June 2011

June 2011

Upcoming AYPF Events

Mark your calendars – events you don’t want to miss


Forum: Transitions to Adulthood: Roundtable Discussions on Practice and Policy – June 21                    .

AYPF will be hosting a day-long session exploring the research findings of the Transition to Adulthood research network and captured in a recent volume of Future of the Children. This event is sponsored by The Future of Children, a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.  Presenters will provide an overview of the research, examples of best practice, and engage in discussion with the audience on implications for federal policy.  Please note:  At this time the event is closed to registration.  AYPF will be video taping the event and this webcast will be available on the AYPF Website within five to ten working days following the event.


Forum: Successful School-Community Partnerships: Using Lessons Learned from Practice and Research to Expand Learning – June 27
As policymakers and practitioners consider ways to provide high-quality learning opportunities to all students through expanded day and afterschool programs, a central component of the work is creating and maintaining strong partnerships between schools and community organizations. This forum will highlight research and practice on successful school-community partnerships, which can help inform policy discussions related to afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. Discussion will focus on: creating a shared vision between education and community partners; determining and measuring student outcomes for all partners; sharing data among partners; identifying and supporting strong leadership; and building organizational capacity. Panelists will conclude with recommendations on how federal policy can support and promote strong school-community partnerships. Presenters include: Jessica Donner, Director, Collaborative for Building After School Systems (CBASS) (NY); Priscilla Little, Consultant and formerly of Harvard Family Research Project (MA); and Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Partnership for Children and Youth (CA).


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Webinar RecordingUnderstanding Extended Year Graduation Rates: Lessons Learned by States 

This webinar focused on how states can effectively calculate and use extended-year graduation rates (5- and 6-year rates) to improve outcomes for all students. In particular, off-track students and out-of-school youth benefit as extended-year graduation rates create an incentive for states to create options to serve these students. Click here to be sent directly to the webinar recording – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFpT8dxExlk



Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff


Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students   The Education Trust

The report demonstrates how much low-income students must stretch to pay for college, even after grant aid is taken into account.  It finds that just five of the nation’s nearly 1,200 four-year colleges and universities have student bodies that are at least 30 percent low-income and offer low-income students a reasonable chance at a bachelor’s degree at an relatively affordable cost.

Unconventional Wisdom: A Profile of the Graduates of Early College High School Jobs for the Future

For many young people, early college high schools are opening the door to higher education and better-paying careers. The 230 early college schools serve more than 50,000 students in 28 states, targeting groups that are underrepresented in higher education. These students and the schools they attend are refuting the conventional wisdom that such young people cannot complete high school on time and be prepared for success in college.

Portraits: Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Young Adults  Institute for Higher Education Policy

In this brief, experts at the Institute for Higher Education Policy suggest that poverty still matters a great deal in terms of the types of institutions at which young adults are initially enrolling. In particular, they find that low-income students—between ages 18 and 26 and whose total household income is near or below the federal poverty level—are likely to be overrepresented at for-profit institutions and are likely to be underrepresented at public and private nonprofit four-year institutions.


How Students Are Making It:  Perspectives on Getting Through College from Recent Graduates of the Boston Public Schools  The Boston Foundation

This report focuses on the experiences of Boston Public Schools graduates in college – in their own words – and explores the similarities and differences among those who are struggling and those who are making it.


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:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott FoundationThe Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and others.


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