Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds
by Kayla SchultzOct 22, 2014
- When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal.
The Trollslayers: 3 Women Who Took on the Internet’s Misogynistic Underbelly—And Came Out Swinging
by Lindsey WeedstonOct 22, 2014
- For years, these two mothers and a Cambridge professor have been bullied, threatened, and publicly humiliated by cyber-legions of trolls. Each of their stories offers a lesson for beating them.
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeOct 22, 2014
- We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery
by Tom LawsonOct 21, 2014
- A new law allows transgender citizens to decide their own gender—and all it takes is a piece of paper.
Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different
by John FefferOct 20, 2014
- Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement is neither revolutionary nor subversive: It’s a basic demand for a more responsive and accountable government.
New Factories Have Jobs You’d Really Want—and These Chicago Kids Are Skilling Up to Get Them
by Laura FlandersOct 17, 2014
- Manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., but to fill them we’ll have to train a new generation of workers. That’s what this school is doing in a struggling neighborhood that once hosted the country’s biggest candy empires, as factories return.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin ChaOct 17, 2014
- Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.
Video: Last Native Speaker Records Wukchumni Language
by Kayla SchultzOct 17, 2014
- If your language was on the brink of extinction, what would you do? The last speaker of Wukchumni created a makeshift dictionary out of scraps of paper.
Day 5 of New Economy Week: The New Economy Is Close to Home
Oct 17, 2014
- From California to Mississippi, people are organizing to build local power and are seeing major victories. How do we support and encourage their work?
After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It
by Dave ReedOct 17, 2014
- Fed up with essentially begging for access to quality food, residents of this predominantly African-American and low-income neighborhood decided to open their own grocery store.
Visual Learning: Heart and Sole
by Jim McGowanOct 17, 2014
- This Visual Learning lesson will get your students to think about prisoners—the uniforms prisoners wear and the most effective ways to prepare for their transition back into society.
The Danger of Silence
Oct 17, 2014
- When he was a kid, slam poet and teacher Clint Smith once gave up speaking for Lent. He found that his silence allowed his classmates to be bullied—and that he must use his voice speak up for truth and justice.
SPENT: An Online Game to Understand Poverty
by Jing FongOct 17, 2014
- If you don’t understand the feeling of trying to survive poverty, you will after playing SPENT.
Reflections on Poverty with "Nikki-Rosa" Poem
by Jing FongOct 17, 2014
- Nikki Giovanni's poem, "Nikki-Rosa" reflects on Giovanni's living with poverty—what she had, more than what she lacked. The poem, with accompanying Def Jam video and ReadWriteThink lesson will help students develop their understanding of poverty, explore their childhood experiences, and write about these reflections in a poem.
Getting to Know You: Home Visits Help Teachers and Parents Become Super Partners
by Nick FaberOct 17, 2014
- In Saint Paul, Minnesota, teacher and union leader Nick Faber helped establish a local home visit project because he believes that, when a teacher knows his student's family, together they are the best partners in that child's learning.