E-Bulletin: March 2019

E-Bulletin: March 2019


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. The application process is rolling.


Capitol Hill Forum: Competency-Based Education: Promising Policies and Practices for the Future of K-12 Education (Friday, March 22, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 430) 
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 will be co-hosted by iNACOL, will highlight the growth of CBE in state policy, the benefits of CBE, and promising practices taking hold in the United States. The forum will also examine 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.

Special Event: Evidence-Based Policy: Moving Beyond Data Dissemination to Increased Evidence Use (Monday, March 25, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET at the 20 F Street Conference Center) 
At this forum, which will be co-hosted by the WT Grant Foundation, participants will gain new insight into the use of research evidence. Annette Boaz will discuss lessons from around the world in her new book, What Works Now: Evidence-informed Policy and Practice.

Capitol Hill Forum: College Promise: Supporting Students in College Access and Success (Friday, April 26, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC) 
Community college students face many barriers to success such as tuition costs, the cost of books, and a lack of support on campus. College Promise programs, which now number more than 200 nationally, provide financial support to pay student tuition and fees. This forum, which will be co-hosted by MDRC, will discuss the impact of College Promise programs and MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative.


March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and we are pleased to feature various AYPF resources that focus on the advancement of individuals with disabilities.


College and Career Readiness for Youth with Developmental Disabilities
By: Betsy Brand

Back to School, Back to ESSA and Supporting Students with Disabilities 
By: Jenna Tomasello



How ESSA and IDEA Can Support College and Career Readiness for Students With Disabilities: Considerations for States 

Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities


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College and Career Readiness for Youth with Developmental Disabilities
By: Betsy Brand
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to focus on the advancements, inclusion, and contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities (DD). While I believe we should be proud and pleased at the advancements that many individuals with DD have made since President Reagan first proclaimed March as DD Awareness Month in 1987, there is clearly more progress to be made, especially with regard topreparing youth with DD for college and careers.

From Policy to Excellence: Fostering Collaboration to Support the Whole Child
By: Vi Nguyen
A teacher’s job is to teach a student; is that not all there is to it? As simple as it sounds, the role of educators requires more than just drilling math and grammar into children’s brains. Being a Lead Tutor for a class of sixth graders through their Bridge program, I know that my job goes beyond the academic curriculum, and it requires me to connect with my students and teach them skills they will need as they enter the adult world.


Check these out – recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

American Council on Education (ACE): A Look at Five Key Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Associate Degree Earners
This new brief highlights some of the key benefits to earning an Associates of Arts degree (AA) for individuals, their families, and their communities.

EducationCounsel: Transforming the Education Sector into a Learning System
Drawing on research and leading national efforts, this report provides a framework for developing a comprehensive educational learning system.

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI): The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges
This report looks at the research on the benefits of integrated learning environments, the critical role the federal government can play in fostering integration, and innovative district practices that promote school diversity.

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI): Sharing the Wealth: How Regional Finance and Desegregation Plans Can Enhance Educational Equity
This report looks at policy and practices in Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; and Omaha, Nebraska to explore how interdistrict desegregation plans with innovative funding strategies have been designed, financed, and implemented.

The Wallace Foundation: Afterschool Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
This report describes in detail more than 60 afterschool programs that meet the standards of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.