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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.

Data Literacy|March 14, 2022

Op-Ed: How Can We Make More Students Fall in Love With Math?

Jo Boaler, the co-founder of Youcubed, explains the importance of preparing students for the rapidly growing career opportunities in machine learning, data analysis, and software engineering.

Environmental Innovation|March 9, 2022

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Redlining Policies From the 1930s

A new study explains how redlining, a discriminatory mortgage appraisal practice dating back to the 1930s, has led communities of color in the United States to be systematically exposed to higher levels of air pollution.

Valhalla Update|March 3, 2022

An Update From Valhalla Foundation

A brief update on recent developments at the Foundation.

Early Childhood Development|February 28, 2022

Small Business Child Care Providers Are Critical to the Stability of Families

Promise team members and leaders Kate Wylde and Dr. Choquette Hamilton share how small business child care providers are critical to the stability of families.

Data Literacy|February 1, 2022

The Data Science for Everyone Resource Center Provides an Extensive Repository of Tools and Knowledge to Support Data Science Education

Data Science for Everyone (DS4E) is a coalition advancing data science education so that every K-12 student is equipped with the data literacy skills needed to succeed in our modern world. DS4E launched the Resource Center to provide educators, families, students, and researchers with high-quality data science teaching and learning resources.

Early Childhood Development|January 27, 2022

Monthly Cash Support to Low-Income Families Impacts Infant Brain Activity

A just-released study from Baby’s First Years shows that an anti-poverty intervention had a direct impact on children’s brain development. After one year, infants of mothers in low-income households receiving $333 in monthly cash support were more likely to show faster brain activity, in a pattern associated with learning and development at later ages.

Environmental Innovation|January 11, 2022

Farmers Business Network and Environmental Defense Fund Launch New Farm Operating Line of Credit that Incentivizes Farmers Who Implement Regenerative Ag

Farmers Business Network and Environmental Defense Fund announced the launch of the FBN Regenerative Agriculture Finance Fund. Farmers who meet climate and water quality benchmarks will now access lower interest rates, enabling wider adoption of profitable and sustainable agriculture.