Tag: gender gap

How foundations, teachers and investors are partnering to change education

EDUCATION | Teachers and others in the education field have been working on personalizing learning to ensure that all students are successful in the classroom for decades. Here are some examples of how philanthropy, investors, nonprofits and teachers are partnering to make this happen. (Barron’s, 9/22)

In the U.S., wealthy investors and foundations that agree that the traditional public school system isn’t serving most students have become attracted to personalized learning initiatives because, unlike innovations practiced at a single charter school, approaches to personalizing instruction can be adopted by any school—public, private, or charter.

“It’s scalable and not dependent on any one teacher or school or school system—it’s looking at empowering students to get the skills that they need to be successful in the classroom,” says Nick Tedesco, senior philanthropic advisor at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

PHILANTHROPY FELLOWS | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is excited to welcome the 2018-2019 Philanthropy Fellows! Read about them here. (Daily, 9/26)

ARTS & HUMANITIES‘The Smithsonian can do more and should do more,’ says advocate for a Latino museum (WaPo, 9/25)

ECONOMY | Arlington County’s manager says there will be a gap of $20 million to $35 million in the next fiscal year, and residents should brace for increased real estate taxes and program cuts. (WaPo, 9/25)

GENDER GAP | A new study from GuideStar found that the gender pay gap in large nonprofits persists but is shrinking at the smaller nonprofits. (Chronicle, 9/24 – Subscription needed)

PUBLIC SAFETYD.C. Aims To Crack Down On K2 Suppliers With Emergency Legislation (WAMU, 9/25)

HOUSING | DC Students from the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School have built two tiny houses in Deanwood. (Urban Turf, 9/25)

WORKFORCE | Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan has announced that as of October 1, state employees will get 60 paid parental leave days after their child’s birth or the adoption of a child. (WTOP, 9/25)


How many people in the US have your name?

– Kendra

DC residents are raising concerns about pollution from new developments

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | As new developments come to their community in Southwest DC, residents have raised concerns about the pollution they bring. Residents want city officials to redouble their enforcement efforts, plant more grass and trees in the neighborhood and put up more air-quality monitors. (WaPo, 5/6)

Usually when new development encroaches on low-income communities, residents worry most about being squeezed out by rising costs. In Syphax Gardens [a public housing complex in the neighborhood], a more pressing concern is being choked out by dust.

“Some days, it’s like living in a desert storm,” said Rhonda Hamilton, who lives in Syphax Gardens and serves as a D.C. advisory neighborhood commissioner, representing about 2,000 residents in the area. “Our elderly residents complain about burning in their eyes and lungs; children with asthma are having more flare-ups. People start coughing and can’t catch their breath. It’s very scary.”

PHILANTHROPY
– Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses why he believes the concept of fairness is the antithesis of justice and why the philanthropic community should have the courage to be “unfair.” (NAF, 4/29)

– A new book documents the growing influence of public-private partnerships with local governments. (Chronicle, 5/7 – Subscription needed)

Related: In October, WRAG is hosting a “Brightest Minds” program featuring business and philanthropy leaders from Northeast Ohio, who will explain how they have partnered to grow their regional economy. This program is open to the public. Details here.

WORKFORCELoudoun Co. to study, develop family leave options for county employees (WTOP, 5/7)

EDUCATION | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan plans to sign a bill that will cover tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents. (WaPo, 5/4)

GENDER GAP | The economy has mostly recovered from the 2008 recession, but for some households, especially those headed by low-income, single women, it still hasn’t. (Yes! Magazine, 4/30)

TECHNOLOGYCreating A Space For D.C.’s Black Programmers And Innovators In A Digital Divide (WAMU, 5/4)


Here’s something to make you smile on this Monday: Happy (belated) Teacher’s Appreciation Week!

Happy Teachers Week to someone who lied about how much I'd use Algebra.

Do you want to be involved? Send us a picture of something that has made you smile and we may include it in the “Daily WRAG’s Monday Smile”!

Email us your content at allen@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– Kendra

 

 

Friday roundup – January 25 through 29, 2016

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY 
– David Biemesderfer, the new president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, shared why he is excited to take the helm of the growing organization and to support the work of WRAG and our regional association colleagues in his new role. (Daily, 1/27)

– Exponent Philanthropy, the Fund for Shared Insight, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy presented a video series called Philanthropy Lessons in which funders share their experiences and what they’ve learned in their philanthropic careers. Check out the first two videos in the series and stay tuned for more through June.

THIS WEEK IN PRISON REFORM/MASS INCARCERATION
– A task force recommended an overhaul of federal prisons to reduce the number of inmates by 60,000 people in the next 10 years. The federal task force also recommended that mandatory minimum sentences only be issued to the most violent offenders, citing drug crimes as a major reason for overcrowding in prisons. (NPR, 1/26)

THIS WEEK IN RACIAL EQUITY
A report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development found that, despite a narrowing racial gap in business ownership between 2007 and 2012, white-owned businesses continued to be much more successful than those of their black counterparts. The study also found disparities in the performance of  women-owned businesses versus male-owned businesses. (WSJ, 1/25)

– If You Want Clean Water, Don’t Be Black in America (City Lab, 1/26)


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The fascinating history of highway signs and their fonts.

– Ciara

How misdemeanors can lead to homelessness

HOMELESSNESS/HOUSING
Washington City Paper provides a firsthand account of the ways in which misdemeanors can often come back to haunt those convicted, particularly when it comes to obtaining necessities like housing. (WCP, 11/13)

[…] even minor brushes with the law leave ripple effects lasting far beyond when a fine was paid or sentence served, making it hard to get a job, housing, and other necessities. Public and assisted housing providers are allowed to screen applicants for their criminal histories, but […] it’s over-enforced and frequently far beyond the legal guidelines laid out in the Fair Housing Act.

– In D.C., members of a homeless tent community face being pushed out after their 14-day notification period has ended. Some cite encampments as a preferred option to potential safety threats while staying in shelters. Officials and health specialists are working to provide them with supportive services and permanent housing. (WTOP, 11/16)

ECONOMY/REGION | In their biannual survey of small business owners in the Greater Washington Region, Bank of America found that the small business market is hiring faster than any other it surveyed, and that 81 percent expect to grow their businesses over the next five years – a positive outlook for the local economy. (WBJ, 11/17)

COMMUNITY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has announced that they will honor The Horning Family Fund with the 2016 Civic Spirit Award at their Annual Celebration of Philanthropy on March 14, 2016. Since 1990, the fund has helped to build communities where families thrive and children are nurtured to achieve their greatest potential. For more information about the event, contact Jenny Towns.

FOOD/VIRGINIA | In Loudoun County’s “transition area” (the area between suburban subdivisions and rural land) a 4,000-acre development is making the idea of farm-to-table a high priority for the community. (WaPo, 11/16)

GENDER EQUITY
– According to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal, men’s weekly median earnings  have increased twice as much as women’s weekly median earnings in the first three-quarters of 2015. Researchers hope that trends from this year don’t point to an ever-widening gap. (Atlantic, 11/17)

For Women, Income Inequality Continues into Retirement (NPR, 11/17)

IMMIGRATION | The Brookings Institution recently explored whether or not the lives of Hispanic immigrants and their families are economically better off once settling in the U.S. The data reveal mixed results about the upward mobility of immigrants and their children. (Atlantic, 11/16)


Can you name these North American cities based solely on their night sky views?

-Ciara

How a disadvantaged start contributes to a growing gender gap

GENDER/INEQUALITY
Social science researchers have been studying a growing gender gap across the U.S. in which boys (particularly minorities and those in poverty) have been lagging behind their female counterparts in education and in the workforce. Studies have found that young boys react more negatively to circumstances than young girls when they come from disadvantaged homes.  (NYT, 10/22)

New research from social scientists offers one explanation: Boys are more sensitive than girls to disadvantage. Any disadvantage, like growing up in poverty, in a bad neighborhood or without a father, takes more of a toll on boys than on their sisters. That realization could be a starting point for educators, parents and policy makers who are trying to figure out how to help boys – particularly those from black, Latino and immigrant families.

IMMIGRATION/YOUTH | School districts in the region, like Montgomery County, have experienced a recent influx of unaccompanied minors from South America. In Oakland, CA,  a school system once challenged by the number of incoming students has found effective ways to meet students’ needs. (NPR, 10/20)

AGING/HOUSING | When assisted living facilities and nursing homes suddenly close, many seniors are left with few options for affordable, supportive housing. (City Lab, 10/20)

WORKFORCE
– Closing The Loopholes On A Living Wage In Montgomery County (WAMU, 10/21)

– Many contracted workers at National Airport earn as little as $6.75 per hour and struggle to make ends meet in an expensive region. Workers recently rallied there for better benefits and higher wages. (WaPo, 10/21)

PHILANTHROPY | The Grants Managers Network is looking for your ideas, experiences, successes or research about ways to streamline any and all philanthropic processes to publish in their journal GMNsight. Submit article abstracts now through October 31.


There’s still time to get into some peak fall foliage in the Greater Washington region.

– Ciara