E-Bulletin: November 2018

E-Bulletin: November 2018


AYPF is pleased to announce that Stephen Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for State Leadership at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has joined our Board of Directors. In his role at CCSSO, Steve serves as the primary point of contact for CCSSO’s members, the state chiefs, and their senior leadership teams. Prior to becoming Deputy Executive Director, Steve served as a senior advisor for CCSSO, working directly with chiefs and their senior staffs, in collaboration with the Leadership Academy and other Council teams. Steve served as the Commissioner of Education in Maine from 2011 to 2013, and was a state legislator in the Maine House of Representatives. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew University and a master’s degree in secondary education from George Mason University. A list of AYPF’s full board of directors is here.


Part-time Bookkeeper (Independent Contractor)
AYPF is seeking a Bookkeeper to join our small nonprofit team. The Bookkeeper will be responsible for the input and maintenance of the organization’s accounting records and will work closely with the Finance and Executive Directors to support the organization’s overall financial health. The position will be part-time and permanent, with no benefits, and is perfect for a seasoned independent consultant.

Spring 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.


Webinar: REGISTER TODAY! How a Year of Service Prepares Young Adults for the Workforce (Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET)
Register and join us this afternoon for the second webinar in our three-part series about the roles and benefits of national service programs in communities across the country. Communication, critical thinking, and collaboration are among some of the most desired skills by employers. While not always considered, national service programs provide young people with a great opportunity to develop and hone these competencies, by combining work-based learning and career development with a motivating social purpose. This webinar, How a Year of Service Prepares Young Adults for the Workforce, will examine the role of national service in supporting workforce development in the United States. You will want to tune-in, as the webinar will feature a program, alumni, and employment specialist to build the case for service as a talent development pipeline. Presenters will include: Ben Duda, Managing Director, Corps Members & Alumni, Service Year Alliance; Matt Walsh, Research Analyst, Burning Glass Technologies; MacArthur Antigua, Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Cross-Sector Partnerships, Public Allies; Jessica Graham, Strategic Partnerships, Inclusion & Collaboration, Cisco; Moderator: Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum.

Webinar: How National Service Can Advance the Mission, Goals, and Capacity of Nonprofits (Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET)
In an era of constant change, growing needs, and uncertain resources, nonprofits often have to think creatively about how to build their organizational capacity. One such solution is through the creation of a service year program. National service programs can significantly increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations across the country by training a new generation of skilled nonprofit practitioners. This webinar, How National Service Can Advance the Mission, Goals, and Capacity of Nonprofits, will review how service year programs can help build organizational capacity at nonprofits through service positions that contribute to fund development, volunteer management, and community outreach. Presenters will include: Brooke Bohnet, Director of Program Development, Service Year Alliance; Gretchen Van der Veer, Executive Director, Fair Chance; Jeff Brady, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, United Way Worldwide; Moderator: Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum.


On-Demand Webinar: Pursuit of Equity: Teacher Preparation for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Career and Technical Education (Thursday, October 25, 2018)
This webinar examined the preparation of career and technical education (CTE) teachers to include and support students with disabilities. Panelists discussed the impact of current CTE educator preparation on states and districts; state practices such as micro credentialing, alternative certification, co-teaching, cooperatives and other models; and considerations and recommendations for improving CTE success for students with disabilities.

Special Event Recap: AYPF’s 25th Anniversary Celebration (Tuesday, October 23, 2018)
Joined by long time partners, funders, and supporters, AYPF celebrated 25 years of informing youth policy and improving youth outcomes. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from renowned educational policy experts: Karen Pittman, President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment, Anthony Carnevale, Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and Andrew Rotherham, Co-Founder and Partner, Bellwether Education Partners, during a moderated panel discussion about education, youth, and workforce policy.


Blog Post: The New CTE: Let’s Talk About Skills 
By: Jessica Kannam

Publication: Afterschool and Workforce:
Opportunities for System-Level Alignment


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Looking Backward, Moving Forward: Experts Talk Education, Youth and Workforce Policy
By: Betsy Brand
The American Youth Policy Forum recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and assembled a panel of national experts in education, youth, and workforce policy to reflect upon what has and hasn’t worked to help underserved youth be successful. Tony Carnevale, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, representing the workforce perspective, Karen Pittman, Forum for Youth Investment, representing the youth perspective, and Andy Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners, representing the education perspective, engaged in a lively and wide-ranging discussion that touched on many varied strategies to help youth, as well as a few that have not had much impact.

Setting State Equity Goals Takes Planning & Partnerships
By: Dr. Loretta Goodwin
Equity in education does not just happen. It needs to be thoughtfully planned for and carefully monitored. This was one of the key messages at a recent meeting I attended, which brought together the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) states, which are supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Each state is charged with creating an equity framework to ensure that all students have equitable access to quality, personalized, competency-based education.


Check these out – recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

The Association of American Law Schools: Beyond the Bachelor’s: Undergraduate Perspectives on Graduate and Professional Degrees
This report highlights findings from a survey intended to shed light on the factors contributing to the decision to pursue a graduate or professional degree.

The Aspen Institute: National Commission on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development: Building Partnerships: In Support of Where, When, and How Learning Happens
This brief focuses on the critical role youth development organizations play in young people’s growth and development.

Child Trends: Creating Policies to Support Healthy Schools: Policymaker, Educator, and Student Perspectives
This report identifies policy opportunities to promote the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework through interviews and focus groups with state policymakers, educators, and students.

Getting Smart: Show What You Know A Landscape Analysis of Competency-Based Education
This report provides a foundation for asking important questions about equity in the shift to competency-based education.

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce: Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs: High School, Middle Skills, and Bachelor’s Degree
This report examines the three pathways to good jobs defined by education.

iNACOL & CompetencyWorks: Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education
This publication re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education.