Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Racial disparity in academic achievement remains a leading problem in American education, both at the K-12 and the college levels. A number of studies show greater diversity in the teaching profession can address some of those concerns.
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Kevin Young Intertwines Personal And Public History

Kevin Young Intertwines Personal And Public History

As a writer, editor and archivist, Kevin Young is a poet actively engaged with the world. In his new collection, Brown, Young draws heavily on his boyhood in Topeka, Kansas, tying it in large and small ways to the wider world. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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A Poet'S Take On Looking To Language For Radical Hope

A Poet'S Take On Looking To Language For Radical Hope

In this digital and divided society, it can often seem that language is used primarily to deliver criticism and express rage. But poet Ada Limón shares her humble opinion on why she sees people turning to poetry for language that reflects nuance.
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Poet Franny Choi On The Value Of Imagining Alternate Realities

Poet Franny Choi On The Value Of Imagining Alternate Realities

What’s the value of asking questions to which we don’t know the answer? Poet Franny Choi’s “Introduction to Quantum Theory” does just that, and she calls it “one of the scariest things” she’s ever written.
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How A Volunteer Surgical Team In Rwanda Chooses Which Patients To Save

How A Volunteer Surgical Team In Rwanda Chooses Which Patients To Save

Rheumatic heart disease develops when strep throat goes untreated. It causes an estimated 275,000 premature deaths per year, mostly youth in developing countries like Rwanda, where antibiotics are rarely available.
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A Poet Who Holds The Men Behind The Music Accountable

A Poet Who Holds The Men Behind The Music Accountable

Inspired by the people who have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement, Imani Davis shares her poem “Platinum” and gives her Brief but Spectacular take on how society can overlook wrongdoing by famous artists.
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How Wyoming Manages To Keep Its Rural Schools Open

How Wyoming Manages To Keep Its Rural Schools Open

The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, including Wyoming’s tiny Valley Elementary School. It has only six students.
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Why This Poet Says There Is No Single Story Spun On A Single Tongue

Why This Poet Says There Is No Single Story Spun On A Single Tongue

Erica Dawson, a professor and writer, said she was surprised while on book tour recently to be faced with the same question over and over again, about speaking for “the black experience.” Black poets never went away.
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Navigating Seattle's Ever-Evolving Streets Through Poetry

Navigating Seattle's Ever-Evolving Streets Through Poetry

How do you capture Seattle’s complications, quirks and ever-changing population? A new digital project is mapping out the evolving city by collecting poems that tell unique stories.
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Many College Students Struggle To Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?

Many College Students Struggle To Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?

Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help.
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Melinda Gates On Her Foundation’S Work And The Need To ‘Lift Up Women’ Worldwide

Melinda Gates On Her Foundation’S Work And The Need To ‘Lift Up Women’ Worldwide

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest private philanthropic organization, with an endowment of $50 billion. Melinda Gates plays a huge role in shaping its work, and her new book.
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Poet Willie Perdomo On The Value Of Writing Letters In A Digital World

Poet Willie Perdomo On The Value Of Writing Letters In A Digital World

Texting and emailing have revolutionized the way we communicate, enabling us to be more efficient and stay in touch more easily. But they have also altered the dynamics of some of our most important relationships.
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