December 2017

December 2017


Webinar: Supporting Students with Disabilities through Personalized Learning (Monday, January 8, 2018 from 2:00-3:15pm ET)
Many educators and leaders are aware of the multiple benefits of personalized learning, including increased student agency, improved student learning, and more intentional planning for college and careers. Personalized learning has inherent benefits for students with disabilities, but there are also inherent challenges. For example, conversations about students with disabilities and personalized learning remain generic and often students’ unique needs and learning styles are not adequately considered at the outset of implementation. To successfully implement personalized learning specifically for students with disabilities, educators and leaders need a clear understanding of what these approaches look like in practice, what policy and practice changes they require, and what supports need to be in place. This webinar will focus on the emerging efforts to use personalized learning approaches to better serve students with disabilities, tools that are designed to help policymakers and practitioners, and strategies to help build the capacity of schools to use this approach. Presenters include: Dr. George Batsche, Professor and Program Coordinator of Graduate Programs in School Psychology, University of South Florida; Lindsey Hayes, Researcher, Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR), American Institutes for Research; Catherine Jacques, Researcher, College and Career Readiness and Success Center, American Institutes for Research; Ace Parsi, Personalized Learning Partnership Manager, National Center for Learning Disabilities; and Jenna Tomasello, Policy Associate, American Youth Policy Forum

2018 Halperin Lecture & Youth Public Service Award (Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9:15-10:30am ET)
The lecture and youth award, hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), 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.


Forum Brief: Remake Learning: A Networked Approach to Education for the 21st Century 
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, an innovative and collaborative approach to learning is growing and flourishing. Emerging from the loss of steel and other industries upon which the region long depended, greater Pittsburgh has remade itself as a hub for research and technology. Where students once looked to steel mills for purpose and employment, they now look to hospitals, universities, and software firms.

Webinar Recording: Social and Emotional Learning for Traditionally Underserved Populations 
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a critical role in preparing young people for success in college, careers, and life. In order to ensure that SEL benefits all young people, it is important to consider how SEL initiatives affect traditionally underserved student populations and how they can be tailored to better meet the unique needs of different learners. This webinar featured a deep discussion of the importance of SEL for three traditionally underserved groups: students with disabilities, English language learners, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system (justice-involved youth).

Case Studies: Innovations in Accountability Measures & Processes: Three Case Studies for Alternative Education
These three short case studies provide a deeper look into innovations in accountability across the country, including how accountability can be relevant to alternative education. The three case studies included in this document illustrate some of the innovative steps states have taken to ensure their priorities for youth are reflected in their accountability systems for all schools, including alternative settings, both within and outside of ESSA’s framework.

Issue Brief: Trends from the Field: Lessons Learned about Alternative Education
This issue brief summarizes the lessons AYPF has learned from research and collaboration with stakeholders at the national, state, local, and institutional levels working with alternative education settings. These key lessons provide insight into what alternative settings do well, areas for improvement, opportunities for innovation, and issues requiring further inquiry, with a particular emphasis on accountability for these settings.

Please visit our YouTube channel at for video clips of events, interviews and more.

Forum For Thought Blog

This month, our blog featured a special three-part blog series on Social and Emotional Learning.

  • Senior Policy Associate, Carinne Deeds discusses five key questions about social and emotional learning that are worth continued exploration. Read More
  • AYPF’s Logan Beyer explores the current and potential intersections between SEL and special education. Read More
  • Senior Policy Associate, Carinne Deeds gets the 411 from educators about what they want policymakers to know about social and emotional learning. Read More

Click here to view all AYPF publications
Click here to view AYPF’s resource pages


Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

College & Career Readiness & Success Center: Leveraging ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA to Support a College and Career-Ready Workforce (Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 1:00-2:15pm ET)
This webinar will highlight three forthcoming CCRS Center resources, Developing a College- and Career-Ready Workforce: An Analysis of ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA.

College & Career Readiness & Success Center: Developing a College- and Career-Ready Workforce: An Analysis of ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA
This resource includes the following:

  • brief to help state and local agencies identify opportunities to align and leverage policies, programs, and funding across the three laws to support the education-to-workforce pipeline;
  • workbook to facilitate cross-agency conversations to identify and plan for alignment opportunities across ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA; and
  • An interactive tool that identifies specific language in the laws that address college and readiness topics and help state education agencies and local education agencies find new or greater alignment opportunities in their plans

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Deeper Learning Photo Project
This resource contains nearly 300 original print-quality images of actual preK–12 students and teachers engaged in authentic learning activities to demonstrate that that deeper learning can succeed in schools of every type with students from all backgrounds.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Deeper Learning Toolkits
These toolkits support and guide state and district education leaders as they consider whether to implement or expand a deeper learning initiative in their schools.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Deeper Learning Webinars and Other Resources
These webinars highlight how educators, business leaders, community members, and others can increase the number of deeper learning schools.

The Wallace Foundation: State Efforts to Strengthen School Leadership: Insights from CCSSO Action Groups
This report offers a glimpse of the most commonly named on-the-job supports aimed at boosting school leadership.


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 FoundationThe Charles Stewart Mott FoundationWilliam T. Grant FoundationThe Wallace Foundation,William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.