September 2015


Capitol Hill Forum – Increasing Investment in Afterschool: The Role of Stateside Afterschool Networks (Monday, September 28, 2015)

Capitol Hill Forum – Examining Strategies to Improve the Use of Research Evidence in Child Welfare (Monday, October 5, 2015)


Capitol Hill Forum – Increasing Investment in Afterschool: The Role of Statewide Afterschool Networks (Monday, September 28, 2015, 10 AM – 12 PM ET)

This forum will highlight the work of the Statewide Afterschool Networks (SANs) in increasing the investment in afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs. Statewide afterschool networks provide a structure for bringing together key decision makers interested in improving outcomes for children and youth through school-based and school-linked afterschool programs. In a conversation with three SAN leaders, we will hear how they helped build public will and increased advocacy efforts; participated in collective impact initiatives; improved the use of existing dollars and expanded funding; improved quality; and expanded access and equity in afterschool.   Description: Description: https://secure.aypf.org/neon/resource/aypf/images/Register_button.bmp

Capitol Hill Forum – Examining Strategies to Improve the Use of Research Evidence in Child Welfare (Monday, October 5, 2015 11:30 AM -1:30 PM ET)

Recent initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels have charged child welfare agencies with the challenge of better integrating research-based programs and practices into their daily routines. This forum explores how state and local leaders grapple with this challenge and shares recent research, funded by the W. T. Grant Foundation, on how research evidence is used to inform policy and practice decisions in the child welfare field. The forum will highlight the implementation of evidence-based statewide foster care programs in California and Ohio and the use of evidence-based child welfare programs in New York City. It will also describe the Los Angeles-based Children’s Bureau’s use of research in their Magnolia Community Initiative effort, with its focus on creating community wellness that is scalable.    Description: Description: https://secure.aypf.org/neon/resource/aypf/images/Register_button.bmp


Webinar Recording and Resources – Integrating Employability Skills into Everyday Instruction To be competitive in an increasingly global economy, students entering the workforce will need more than just academic knowledge to be successful. Employability skills are becoming a critical component of making students truly ready for success in the work place. On Wednesday, September 2, 2015, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center), the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center)RTI International, and AYPF hosted a webinar showcasing a new, interactive learning module, Integrating Employability Skills: A Framework for All Educators. Building off of the Employability Skills Framework, the module prepares all educators to integrate employability skills into their everyday instruction. During this webinar, presenters discussed the value and uses of the employability skills framework and complimentary module including its development, pilot efforts, and potential uses.

Forum For Thought Blog The Forum for Thought blog is operated by the American Youth Policy Forum, and highlights diverse points of view and information from the intersection of policy, practice and research.

  • In a two-part blog series, Program Associate Carinne Deeds explains how food insecurity can affect childhood learning, and how some school programs are addressing the issue.
  • Many schools across the country started later in the day this year. Digital Communications Associate George Knowles explains why.
  • Many college students experience “summer melt,” and it can particularly affect first-generation students. Carinne Deeds illustrates some innovative approaches to keeping them on the track to graduation.

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

College and Career Readiness Center at American Institutes For Research State Approaches to Competency-Based Education to Support College and Career Readiness for All Students  Many students, particularly racial and ethnic minority students, English language learners, and students with disabilities, still struggle to graduate on time within traditional school systems. States and schools are utilizing competency-based education (CBE) as a strategy to set college and career readiness as an attainable goal for all students. This brief highlights examples of policies, guidance, and approaches that other states have adopted to expand the use of CBE.

College and Career Readiness Center at American Institutes For Research How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness? This brief describes the range of college and career readiness measures states are currently reporting. The brief also provides guidance for what states should be doing to measure students’ college and career readiness.

Education Commission of the States (ECS) Deeper Learning: A Primer for State Legislators This report serves as a primer for state policymakers seeking to modify instruction and assessment policies to better engage today’s students. The primer defines deeper learning, explains how it overlaps with other active learning strategies and describes how it can be, and is being, accomplished at the state policy level.

ACT 2015 Condition of College and Career Readiness These reports provide a snapshot of the ACT- tested graduates in each state, focusing on their readiness for college and career success, and they also present data about the performance of each state’s 2015 graduating seniors who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Using Online Learning for Credit Recovery: Getting Back on Track to Graduation This research paper illustrates how schools and programs are using online learning to provide credit recovery for students with a wide spectrum of academic needs. The report investigates credit recovery and its impact on today’s students, state and district approaches to providing credit recovery, as well as case studies of exemplar programs and lessons learned.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

AYPF events and publications are made possible by a consortium of philanthropic foundations: Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWilliam T. Grant FoundationThe Wallace FoundationCharles Stewart Mott FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.

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