February 2018


We are pleased to announce that on January 23, 2018, Dr. Loretta Goodwin was officially named Deputy Director of AYPF. As Deputy Director, Dr. Goodwin will manage various grants and/or projects as well as oversee organization-wide initiatives that will advance our mission and work.


Webinar: Trends and Opportunities in Accountability for Alternative Education (Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm ET)
As conversations among educational leaders and policymakers about alternative education continue to grow, states and districts are looking for ways to better serve students whose needs are not met in traditional school settings. This webinar will focus on a new brief by Civic Enterprises and AYPF entitled Measuring Success: Accountability for Alternative Education, which highlights national trends from a recent 50-state scan and provides a state perspective on accountability for alternative settings. Presenters will include: Dr. Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Research & Policy Advisor, Civic Enterprises, Dr. Julie Magee, Director of Accountability, Wyoming Department of Education, Jesse Kannam, Policy Research Assistant, AYPF, and Moderator: Jenna Tomasello, Policy Associate, AYPF.
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Webinar: Bridging the Gap Between Afterschool and Workforce (Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:00-3:15pm ET)
This webinar will focus on two new white papers: Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Engagement, released by AYPF, and Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool, released by Afterschool Alliance. Both publications examine how afterschool and summer learning can help more youth develop the competencies desired by employers. Presenters will include: Carinne Deeds, Director, 2-Gen/Financial Stability, United Way for Greater Austin, Carl Dasse, Community System Administrator for the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Florida, Nikki Yamashiro, Director of Research, Afterschool Alliance, Hayley Tompkins, M.Ed., Program Executive, Minneapolis Beacons Network and Moderator: Betsy Brand, Executive Director, AYPF.
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2018 Halperin Lecture & Youth Public Service Award (Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9:15-10:30am ET)
The lecture and youth award, hosted by AYPF and the Institute for Educational Leadership, serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes. This year’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Ronald Ferguson, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities
This brief provides state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth in long-term juvenile justice facilities.

Please visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/amyouthpolicyforum for video clips of events, interviews and more.

Forum For Thought Blog

This month AYPF’s Forum for Thought featured a special two-part blog series on the importance of youth voice.

  • Policy Research Assistant Jesse Kannam spotlights three programs that are using youth voice to shape their programming and advocacy. Read More
  • Policy Associate Jenna Tomasello highlights how voices of foster care youth can play an integral role in both policy and practice change. Read More
  • Policy Research Assistant Jesse Kannam unveils AYPF’s new alternative education resource hub. Read More
  • Executive Director Betsy Brand spotlights personalized learning in part-two of our series on AYPF’s policy goals. Read More

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Advance CTE & the American School Counselor Association: The State of Career Technical Education: Career Advising and Development
This report offers insight into what is working and what is not working at the state and local levels when it comes to career advising and development.

iNACOL: State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning
This issue brief explores the strategies that states and systems need in place to prepare teachers for student-centered learning.

The Aspen Institute: How Learning Happens: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
This report explores how schools can be more responsive to students’ social, emotional, and developmental needs.

The Data Quality Campaign: The Art of the Possible
This case study examines the challenges that Kentucky, Maryland, and Washington face as they implemented high-quality data governance structures in their states.

School Retool: Shadow a Student Challenge 
From February 19th to March 2nd, school leaders across the world will clear their calendars, silence their walkie-talkies, throw on sneakers, and immerse themselves in student life for a day. This crash course in empathy will help school leaders see their own schools from a student’s point of view and take action for positive change.

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: Andrus Family FundThe Charles Stewart Mott FoundationWilliam T. Grant FoundationThe Wallace FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.

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