All good things come to an end. Chaucer said this in 1374. It remains true today. So it is with both excitement and sadness that we share the news that after 13 years with the Forum, Nicole Yohalem, our intrepid director of field building, will be leaving to play out our mission at the local level.
Three types of data that all schools have in abundance. Three indicators so predictive of school failure that the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University urges that all schools use this ABC data to establish “early warning systems,” which monitor individual student data and trigger mandatory reviews of students who reach red flag levels.
Anderson Williams’ latest blog post reflects on the question of how to be strategic and effective in collaboration. Working together doesn't always mean that we end up with the best result. It takes big-picture thinking to do it right.
I spend a lot of time doing that big-picture thinking and helping people in the child and youth field think carefully about how they can best join forces to ensure all young people in their communities can be ready by 21. So, I found Anderson’s blog full of interesting and detailed ideas about how we collaborate.
The New York Times recently provided an online forum for a debate about increasing the time that students spend in school – and leaders across the youth field responded with strong opinions. One was this letter by Forum CEO Karen Pittman, which focused on rethinking where learning happens, not just when. She urged greater reliance by schools on community partners to deliver services that improve educational outcomes.
Antonio Dominguez entered high school “disengaged and directionless,” as he puts it, but emerged as a community leader. Now 24, he directs programs at a youth-serving organization in California, serves on the national Ready by 21 Leadership Council and plans a lifetime of working to improve young lives.