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Archive for November, 2013

“Kids Can Make a Difference”

Kids Can Make A Difference® (KIDS)kids logo, an educational program for middle- and high school students, focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to take some definite follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference. When first developed, KIDS was originally targeted to students from middle-class and more affluent homes. We have since learned that KIDS provides an enormous benefit to young people living in less fortunate circumstances; for them, the realization that being poor is not their fault is a liberating notion.”


“Schools That Change Communities”

“Schools That Change Communities” is a 58 minute documentary (2012) by Bob Gliner. The following is from the website  where you can also view the trailer:


“When we think about schools, it usually evokes images of places separated from the larger community, place where students go to learn. Occasionally during the school day students venture outside classroom walls to take field trips meant to enhance the academic rigor of their classroom experience, but the classr

oom as the primary vehicle for educational success remains largely unchallenged despite often questionable levels of achievement. Yet, a few public schools across the country are trying a differentpproach to engaging students in the learning process, using the community and neighborhoods where students live as classrooms – creating not only a different type of learning environment, but a different kind of student. Schools That Change Communities focuses on a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states – Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota, Oregon, and California – that have the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take.”

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