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Ready News: March 13, 2014

Ready News
March 13, 2014

Experts: We Need "Better" Learning Time, Not Just More



More "Better Learning" = More "Ready Youth"
As the concept of expanded learning gains traction across the country, education and out-of-school time leaders are tackling important questions raised by that movement. Join us at this year's Ready by 21® National Meeting for a provocative conversation about what it takes to offer not just "more" learning time, but "better learning" time.

Fred Frelow, head of the Ford Foundation's More and Better Learning Time Initiative, Jane Quinn, vice president of Children's Aid Society, and Hillary Salmons, executive director of Providence After School Alliance, trade insights on this issue in an hour-long plenary. Find out more about:

· The National Meeting

· Topics we'll discuss

· Registration 

We hope to see you there!
 News & Resources

Program Quality

Shrinking the Opportunity GapEver wonder what it takes to narrow the opportunity gap for low-income students and children of color? The Road Map Project Awards Program recently recognized the efforts of 20 programs which do just that in the Seattle area.

One of the finalists was the Youth Program Quality Initiative, developed by the Forum's Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The initiative (led by School's Out Washington) has improved instructional quality, shifted organizational culture and changed how organizations train and support staff who work directly with youth. Find out more about the other finalists and awardees.



Youth Work Methods Training of TrainersWant to train your afterschool staff to increase the quality of their work? The Weikart Center's Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers course teaches staff how to deliver the Youth Work Methods courses, which empower direct staff with tools to increase the quality of their instruction. Registration deadline is March 14.

May 1-3, Atlanta, Ga.
Find out more.

Expanded Learning 

Financing Expanded Learning Time in SchoolThe Wallace Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) teamed up to provide a resource dedicated to examining afterschool programs and how they can be financed. Financing Expanding Learning Time in Schools: A Look at Five District Expanded-Time Schools, offers brief case studies of five models for funding an expanded school day in district schools. Get it here.





Underprivileged Youth 

Grants Available for Youth ProgramsThe Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation will award $25,000 grants to youth programs with breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth. Organizations must serve youth in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore; Boston; Los Angeles; Madison, Wis.; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. Find out more.



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