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Why a Talking Puppet Is Teaching Kids an Endangered Language
by Tristan Ahtone
Half of indigenous languages worldwide are expected to disappear by the next century. Can children’s television programming curb that?
The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu
by Kaylee Domzalski
When the school district pulled out, parents at a Eugene, Ore., charter school stepped in to reinvent how lunch is done.
Why We Need Tiny Colleges
by Marcus Ford
Could smaller—and cheaper—schools produce more thoughtful, engaged, and compassionate human beings?
After Trauma: A Graphic Journey Through Wild Healing
by Leela Corman
In this collection of watercolor illustrations, a comics artist illustrates her journey through grief after the sudden death of her first child.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas
by DJ Cavem
For Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, HIP HOP is not just a form of music, it's a way of life—one he's using to teach kids about cultivating the earth and eating fresh veggies.
Art for the Sky
by Daniel Dancer
Daniel Dancer's Art For the Sky is a unique, team-building activity for schools and special events. These enchanting creations on acres of land are a whole-body way of stimulating imagination and understanding the interconnection of people and all life.
And the Next Day, I Teach
by Aletha Fields
What calls Aletha Fields, English teacher at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky, to continue to teach each and every day? Friends, family, mentors, students, faith, and care for one's self.
Fried Onions, Feather Beds, and Intro to Chinese
by Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer
Here's a typical day at Brooklyn Free School.
Free to Be Me
by Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer
Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer knew she found her place to teach when she walked through the doors of Brooklyn Free School three years ago. See how Gia and BFS honor children's rights to be themselves and become the happy, healthy, and independent thinking people they are meant to be.
Visual Learning: Out of Character
by Jing Fong
This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about the intersection of handwriting and digital typeface, and the fate of cursive writing around the world.
Animal Odd Couples
Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
Spring 2012: "Eating Together" Middle School Winner Kate LeBlanc
by Kate LeBlanc
Kate LeBlanc is a seventh grade student at Metro Montessori Middle School in Portland, Oregon. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Kate's essay about lessons learned at the table.
Spring 2012: "Eating Together" High School Winner Clara Lincoln
by Clara Lincoln
Clara Lincoln is a high school student at Capital City Charter School in Washington, DC. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Clara's essay about the benefits of family dinners - no matter what form they take.
Spring 2012: "Eating Together" College Winner Willis Reed
by Willis Reed
Willis Reed is a student at Edmonds Community College and a member of the King County Explorer Search and Rescue. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "You Are Who You Eat With" by Katherine Gustafson. Read Willis's essay about brotherhood forged around the dinner table.