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October 7, 2011

As California Goes, So Goes the Nation (Or So They Say)
This past Tuesday, Annette Gardner dropped by for a breakfast chat about her evaluation of The California Endowment’s Clinic Consortia Policy and Evaluation Program. She covered everything from media advocacy and building relationships with policymakers to presenting data in a compelling way. If you couldn’t make it, don’t despair: Annette and her team have stored nine years of information in this one place. It’s like candy—minus the cavities.

Inequality? Say It Isn’t So!
We think self-analysis is pretty important. So when we read that 52% of Americans don’t think the country is divided between “haves” and “have nots,” we did a double take. While all the evidence points to growing income inequality in the US, the message seems to have been lost in translation. Advocates working to increase awareness of this income gap would do well to re-engage the public with a new strategy.

Educating the Public on Education
NBC’s Teacher Town Hall during last week’s Education Nation programming had hundreds of great teachers on hand, and cool technology for capturing nationwide feedback. There are other ways to find and reward good teachers. Good just launched its Great American Teach-Off, a competition among ten teachers from across the country for a $10,000 classroom grant. Education Nation and Good want people to talk about solutions, not just problems. We don’t have a problem with that.