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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, May 2019

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in May 2019.

The Tech Unveils a New Name And an Expanded Mission
San Jose Mercury News, May 23, 2019
The Tech Interactive (formerlyThe Tech Museum of Innovation) has announced its new name and vision to “develop problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally, with the ambitious goal of reaching 100 million people a year by 2039.” The Tech Interactive is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity Program.

Top-Performing Countries’ Early Ed Systems Provide Lessons for US
Education Dive, May 17, 2019
Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan of Teachers College, Columbia University, is featured in this article about what the United States could learn from successful early education systems in other countries. Our very own Rebecca Gomezis also featured. Teachers College is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

We Asked All the 2020 Democrats How They’d Fix Child Care. Here’s What They Said.
VOX, May 23, 2019
A 2018 study on child care costs by the Center for American Progress (CAP) is cited in this article that surveys 2020 Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on the American child care system. In addition, Child Care Law Center (CCLC) provides further commentary on how the high costs of child care affect families’ economic stability. CAP and CCLC are supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Contra Costa’s New ‘Restorative Justice’ Approach Could Keep Youths Out of Juvenile Hall
San Jose Mercury News, May 14, 2019
Oakland-based nonprofit Impact Justice is featured in this article about Contra Costa becoming the fourth county in California to adopt a restorative justice framework to deal with cases involving youth. Impact Justice is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

Census Citizenship Questions Threaten California
Capital & Main, May 7, 2019
This article highlights the Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management’s report conducted in San Joaquin Valley, California, that shows that including citizenship questions in the 2020 U.S. Census “nearly halved the response rate among all categories of the first- and second-generation Latinos.” The report was supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

Ditch the Math Worksheets and Stop Killing Kids’ Curiosity
Education Week, May 6, 2019
Santa Clara University assistant professor Kathy Liu Sun pens this op-ed about what educational practitioners and leaders could do to “attend to mathematical learning goals while fostering creativity early in a child’s education.” The article points to San Mateo County Office of Education’s Early Learning Mathematics Initiative (ELMI), which promotes early math professional development opportunities for educators. ELMI was supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Shipping Can Reduce Climate Pollution and Draw Investment in Developing Countries 
Sea News, May 3, 2019
This article examines a recent report from the European division of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which claims that greenhouse emissions caused by international shipping could be cut in half by using new green technologies. EDF is supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

Your Gas Stove is Bad for You and the Planet 
New York Times, May 1, 2019
“Your gas stove has to go,” writes Bruce Nilles in this opinion piece for the New York Times. Mr. Nilles is the managing director at the Rocky Mountain Institute, an organization supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.