March 2018

March 2018


Webinar: Improving Education Quality in Juvenile Justice Facilities (Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm ET)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) aims to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps, however, questions remain as to what that means for students educated in juvenile justice facilities. This webinar will highlight key focus areas of a new brief by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center and AYPF entitledLeveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities. In addition, the webinar will also address major findings from a 50-state scan which informed the brief, and it will feature a leading state example. Presenters will include: Nina Salomon, Project Manager, Corrections and Reentry, Council of State Government’s Justice Center, Derek Grubbs, Director of Juvenile Education, Indiana Department of Correction, Jesse Kannam, Policy Research Assistant, American Youth Policy Forum, and Moderator: Jenna Tomasello, Policy Associate, American Youth Policy Forum

Webinar: Effective Juvenile Justice Reforms in the Era of ESSA (Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 1:00-2:15pm ET)
This webinar will provide a brief overview of ESSA requirements for serving students in the juvenile justice system and highlight models from around the country that are effectively implementing these mandates. Topics to be addressed include: utilizing evidence-based educational assessments; improving educational attainment and access to a traditional high school diploma; credit transfer; timely and appropriate re-enrollment and re-entry planning. The webinar will also highlight the Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, an interactive online tool that includes 10 comprehensive goals and corresponding benchmarks to improve educational outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Presenters will include: Murray Meszaros, Education Specialist, Utah State Office of Education,Karen Steinhaus, Education Program Consultant, California Department of Education, Pat Frost, State Title I Part D Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Education, Christine Jones, Superintendent, Wyoming Girls School, Maura McInerney, Legal Director, Education Law Center and Moderator: Jenna Tomasello, Policy Associate, American Youth Policy Forum


Webinar Recording: Trends and Opportunities in Accountability for Alternative Education
Discussion of alternative education is growing across the country as states and districts look for ways to better serve students whose needs are not met in traditional school settings. This webinar discussed a new brief by Civic Enterprises and the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) entitled Measuring Success: Accountability for Alternative Education. The brief addresses four key opportunities states have both within and outside of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to better understand and ultimately improve alternative education: the definition of alternative education used, accountability system structure, accountability measures, and mechanisms for continuous improvement.

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Forum For Thought Blog

  • Special guest blogger Sam Phia, Temescal Associates, discusses the connection between trauma-informed practice and social and emotional learning. Read More
  • Deputy Director, Dr. Loretta Goodwin, shares how a year-long evaluation of our study tours informed our work for the better. Read More
  • Hailly Korman of Bellwether Education Partners interviews our own Jenna Tomasello about how ESSA can be leveraged to improve education in juvenile justice facilities. Read More
  • Executive Director, Betsy Brand, discusses the value and importance of Comprehensive Connected Supports in part-three of our series on AYPF’s policy goals. Read More

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Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

The Wallace Foundation: Summer Learning Recruitment Guide
This guide provides insight on how school districts can market summer learning programs and recruit students to attend them.

Jobs for the Future: 10 Principles for Building a High-Quality System Of Assessments
This report offers important guidance on how states, districts, and our nation can bridge from the current status of assessments to high-quality systems that advance college and career readiness, equity, and student-centered learning.

The Aspen Institute: The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
This report outlines promising practices that show how students, teachers, parents, and administrators can integrate social, emotional, and academic learning in preK-12 education.

iNACOL: Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate
This issue brief provides recommendations for state policymakers to generate a shared vision for student success that prepares all students for college, career, and civic life.


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 FundThe Charles Stewart Mott FoundationWilliam T. Grant FoundationThe Wallace FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.