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Early Childhood Development|August 9, 2022

Big Dollars for Little Kids: Early Childhood Education

Philanthropic investments in early childhood research and programs have spurred an increase in government funding for early childhood education and care.

K-12 Education|July 19, 2022

Signs of Academic Rebound: 5 Charts Tell the Story

Math and reading scores from 8.3 million students show performance gains, but students of color and those in high-poverty schools have more ground to make up.

Data Literacy|July 12, 2022

Every Student Needs 21st-Century Data-Literacy Skills

RISC co-founders make the case for ensuring every student has the opportunity to acquire the data literacy skills that will be critical for living in the 21st century.

Early Childhood Development|June 9, 2022

Pandemic Babies are Behind After Years of Stress, Isolation Affected Brain Development

Kids born in the COVID-19 era lag in certain skills and are more prone to challenging behaviors. Organizations such as HealthySteps are providing the additional support that experts say parents need.

Environmental Innovation|May 19, 2022

Integrating Permafrost Into Our Global Solution for Climate Change

The Woodwell Climate Research Center is launching an effort to better understand the contribution of thawing permafrost to global warming, and to help Arctic communities to cope with its effects. Permafrost thaw is a critical but often overlooked piece of the fight against climate change.

Data Literacy|May 19, 2022

California Students Need More High-Quality Advanced Math Options

Pamela Burdman, executive director of Just Equations, makes the case for providing California students with more high-quality advanced math options, including statistics, data science, or mathematical modeling.

K-12 Education|May 17, 2022

Not Good for Learning

A new study by Harvard researchers shows how school closures have drastically widened economic and racial inequality in learning. Students who learned remotely for most of the 2020-21 school year lost the equivalent of about 50% of a typical school year's math learning, compared to a 20% loss for students who attended in-person school.

K-12 Education|April 28, 2022

$100 Million to Cut the Time Tax

Code for America, a Valhalla grantee, is working to unwind the administrative burdens that prevent millions of families from getting the benefits they deserve.

Medical Research & Talent|April 6, 2022

UCSF Researcher Earns Scientific Breakthrough Award

This year’s Scientific Breakthrough Award, funded by the American Brain Foundation, has been awarded to Stephen Hauser, MD, for helping to understand the genetic basis, immune processes, and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The award recognizes the work of an individual or a team whose research has contributed to advances in the care of people living with MS or another neurological disease.

Data Literacy|March 15, 2022

To Keep Students in STEM fields, Let’s Weed Out the Weed-Out Math Classes

Pam Burdman, Executive Director of Just Equations, explains the importance of alternative math pathways to cultivate a diverse generation of STEM researchers and professionals.