March 2017

March 2017


Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award (Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 9:00-10:15am, Washington DC)

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) will host the third annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. The lecture and youth award serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes. Sam also helped to personally mentor many youth and young adults in their careers in public service, and through this award, we hope to honor and continue his work. This year’s keynote speaker will be Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment. Ms. Pittman is a recognized leader in youth development, and previously was Director of President Bill Clinton’s Crime Prevention Council, served on the executive team of the International Youth Foundation, and worked with Gen. Colin Powell (Retired) to create America’s Promise.


Webinar Recording: Role of Data to Support College and Career Readiness and Success for Students in Foster Care

This webinar explored strategies for leveraging data to support college and career readiness and success (CCRS) goals for all students, with special emphasis on students in foster care. With access to quality data, education and child welfare agencies can work together to improve educational outcomes and promote CCRS for students in foster care. Presenters from the CCRS Center, DQC, and Legal Center on Forster Care & Education discussed a set of emerging practices that serve as examples of how states can use and link data to support CCRS. As states work to fulfill the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this webinar provided concrete strategies to leverage the data collection and reporting requirements related to students in foster care to achieve CCRS goals from Florida and California.

Webinar Recording: ESSA and Research Evidence: Opportunities and Challenges for States

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents states with unprecedented flexibility over, and responsibility for, the use of research evidence in their policies and practices. The new law places a heightened importance on the use of research evidence as a critical tool for planning, collaborating, decision-making, and continuous improvement. As states begin to think about the implications of this new law, all relevant stakeholders will need to understand the requirements and opportunities under ESSA, as well as the barriers and challenges they may encounter in carrying out these new requirements. In this webinar moderated by Dr. Marty West of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, teams from Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Michigan presented their progress to date in establishing systemic use of research evidence, their ultimate goals, successful strategies, and the challenges and roadblocks they have faced.

AYPF’s ESSA Resource Page

We have compiled a resource page with relevant resources related to use of research evidence, accountability for alternative education setting, and special populations as it related to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).   Each topic includes AYPF’s resources, resources from our Partners, and relevant tools.

Forum For Thought Blog AYPF has concluded its eight-part weekly blog series, Using Research Evidence under ESSA. This series featured guest bloggers who shared lessons learned, resources, and insights on how states and districts can best use research evidence in their efforts to plan for and implement ESSA.

In partnership with the William T. Grant Foundation, AYPF’s blog series featured experts from the field on the role of state chiefs, the importance of leadership in building evidence-based systems, using intermediaries as knowledge brokers, how to break down silos between researchers and practitioners, and more.

·       What is a “knowledge broker” and how can they ensure research evidence is used? AYPF Policy Associate Carinne Deeds breaks down how intermediaries, and others, can act as brokers of knowledge in education. Read More

·       Nate Schwartz of the Tennessee Department of Education questions if we doing enough to build evidence and learning systems that will improve state practices. Read More

·       In our final post in the series, Laurie Lee of the Florida Center for Reading Research and Steve Fleischman of Education Northwest share tools for using evidence to support struggling schools under ESSA. Read More

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Measure of America Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America

The report finds that the youth disconnection rate has fallen steadily since its high of 14.7 percent in 2010 and now is lower than it was before the start of the Great Recession. While the decline comes as good news, the report details that nearly 4.9 million young people in the United States still live detached from both school and the workforce.

Council of Chief State School Officers and Education Strategy Group Destination Known

Drawing from conversations of the Accountability Work Group convened by the authoring organizations, this report provides recommendations for state to value both college and career readiness in the design for their accountability systems.

Data Quality Campaign and Legal Center for Foster Care & Education Roadmap for Foster Care and K12 Data Linkage

By sharing data, child welfare and education agencies can work together to significantly improve educational outcomes for students in foster care. This brief provides recommendations and state examples of how to create these critical data linkages.

Learning Policy Institute Advancing Educational Equity for Underserved Youth: How New State Accountability Systems Can Support School Inclusion and Student Success

This report describes how states can focus their ESSA plans on enhancing equity in their education systems to leverage greater success for historically underserved youth and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. 

Advance CTE Early Achievement and Innovations from Phase One of the New Skills for Youth Initiative

A series of snapshots documenting state efforts under Phase One of the New Skills for Youth initiative, which profile some of the significant achievements and lessons learned through this early work, drawing out strategies that other states can emulate.

Center for Promise, America’s Promise Alliance Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

These two reports explore how relationships impact young people at work and in life and provide perspectives from research and youth themselves.

STEM Next, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation STEM Ready America

This is a preview of a forthcoming compendium which will share the research, partnerships and practices of STEM learning and how afterschool and summer learning programs—with their flexible learning environments—are ideally positioned to both prepare and inspire young people.

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.