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MDRC Study of NYC’s Small Schools: Personalized Instruction and Rigorous Curriculum Make a Difference

MDRC’s research shows how the learning environment provided by New York City’s small public high schools – a rigorous, relevant curriculum combined with a personalized focus and emphasis on developing the vital student-teacher relationship – can make all the difference when it comes to student achievement. This real-world example shows the dramatic improvements that can happen when great teachers have the time and resources they need to both support and challenge their students.

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Videotaped Lessons Change the Nature of Teacher Evaluation

When it comes to evaluation, teachers would prefer submitting videotapes of their best lessons rather than having their principals drop in, conspicuously, on their class. But it turns out that many principals prefer it too.

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2014 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award Winner: Agence de Médecine Préventive

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Agence de Médecine Préventive as the 2014 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award winner for EPIVAC, an on-the-job training program for district medical officers to improve immunization program performance in 11 Francophone African countries.

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Ecuador Eliminates Onchocerciasis

Last month saw an amazing step forward in the fight to eliminate onchocerciasis. Ecuador was verified as free of onchocerciasis - just the second country in the world, after Colombia, to have officially eliminated the debilitating disease.

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Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development: Sanitation

We want to better understand the impact of poor sanitation on women and children and the role women play in sanitation investments, decisions, and expenses at a household level.

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