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Blogs by Forum staff and by leaders around the country about getting young people ready for college, work and life.

Taking on the Challenge of Moving Ideas to Impact

Karen Pittman
Thursday, August 1, 2013

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.  

Alternative ABCs

Karen Pittman
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Course performance.

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.  

Can Collaboration Kill Your Collaboration?

Karen Pittman
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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.

More Time in School?

Karen Pittman
Thursday, June 13, 2013

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.