WNYC A group of mayors from five major U.S. cities — Austin, Albuquerque, Grand Rapids, Louisville, and Philadelphia — are meeting in New York today. They're working to create communities that serve everyone, and that means reducing discrimination and promoting racial equality at the local level. They are calling the initiative Racial Equity Here — it's a collaboration between the nonprofit organization Living Cities and the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE).
Education Week A survey of how 4th and 5th grade students read online finds that girls significantly outperform boys on a test of digital skills such as searching for and communicating information. That's despite the fact that boys seem to engage in more digital activities than girls, and that they have more confidence in their online skills than girls do...Of a possible composite score of 27, the average digital skills score for all students was 13.61. "This score indicates that the students in this sample are moderately skilled at navigating, reading, and writing online," says the report, "What Are Preadolescent Readers Doing Online?," which was recently published in the International Literacy Association's Reading Research Quarterly.
The Hechinger Report The statistics on worldwide illiteracy are overwhelming — nearly 800 million people (or roughly one in five worldwide) are considered illiterate, according to UNESCO. In the United States alone, 45 million people are functionally illiterate and read below a fifth grade level, with 32 million of those unable to read at all. The world is facing a literacy crisis. What can we do to advance literacy to every corner of the globe, and within our local neighborhoods and communities?
Institutional Investor This week the MacArthur Foundation is rolling out a new investment offering that aims to raise $100 million for impact investments in Chicago’s low-income inner city communities. Dubbed Benefit Chicago, the program, launched in conjunction with the Chicago Community Trust and the Calvert Foundation, will offer structured notes of one-, three-, five- and 15-year durations to endowments and investors.
MedPage Today Robert A. Weinberg, PhD, has a warning for cancer researchers: Don't sacrifice basic research in the push to bring new treatments to the bedside. Weinberg delivered that message after receiving the 13th Annual AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research during a ceremony at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting here.
The Washington Post Vice President Biden called on the nation's leading cancer researchers to accelerate progress in the fight against the disease by sharply boosting collaborations and data sharing and by giving him advice on how to make the federal government a forceful ally in the anti-cancer effort.