E-Bulletin: June 2019

E-Bulletin: June 2019


Webinar: How States Use Professional Networks to Spread Deeper Learning (Thursday, June 27, 2019, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET)
Following a recent AYPF study tour on Deeper Learning, many participants wanted to know more about how states are using professional networks to scale deeper learning efforts. This webinar will highlight the work being done in three states: Kentucky, Arkansas, and Idaho. We invite states to share this learning opportunity with colleagues, as there will be time to hear and learn from presenters, as well as to ask questions and share about their own efforts. Through this discussion we plan on contributing to the thoughtful conversations necessary to provide deeper learning experiences for more students.


Forum Resources – Evidence-Based Policy: Moving Beyond Data Dissemination to Increased Evidence Use (Monday, March 25, 2019)
The forum, which was co-hosted by the William T. Grant Foundation, provided participants with new insight into the use of research evidence. In addition, author Annette Boaz discussed instructional strategies from around the world in her new book, What Works Now: Evidence-informed Policy and Practice.

Capitol Hill Forum Resources – College Promise: Supporting Students in College Access and Success (Friday, April 26, 2019)
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 was co-hosted by MDRC, focused on 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.

Blog Post: A Guide for State Leaders: Equity in Career and Technical Education
By: Maria Duarte 

Webinar: How a Year of Service Prepares Young Adults for the Workforce 

Publication: Social and Emotional Learning and Traditionally-Underserved Populations 

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Summer Slide and the Year-Round Fight for Educational Equity
By: Rebecca Lavinson
As summer learning loss remains a challenge for students during school breaks, this post shares a few low-cost options that families and communities can pursue as summer vacation begins that can lead to better academic outcomes upon returning to the classroom in September. This post was originally published in September, 2018.


Check these out – top five recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

Grad Nation: 2019 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates
This in-depth analysis of high school graduation rates, released in partnership with Civic, the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and the Alliance for Excellent Education, reveals progress is real, but slowing, indicating an urgency to double down on closing equity gaps.

National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth 
This report examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development and outlines how this knowledge can be applied, both to promote adolescent well-being, resilience, and development, and to rectify structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity, enabling all adolescents to flourish.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Inclusive Technology in a 21st Century Learning System 
Technology is part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives, including the public education system. However, students with disabilities and other traditionally disadvantaged students are often not considered from the outset when these technologies are being developed, creating even greater inequalities and opportunity gaps in our country’s education system. The report explores the conception, design, procurement, use, and continuous improvement of ed tech initiatives.

Rennie Center: Expanding the Boundaries of Education: Two Cities’ Efforts to Credential Real-World Skills Through Digital Badges
In Boston and Providence, youth serving organizations recognized a need to credential students’ real-world skills including teamwork, perseverance, and critical thinking. By issuing digital badges, a microcredential gaining traction in both workforce development and education, programs are equipping students with portable evidence of their skills, which students can include on their LinkedIn profiles, job applications, or college applications. This report explores the first year of a digital badging pilot in both cities.

The Wallace Foundation: Investing in Successful Summer Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
This report describes 43 summer programs with research that not only backs the programs’ effectiveness, but is also rigorous enough to meet the top three of four tiers of evidence laid out in the Every Student Succeeds Act.