December 2016

December 2016


Webinar – Moving the Needle for First-Generation College Students: Innovative Strategies to Support Completion (Monday, December 19, 3PM-4:00PM ET)

Nearly one-third of college-going students each year are first-generation. While there have been strides made in the number of first-generation students attending college, research has demonstrated that first-generation students graduate a lower rate (40%) than their peers whose parents attended college (55%). In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis placed on strategies to support student completion. This webinar will share innovative strategies at the institutional and state level to improve of the number of first-generation college students earning a postsecondary credential. Presenters include: Austin Buchan, Executive Director, College Forward, Krissy DeAlejandro, Executive Director, tnAchieves, Ben Walizer, Project Director, Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Georgia State University, and Fellow, University Innovation Alliance.



Webinar Recording – Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to the Forefront: What Happens When Districts Prioritize SEL?

In this 75-minute webinar, co-hosted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the Washoe County School District, audiences heard from a panel of researchers and practitioners on ways in which districts and school leaders have implemented a coordinated and purposeful SEL effort.


An estimated 5.25 million young people ages 16-24 are unattached to school and work, but over the past eight years, a movement to support these opportunity youth has emerged. Setting our youth on pathways to work, school, and economic success is essential, and here’s how you can help:

Sign your organization on to the Campaign for Youth: A Road Map for A Stronger Talent Pipeline to pledge your support:

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.

  • Guest blogger Jessica Juliuson explores how to best build bridges between employers and schools.
  • Policy Associate Jenna Tomasello highlights what education policy stakeholders have to be thankful for this holiday season.
  • For Computer Science Education Week, AYPF featured guest blogger Jim Stanton on the need for more robust computer science school programs.

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The Wallace Foundation Key Findings from Market Research on Social and Emotional Learning (webinar, December 12, 2016 at 12:30pm ET)

In this webinar, EDGE Research will present the results of market research that offers insights into how educators, out-of-school time leaders, and parents think about social and emotional learning. The Foundation commissioned this research to better understand the varied terminology being used to describe social and emotional learning and what’s motivating the considerable interest in the topic. Register here.

Learning Policy Institute Equity and ESSA: Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

ESSA contains a number of new provisions that can be used to advance equity and excellence throughout our nation’s schools for students of color, low-income students, English learners, students with disabilities, and those who are homeless or in foster care. This report reviews these provisions in four major areas: (1) access to learning opportunities focused on higher-order thinking skills; (2) multiple measures of equity; (3) resource equity; and (4) evidence-based interventions. Each of the provisions can be leveraged by policymakers, educators, researchers, and advocates to advance equity in education for all students.

U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet: Reducing Recidivism for Justice-Involved Youth

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the release of new guides and resources to help justice-involved youth transition back to traditional school settings. The resources include a guide written for incarcerated youth; a newly updated transition toolkit and resource guide for practitioners in juvenile justice facilities; a document detailing education programs in juvenile justice facilities from the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection; and a website that provides technical assistance to support youth with disabilities with transitioning out of juvenile justice facilities.

Data Quality Campaign Show Me the Data

In summer 2016, the Data Quality Campaign set out to discover what information they could easily find on state report cards from all 50 states and DC, how it was displayed, and whether it was accessible and understandable to a broad public audience. Their findings show that while all states create annual aggregate report cards for the public with important data about how their students statewide are doing, these reports are often difficult to find and understand. As a result, people can’t find information they need. It shouldn’t be this hard.

America’s Promise Alliance Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities

To better understand the obstacles to well-being experienced by young people of color, the Center for Promise (CfP) implemented a youth-led health and wellness assessment in five cities — Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and St. Paul.  This report provides new insights into the obstacles to wellness young people of color face in five cities and brings young people’s voices and views into the discussion about what affects their health and wellness.