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Digital Media in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums

The latest in a series of MacArthur reports on digital media and learning examines the ways in which afterschool programs, libraries, and museums are using technology to support extracurricular learning.  More

Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures

The foreclosure crisis is an opportunity to reorient housing strategies, according to a report by researchers, elected officials, and housing practitioners, who examined home mortgage foreclosures in six metropolitan regions for the National League of Cities.  More

Freshwater Species at Risk in Eastern Himalaya as Development Surges

As areas of the Eastern Himalaya's experience rapid development, limited planning and information on its impact is putting at risk the region's freshwater ecosystems and species, according to a recent MacArthur-supported assessment by IUCN.  More

Affordable Housing Developments Create Jobs & Grow Local Economies

The construction and rehabbing of affordable housing developments creates jobs and contributes to the economic vitality of communities, according to a MacArthur-supported research brief by the Center for Housing Policy.  More

White Papers in Support of Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries

These documents find that girls’ access to education continues to be a challenge acutely felt in particular regions and countries of the developing world and that gaps persist in the quality of girls and boys’ learning. More

PBS Documentary Looks at How Digital Media Transforming the Way Young People Learn

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, a MacArthur-supported PBS documentary, looks at how digital media is transforming the way young people learn. More

Many Vulnerable Chicago Public Housing Residents Enjoy Better Health, Housing, and Employment, but Youth Still Distressed

An Urban Institute project shows that the most disadvantaged Chicago residents have improved quality of life indicators. More

Opportunity Chicago Helps 5000 CHA Residents Find Jobs

Opportunity Chicago, a MacArthur-supported workforce development initiative for Chicago public housing residents, has helped more than 5,000 people find employment, according to a new report.  More

New Poll: Voters Want Congress to Act to Reduce the National Debt

More than 70 percent of mid-term voters polled in a post-election survey say it is "very important" that Congress takes steps to reduce the national debt.  More

The Promise of Game Design in Curriculum and Learning

Quest to Learn, an innovative school for grades 6 to 12 in New York City, grew out of the idea that gaming and game design offer a promising new paradigm for curriculum and learning More