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Ready News: August 30, 2012

Ready News
August 30, 2012

Role of OST in Education, Boost Your Advocacy Power


Time to Assert the Vital Role of OST
The growth of the Common Core State Standards in education again raises the question: What role can afterschool programs play in bridging the gap between classroom and community? The Forum's Nicole Yohalem has been researching and writing about that question for years, and in this blog discusses what has changed and what has not over the past decade.

Building on her recent policy brief about the Common Core Standards, Yohalem talks about how the emergence of the standards gives the OST field a chance to assert itself even more as a necessary part of children's development and education.

Ready by 21 Webinar Series 
SparkAction: A Tool for Increasing Demand

Sept. 25, 3 p.m. ET 
SparkAction, a Ready by 21 National Partner, is a resource for advocacy by and for children and youth. Its Action Center provides tips and toolkits for reaching legislators, tracking bills, communicating your message and funding your efforts. These experts in online and social media will discuss the many ways to advocate for improved outcomes for young people.

Toolkit: Increase Demand for Improving Effectiveness, Scale and Sustainability, and for Reducing Gaps in Services

In times of funding cuts or a crisis involving youth and youth services, you can count on this: Loud voices will demand better supports for young people. That's laudable. But demanding higher quality supports for young people should not be relegated to crises. To achieve long-term, systemic change, that demand has to become part of the norm.

Learning from the Gallup Student Poll Findings
With communities around the country gearing up to administer the Gallup Student Poll in October, now's a good time to consider the rich opportunities that the data provide. Gallup recently hosted a discussion about the many ways to look at the results of the national poll of students' hope, engagement and well-being. Education Week was there and reflects on the discussion.   
A new version of the Gallup Student Poll, offering more ways to look at local student data, is the cornerstone of a new Ready by 21 initiative for communities called Ready Youth. Read how to use Gallup data to ignite community conversations about change.

Courageous Leader Talks about College Access
How can a school system leader build a college-going culture in schools and the community? Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite discusses that and the issue of college access in this new video from the American Association of School Administrators, a Ready by 21 National Partner. The short segment launches the association's new Courageous Leadership Conversation video series. You can also find it on the bottom of AASA's homepage,

Very Best in Youth
These Nestlé USA grants honor young people (13 to 18) who have excelled in school and who are making their community and the world a better place. Maximum award: $1,000. Deadline: Nov. 8. Find out more here.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes
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.

When: Sept. 11-13
Where: United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va.
Find out more and register here.

Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities: New Insights, New Tools
Looking to implement a management information system for afterschool or summer but don't know where to begin or what questions to ask? This session introduces National League of Cities' (NLC) new in-depth report comparing major data system vendors and offers guidance from The Wallace Foundation's recently released data tip sheets. Representatives from leading cities will be on hand to answer questions and advise on how to replicate successful strategies from around the country.

This is the second in a free, three-part webinar series - brought to you by The Forum for Youth Investment in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, the NLC and Collaborative for Building After-School Systems - to share a new suite of tools commissioned by the foundation.

When: Sept. 18, 1 p.m. ET
Register here.

Opportunity Nation National Summit
Opportunity Nation's second national Summit will focus on one of the earliest and most critical rungs on the ladder of opportunity: ensuring that the rising generation is equipped with the skills needed to compete in the current and future economies. Attendance is by invitation.

When: Sept. 19.
Where: Washington, D.C.
Find out more here.

Training of Trainers to Improve Program Quality
Want to learn how to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality is offering two sessions of its Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course. These sessions teach staff how to deliver the Youth Work Methods courses, which empower direct staff with tools to increase the quality of their instruction. Registration deadlines are approaching fast.

Where: Denver, Colo., Oct. 3-5; Richmond, Va., Oct. 24-6.
Find out more here.

Communities for Change Leadership Symposium
This event, sponsored by Ready by 21 National Partners Search Institute and nFocus Solutions,  will feature a presentation on how the Developmental Assets Profile - designed to assess how children ages 11-18 are doing personally, socially, and within family, school and community - can help communities ignite the power of assessment to improve results.

When: Oct. 10-11
Where: Houston
Find out more here.
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