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The Science of Early Reading and More Time for Social Studies Instruction: Could These Be Keys to Helping Improve America’s Poor Reading Outcomes?

The Science of Early Reading and More Time for Social Studies Instruction: Could These Be Keys to Helping Improve America’s Poor Reading Outcomes?

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Earlier this year, results from the 2019 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, also referred to as “The Nation’s Scorecard”) were released and revealed the following discouraging news: average reading scores of fourth-, eighth- and twelfth-graders in the U.S. declined from prior NAEP assessments in all three grade levels and remain troublingly lo…
Education
Modern Youth Apprenticeship: a Model to Fix Indiana’s Leaky Talent Pipeline

Modern Youth Apprenticeship: a Model to Fix Indiana’s Leaky Talent Pipeline

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. By 2025, 60 percent of jobs will require some type of high-quality degree or credential beyond high school. Currently, 48.5 percent of Hoosiers have earned an associate degree or higher (38.6 percent) or a short-term credential (9.9 percent) – an encouraging increase of 15.1 percentage points since 2008. Still, there remains much work to be done to ensure we are preparing Indiana’s current and future w…
Education
The Opioid Crisis Needs Our Attention Now, More Than Ever

The Opioid Crisis Needs Our Attention Now, More Than Ever

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Last summer, our country was celebrating the first one-year decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990 with a 4% decline between 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately, that celebration was short lived. Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that, in 2019, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by 5%, translating into about 72,000 deaths. In Indiana, overd…
Health
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