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Ready News: January 24, 2013

Ready News
January 24, 2013

Step by Step Quality Improvement, Improved Outcomes for Youth


Build a Quality Improvement System - Step by Step
A new interactive graphic describes 18 steps to building a quality improvement system for afterschool services. For each step, you'll find a brief description of the process and why it's important, followed by a story from a local community that has successfully carried out that step. Based on the Forum's report, Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide & Case Studies, the steps are organized into three broad stages: plan and engage; design and build; and adjust and sustain. Explore it here.

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.

Youth Master Planning: A Road Map for Improved Outcomes for Youth
Feb 14, 2 PM ET
A well-done child and youth master plan provides a blueprint for where a community is going - and more. Leaders use master plans as calls to action, generating excitement and rallying key players - from youth and families to business and philanthropic leaders - around the cause.

Learn from civic leaders as they share their experiences in implementing child and youth master plans in Nashville, Tenn. and Caldwell, Id.

Find out more here >>

New Tool to Help Middle Schoolers
Anyone who works with middle school youth will want to see this new publication from The National Human Services Assembly: Keeping Kids on Track in the Middle School Years: Investing in Out-of-School Time Staff and Volunteer Competencies as a Dropout Prevention Strategy. The brief explains why adults who serve middle schoolers in out-of-school time (OST) programs must have core competencies to be effective, then highlights three leading practices: training and development in working with this age group; aligning talent development with quality improvement; and investing in the competence of OST managers. The Youth Program Quality Intervention, developed by the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, is among the models explained.

Engage Employers to Help Opportunity Youth
Corporate Voices for Working Families (a Ready by 21 National Partner) and Year Up have launched a blog series in the Huffington Post highlighting why the White House and other federal policymakers should engage employers to help determine how to spend federal money to improve outcomes for opportunity youth. Read the series here.

How Schools and OST Providers Can Share Data
How do you get out-of-school time (OST) programs and schools to share data? Although such coordinated data-sharing can improve the quality of student learning, the primary federal policy that protects the security of individual student information - the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - is often cited as a roadblock for school systems and their OST partners to share student data.
This brief from the Partnership for Children and Youth, compiled with help from the Forum, outlines how FERPA allows for data-sharing between schools and OST partners, provides case studies of best practices, and explains why data sharing is in the best interest of students and education systems.

Collective Impact for Opportunity Youth
This webinar discussion will focus on why collective impact is a relevant approach for opportunity youth, and what communities can do to launch a collective impact effort to improve outcomes for their opportunity youth. Panelists include Fay Hanleybrown, managing director of FSG; Steve Patrick, executive director of The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions; Adria Steinberg, vice president of  Jobs for the Future; and Stacy Holland, co-founder and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network.
When: Feb. 12, Noon ET.
Register here ($49).
National Conference on Education
The annual conference by the American Association of School Administrators (a Ready by 21 National Partner) focuses on four themes: Common Core and its assessments, teacher and principal evaluations, getting students college and career ready, and social media in schools. Jean Walker, co-chair of the Ready by 21 Leadership Council, and Bryan Joffe, director for education and youth development at AASA, will facilitate a workshop about Ready by 21.

When & Where: Feb. 21-23, Los Angeles, Calif.
Find out more here.

Grad Nation Summit
Hundreds of educators, policymakers, business leaders, young people and staff from community organizations will meet at the third annual summit, sponsored by America's Promise (a Ready by 21 National Partner), to combat the dropout crisis.

When & Where: Feb. 24-26, Washington, D.C.
Find out more here.

Georgetown Public Policy Institute LEAD Conference, Washington, D.C., Jan. 24-25 - Forum CEO Karen Pittman moderates the Models of Progress panel about innovative community collaboration, policies and leadership that have promoted a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of at-risk children and youth. Find out more here
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