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Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty’s future

How can Newtown’s schools help the latest generation of students? Educators at the neighborhood’s Alta Vista Elementary School have found some answers. Principal Barbara Shirley adopted an Aspen Institute initiative called “Two Generations, One Future,” designed to simultaneously engage children and their parents in practical skills, with the twin goals of academic success and job readiness. Shirley viewed the program as a natural fit for this county, where the number of locals registering for food stamps has soared 200% in the past eight years and where almost half of those at or below the poverty line work full and part-time jobs. morenext

From Fortune, June 29, 2015

How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children's brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series "Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. morenext

From PBS News Hour, June 27, 2015

Aspen Institute’s Anne Mosle asks, Do men have to lose for women to win? (Video)

Mosle talked with Cindy Fisher Crawford about what it takes to get more women in Birmingham’s C-Suites and hopefully CEO seats. morenext

From Birmingham Business Journal, June 22, 2015

A Federal Policy on Paid Leave Suddenly Seems Plausible

The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t provide workers with any sort of paid leave as part of government policy. The Family and Medical Leave Act, which President Bill Clinton signed on his 17th day in office in 1993, gives about half of workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious health condition, a birth or an ailing family member. morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, June 22, 2015

Five issues to keep poverty on the agenda in 2016

Poverty affects who we are as a country. It affects our economy, our criminal justice system, our educational investments and the future of our workforce. Our response to it, or lack thereof, is an expression of our national values. morenext

From The Hill: Blog, June 10, 2015

Give to Those at the Bottom? Sure, as Long as They Stay There

When it comes to reducing inequality, Americans may be open to bolder solutions for reining in those at the top than for ones boosting people at the bottom. [Study] morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, June 08, 2015

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

As it turns out, the conditions that attend poverty—what a National Scientific Council report summarized as “overcrowding, noise, substandard housing, separation from parent(s), exposure to violence, family turmoil,” and other forms of extreme stress—can be toxic to the developing brain, just like drug or alcohol abuse. morenext

From The New Yorker, June 04, 2015

Two Rules for My Daughter’s Library

When my daughter was born, I decided there would be two rules for the books I would chose for her: 1. They had to tell a story well. 2. No white people. morenext

From On Being, May 29, 2015

Research shows stress can be toxic for kids who live in poverty

When you hear stories about poverty, they’re usually not focused on how a person's brain deals with stress. But there's growing scientific evidence that experiences like homelessness or living in a dangerous neighborhood actually changes the brains of young children. Without intervention, these experiences can have profound consequences later in life. morenext

From Colorado Public Radio, May 21, 2015

Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems. morenext

From The Washington Post, May 19, 2015

Smart Social Programs

We cannot solve poverty or lack of mobility overnight, but contrary to what the skeptics say, investing in families works — not just for them, but for all of us. morenext

From The New York Times: Op-Ed, May 11, 2015

American Innovation Can Narrow the Opportunity Gap for Kids

One promising approach taking hold across the country is called the 2Gen framework that structures programs to include children and their parents at the same time, tying economic and educational success to a widening of social networks and skills. morenext

From The Huffington Post | Blog, May 06, 2015

Mounting Evidence of Advantages for Children of Working Mothers

Nearly three-quarters of American mothers with children at home are employed. That fact doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for mothers to drop a toddler at day care or miss school plays. The mommy wars might seem like a relic of the 1990s, but 41 percent of adults say the increase in working mothers is bad for society, while just 22 percent say it is good, according to the Pew Research Center. morenext

From New York Times: Upshot, May 05, 2015

An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty

Based on the earnings records of millions of families that moved with children, study finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere. morenext

From The New York Times: Upshot, May 04, 2015

The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners

One of the most significant ways that communities can respond to potential changes in the immigration system, as well as ongoing shifts in the nation’s demographics, is by ensuring greater access to English language instruction, as a lack of English proficiency is a significant barrier to full participation in society. morenext

From The Center for American Progress, May 01, 2015

Report by Teachers College Researchers Highlights Segregation and Disparities in Pre-K Classrooms

A new report by researchers at TC’s National Center for Children and Families describes troubling racial, ethnic and economic disparities in American preschools and calls on policymakers to focus on the value of diversity in early education classrooms as a means to increase equity and quality for America’s youngest learners. morenext

From Teachers College, Columbia University, April 28, 2015

Can a Harlem ‘cradle to career’ program succeed in rural Mississippi?

The idea of Promise Neighborhoods was born with the Harlem Children’s Zone, a widely heralded, public-private partnership that provides education and community services to low-income parents and children in central Harlem. morenext

From PBS News, April 28, 2015

Strengthening Ties: The Case for Building a Social Policy Centered on Families

New America’s Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative released its first report, calling for new frameworks to help American families navigate today’s challenges. morenext

From The New America, Family-Centered Social Policy, April 22, 2015

How Obama wants to help America’s poorest kids, and why even more is needed

That rural poverty rate has been rising for more than a decade, and in 2012 it stood at 17.7 percent, back where it was in 1972. The White House's plan to alleviate rising child poverty in rural areas depends on more powerful people taking notice. morenext

From The Washington Post, April 17, 2015

Where Are the Teachers of Color?

"It would have been nice to have a teacher in the classroom who could help you bridge over and help you become a better version of yourself," morenext

From The New York Times- Sunday Review, April 11, 2015

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