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Ready News: July 17, 2014

Ready News
July 17, 2014

Sharing Data is a Calculated Move


Sharing Data is a Calculated Move


When it comes to cooperation between schools and afterschool programs in Nashville, what was once unthinkable has become routine.

Throughout the year, public schools and out-of-school time (OST) providers share data about nearly 1,500 of the city's neediest youth, including grades, formative assessment performance data, participation in afterschool programs and survey results about their developmental assets. And twice a year, dozens of school and OST staffers meet to talk about the data and how to use it to align services to with student needs.

The arrangement puts Nashville on the cutting edge of the nationwide movement to strengthen collaboration between schools and OST providers. Read the whole story here.

 News & Resources

Expanded Learning

Who Plays What Role in Competency-Based Education?

As education systems across the nation begin to move toward a competency-based system, it is important to remember that these models have been at the core of expanded learning work for years. In this webinar offered by American Youth Policy Forum, presenters (including the Forum's Stephanie Krauss) will highlight the role that districts and states can play in facilitating this shift, and will discuss the policy barriers and opportunities at play.

July 29, 1 p.m. ET

Register now. 



Youth Readiness

A High-Level Talk About Readiness

What does it take to get young people ready for life?

It's not often that you get to listen in as three high-level thinkers in the youth field gather around a table to tackle such a question. Hundreds listened in as John Gomperts, president and CEO of America's Promise Alliance; Karen Pittman, CEO and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment; and Sean Slade, director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD, sat down together at the Forum's Washington, D.C., headquarters to ponder that question and its spinoffs: How do we define readiness? Who's responsible for instilling it? How do we measure it? Read the blog summary of the event here.

Collective Impact

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

The Forum for Youth Investment and FSG are teaming up to help communities effectively carry out collective impact strategies. Join this three-day institute to learn how to create the five conditions for collective impact approaches through clear, sequenced steps: from partnership creation, community engagement, goal-setting and problem analysis to intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of issues in their communities, focusing on how to apply the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies back home.

Sept. 16-18, St. Louis, Mo.

Find out more.

Juvenile Justice

Video Project Shows Impact of Law on Kids

September marks the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The law, which sets standards and core protections for youth in state juvenile justice systems, has made a real difference in young people's lives and in communities.

SparkAction, the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign and partner organizations are collecting 40 short, engaging video stories -- the  voices of youth, law enforcement, advocates and other experts  -- to illustrate how the law has created safer alternatives and outcomes, and the ways in which we must improve and enforce it.  Lend your voice to this project. Contact




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