April 2017

April 2017


Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award (Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 9:00-10:30am, Washington DC)

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) will host the third annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. The lecture and youth award serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes. Sam also helped to personally mentor many youth and young adults in their careers in public service, and through this award, we hope to honor and continue his work.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. Ms. Pittman is a recognized leader in youth development, and previously was Director of President Bill Clinton’s Crime Prevention Council, served on the executive team of the International Youth Foundation, and worked with Gen. Colin Powell (Retired) to create America’s Promise. This year’s award winner is Yasmine Arrington, an alumnae of LearnServe International, and she will read her essay at the event.

Webinar – ESSA and Supporting College and Career Readiness and Success for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This webinar will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements pertaining to students experiencing homelessness, highlight promising state and district examples supporting college and career readiness for these youth, share a young person’s experience with school and related supports, and explore policy and practice recommendations. Speakers include Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection, Washington, D.C., Dr. Pat Popp, State Coordinator, Project HOPE, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Department of Education, Jonathan Houston, McKinney-Vento Coordinator, Tukwila, Washington, Hannah Johnson, SchoolHouse Connection Young Adult Leader, and John McGah, Senior TA Consultant, National Center on Homeless Education, American Institutes for Research.


Study Tour Brief – Creating a System of High-Quality Education Options to Serve All Students (Study Tour, Denver, CO)

This brief provides a highlight of a recent AYPF study tour to Denver, CO with the purpose of exploring how states can leverage opportunities unde the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create a system of high quality alternative education settings to serve all students. Participants included state legislative staff, state department of education staff, district leaders, state board of education members, and leaders of partner organizations from Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington, as well as participants affiliated with national organizations.

Forum For Thought Blog How Deeper Learning Can Transform Schools

This special three-part series, built around a recent AYPF study tour to rural South Carolina, illustrates how Deeper Learning and project-based learning approaches can make powerful changes to a school’s culture and boost student outcomes.

  • Policy Associate Jenna Tomasello explains how integrated classrooms, a strong school culture, and a focus on “soft skills” transformed the schools visited on AYPF’s recent study tour. Read More
  • In this post, Senior Director Loretta Goodwin profiles how a school design partner has worked alongside higher education and business partners to help transform two struggling, high-poverty schools. Read More
  • Guest blogger Alan Richard, an education writer based in the Washington, D.C. area, gives us a historical perspective on Scott’s Branch High School, a school that has achieved a remarkable turnaround. Richard describes how that this rural South Carolina school has addressed racial segregation, poverty, and poor student outcomes. Read More

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AYPF interns are an integral part of the team, and engage in a variety of activities, including researching and analyzing data, writing fact sheets and summaries, and planning and helping to organize briefings on Capitol Hill.

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities The Power of Numbers: Public Higher Ed Institutions Detail How They’re Increasing Student Success through the Effective Use of Data
As colleges and universities across the country seek to better utilize data to improve student success, 14 leading public higher education institutions today detailed through a series of case studies how they are driving progress on campus through the effective use of student-level data. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) organized the case studies to demonstrate the importance of student-level data in the development and implementation of programs and strategies to improve student learning and increase degree completion.

CareerOneStop GetMyFuture.org
This new site offers online tools and information for young adults age 16 to 24 and provides special resources for those experiencing barriers to success such as involvement in foster care, addiction, homelessness, teen parenting, or a lack of financial, family, or community resources. It also includes tips, worksheets, and other information designed specifically to help young people overcome barriers, explore careers, access education or training options, and find, apply for, and keep employment

Jobs for the Future Framing the Opportunity: Eight State Policy Recommendations that Support Postsecondary Credential Completion for Underserved Populations
This paper focuses specifically on policy recommendations for opportunity youth, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, and immigrants. The recommendations are intended for states, colleges, and community-based organizations committed to improving educational and economic outcomes for underserved populations.

Learning Policy Institute Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning In the Context of New Accountability
This report provides a framework for considering how measures of SEL and school climate may be incorporated in a multi-tiered accountability and continuous improvement system that provides useful information about school status and progress at the state, district, and school levels.


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 Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWilliam T. Grant Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.