New assessments help teachers innovate in classrooms

Teens are often cautioned about what they post online because their digital profile will follow them well beyond their youth. Students at Del Lago Academy, a public high school in Escondido, Calif., are counting on it. Their teachers are embracing an innovative approach to assessment using digital badges. Similar to scout merit badges, these online…

In a polarized era, efforts to boost bipartisanship in Congress

Dysfunctional. Hyper-partisan. Unproductive. Those are among the words now most commonly used to describe Congress. What was once considered a revered branch of the federal government has become a place of enormous bitterness and friction. Public approval of Congress now hovers just above 10 percent, a huge drop from nearly 50 percent less than 20…

Question Time

Earlier this summer, we held a pair of conference calls that offered grantees an open forum—a kind of philanthropic town hall—to question me and our senior staff members about anything and everything. The calls, which we hope to hold annually, are part of our ongoing effort to be transparent and to create open lines of 

New PropelNext partnership supports groups serving California youth

Photo credit: Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). We’re excited to announce today that 15 youth-serving organizations have been selected to be part of the California PropelNext program. PropelNext helps organizations strengthen their programming and enhance their ability to collect, use, and apply data for ongoing improvement and learning–with the ultimate goal of making a greater 

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