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January 29, 2020​



Federal education data released today by the National Center for Homeless Education (the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance center) show that public schools identified 1.5 million children and youth experiencing homelessness in the 2017-2018 school year – an 11% increase over the previous school year and the highest number ever recorded nationally.


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Cost-Effective National Service Proposal | The Washington Post

February 20, 2020 — In a new op-ed, Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and John Bridgeland propose a voluntary national service program to build bridges instead of walls, limiting toxic tribalism and social division. Read here.

Student Homelessness at an All-time High | Education Dive

January 30, 2020 — Civic and Schoolhouse Connection are featured in Education Dive for their work to address students experiencing homelessness:

Investing in Our Future - Webinar | CASEL

January 24, 2020 - Matthew Atwell, Senior Research & Policy Analyst at Civic, was a panelist on the CASEL Webinar, Investing in Our Future: Ensuring Student Access to SEL. Watch here

Generation of Gratitude

January 21, 2020 — 12-year-old Rangeley Newmyer writes a compelling piece on fostering a Generation of Gratitude, found here.

Beyond Housing 2020 | Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homeless

January 17, 2020 — Matthew Atwell, Senior Research & Policy Analyst at Civic,

Barbara Duffield, Executive Director of SchoolHouse Connection, and Emily Webb,

Policy Assistant at EducationCounsel presented on the Education Leads Home

campaign at ICPH's Beyond Housing Conference in New York.

SEL Op-Ed | The 74

December 18, 2019 — John Bridgeland, Roger Weissberg, and Matthew Atwell co-authored an op-ed about how social-emotional learning can be an answer to America’s meltdown, and principals are getting on board. Read here

Ready to Lead: A Principal's Reflections | Measuring SEL

December 11, 2019 — Jennifer Scarpati, Ph.D. reflects on the recent Ready to Lead report in support of social and emotion learning in schools. She writes: "As principals, we are in the privileged position to see the struggles of all of our students and to be able to advocate for what they need.  We must take up that charge and be ready to lead this work." Read here

Founders Reception | Malaria No More


December 7, 2019 — Malaria No More Vice Chairman John Bridgeland, President Kikwete

of Tanzania, and Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver host an event for Malaria No More. 

They are pictured in front of the flag President Kennedy had in the Oval Office. 

To Boost Economic Growth, Support Entrepreneurs | PBS NewsHour

December 6, 2019 — Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation and author of the book "The Rainforest," and John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic, co-authored an op-ed about the import role entrepreneurship plays in the economy and to promote the new policy agenda, America's New Business PlanRead the op -ed here.

Future of Work Receives $1.25 Million Grant | Aspen Institute

November 18, 2019 — The Cognizant U.S. Foundation today announced a $1.25 million grant to the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative to support four major U.S. cities—Chicago, Ill., Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix, Ariz., and Hartford, Conn.—in advancing local policy, training, and education initiatives to ensure workers thrive in jobs of today and tomorrow. Read here.

How to Heal a Divided Nation Op-Ed | The Brookings Institution

November 13, 2019 — Isabell Sawhill, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and John Bridgeland co-authored an op-ed about the power and value of national service to bring the country together. Read here.

"American Creed": Screening and Discussion| Miller Center

November 12, 2019 — John Bridgeland, Stanford Professor David Kennedy, and former White House Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes participated in a panel discussion after the showing of the documentary film, American Creed, at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Watch the event here.

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