February 2016

February 2016


Webinar: Building A Robust Afterschool System: Lessons And Opportunities (Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:00pm-3:15pm EST)

This webinar will provide an overview of the cornerstone elements of an afterschool system and showcase how these elements are reflected in the system building work in three communities: Palm Beach County, Florida; Seattle/King County, Washington; and Providence, Rhode Island. Representatives from these communities will discuss the various approaches they’ve taken to develop a citywide afterschool system, the steps they’ve made to ensure their system meets the needs of their community, and the challenges and successes they’ve experienced along the way.

Webinar: How Research Evidence Informs Foster Youth Medication Policies (Monday, February 22, 2016 1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

This webinar will focus on how mid-level policymakers in state child welfare agencies acquire, interpret, and use research evidence to develop policies regarding the use of medications for youth in foster care with the goal of improving their life and health outcomes. Responding to the dramatic increase in the use of these medications in recent years, the federal government mandated that all state child welfare agencies develop plans to review and manage behavioral health services for youth. Presenters during this webinar will explore various state and local responses to the federal charge, particularly in New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families.


AYPF is currently hiring for both our Fall 2016 internship position. Duties include:

  • Working with program staff to collect data for briefing papers, fact sheets, and publications.
  • Researching promising practices to help identify potential programs to highlight in publications, forums, and study tours.
  • Tracking and analyzing effective youth policies and practices in states and districts.
  • Assisting with communications to key contacts on Capitol Hill.

Internships at AYPF are substantive, structured, and interns are integral members of the team. For more details about the position and how to apply, please visit our employment page.


Discussion Group Overview – Providing A Continuum Of Supports For First-Generation, Low-Income Students’ Success

This discussion group explored the ways in which policy and practice can better support First-Generation, low-income students. FGLI students often face unique and significant barriers to educational attainment, and on average have lower rates of postsecondary enrollment and persistence than their more affluent peers with parents who went to college.

Capitol Hill Forum – Why Re-imagine Accountability?

This forum featured Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute and Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner of New Hampshire Department of Education, and explored how research and practice inform our efforts to better prepare students for college and career through meaningful learning. See forum recap.

Webinar Recording – Career Pathways: From Ideas to Action, Tools for States

This webinar described the value of career pathway systems, showcased leading state and district examples, and introduced the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center’s new Career Pathways Modules.

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

Forum For Thought Blog The Forum for Thought blog is operated by the American Youth Policy Forum, and highlights diverse points of view and information from the intersection of policy, practice and research.

  • How will our education system adapt to the ongoing demographic shift? Policy Associate Jenna Tomasello explores how these changes will affect education equity.
  • Executive Director Betsy Brand outlines three major challenges facing schools in their efforts to equip students with the right tools and skills for tomorrow’s workplace.
  • Could free community cost have unforeseen consequences for low-income students? Policy Research Assistant Zachary Malter explains.
  • States are allowed new levels of flexibility around Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Loretta Goodwin reflects on the new emphasis on competency-based, meaningful learning approaches to assessment and compares them to her own school experiences.

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

National Association of State Directors of CareerTechnical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) State Policies Impacting CTE: 2015 Year in Review

This report takes a state-by-state look at CTE-related policies passed in 2015, while drawing out major themes and trends from the year. View the webinar discussing report highlights, and the 2015 state policy tracker.

Achieve Creating Innovation Zones to Advance the Promise of Competency-Based Pathways

This brief explores the state’s role in creating and supporting district pilots, or “Innovation Zones,” that re-envision student learning by promoting competency-based pathways, and discusses key design considerations.

Susan Crown Exchange/Forum for Youth Investment/Center for Youth Program Quality Preparing to Thrive

A growing body of research shows that social and emotional skills are critical life satisfaction and success. Yet too many youth lack the opportunities to learn and develop these skills — inside or outside of school. Using real-world examples from eight different programs, Preparing Youth to Thrive showcases promising practices for building social and emotional skills and provides guidance for educators who want to replicate similar practices in their own organizations.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (College Ready) Teachers Know Best

This report brings the perspectives of teachers to developers who are creating digital tools for the classroom. Moving from anecdotes of what digital instructional tools teachers want and need to actual, solid data, will help us to better understand how teachers use digital technology in the classroom, and how these tools can be improved.

Youth Transition Funders Group A Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

The Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform is a call to action to funders, policymakers, community leaders, system stakeholders, advocates, youth and families. We seek your bold leadership, your commitment and your voices as we work in partnership for youth justice reform.

Community College Research Center What We Know About Transition Courses

To encourage communication about transition curricula, CCRC convened researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from seven states in the spring of 2015 (CA, FL, IL, NJ, NY, TN, and WV) to review our collective knowledge about these programs. This overview, What We Know About Transition Courses, provides a summary of the state of knowledge on transition courses based on CCRC’s ongoing research and discussions held that day.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

AYPF events and publications are made possible by a consortium of philanthropic foundations: Andrus Family Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWilliam T. Grant FoundationThe Wallace FoundationCharles Stewart Mott FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.