Why does grade inflation harm low-income students? Plus more August updates from MCC.

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In the news

MCC Faculty Director Richard Weissbourd discusses how grade inflation in suburban schools impacts college admissions for low-income students in Quartz, The Atlantic, The Hechinger Report, and Education Week. Plus, Rewire highlights our recent report on how to promote ethical romantic and sexual relationships among young people.

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Share with students: Youth Advisory Board applications are now open!

Making Caring Common’s Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of young people from across the country who are committed to making schools more caring and respectful places through everyday interactions.

Are there students in your life who are passionate about making their school and community more kind and inclusive? Encourage them to apply to join the Youth Advisory Board! Applications are open now through October 13.

Join us for Character Day 2017

Join us on September 13 for Character Day 2017, a global campaign focused on the importance of developing and strengthening qualities like empathy, curiosity, grit, humility, bravery, and social responsibility.

The organizers provide short engaging films on the science of character, printed discussion kits, an online Character (Every) Day resource hub and mobile app, and a global Q&A featuring amazing leaders and educators talking about the importance of character from different perspectives.

Staff picks

We're excited to welcome Milena Batanova to Making Caring Common. She will be working with teachers and schools to facilitate and evaluate the implementation of low-burden strategies to promote attitudes and behaviors that cultivate empathy and caring.

This month, Milena recommends a collection of resources for the Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) curriculum promoting social, emotional, and character development among elementary school students. She worked on the project as a co-Investigator, and she's excited to share these resources with the Making Caring Common community.

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