April 2015

April 2015


Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award (Monday, April 20th, 2015)


Forum – The New Forgotten Half: Those Who Pursue College But Never Earn a Degree (Friday, May 1, 2015)

Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award (Monday, April 20th, 2015, 3:30 – 5:30PM)

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) are proud to announce the creation of the Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award. The lecture and youth award will serve as an ongoing tribute to Sam Halperin, who dedicated his career to advancing education, workforce, and youth policy to improve the life outcomes for vulnerable youth as well as personally mentoring and supporting many youth and young adults in their careers in public service. We are extremely fortunate to have Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Ford Foundation to be our inaugural Halperin Lecturer.

The winner of the award is 24 year-old Efrem Ayalew, who is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ayalew moved to the Washington area when he was twelve and traces his dedication to public service and education to his family’s influence and to his high school experiences as part of the Upward Bound program and the Leading and Educating Against Drugs (LEAD) programs through the Latin American Youth Center. After completing his degree at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Ayalew volunteered at Roosevelt High School in Washington D.C. Currently, Ayalew is serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland.
Forum – The New Forgotten Half: Those Who Pursue College But Never Earn a Degree (Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:00 – 2:00PM)

A recent study, The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them, commissioned by the William T. Grant Foundation, finds that many young people who enroll in college fail to complete their studies and attain a degree and that these youth fare no better in the labor market than those with only a high school diploma. And while 37 percent of on-time high school graduates enroll in community colleges and intend ultimately to pursue bachelor’s degrees, nearly half (46 percent) drop out within eight years, earning no degree and incurring significant expenses. These young people, who pursue but do not complete their higher education, are, according to the authors, the new forgotten half.Join us for a discussion of the challenges facing students and the institutions that serve them, and learn more about strategies to help the new forgotten half get ahead and achieve their potential.


Forum Resources – Using Student Surveys For Teacher Professional Development: Ongoing Discussion

As schools, districts, and policymakers consider ways to effectively evaluate and support teachers, many are using student surveys as a valuable tool. During this day-long, invitation-only discussion group, the American Youth Policy Forum hosted presenters from districts who are using student surveys in different ways to engage student voice in the teacher development process.

Reports – Building Postsecondary Pathways For Opportunity Youth

In the following briefs, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) investigated and documented pathways into postsecondary education and the workforce for older, vulnerable youth in two states, Connecticut and Michigan, with the goal of providing information to create a more robust dialogue amongst key state-level stakeholders. Our state-specific reports and infographics provide a data portrait of the Opportunity Youth, examples of promising practices linked to research-supported best practice, and recommendations for state-level stakeholders to continue to build and grow this work.

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.

  • AYPF Senior Director Loretta Goodwin explains how creating a culture of respect and collaboration can be achieved at a Deeper Learning school in Denver, Colorado.
  • Tyler Gibbs, our AYPF intern, maintains the focus on Deeper Learning with a post on the Deeper Learning Planning Guide.
  • AYPF profiles Efrem Ayalew, winner of the first-ever Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service award.

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Council of Chief State School Officers Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

This document provides an overview of the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) vision and the Logic Model and provides examples of how state chiefs are using the Logic Model to put their vision into action. What sets this work apart from other state policy frameworks is that a dozen states around the country are actively leveraging this Logic Model to create coherent education systems that support learners as they prepare for college and careers. CCSSO and our key partners work with ILN states to define individual state goals, specific actions, and milestones for success for each of the Logic Model domains. As states set individual priorities, the shared framework allows CCSSO to look across states to identify areas for collaboration and collective action.

Education Commission of the States Using Assessments to Inform 12th-grade Interventions and Accelerations

This report examines statewide high school college and career readiness assessments and how states are using them to overcome two persistent challenges — the “wasted senior year” and high postsecondary remediation rates. Seniors identified as not college ready can use their senior year more intentionally, participating in interventions to prepare them for placement into credit-bearing coursework upon postsecondary matriculation.

MDRC New Pathways to Career and College

This report describes some of the most prominent of the “pathway” to career and college success models, identifies localities where the approach has gained the most traction, discusses the underlying principles that characterize the most promising programs, and briefly presents the evidence of their potential to make a difference. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future investment to strengthen and scale such programs.

American Enterprise Institute Measuring Mastery: Best Practices for Assessment in Competency-based Education

This paper introduces a set of best practices for high-stakes assessment in CBE, drawing from both the educational-measurement literature and current practices in prior-learning and CBE assessment. It also details how providers can work to validate their assessments and establish performance levels that map to real-world mastery, paying particular attention to the kinds of research and development common in other areas of assessment.

Achieve Postsecondary Support for CBP Transcripts Brief

This transcript details a discussion around a conversation and key insights during a convening between state leaders from K–12 and postsecondary education, as well as national leaders and experts on postsecondary education. Speakers provided guidance and recommendations about what would be needed for postsecondary education to signal its support for competency- or proficiency-based transcripts.