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Improving Systems and Settings: Quality Improvement in Asheville

Monday, January 30, 2012
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Healthy behavior, staying in school, problem-solving skills - these are among the outcomes we all want to see in our young people. It is always encouraging to be able to point to a new mentoring initiative, a great afterschool program or a really innovative school, but to achieve community- and state-wide impact, you need to do something bigger.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: When Working Works: Employment & Postsecondary Success

This brief summarizes research about employment and postsecondary success, and features examples of employers and institutions that have found creative ways to both support student persistence and advance their bottom lines by creating “college-friendly” jobs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Balancing work and school can hinder a young person’s success in higher education. However, the opposite can also be true: Good jobs facilitate student persistence and completion. So what does it look like when working works for students? That’s what we need to understand in order to transform employment opportunities into drivers of student success.
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Youth Organizing for Education Change

They show what can happen when adults create the expectations that young people be both informed educational consumers and engaged changed-makers. As momentum spreads for community leaders to organize for collective impact to improve youth outcomes, it is imperative that we not just invite but expect and support young people’s participation as learners and leaders.

 

Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Should young people be considered actors in school change, or simply the recipients of changed schools? Growing evidence and our own experience in the field suggest the former. Youth-led efforts to create change in schools, districts and education policy are on the rise. Youth Organizing for Educational Change features brief case studies of seven youth organizing efforts across the United States that we hope will inform, instruct and inspire.
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Introduction to the Ready by 21 Strategies

Specifically, Ready by 21 helps leaders build broader partnerships, set bigger goals, collect and use better data, and take bolder actions. This webinar will guide participants through the essential components of Ready by 21 – the rationale behind Ready by 21, tools and services available to communities and leaders, and the Ready by 21 National Partnership, an unprecedented coalition of organizations representing the government, education, non-profit, business, research and philanthropy sectors.

Aligning Policies, Increasing Impact

Sometimes, the left hand even holds the right hand down. That’s because policies, practices and funding streams that have been instituted over many years by many different people aren’t aligned – and young people suffer. This webinar highlighted concrete examples and specific policy language at the local, state and federal level. Participants learned how they can improve policies and align resources to maximize their positive impact on youth.

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