E-Bulletin: April 2019

E-Bulletin: April 2019


AYPF is pleased to announce that we are supporting two new initiatives – Level Up Coalition and Democratizing Evidence in Education. We are thrilled to partner with Level Up, as our similar mission and goals rest on the belief that all youth should have opportunities for high quality education. Moreover, we are equally excited to support Democratizing Evidence in Education. This endeavor shares our belief that the use of research evidence in policymaking is vital for the development and implementation of well-designed educational policies.


Fall 2019 Research/Policy Intern
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. Applications for this position are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note: AYPF is still accepting applications for the Summer 2019 internship position.


Capitol Hill Forum: College Promise: Supporting Students in College Access and Success (Friday, April 26, 2019 from 11:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET at the Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201)
Community college students face various obstacles on the road to achieving a postsecondary degree. These challenges include tuition, the cost of books, and a lack of support on campus. However, a new movement is taking hold aimed at helping students start and complete their college education without taking on mountains of debt: College Promise Programs. This forum, which will be co-hosted by MDRC, will discuss the impact of College Promise Programs as well as MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative (CPSI), which addresses both affordability and student supports such as campus coaching and summer engagement. Don’t wait another minute to register—–do it today!


Special Event Recap: 2019 Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award (Friday, March 15, 2019)
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted the fifth and final Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. This event has served as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Samuel Halperin, who cared deeply about youth and was dedicated to mentoring and guiding hundreds of young people in the community. This year’s lecture was presented by Roberto J. Rodríguez, President & CEO of Teach Plus and former advisor on education to President Barack Obama. In addition, Kenvin Lacayo was presented with the 2019 Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award.

Capitol Hill Forum Resources: Competency-Based Education: Promising Policies and Practices for the Future of K-12 Education (Friday, March 22, 2019)
Educators across the globe are designing approaches to teaching and learning that focus on every child achieving mastery through Competency-Based Education (CBE). By bringing together national experts and state and district leaders, this forum, which was co-hosted by iNACOL, highlighted the growth of CBE in state policy, the benefits of CBE, and promising practices taking hold in the United States. The forum also examined federal policy opportunities to advance CBE in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.


Blog & Video: 2018 Halperin Youth Public Service Award Essays

Blog & Video: AYPF and IEL Team up for the 2017 Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

Blog & Video: The Power of Mentoring: Ebony Rempson, 2016 Halperin Award Winner

Blog & Video: AYPF and IEL Team Up to Honor Efrem Ayalew for 2015 Halperin Youth Award

Publication: The Intersection of Afterschool and Competency-based Learning: Emerging Trends, Policy Considerations, and Questions for the Future

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Colorado’s efforts to align education and workforce needs in rural communities
By: Dr. Loretta Goodwin
How can state leaders improve the alignment between education, business, and the workforce as they prepare students for the future? This is a challenging quest, especially in rural areas, highlighting as it does the issue of providing all students with equitable educational opportunities. I was heartened by our grappling with these issues on a recent AYPF study tour to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through discussions with state, district, and school leaders, site visits to the Career Technical Education Facility in the Peyton School District and the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab in the Widefield School District, and conversations with students and teachers, we learned about policies that are preparing students with the content knowledge and 21st century skills necessary for postsecondary success.


Check these out – recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

Education First: Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD): An Action Guide for School Leadership Teams
This new guide provides school leaders with practical advice, curated resources, and action steps to improve the student experience.

Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality: The Youth Opportunity Guarantee: A Framework for Success
This report provides a roadmap that incorporates secondary, postsecondary, and employment systems aimed at making long-term labor market success a reality for all youth in the United States.

Higher Learning Advocates: Policy Toolkit: Today’s Students 
This updated resource provides fifteen common-sense policy recommendations that are designed to better serve the changing demographic of students pursuing higher education. It further offers support to meet the needs of a new generation of learners by breaking down financial barriers and increasing access to student supports.

iNACOL: Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems
This brief advocates for federal policies that make the teaching profession more accessible to a diverse array of professionals; reimagines higher education to support lifelong learning; and promotes quality, accountability, and improvement in the educational field.

Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation: History of Afterschool in America
This new 60-minute documentary takes a deep-dive into the history of afterschool programs in the United States.