Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Racial disparity in academic achievement remains a leading problem in American education, both at the K-12 and the college levels. A number of studies show greater diversity in the teaching profession can address some of those concerns.
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A Poet'S Take On Looking To Language For Radical Hope

A Poet'S Take On Looking To Language For Radical Hope

In this digital and divided society, it can often seem that language is used primarily to deliver criticism and express rage. But poet Ada Limón shares her humble opinion on why she sees people turning to poetry for language that reflects nuance.
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Poet Franny Choi On The Value Of Imagining Alternate Realities

Poet Franny Choi On The Value Of Imagining Alternate Realities

What’s the value of asking questions to which we don’t know the answer? Poet Franny Choi’s “Introduction to Quantum Theory” does just that, and she calls it “one of the scariest things” she’s ever written.
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Kevin Young Intertwines Personal And Public History

Kevin Young Intertwines Personal And Public History

As a writer, editor and archivist, Kevin Young is a poet actively engaged with the world. In his new collection, Brown, Young draws heavily on his boyhood in Topeka, Kansas, tying it in large and small ways to the wider world. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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How A Volunteer Surgical Team In Rwanda Chooses Which Patients To Save

How A Volunteer Surgical Team In Rwanda Chooses Which Patients To Save

Rheumatic heart disease develops when strep throat goes untreated. It causes an estimated 275,000 premature deaths per year, mostly youth in developing countries like Rwanda, where antibiotics are rarely available.
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A Poet Who Holds The Men Behind The Music Accountable

A Poet Who Holds The Men Behind The Music Accountable

Inspired by the people who have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement, Imani Davis shares her poem “Platinum” and gives her Brief but Spectacular take on how society can overlook wrongdoing by famous artists.
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How Wyoming Manages To Keep Its Rural Schools Open

How Wyoming Manages To Keep Its Rural Schools Open

The one-room schoolhouse may seem like a distant memory from U.S. history, but about 200 of them still exist today, including Wyoming’s tiny Valley Elementary School. It has only six students.
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Navigating Seattle's Ever-Evolving Streets Through Poetry

Navigating Seattle's Ever-Evolving Streets Through Poetry

How do you capture Seattle’s complications, quirks and ever-changing population? A new digital project is mapping out the evolving city by collecting poems that tell unique stories.
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Why This Poet Says There Is No Single Story Spun On A Single Tongue

Why This Poet Says There Is No Single Story Spun On A Single Tongue

Erica Dawson, a professor and writer, said she was surprised while on book tour recently to be faced with the same question over and over again, about speaking for “the black experience.” Black poets never went away.
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Melinda Gates On Her Foundation’S Work And The Need To ‘Lift Up Women’ Worldwide

Melinda Gates On Her Foundation’S Work And The Need To ‘Lift Up Women’ Worldwide

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the world's largest private philanthropic organization, with an endowment of $50 billion. Melinda Gates plays a huge role in shaping its work, and her new book.
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Poet Willie Perdomo On The Value Of Writing Letters In A Digital World

Poet Willie Perdomo On The Value Of Writing Letters In A Digital World

Texting and emailing have revolutionized the way we communicate, enabling us to be more efficient and stay in touch more easily. But they have also altered the dynamics of some of our most important relationships.
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Many College Students Struggle To Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?

Many College Students Struggle To Pass Remedial Math. Do They Need To?

Colleges created remedial education classes to ensure students were sufficiently prepared for more advanced material. But increasingly, there’s a sense that remedial courses are hurting the prospects of the students they are intended to help.
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David Brooks On Emerging From Loneliness To Find ‘Moral Renewal’

David Brooks On Emerging From Loneliness To Find ‘Moral Renewal’

In his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, New York Times columnist and NewsHour regular David Brooks explores the current American cultural moment, in which he argues we have become self-centered.
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In The Uk, Brexit Supporters Feel Their Will Is Being Thwarted

In The Uk, Brexit Supporters Feel Their Will Is Being Thwarted

Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking an extension for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, after failing three times to get Parliament to agree to her proposal.
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Native American Imagery Is Everywhere But Understanding Lags Behind

Native American Imagery Is Everywhere But Understanding Lags Behind

Native imagery is embedded in the national subconscious, whether we're paying attention or not. A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian is titled simply Americans.
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Running For Their Lives Was The Only Option For These Migrants

Running For Their Lives Was The Only Option For These Migrants

For many of the immigrant families now separated in the U.S. by Trump administration policy, their stories began with terror and persecution in their home countries.
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After The Fall Of Isis Caliphate, Its Capital Remains A City Of The Dead

After The Fall Of Isis Caliphate, Its Capital Remains A City Of The Dead

Although the Islamic State’s physical territory has dissolved, immense destruction from the brutal battle to eradicate the militant group remains.
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Why The Florida Keys Still Need Support, A Year And A Half After Hurricane Irma

Why The Florida Keys Still Need Support, A Year And A Half After Hurricane Irma

In March, FEMA ended its temporary housing program for people affected by Hurricane Irma, which slammed the Florida Keys in September 2017.
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Biographer Robert Caro On Why It’s Taking Decades To Fully Capture LBJ

Biographer Robert Caro On Why It’s Taking Decades To Fully Capture LBJ

Robert Caro is one of the nation’s preeminent biographers, known for meticulous research and taking his time with a subject.
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The Critical Role Of "Guarded" Chief Justice John Roberts

The Critical Role Of "Guarded" Chief Justice John Roberts

With the country feeling deeply polarized and a Supreme Court that has moved to the right under President Trump, the role of Chief Justice John Roberts is attracting increased interest and scrutiny.
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How surge in family border crossings is complicating enforcement

How surge in family border crossings is complicating enforcement

In the Yuma sector of the southwestern Arizona border, Border Patrol officials are observing dramatic shifts in the migrant populations they apprehend. In the past, a majority of migrants caught crossing illegally were single men.
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Author Marlon James on never outgrowing the magical

Author Marlon James on never outgrowing the magical

Marlon James is best known for writing literary fiction, including “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. But his latest book, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” draws on a lifelong love of comics and fantasy. Jam
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The dangers of our ‘new data economy,’ and how to avoid them

The dangers of our ‘new data economy,’ and how to avoid them

Roger McNamee was an early investor in Facebook and still holds a stake in the social media giant--but he’s also become a vocal critic of its practices, especially around how it handles user data.
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Novelist Valeria Luiselli on writing to document ‘political violence’

Novelist Valeria Luiselli on writing to document ‘political violence’

The U.S. is reportedly experiencing illegal immigration at the highest rates since 2007, with significant increases in the number of unaccompanied minors.
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Can Uganda block Ebola’s spread from neighboring Congo?

Can Uganda block Ebola’s spread from neighboring Congo?

Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering from the second-worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history, with more than 500 dead so far. Neighboring Uganda is watching with concern as the crisis unfolds.
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With ‘Mutual Air,’ this California artist leverages the sounds of science

With ‘Mutual Air,’ this California artist leverages the sounds of science

Despite increasingly dire assessments about the outlook for climate change, it can be difficult to remain mindful of our environment’s health on a daily basis.
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A humble opinion on accepting risk in order to choose joy

A humble opinion on accepting risk in order to choose joy

Hobbies can offer an amazing sense of purpose and fulfillment, and many of us acquire new ones as we grow older.
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Tech Leader And Philanthropist Jean Case On Achieving Transformative Success

Tech Leader And Philanthropist Jean Case On Achieving Transformative Success

Tech leader and philanthropist Jean Case has written a book describing what she sees as the five key principles needed for achieving transformative success.
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A culinary tradition for the Persian new year

A culinary tradition for the Persian new year

Nowruz, the Persian holiday celebrating the new year, is observed in Iran and parts of Western and Central Asia. It marks the first day of the vernal equinox.
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How residents from El Paso feel about border barriers

How residents from El Paso feel about border barriers

Amid the roiling national debate about immigration and a border wall, construction crews in El Paso, Texas, are busy replacing 20 miles of wire mesh fencing with a bollard-style structure.
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At U.S.-Mexico border, migrants seeking legal entry are stranded in hazardous ‘limbo’

At U.S.-Mexico border, migrants seeking legal entry are stranded in hazardous ‘limbo’

Much of President Trump’s rhetoric over immigration focuses on the people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. But what is the situation for the thousands who wait on a daily basis to enter through legal means?
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Prolonged Brexit impasse causes rising angst in the UK

Prolonged Brexit impasse causes rising angst in the UK

European leaders agreed to delay the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union for at least a few weeks, but there is still no deal for how the withdrawal will occur.
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At U.S.-Mexico border, migrants seeking legal entry are stranded in hazardous ‘limbo’

At U.S.-Mexico border, migrants seeking legal entry are stranded in hazardous ‘limbo’

Much of President Trump’s rhetoric over immigration focuses on the people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. But what is the situation for the thousands who wait on a daily basis to enter through legal means?
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Why this poet says there is no ‘single story spun on a single tongue’

Why this poet says there is no ‘single story spun on a single tongue’

Erica Dawson, a professor and writer, said she was surprised while on book tour recently to be faced with the same question over and over again, about speaking for “the black experience.” Black poets never went away. We don’t only deserve the stage
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How this Thai educational movement empowers rural students

How this Thai educational movement empowers rural students

More and more in Thailand, rural students learn in traditional classrooms, but with an emphasis on hands-on activities.
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‘Heart’ author Sandeep Jauhar answers your questions

‘Heart’ author Sandeep Jauhar answers your questions

Sandeep Jauhar, author of our January pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions on “Heart.” Plus, Jeff announces the February book selection.
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40 years later, the ERA is still not a part of the Constitution

40 years later, the ERA is still not a part of the Constitution

Forty years ago, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment, guaranteeing protection from discrimination on the basis of sex -- but it has never been ratified as a constitutional amendment.
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Author and journalist Sarah Smarsh on resisting ‘bogus’ labels that divide us

Author and journalist Sarah Smarsh on resisting ‘bogus’ labels that divide us

Sarah Smarsh is an author and a journalist whose environment as an adult diverges greatly from her childhood on a Kansas wheat farm.
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Why we should think differently about classical music

Why we should think differently about classical music

Musician and critic Jennifer Gersten wants us to transform the way we think about classical music.
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Why Iraq’s biblical paradise is becoming a salty wasteland

Why Iraq’s biblical paradise is becoming a salty wasteland

In addition to recovering and rebuilding after a brutal war with ISIS, Iraq is facing a dire water shortage.
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Microchipping humans wields great promise, but does it pose greater risk?

Microchipping humans wields great promise, but does it pose greater risk?

An intense debate is underway over the benefits and drawbacks of using microchips, typically relied upon to identify ranch animals and pets, on humans.
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Why climate change is an ‘all-encompassing threat’

Why climate change is an ‘all-encompassing threat’

Although a candidate just entered the 2020 presidential race with a platform centered on climate change, some experts say Americans aren’t fully aware of the scope and seriousness of global warming.
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Author Dani Shapiro on the power and danger of family secrets

Author Dani Shapiro on the power and danger of family secrets

After taking a DNA test on a whim, author Dani Shapiro discovered that her beloved late father had not been, in fact, her biological parent.
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Political columnist Michael Gerson on coping with ‘insidious’ depression

Political columnist Michael Gerson on coping with ‘insidious’ depression

Michael Gerson is a political columnist for the Washington Post and a regular contributor to the NewsHour.
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Water crisis may make Gaza Strip uninhabitable by 2020

Water crisis may make Gaza Strip uninhabitable by 2020

In the Gaza Strip, 97 percent of freshwater is unsuitable for human consumption, and raw sewage pours into the Mediterranean Sea.
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