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Ready News: February 23, 2012

Ready News
February 23, 2012

Educators Discuss Ready by 21 and a City Engages Key Stakeholders


Education Leaders Share Ready by 21 Strategies
How does Ready by 21 help schools? Educators delivered the answer last week at the American Association of School Administrators' (AASA) National Conference on Education. Superintendents, school board members and others shared their experiences at a workshop entitled "How Ready by 21 is Re-Forming Communities." Listen to assessments of Ready by 21 (in under 60 seconds) by the superintendent of schools in Skokie, Ill., and an assistant superintendent in Bristol, R.I.

Engaging Key Stakeholders: Chattanooga Connections

Feb. 28, 2012, 3 PM ET
To really change the odds for children and youth, your community needs the involvement of its influential leaders from all sectors. That includes education, business, government, nonprofits and families. These leaders need to be committed and collaborative in ways that contribute to the overarching mission of the group. Come hear about local partnership efforts in Chattanooga, Tenn., and learn about tools from three Ready by 21 Partners: Corporate Voices for Working Families, United Way Worldwide and the American Association of School Administrators. 

Webinar: Broader Partnerships 101
Partnerships and collaborations can take many forms. Whatever the scale of the partnership, effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.

After years of working with a wide variety of partnerships at the state and local level, the Forum for Youth Investment has concluded that communities and states need to consider a few basic components of partnerships. This webinar explained this leadership capacity area and what you can do to build broader, more effective partnerships. (Registration Required) 

<<This resource is a great companion to this month's webinar.  



How Well are American Students Learning?
The 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education distills the results of studies to examine the state of education in the United States. The report focuses on education policy, student learning measures, trends on achievement test scores and education reform outcomes. SparkAction summarizes the study and provides links to the report and a video discussion.

Promising Practices, Proven Strategies Conference - March 8, Harrisburg, Pa. CEO Karen Pittman delivers keynote address about "Extra Learning Opportunities." The conference is hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Center for Schools and Communities.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference - March 13, Baltimore, Md. CEO Karen Pittman delivers keynote address. The conference is hosted by the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health.
Building a Grad Nation Summit - March 18-21, Washington, D.C. CEO Karen Pittman appears on a panel about "Collective Impact: Creating and Sustaining Successful Partnerships," and Policy Director Elizabeth Gaines appears on a panel about "Sustaining Youth Initiatives in Tough Economic Times." The summit is hosted by America's Promise Alliance.
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