Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2014 May

What Works News Round-Up – May 30, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/28/14) Partners In Progress: Initiative Creates One-Stop Shops For Needy Families “It’s a paradigm shift in how we’ve approached our work in previous decades,” said…

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San Francisco’s El Dorado Elementary School Uses Trauma-Informed & Restorative Practices; Suspensions Drop 89%

By Jane Ellen Stevens “Childhood trauma is a public health issue,” says Joyce Dorado, director of HEARTS — Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools. “It’s really common, and the way kids react to it gets them into trouble in school.” In fact, serious an…

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[Video] Investing in What Works: Dallas

Investing in What Works: Dallas was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on April 21, 2014. The forum gathered a diverse audience of representatives from nonprofits, foundations, financial institutions, government agencies and for-profit organizations invested in low- and modera…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 23, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (5/23/14) The dramatic inequality of public-school spending in America Per-pupil spending alone doesn’t tell us everything about the quality of education in any…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 15, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. TIME Magazine (5/13/14) Big Gaps in Pre-K Availability Nationwide, Report Finds A new survey of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs finds a wide disparity in the availability of early…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 9, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/9/14) The Ride to the Top Your own two feet may be the great equalizers in a nation with a widening wealth and education gap. Both the most educated and wealthiest …

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What If People Got the Credit They Deserve?

Nearly 13 million American households have problems accessing traditional forms of credit because they lack sufficient credit history. This is not just a problem for the poor. Recent immigrants, young people on their own for the first time, those with damaged credit from the financial…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 2, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/1/14) Census: U.S. Has Fewer ‘Near Poor’ As Many Slip Into True Poverty The first U.S. Census Bureau report on the near-poor, released Thursday, shows that 14.7 mil…

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