E-Bulletin: October 2018

E-Bulletin: October 2018

AYPF Has A Brand New Look!

This month we are pleased to announce the official launch of our new and improved website. We hope that you will find our new website an even more powerful tool for accessing key educational information.


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.


25th Anniversary Celebration (Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 3:30-6:00pm ET)
This year marks a major milestone for us—AYPF is turning 25! To mark this festive occasion we invite you to join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration. Come mingle and reminisce as we look back on 25 years of educating, informing, and engaging thousands of policymakers to help them implement policies that support traditionally underserved youth. We will convene a panel of thought leaders to discuss the future of education, youth, and workforce policies with policy experts Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Karen Pittman, Forum for Youth Investment, and Andrew Rotherham, Bellwether Education Partners. The panel will be followed by a reception.

Pursuit of Equity: Teacher Preparation for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Career and Technical Education (Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. ET)
Join the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) as it hosts a dynamic panel discussing preparation of career and technical education (CTE) teachers to include and support students with disabilities. Panel members will discuss 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.

Talent Development Starts with a Service Year (Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 2:00 P.M.- 3:15 P.M. ET)
National Service is a solution for talent development. While rarely recognized as such, service years are a form of talent development well-suited to young adults — a kind of “civic apprenticeship” that combines work-based learning and career development with a motivating social purpose. This webinar, Talent Development Starts with a Service Year, will illustrate the role of national service in supporting talent development in the United States and provide tools to organizations to start intentionally building service year programs. 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: MacArthur Antigua, Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Cross-Sector Partnerships, Public Allies; Ben Duda, Managing Director, Corps Members & Alumni, Service Year Alliance;Jessica Graham, Strategic Partnerships, Inclusion & Collaboration, Cisco; Dan Restuccia, Chief Product and Analytics Officer, Burning Glass Technologies; and Matt Walsh, Research Analyst, Burning Glass Technologies;Moderator: Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum.


In the spirit of Youth Justice Action Month, AYPF is committed to sharing resources, highlighting successful programs and best practices and identifying ways to develop and align systems and policies to better support youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Check out these AYPF resources focused on promoting the education and workforce success of systems-involved youth.


Webinar Recording: The Role of National Service in Improving K-12 Education Outcomes (Thursday, September 18, 2018) 
This webinar illustrated the role national service plays in helping communities design and implement locally determined, results-driven, cost-effective solutions to improve student outcomes. The webinar also featured program examples and ways that communities can leverage national service.


Blog: Bringing Youth Voice to the Table
By: Marcía Hopkins

Webinar Recording: Bridging the Gap Between
Afterschool and Workforce (Tuesday, March 20, 2018)

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Please visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/amyouthpolicyforum for video clips of events, interviews and more.


Students Speaking Out: A Look at Student Governing Powers in Higher Education
By: Brendan Klein
With most young Americans entering into higher education, it would seem natural that decision-making within higher education includes student perspective, but this is not always the case. The recently released Student Voice Index found student body leaders who had a role on their institution’s governing board had a greater impact on the decision-making process with regard to such issues as tuition increases, endowment allocations, campus policy, and more. Therefore, in order to ensure student voice is represented in the decision-making process, governing boards of higher education institutions might be best served by having student members on their boards with full speaking rights at a minimum. Read More.

Service as a Strategy to Improve Educational Outcomes
By: Betsy Brand
State education and school district leaders are constantly searching for evidence-based strategies to improve student outcomes and help youth be better prepared for further education, work, and civic engagement. Lots of time and attention are paid to curriculum, instruction, assessments, and teacher development, all appropriate areas to focus on. However, there is another time-tested strategy that education leaders should consider to improve student learning and development: national service. Read More.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Using Cell Phones for Disengaged Students
By: Andrew Shachat
If there’s one thing virtually all students are proficient at, it’s cell phone use. Cell phones are increasingly dominating the ways in which students choose to engage with their peers and the digital world around them,consuming nearly nine hours of their day. Amidst the constant call for teachers to adapt classrooms to the 21st century, it’s time we take up the charge on cell phones in classrooms. The reality is that cell phones in the classroom are here to stay, so it’s up to teachers and administrators to make it work for disengaged students.Read More.

Summer Slide and the Year-Round Fight for Educational Equity
By: Rebecca Lavinson
Instead of diving into new material, the class begins with introductions and a review of coursework from the last year. Re-teaching old material does not last for just a day or even a week, but instead consumes the first 3-6 weeks of school. The long review period is meant to compensate for summer learning loss, or summer slide, which refers to the information from the past school year that students have forgotten over the 3-month summer break. Read More.


Check these out – recommended readings from the AYPF staff:

Advance CTE: Making Good on the Promise: Understanding the Equity Challenge in CTE
This brief addresses the negative aspects of CTE’s legacy and defines the key challenges learners face today.

College in High School Alliance: ESSA: State-by-State Analysis Strategies for Incorporating College in High School Programs into the Every Student Succeeds Act
This report provides a review of every ESSA State Plan as well as how states are incorporating college in high school programs.

Community College Research Center: Building Guided Pathways to Community College Student Success: Promising Practices and Early Evidence From Tennessee
This report describes how the colleges are operationalizing the Tennessee completion practices in their own contexts, as well as how trends in leading indicators of student completion have changed since the reforms began.

iNACOL: Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education
This book offers 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds.

MDRC: Making It Through: Interim Findings on Developmental Students’ Progress to College Math with the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways
This brief, published by the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness, provides a preliminary look at the experimental results of the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP), an initiative in which students take accelerated math course sequences aligned with their programs of study.

MDRC: Toward Better College Course Placement: A Guide to Launching a Multiple Measures Assessment System
This guide provides Community Colleges with a roadmap to build a multiple measures placement system as a means of mitigating underplacement.

New Tech Network: The Power of Us New Tech Network School and Student Success
This report features exciting data and stories from New Tech Network schools all over the country and shows how New Tech Network students are outpacing national graduation and college persistence rates while focusing on career-ready skills.