April 2018

April 2018


Discussion Group Summary: Detroit Out-of-School Time Leadership Forum
The Detroit Out-of-School Time Leadership Forum provided a platform for citywide conversation on out-of-school time system building, the opportunity to engage with national experts, and generate ideas among local leaders to inform Detroit’s strategic priorities for expanding afterschool and summer learning in the future.

Webinar Recording: Bridging the Gap Between Afterschool and Workforce
This webinar focused on two new papers: Afterschool and Workforce: Opportunities for System-Level Alignment, a white paper released by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and Building Workforce Skills in Afterschool, an issue brief released by Afterschool Alliance. Both publications examine how afterschool and summer learning can help more youth develop the competencies desired by employers, as well as discover future career possibilities.

Webinar Recording: Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities
This webinar highlighted key focus areas of a new brief by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center and AYPF entitled Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities. In addition, the webinar also addressed major findings from the 50-state scan, which informed the brief, and featured a leading state example.

Webinar Recording: Effective Juvenile Justice Reforms in the Era of ESSA
This webinar provided a brief overview of ESSA requirements for students in the juvenile justice system and highlighted models from around the country that are effectively implementing these mandates. Topics addressed included: utilizing evidence-based educational assessments; improving educational attainment and access to a traditional high school diploma; credit transfers; timely and appropriate re-enrollment and re-entry planning. The webinar also highlighted the Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, an interactive online tool that includes 10 comprehensive goals and corresponding benchmarks to improve educational outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.

2018 Halperin Lecture & Youth Public Service Award
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted the fourth annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes.

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Forum For Thought Blog

  • Communications Strategy Associate, Leslie Byford, sits down and talks about the importance of public service with this year’s 2018 Halperin Youth Award winner. Read More
  • Deputy Director, Dr. Loretta Goodwin, shares her recent experience shadowing a student at a local high school. Read More
  • Communications Strategy Associate, Leslie Byford, reflects on the March for Our Lives and discusses why youth voice matters. Read More
  • Policy research intern, Madison Weiss, explores whether states are effectively advancing equity under ESSA. Read More
  • Policy research intern, Susanna Malacky, explores the importance of investing in professional development and training for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce. Read More

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Data Quality Campaign: Using Social-Emotional Learning Data in the CORE Districts: Lessons Learned
This resource provides a framework for states and districts to understand the CORE Districts’ work measuring and reporting on nonacademic indicators over the past five years.

ExcelinEd & Education Elements: Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders: Terminology, Tools and Tips for Success
This report provides district leaders with a guide on how to talk about personalized learning in a way that all stakeholders can see the vision, the need for change and ultimately champion the idea of personalizing learning for students.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities: Agents of Their Own Success: Self-Advocacy Skills and Self-Determination for Students With Disabilities in the Era of Personalized Learning
This report highlights steps students, families, educators, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in our education system can take to ensure all students are equipped with self-advocacy skills and the capacity for self-determination: elements we know are critical to their success in personalized learning settings.

iNACOL: Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed
This report offers equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. Districts and schools can use the equity principles within this report to develop an equity agenda within their personalized, competency-based systems.

Advance CTE: CTE and Postsecondary Student Success Efforts: The Importance of Integrating Initiatives
This factsheet describes how CTE and student success efforts can support each other.


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.