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At EP, our team is spread across the country. To help us connect with each other daily, one of the tools we use is Salesforce Chatter. There, we give updates on our work, ask questions of each other, and share what we’re reading. (In addition to posting pictures of our kids and dogs and birthday shout-outs, of course!)

Here are some articles that we’ve shared recently:

New York Times: The American Dream is Leaving America

Why we’re chattering about it: In this op-ed, Nicholas Kristof writes about the importance of education for mobility, and yet “too often, America’s education system amplifies not opportunity but inequality.” He cites recent results from annual OEDC survey of education around the world that show why transforming U.S. education is critical work: only 5% of U.S. first-generation college students make it through college (vs. 23% in OEDC nations); since 2000, the U.S. has dropped from second to fifth in the number of adults who hold a college degree; and we’re well behind other nations in the number of children we enroll in early education (38% of U.S. 3-year-olds vs. 70% in OEDC nations).

Harvard Business Review: Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Why we’re chattering about it: At EP, we strive to continue to learn and share leadership and management best practices to advance our own work and that in the field. As collaboration is one of our organizational values, this Harvard Business Review article about the power of the word “together” seems particularly apt. Author Heidi Grant Halvorson writes, “The word ‘together’ is a powerful social cue to the brain. In and of itself, it seems to serve as a kind of relatedness reward, signaling that you belong, that you are connected, and that there are people you can trust working with you toward the same goal. Executives and managers would be wise to make use of this word with far greater frequency.”

NPR: 'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

Why we’re chattering about it: Teachers have tough, important jobs. How can we better support them? In this interview, researcher Elizabeth Green shares highlights of her book, Building a Better Teacher, including, “We don't treat teaching as something that people need help learning how to do. So we say this great idea, but we just mandate it. We say, ‘Do this tomorrow and figure it out on your own.’ That is really ludicrous once you understand how complicated the science of teaching is.”

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