September 2017

September 2017


Webinar: Making Sense of Personalized Learning: What It Looks Like and How it Helps Students (Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 2:00-3:15pm ET)

In this webinar co-sponsored by the College & Career Readiness & Success Center at AIR, AYPF, iNACOL, and Center on Innovations in Learning, leading national experts will make practical sense of common personalized learning approaches, providing examples of what they look like in practice, policy conditions for implementation, and how they can be used to promote specific aspects of college and career readiness. Panelists includeCatherine Jacques, Researcher, American Institutes of Research; Susan Patrick, President & CEO, iNACOL; Sam Redding, Senior Learning Specialist, Center on Innovations in Learning; and Mark Williams, Technical Advisor, Center on Innovations in Learning.


Capitol Hill Forum: Advancing Pathways to Education and Workforce Opportunities for Systems-Involved Youth (Monday, September 25, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm ET)

Young people involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems often face significant challenges to long-term success. Systems-involved youth may struggle with an array of education and workforce barriers that hinder their path to postsecondary opportunities and a family-sustaining career. This forum will explore critical elements at the intersection of policy and practice for supporting these youth on a pathway to long-term success through panelist presentations and a moderated discussion by Leticia Peguero, Executive Director, Andrus Family Fund and Family Philanthropy Program. Panelists include; Gisele Castro, Executive Director, Exalt Youth, New York, NY; Sam Cobbs, Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth, Oakland, CA; Gregg Croteau, Executive Director of UTEC, Inc. and UTEC Youth Leader, Lowell, MA; and Monique Miles, Director, Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund; Deputy Director, Aspen Institute for Community Solutions.


Capitol Hill Forum: Employer-Driven Innovations in CTE: Promise, Practice, & Opportunities for Policy (Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm ET)

In partnership with MDRC, this forum will present leading research on CTE and analysis of the evolving workforce needs which have influenced the development of innovative CTE strategies. Presenters will share both an overview of the research and innovative strategies in CTE at both the secondary and postsecondary levels that have strong employer partners and are informed by research. Presenters include Mary Visher, Senior Associate, MDRC; Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, California Community College System; Stan Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM & President, IBM International Foundation; and an additional presenter TBD.


Capitol Hill Forum: Remake Learning: A Networked Approach to Education for the 21st Century (Monday, November 6, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm ET)

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, an innovative and collaborative approach to learning is growing and flourishing. A network of more than 250 schools, universities, libraries, startups, nonprofits, museums, and others, Remake Learning works to ignite engaging and relevant learning opportunities for every student — opportunities that leverage technology, art, and the learning sciences to help young people thrive amid unprecedented social and technological change. Presenters will describe and discuss this unique community approach to innovative learning and share results from a ten-year impact evaluation. Presenters include Gregg Behr, Executive Director, Grable Foundation, and lead partner of Remake Learning Network; Bart Rocco, Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District; Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; and Mary Murrin, ‎Social Investment Team Lead, Chevron.



Forum for Youth Investment Webinar The Intersection of Afterschool and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for 21st Century Readiness (Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 1:00-2:15pm ET)

Senior Policy Associate Carinne Deeds will be presenting alongside Erica Curry Van-Ee, Founder, Urban Curry Consulting (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Daniel Tsin, Director of Data and Accountability, Urban Alliance on the ways in which afterschool is providing social and emotional learning opportunities aimed at ensuring that all kids are ready for college, work, and life. In addition to a framework for policy and practice, the presenters will share concrete strategies and discuss opportunities for better collaborations across youth-serving sectors.



Thought Leaders Discussion: Accountability for Alternative Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an opportunity to examine the important role alternative settings play in ensuring that all students have a pathway to a secondary credential and are ultimately prepared for postsecondary education, careers, and life. This thought leaders’ meeting previewed a forthcoming policy brief on alternative education accountability (AYPF and Civic Enterprises), as well as an alternative education toolkit (Education Northwest). Discussions centered around the four components to be considered in the creation of robust systems for high-quality alternative education.

Please visit our YouTube channel at for video clips of events, interviews and more.

Forum For Thought Blog

  • Policy Associate Jenna Tomasello gathers voices from the field to share policy strategies on getting systems-involved youth on a path to success. Read More
  • Policy & Research Intern Logan Beyer examines the role of grit and the SEL movement in education reform. Read More

Click here to view all AYPF publications
Click here to find all briefs and reports


Check these out – recommended reading from the AYPF staff:

Research + Practice Collaboratory How Research-Practice Partnerships Can Support ESSA Implementation for Educational Improvement and Equity: A guide for school districts, state education leaders, and researchers
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides new opportunities for states and localities to improve learning and schooling for all children. Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs), or long-term collaborations between educators and researchers, can help schools, districts, and states implement ESSA’s provisions for equity and excellence. This guide shares how RPPs can support ESSA implementation in these key areas: capacity building for educators, school improvement, school quality and success indicators, supporting English learners, and rural education.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Opening Doors: How Selective Colleges and Universities Are Expanding Access for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students
According to the report, concerns about college costs, including room and board, discourage one in three (34 percent) of high-achieving, low-income students from applying to any college. Thus, this report provides a road map for how America’s top colleges can reverse the trend, calling on selective institutions to learn from the best practices of elite colleges that have already opened their doors wider to outstanding low-income students.

Education First Social & Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward
After presenting a thorough analysis of the state of the SEL field, the report offer recommendations to help partners scale, deepen, and integrate SEL for all students.

Data Quality Campaign You Need Data to Personalize Learning
This infographic and video illustrates the role data plays in empowering families, educators, and students themselves with information to tailor learning experiences.

University of Chicago Consortium on School Research Summary Video
This video summarized the evidence from more than three decades of research on the relationship between non-cognitive factors and academic performance.

Advance CTE CTE on the Frontier: Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality
Developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, this report details how states can leverage labor market data, state and federal funding, and other supports to strengthen rural Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

ACT The Condition of College and Career Readiness
This report looks at the progress of the 2017 ACT-tested graduating class relative to college and career readiness. With an increased number of test takers over the past several years, the breadth and depth of the data pool is enhanced, thus providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness, as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.


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 FoundationWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation and others.