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Ready News: February 14, 2013

Ready News
February 14, 2013
 

Youth Master Plans, Research to Practice

 
 


Citizens Help to Build a Youth Master Plan

As more community leaders around the country see the value of creating a youth master plan, many of them wonder about the critical task of getting significant public input - which is why what happened in Alexandria, Va., this past week is so inspiring.

More than 250 citizens turned out at two community forums to help Alexandria - a small city just south of Washington, D.C. - create its first Child and Youth Master Plan. Read this short story about how Alexandria is generating public interest and will use the public's input.

 

The Ready by 21 National Meeting

March 11 - 13, 2013
 
The Ready by 21 National Meeting will bring together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working toward the same goal: Getting all young people ready by 21 for college, work and life.

The National Meeting will include a variety of session types and formats, from keynote speakers and plenary panels to small group discussions and peer learning circles. You will be able to connect with other leaders from around the country, as well as from similar professions and sectors, to strengthen your networks, apply learning and create solutions.


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Ready by 21: The Movie
 
Need to give someone a quick overview of Ready by 21? This video from the American Association of School Administrators, a member of the Ready by 21 National Partnership, explains the Ready by 21 approach.

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Making Research Relevant

Last month the Forum for Youth Investment partnered with the William T. Grant Foundation to convene a group of researchers who are trying to better understand the role that research evidence plays in policy and practice. The group discussed commonalities and differences in how research is used across a range of policy and practice issues - including K-12 school reform, the adoption of child mental health interventions, afterschool program design, and policy development around childhood obesity and the HPV vaccine.

In K-12 education, one increasingly popular strategy for closing the gap between research and practice is the development of sustained partnerships that link researchers with school district staff. This new paper explores the benefits and challenges of that work and describes models for emerging partnerships: Research-Practice Partnerships at the District Level: A New Strategy for Leveraging Research for Educational Improvement.
 

Youth Program Quality Scorecard: Leading Indicators of Youth Engagement
Join this webinar to learn about a process for leveraging organizational quality indicators that go beyond point-of-service quality. The Leading Indicators can be used as a diagnostic assessment of the policies and practices that support youth engagement. You can feed data from parents, youth and staff back to programs (as well as to state, federal or foundation funders) for localized improvement in large-scale, multi-site programs.
 
When: Feb. 12, 1 p.m. ET
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Youth Work Management - Training of Trainers (TOT)
This training by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality is targeted at managers and site leaders who wish to support their sites throughout the center's quality improvement cycle. The course consists of three weeks of distance learning, two days of live training, and one week of distance follow-up. Graduates of the Management TOT can facilitate Planning with Data and Quality Coaching workshops, as well as provide comprehensive logistical and professional development support to staff who are involved in the improvement process.
   
When & Where: St. Paul, Minn., April 4-5
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