastic step in response to its mounting problem with street dwellers.”
  2. New Profit Blog: America Forward and New Profit Join SEA Summit Nicole Truhe, Director of Government Affairs for America Forward, shares her experience at the SEA Summit: “Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and participate in the 2015 Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) Summit in Denver, Colorado. The Summit brought together over 400 individuals working in and with social enterprises for three days to network, learn from each other, and create a framework for the work of SEA and social enterprises into the next year and beyond.”
  3. nprED: How TV Can Make Kids Better Readers Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine are interviewed about their new book Tap, Click, Read: “Is technology the best thing that ever happened to education? Or a silent killer of children’s attention spans and love of learning? Tap, Click, Read is a new book out this week that attempts to offer a third alternative. It tells the stories of educators and parents who are trying to develop media, and ways of interacting with that media, that encourage literacy and critical thinking skills in young children, while reducing inequity.”
  4. Child Mind Institute: How to Help Kids Learn to Fail “Parents tend to see their mission as helping their kids succeed. But there’s a growing realization among teachers and other professionals who work with children that kids increasingly need help learning how to fail.
    Not learning to tolerate failure leaves kids vulnerable to anxiety. It leads to meltdowns when the inevitable failure does occur, whether it happens in preschool or college. And perhaps even more important, it can make kids give up trying—or trying new things.”
  5. Future of Privacy Forum: New Future Privacy Forum Survey Shows Parents Overwhelmingly Support Using Student Data to Improve Education “Today, as students, parents, teachers and school administrators begin another academic year, the Future of Privacy Forum released new survey data showing that a majority of parents support using student data to improve education. While support for using data in the classroom is strong, parents remain concerned about the level of student data privacy and security in U.S. K-12 schools.”
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