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Ready News: August 2, 2012

Ready News
August 2, 2012

OST/School Collaboration, Achieving Collective Impact, Making Data Fun


Afterschool Programs Can Find a Place in the 'Common Core'
The expansion of the Common Core State Standards in education opens new doors for out-of-school time (OST) providers to align their work with schools.

So says this new issue brief from the Forum for Youth Investment, The Common Core Standards: What do They Mean for Out-of-School Time? As schools and teachers prepare for the rollout of the standards over the next several years, OST programs are trying to determine what exactly the standards cover and where they fit in implementation.

The report says the standards give the OST field a window to assert itself as a necessary part of children's development and education, with the goal of complementing, supporting and expanding (but not replicating) the core work of schools. The brief describes the Common Core standards, shares examples of OST programs and systems responding to the standards, and recommends ways for how the OST field can think about alignment opportunities.   

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

September 11-13, 2012 

People working to create lasting, community-wide change have a new opportunity for learning the best strategies: The Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide are presenting a three-day institute designed to accelerate the work of collaborative partnerships.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes is built around the 10 key steps to achieving measureable outcomes, such as problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a big picture approach to tackle underlying issues in their communities. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results. 

The institute will be held at United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, Va. Find out more and register here

Achieving Collective Impact - Next Crucial Steps 
As "collective impact" gains traction, Karen  Pittman writes about the importance of making collaborations stronger and more effective.

"I knew something was up last winter when I received more than 20 e-mails in a span of 48 hours asking if I had read this new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review."

So recalls the CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment as she starts her new blog about "collective impact" - a concept that's at the core of Ready by 21, and that's catching fire in the areas of youth development, education and community change. Writing for FSG - a nonprofit consultant that is driving the collective impact idea - Karen explains how to use this momentum to take the crucial next step: Make collaborations stronger and more effective.



Make Data Fun
Do you ever struggle to present data findings in a way that's appealing, maybe even fun? Thought so; that's why SparkAction (a division of the Forum) teamed with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to create the KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge.

This crowd-sourced competition asks both youth and adults to creatively present the 2012 KIDS COUNT data that matters most to them. Focus on data about your city, your state or an issue area that affects the nation as a whole. Entrants can submit infographics or other visual/multimedia treatments. Prizes will be awarded and winning entries will be shared.

Find out more here.

Boosting Education, Income and Health Through Collective Impact
Community leaders seeking guidance for their collective impact efforts will find plenty in this new United Way Worldwide report, Charting a Course for Change: Advancing Education, Income and Health Through Collective Impact. The report discusses strategies and implementation approaches aligned with United Way's key focus areas.  While geared for a United Way audience, the findings are valuable for all community leaders.

How to Improve Juvenile Justice
For a look at how large and often dysfunctional systems can improve services to troubled youth - in part by tapping community resources - see this report from John Jay College about state juvenile justice reforms. The report says those reforms have paid off over the past 30 years thanks largely to three strategies: closing facilities, thus limiting judicial options for out-of-home placements; giving incentives to state and county governments to spend more on community-based programming and less on incarceration; and shifting responsibility and funding from state to county authority.  See this summary by the Center on Juvenile Crime and Criminal Justice.

Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities: New Insights, New Tools
The Forum for Youth Investment is partnering with the Wallace Foundation, the National League of Cities and Collaborative for Building After-School Systems to host a free, three-part webinar series to share a new suite of tools commissioned by the foundation.

In the first webinar, participants will learn about the importance of intermediaries in Out-of-School Time (OST) systems, and what makes intermediaries effective. It will feature findings from and reactions to the first national survey of OST intermediaries and will offer advice to cities on how to be most effective. The next two sessions in the series will run in September and October.

When: Aug. 16, 1:00 p.m. ET
Register here.

Leading the Leaders: What It Takes to Build an Overarching Leadership Council
With various people and organizations playing unique roles in your community - focusing on particular issues, populations and geographic areas - someone needs to keep an eye on the big picture, connect the work of those groups and make sure there are no gaps. That's why every successful Ready by 21 state or community has an overarching leadership council.

In this webinar, you'll hear from a community and state that recently established a council and we'll explore best practices in forming and sustaining your leadership council using a hands-on self-assessment tool.

Host: The Forum for Youth Investment
When: Aug. 28, 3:00 p.m. ET
Register here.

Bridging the Achievement Gap Through Integrated School and Community Partnerships
The Communities for Change National Leadership Symposium is for education, nonprofit, foundation and public sector leaders seeking to better align resources with results. Come meet and share with the brightest minds in the sector and leave with concrete strategies to apply in your community. Topics include how school districts and community programs can effectively share data, assessing student needs outside the classroom and multi-agency data management, reporting and collective impact.
Host: nFocus Solutions in partnership with Search Institute

When: Oct. 11
Where: Houston, Texas
Learn more here.

Promoting College Readiness and Success
Ready by 21 practitioners brought their stories and insights to youth advocates from around the country last week, as they gathered in Cincinnati for the Children's Defense Fund's national conference.

More than 60 people crowded into the workshop on Promoting College Readiness and Success, led by Bryan Joffe of the American Association of School Administrators. After Bryan used the Insulated Education Pipeline and the Three Gears to explain the core elements of Ready by 21, Jean Walker of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta showcased Atlanta's Ready by 21 leadership council and its initiative to better prepare middle school students for high school. Karen Napier of the United Way of Louisville presented the city's 55,000 Degrees campaign, and two leaders from Northern Kentucky - school superintendent Kathy Burkhardt and Polly Lusk Page of the Northern Kentucky Education Council - shared the school perspective on the exciting results of the Gallup Student Poll.
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