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Ready News: April 21, 2016

Ready News
April 21, 2016
 

Changing the Odds by Design

 

   
READYNEWS
 
News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Changing the Odds for Youth, by Design.
Karen Pittman, Co-Founder and CEO
You know you've struck a chord when the diagram hurriedly sketched to summarize the new research on readiness is still up on the client's conference room wall when you return a month later. You think you're in heaven when the staff, without prompting, are not only using the language and ideas but have voluntarily downloaded and reviewed the research summaries and tools and are ready to talk about infusion strategies.

I'm proud of the reports and tools that the Forum has produced over the past decade, and the way they are being used in communities across the country to deepen collaboration, strengthen policies and improve outcomes for young people. I am especially excited about the potential our two newest products - two distinct but complementary guides released recently by the The Readiness Project and the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality - seem destined to have... [read more]
Flexible Learning and Credentialing Pathways for Young People: Where We are & Where We are Headed
 
Webinar
Friday, April 29, 2016 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
How can we evolve learning and credentialing pathways for young people in the K-12 system so that they include a broad ecosystem of credentialing and learning environments, and keep young people on the path to college, career and civic readiness? What will it take for these pathways to be robust and flexible enough to meet the needs of all young people, especially our most marginalized and vulnerable; to align with the needs of the credentialing marketplace and labor market? Hear three K-12 thought leaders (moderated by Stephanie Krauss, senior fellow at the Forum) talk about obstacles and opportunities within youth systems and current K-12 pathways initiatives.

Preventing Problems Before They Start: Introducing the Role of Prevention Science in Proven Programs
 
Webinar
April 28, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
How can science help you solve tomorrow's problems for youth today? Learn how the benefits of prevention science and research science can be applied through tested, effective programs to improve the well-being of children and youth in your community, and how to find programs that address your priorities. This webinar, hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment and moderated by Elizabeth Gaines, is the first in a new series. Annie E. Casey Foundation staff and partners will share tools and strategies developed as part of the Evidence2Success framework, now operating in several communities around the country.

Find out more about the entire series or register now for the first webinar.
Collective Impact Learning Lab: Tools and Techniques for Achieving Results
The Forum for Youth Investment and Collective Impact Forum are teaming up to bring you a practical, hands-on three-day workshop and coaching session designed for backbone leaders, steering committee members, and other partners actively involved in collective impact.

The workshop is designed for leaders who are thinking about how the critical tasks of collective impact efforts can be staged and sequenced in order to move steadily towards improving outcomes. It is particularly useful for those in the early stages of forming or planning a collective impact initiative, or in the process of re-igniting or refreshing their initiative for the next phase of joint work. 
May 17-19, San Francisco, Calif.
Find out more.
Supporting the Conditions Where SEL Can Thrive: Management Practices
 
Webinar
Thursday, May 5, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT
In the SEL Challenge, supports for staff were found to be one of the foundational elements of a successful social emotional learning program. These supports include ensuring that there is adequate staff coverage, a collaborative approach to planning and debriefing the program, supports for professional growth and rejuvenation, and reflection during a continuous improvement process. Learn more about how Aha!, an SEL Challenge partner, put these practices into action and ways for you to build in further supports for your staff.
Messages Made Simple
 
Webinar
Thursday, May 5, 2:00-3:15 PM EDT
Every Hour Counts has developed a communications toolkit called Messages Made Simple to help organizations in the expanded learning field use clear, crisp, consistent language to explain their work. In addition to providing strategies and tips for communicating effectively, this toolkit provides language to explain the value of expanded learning, the work of intermediaries, and the role of expanded learning systems in improving outcomes for youth. This webinar will help participants apply the lessons from Messages Made Simple to their work. 
 
 
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