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Ready News: January 12th, 2018

Ready News
January 12, 2018

Ready News: Educating the "Whole Child" Isn't Just Jargon. Here's How It's Done. Ready News: Educating the "Whole Child" Isn't Just Jargon. Here's How It's Done. 

January 12th, 2018
News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Educating the "Whole Child" Isn't Just Jargon. Here's How It's Done.
Many in the education sector are exploring how schools can better prepare children and youth for college, work and life. The Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development has been exploring ways to accomplish this for about a year.
In a recent Washington Post piece, the Forum for Youth Investment's Karen Pittman, a member of the commission, explains how two schools in Tacoma, Wash., are blending social and emotional learning with academic lessons, in collaboration with community partners.

State and Local Policypolicy
2017 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.
The Forum is excited to announce the release of the "2017 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.," which provides an in-depth look at current state-level children's cabinets and other child and youth policy coordinating bodies, including commissions, P-20 councils and early childhood advisory councils.

The survey asks coordinating bodies about their partnerships, goals, data, accomplishments and challenges. First conducted in 2011, this biennial survey documents the decisions, lessons and experiences that can serve as tools for state leaders and coordinating bodies.

The report provides analysis of the survey results with a focus on trends and best practices of policy coordinating bodies and their organizing structures, use of data and evidence, efforts to incorporate equity, and more. Thank you to all who participated and provided this rich and informative data. 
Local Funding localfunding
Preserving Programs for Kids by Going Local
Blog by Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom
Senior Fellow, The Forum for Youth Investment
Originally Published on December 19. 2017

At the end of 2017, the nation is on the verge of one of the largest federal tax cuts in modern times. And while some in Washington celebrate, for others the Congressional tax deal holds the specter of devastating cuts to social services and education programs that rely on federal dollars. Some are bracing for budgets squeezed dry, and more and more programs, already run on a shoestring, hobbled to ineffectiveness or nonexistence.

Knowing what's at stake, people in our line of work don't typically cheer or find a silver lining in such news from Washington. So while final details - and as of this writing, nothing's a done deal - of a likely tax bill are in the works, out-of-school time programs must forge ahead into an uncertain funding future. What's clear is that resources from many traditional public sources are dwindling - and no major new resources are on the way. In this environment, how do programs create and sustain a culture in which programs that serve youth in the out-of-school time hours complete each other rather than compete with each other for increasingly scarce financial and other resources?

Promoting Equity for LGBTQ Youth
Free webinar
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2:00- 3:00pm EST

Healthy development and well-being are essential for youth readiness for college, work and life. Positive identity formation, parent and peer relations, and community connection are critical protective factors.  However, bias, marginalization, violence, and trauma can negatively affect a young person's physical, social-emotional and mental health.  For youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) or questioning (Q) their sexual orientation or gender identity, research has documented how these risks can affect their well-being.  This session, featuring Jeffrey Poirier with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will summarize key data and research, and provide information and resources including a blueprint for creating more supportive services and communities for LGBTQ youth.

Summer Learningoutofschool
The Power of Summer Learning: A Thought Leader Conversation with John Hughes
Free Conference Call and Discussion
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
3:00- 4:00pm EST

What do you get when you offer high-quality math and reading content in high-quality learning environments that focus on belonging, engagement and choice? 
Impressive skill growth! This was the result John Hughes, Summer Program Coordinator for Seattle Public Schools, hoped for when he set out to cross-train summer school elementary teachers to deliver academic content using practices associated with quality out-of-school-time programs. Join Karen Pittman to hear more about John's vision for using summer school to demonstrate why attending to students' social, emotional and academic needs pays off and how teachers, students and the district have responded over time.   


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