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September 15, 2011 / Christian Clansky

New director of social innovation office named…From juvenile justice to the barber shop…DC to test health and sex ed [News, 9.15.11]

SOCIAL INNOVATION | Following the departure of Sonal Shah, the White House has named Jonathan Greenblatt as the new director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Among other things, Greenblatt helped create All for Good, envisioned as “Craigslist for volunteers.” (Chronicle, 9/15)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | 54th and Cutz teaches youth involved in D.C.’s juvenile justice system how to be barbers. It also provides a strong community – one participant calls it a “community of uncles” – and gives back by offering free haircuts to local residents and the homeless. (WAMU, 9/15)

EDUCATION
– This spring, the District’s public and charter schools will begin offering the first “statewide standardized test on health and sex education” – the 50-question exam was developed for grades 5, 8, and 10. (WaPo, 9/15)

SAT scores fall across area and nation (Examiner, 9/15) And this is after they dropped analogies from the test!

– Paul Tough takes a look at the KIPP school model and asks, What if the Secret to Success is Failure? (NYTimes, 9/15)

PREPAREDNESS | Officials in the region are concerned that local disaster preparedness isn’t sufficient – especially for unexpected events like earthquakes. (Examiner, 9/15) Hindsight is 20/20, but who would have thought we needed to prepare for earthquakes? Should we plan for unexpected volcanoes, too?

COMMUNITY | Inaugural executive director of the Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County and all-around good guy, Jerry Adams, has announced that he will retire at the end of 2011. Congratulations, Jerry!

TRANSIT/WORKFORCE | Opinion: Streetcar to GU should top Mayor Gray’s jobs agenda (GGW, 9/15)

HIV/AIDS | The Washington AIDS Partnership’s Jenn Jue cites a Post article about community health workers and talks about the Positive Pathways initiative. (WG Daily, 9/15)


The brand-spankin’ new Fillmore opens in Silver Spring tonight! I can’t wait to check it out. Obviously it will never be as phenomenally awesome as the 9:30 Club, but the more music venues, the merrier, says I.

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