From The Desk Of...

“From the Desk Of…” is a series of informal conversations with Carnegie Corporation staff and grantees about contemporary events in their areas of expertise.

Geri P. Mannion: Foundations Can Help Nonprofits Extend Their Digital Reach

Recently I co-authored an op-ed, along with colleagues Cynthia M. Gibson, an independent consultant who developed and oversaw the national survey for Public Interest Projects, Berta Colón, and...
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Tade Akin Aina: Issues in African Postgraduate Education

July 24, 2014 – Tade Akin Aina, Program Director, Higher Education and Libraries in Africa African countries increasingly require highly trained workers, researchers, and teachers as well as...
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Andrea Johnson: Why Humanities Scholarship Matters in Africa

May 15, 2014 - While renewed support for higher education on the part of African governments and international donors is welcome, in practice, this support often translates into calls for an almost...
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Michele Cahill: Accelerating Adolescent Learning Through High School and Beyond

May 15, 2014 - Researchers at MIT and Duke University just released a study entitled Small Schools and Student Achievement: Lottery-Based Evidence from New York City. The findings add to the...
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Michael T. Astolfi: Designing Experience Through Interaction

May 15, 2014 - Michael T. Astolfi, Digital Strategies Producer at Carnegie Corporation, is a game designer and developer who uses his background in psychology and history of developing engaging user...
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Deana Arsenian: A Strategy for Dealing with Russia

As the situation in Ukraine becomes more volatile, the relationship between Russia and the United States/the European Union continues to deteriorate. The actions and the rhetoric of all involved are...
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Ambika Kapur: Teaching Science to Higher Standards

It’s the largest gathering of its type in the country. More than 11,000 teachers met in Boston, April 3 through 6, for the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) 2014 conference on science...
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Michele Cahill and Leah Hamilton: What High Schools Can Do for Unprepared Students

In a recent blog post, a noted education analyst asks if our schools have “an answer” for students who are unprepared for high school—a group that makes up, as he says, as much as 80-90 percent of...
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Theo Kalionzes: Preventing a Nuclear Fort Hood

The Fort Hood shooting on April 2nd laid bare the havoc that a troubled insider with a weapon can cause. This recent event was tragically similar to an attack in 2009. In both cases, Army insiders...
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Deanna Lee: Tough Choices in Today’s Social World

It’s a great time to be in foundation communications, with new platforms and tools allowing us to promote knowledge sharing and community building, ideas central to Carnegie Corporation’s mission, as...
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Carl Robichaud: Preventing Nuclear Terrorism — A Global Push

World leaders work together to keep nuclear material out of the wrong hands   On March 24th and 25th, 58 heads of state will gather in The Hague for the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, a continuation...
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Stephen J. Del Rosso: Playing with Dynamite

As the world awaits Crimea’s post-referendum fate and the international response, echoes of an earlier era continue to reverberate:  “The President’s  declaration as to the right of...
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Laurie Mincieli: Tufts EPIIC — Taking Student Research Far Beyond the Classroom

Undergrads Host High-Level Conference On Foreign Relations
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Stephen J. Del Rosso: The Gap Debate, Reignited

As the late Stanford political scientist Alexander George pointed out more than 20 years ago, “bridging the gap” that separates the two cultures of academia and policymaking has been a longstanding...
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Leah Hamilton: Empowering Schools Through Greater Flexibility

A new report from Education Resource Strategies (ERS) shows the power of Student-Based Budgeting (also called Fair Student Funding), one essential tactic that districts use to empower school leaders....
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Geri P. Mannion: Smart New Ways to Improve Elections

The non-partisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration was established by Executive Order on March 28, 2013 to identify best practices in election administration and to make...
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Claudia Frittelli: Borderless Education: Will Global Surpass Local?

From the Desk of Claudia Frittelli, Program Officer, Higher Education and Libraries in Africa  We’ve just learned that Tony Carr from the Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Cape...
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Deana Arsenian: Russia's Second Chance

The news of the pardon granted to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the amnesty for twenty thousand prisoners, and the $15 billion bailout to Ukraine are not merely one-offs by President Vladimir Putin to soften...
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Deana Arsenian: An Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Opinions and positions about the efficacy of this agreement vary considerably, and its ultimate ability to reach the desired goals remains uncertain, but there is little doubt that the agreement...
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Michele Cahill and Phillip Griffiths: 100Kin10 Achievement and Next Steps

As we approach the program’s three-year mark, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on where we started and how much progress we’ve made, and look forward to next steps.
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Deana Arsenian: Library Provides Community Hub in South African Township

If there is any question about the ability of libraries to transform a community and lift people up through knowledge, the answer can be found in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, South...
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Laurie Mincieli: Changing Dynamics of UN Peacekeeping

In light of United Nations Day, it is worth considering the UN’s expanding role in managing international peace and security. Recently, conflicts in Syria, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of...
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Andrew Carnegie: The Best Fields for Philanthropy

“Surplus wealth should be considered as a sacred trust, to be administered during the lives of its owners, by them as trustees, for the best good of the community in which and from which it had been...
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From the Desk of Patricia Moore Nicholas: Considering Different Scenarios for Syria

As Congress, and the world, debate how to respond to the apparent use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, one of the key questions is, “what happens next?” What impact will whatever steps...
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Silence and a Patch of Green at the Soviet Union’s Ground Zero

Carl Robichaud, Program Officer in International Peace and Security, is traveling with a group of journalists as part of the International Reporting Project’s trip to Kazakhstan, getting a firsthand...
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Carl Robichaud: Following the Legacy of Nuclear Tests in Kazakhstan

One of our first stops was in Semey, the largest community near the former Soviet nuclear test site of Semipalatinsk. There we visited a home for the elderly and disabled, many of whom had been...
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Tade Akin Aina

Tade Akin Aina, Program Director, Higher Education and Libraries in Africa, is co-editor, with Bhekinski Moyo, Director of Programs at TrustAfrica, of the new book, Giving to Help, Helping to Give:...
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Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Program Officer, Senior Manager STEM Teacher Initiatives

If you’ve visited the respected Eduwonk blog over the past few days, you’ll have seen incisive posts from one of our grantees, Educators 4 Excellence.
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Cassius O. Johnson, Program Officer, New School Designs for K-16 Pathways

Cassius O. Johnson is the former International President of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes and encourages scholarship and leadership among two-year college students, and a current...
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Michele Cahill Vice President, National Program, and Program Director, Urban Education and Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Program Officer, Senior Manager

More and better trained STEM teachers are essential to preparing America’s students to fully participate in our democracy.
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Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Program Officer, Senior Manager STEM Teacher Initiatives

How to Count to 100,000 STEM Teachers in 10 Years
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Patricia Moore Nicholas, Project Manager, International Program

Tools to Help Congress Think for Itself.
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Hillary Wiesner, Director of Fellowships and Arab Region Programs

The Social Sciences in the Arab World-- making societies visible to themselves
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Stephen J. Del Rosso, Program Director, International Peace and Security

Who’s to blame for the growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea?
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Michele Cahill, Vice President, National Program, and Program Director, Urban Education

In the Oval Office, Discussing Solutions to the STEM Teacher Shortage
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Claudia Frittelli, Program Officer

Leadership Training Addresses Inner Work Life for Women the World Over
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Vartan Gregorian, President

Educating “The Teaching Species”
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Geri Mannion, Program Director, U.S. Democracy

Today: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Challenges to Voting Rights Act.
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