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Housing Crisis Support Still Available for Those Evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria

Funding is still available from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to help people who have been evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria who are continuing to experience a housing crisis.

This funding can be used to help stabilize housing through support such as rental assistance, security deposits, moving costs, utility assistance, credit repair, bus passes to employment, and more.

If you were evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria and are…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 21, 2019 at 11:39am — No Comments

Unpacking the Power of Privileged Neighborhoods

A new study shows that growing up in an affluent community brings “compounding privileges” and higher educational attainment—especially for white residents.,,

City Lab: …

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 19, 2019 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Dear White Teachers: You Can't Love Your Black Students If You Don't Know Them

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Dear White Teachers: You Can't Love Your Black Students If You Don't Know Them
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Added by Lee Cruz on March 19, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments

Making Connections: 53 Teenagers Suggest Creative Ways to Link School Curriculum to the World of 2019

By Katherine Schulten

Over 2,000 students took…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

The arts can be a source of joy in a child’s day, and also come in handy for memorizing times tables.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How to prepare yourself for a good end of life

My parents lived good lives and expected to die good deaths. They exercised daily, ate plenty of fruits and vegetables, and kept, in their well-organized files, boilerplate advance health directives. But when he was 79, my beloved and seemingly vigorous father came up from his basement study, put on the kettle for tea, and had a devastating stroke. For the next 6½ years, my mother and I watched, heartbroken and largely helpless, as he descended into dementia, near-blindness and misery.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Dalai Lama: We need an education of the heart

When the president of the United States says “America first,” he is making his voters happy. I can understand that. But from a global perspective, this statement isn’t relevant. Everything is interconnected today...

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Do you want to know why you can’t find a great development director?

Good development directors are precious.

It seems there is a great demand for good development directors. Turnover is a tremendous problem. In their study, UnderdevelopedCompassPointand the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund found “high levels of…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 15, 2019 at 4:12pm — No Comments

100 Women Who Changed the World: the results

We asked you to vote for the women you believe have had the biggest impact on world history, from a shortlist of 100 figures selected by 10 experts. Find out who topped our poll below…\

Source: https://www.historyextra.com/100-women/100-women-results/

Added by Lee Cruz on March 10, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

Liam Dillon covers the politics of housing policy more closely and thoughtfully than almost any other journalist in the country and yet he was nearly dumbfounded by the results of a recent survey commissioned by his paper, the Los Angeles TimesThe Times and researchers from the University of…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 6, 2019 at 9:48am — No Comments

AmpleHarvest.org Home/Community Gardener Survey for the 2018 Growing Season

AmpleHarvest.org* is gathering information to determine how much excess food America's home and community gardeners grew last year (2018), and to evaluate the impact gardeners like you can have in reducing food loss and improving the health and well being of your community.

If you are a home or community gardener anywhere in the USA, we would appreciate it you would take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. We know your time is valuable so we kept this short.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 28, 2019 at 11:32am — No Comments

A Nation of Weavers: The social renaissance is happening from the ground up.

I start with the pain. A couple times a week I give a speech somewhere in the country about social isolation and social fragmentation. Very often a parent comes up to me afterward and says, “My daughter took her life when she was 14.” Or, “My son died of an overdose when he was 20.”

Their eyes flood with tears. I don’t know what to say. I squeeze a shoulder just to try to be present with them, but the crying does not stop. As…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 20, 2019 at 10:45am — No Comments

Why Dance is as Important as Math in School

Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson...

Source: TED ED 2018

https://blog.ed.ted.com/2018/04/02/why-dance-is-just-as-important-as-math-in-school/

Added by Lee Cruz on February 20, 2019 at 10:29am — No Comments

The Fallacy of NOT Seeing Race

As a little Brown girl with a big Arabic name growing up in a place called Lynchburg, Virginia, I always looked forward to Black History Month. I reveled in the opportunity to see performances hosted by the local Black Theatre ensemble. I developed a profound appreciation for the genius of George C. Wolfe, Lorraine Hansbury, and August Wilson. I learned about the complexities of African-Americans’ lived experiences in and the persistent struggle to survive in spaces that brand Black…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 14, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Only two percent of teachers are black men, yet research confirms they matter

Cedric Jackson knows firsthand the impact that regular exposure to a positive black man can have on impressionable students — especially young black boys...

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https://theundefeated.com/features/only-two-percent-of-teachers-are-black-men-yet-research-confirms-they-matter/

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 13, 2019 at 9:45am — No Comments

Feeling fidgety in class? Go stomp, jump or hop down this school's sensory hallway

This is a must read for parents and school staff. Includes a news video clip that is also worth watching.

Roland School can also squat, do pushups or crawl down the main corridor to stay active...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/physical-activity-guidelines-children-1.4932070

Added by Lee Cruz on February 5, 2019 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Teaching Tolerance

Discover and develop world-class materials with a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice.

https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/Teaching-Tolerance-magazine-58.pdf

Added by Lee Cruz on February 5, 2019 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Libraries as Centers of Inclusiveness and Support: What about New Haven?

The Organic Role of Libraries as Centers of Inclusiveness and Support

January 22, 2019;  Source: Next City

People may check out fewer books from libraries than they used to, but libraries have continued to grow as their role as community hubs deepens. Here…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 30, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Importance of Urban Trees

Barbara’s reporting got us thinking about the importance of urban trees, so we called up Colleen Murphy-Dunning to learn more. She is the Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and the Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

Hear the interview hear: …

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 29, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

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An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

LISC Charlotte Kicks Off with $2M in Operating Support

With initial funding from the city, foundations and banks, the new LISC Charlotte office opened its doors last week and announced its first program activity—a $25,000 capacity-building grant for Historic West End Partners, a high-impact local nonprofit. LISC Charlotte expects to invest at least $25 million to promote economic opportunity in the city’s neighborhoods over the next few years.

Building Women’s Futures

Only by reckoning with the past are we able to create a society that honors the dignity and wellbeing of all Americans. In recognition of Women’s History Month, we shine a spotlight on three LISC sites where our work is led by women and supports women in the communities we serve—and aims to build a future where everyone can thrive and prosper.

Impact Investing Expert Will Lead LISC’s New Atlanta Office

Dale Royal, a community developer with 30 years’ experience bringing economic development, affordable housing and transportation opportunities to underserved neighborhoods, will be the inaugural executive director of LISC’s newest office in Atlanta, GA. LISC has already invested $18 million in Atlanta for workforce and youth development projects, and our SBA lending affiliate, immito, has just closed its first transformative loan in the city. Royal’s arrival will take that commitment to another level, leveraging his expertise in connecting communities with the capital to help them flourish.

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