Idled by Covid, School Bus Drivers Are Becoming College Counselors
When an Indiana school district ran short on student case managers, it looked to its road warriors for help.
Free the Playgrounds!
Elaborate, over-programmed playgrounds increasingly dictate how kids should use them. Can a new type of playscape unwrite the script?
The Transformative Power of Replacing Guns With Jobs
Youth involved in gun violence would rather be working than shooting. One group decided to give them what they want.
In this Connecticut Prison, the Guards Double as Mentors
What happens when incarcerated people see a correctional officer not as an overlord, but as someone who can help?
Inside the Student-Led Movement to Depolarize College
Beyond the ideological brawls and anti-speaker protests is a push to make disagreement on campus cool again.
‘Microcredentials’ Are Changing the Pandemic Job Hunt
Some universities are offering college credits as industry-recognized certificates instead, allowing students to use them in the job market long before they graduate.
The Youth Who Turned a Prison Into a Farm
In North Carolina, teens who were once at risk of being locked up have created a place where good things grow.
Do School Plays Lead to PhDs?
A new report shows a correlation that’s held for decades: People with more education are more involved in the arts. Or is it the other way around?
The High School That Follows Its Students to College
A school in Detroit deploys counselors to make sure its graduates are staying on the collegiate track. Unlock your phones, kids.
Can California’s Colleges Be Saved?
Soaring tuition and slipping graduation rates have challenged the UC system’s renown. Now, an attempt to restore its former glory is underway.
A School Where Character Gets a Grade
An A+ for accountability? How one school grades students’ “character data” as much as their homework, and gets a decent report card on future success
My Alternate Route to Harvard
Raised on the plains of North Carolina by parents who grew up in the segregated South, I wasn’t put on the “Harvard track” early. I got there anyway—thanks to one of the best-kept secrets in higher education.
Reversing the Tide
College degree programs like the Bard Prison Initiative give jailed students a chance to thrive once they’re released—and drive down the costs of incarceration for us all.
I’m Not That Guy Anymore
I hated school—until I got slapped with a 15-year prison sentence and discovered calculus, Mandarin and the college degree I never knew I wanted.
The School Where Refugees Thrive
At Fugees Academy, students who arrived in the U.S. as refugees—sometimes without parents or English skills—are graduating at a rate of 90 percent.
“The Best Worst Mistake You Ever Made”
Before they became places to warehouse so-called problem kids, alternative learning centers were designed to help at-risk students succeed. Some are rediscovering that mission.
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