July 2017

July 2017


Communications Strategy Associate

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is seeking a Communications Strategy Associate to join our team. The Associate will be responsible for developing effective communication strategies to advance AYPF’s work, to build recognition and awareness of AYPF’s brand, and to reach new audiences that would benefit from our deep content and knowledge of education, workforce, and youth policy. The Associate has responsibilities for communications, social media, and other duties. A full job description and online application are available at www.aypf.org/about/employment-opportunities.


Forum Brief: Aligning Systems and Policies to Support Multiple Postsecondary Pathways

As our education system works to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century workforce, a lack of coordination across policies and insufficient cross-sector alignment has resulted in a disconnect between our education and workforce systems. This disconnect contributes to gaps in the workforce, as well as a “completion crisis” in postsecondary education, in which a large number of students enter postsecondary education but leave before obtaining a degree or credential. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that all students have access to a well-rounded education that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers. Panelists discussed the opportunities to align policies and to encourage coordination across systems and sectors to facilitate the creation of multiple pathways to success for all students. Presenters included:
Betsy Brand, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum
Michael Collins, Vice President, Building Educational Pathways, Jobs for the Future
Dr. Marcia Ballinger, President, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH
Dr. Nathaniel Easley, Executive Director, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Denver, CO

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Forum For Thought Blog

  • Reflecting on AYPF’s recent study tour to Oakland, Senior Director Loretta Goodwin says “Courageous State Leadership for Educational Equity – Daunting, but Necessary.” Read More
  • Executive Director Betsy Brand shares the innovative practice of community walks to promote equity and understanding. Read More
  • Policy Associate Jenna Tomasello asks how we can move from seeing to experiencing deeper learning. Read More

AYPF’s Forum for Thought blog also had great content from our partners:

  • Education Development Center (EDC) Senior Research Associate Wendy Rivenburgh, and Training and Technical Assistance Associate Kate Goddard, explore the powerful and urgent opportunity to build young people’s media literacy through media making. Read More

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Education Commission of the States: Competency Based Education
This brief defines competency-based education and provides an overview of current and previous legislation.

U.S. Department of Education: Opportunities for Connecting Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students and Apprenticeship Programs
Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and prepared by Advance CTE with support from Jobs for the Future, Vivayic and RTI, the report explores eight case studies of aligned CTE-apprenticeship programs, which Advance CTE and its partners visited last year to see how they were providing opportunities for high school students to engage directly in pre-apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and/or registered apprenticeships.

Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group: Career Readiness & the Every Student Succeeds Act: Mapping Career Readiness in State ESSA Plans Round 1
This report explores how states leveraged the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to advance career readiness.

KnowledgeWorks: The Future of Learning: Redefining Readiness from the Inside Out
This forecast explores how career readiness may be redefined to better prepare students for an uncertain future.

Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University: Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers
This analysis finds that the lack of transparency around college and careers leads to costly and uninformed decisions, arguing that postsecondary education and training needs to be more closely aligned to careers to help close the skills gap. The report posits that integrating education and workforce data will go a long way in removing the guesswork for individuals navigating the college and career maze.

iNacol: Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning
This report highlights promising practices and trends in new designs to advance learning for English language learner (ELL) students. .

Students at the Center Hub at Jobs for the Future: Building Support for Student-Centered Learning: A Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to provide you with the strategies and resources to build public will and ensure a broad group of stakeholders engage in the change process. The toolkit draws extensively from the FrameWorks Institute’s approach to communication, including research on productive ways to help people think differently about problems facing our public education system and ways to address these challenges.

Results for America ESSA Leverage Points: 64 Promising Practices for States for Using Evidence to Improve Student Outcomes
This initial review of the first 17 ESSA implementation plans demonstrates states are stepping up to the opportunity to use federal dollars to build and use evidence to help more students succeed.


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 Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.