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Ready News: March 28, 2013

Ready News
March 28, 2013

How to Scale up Innovation; Free Program Quality Assessment Webinar


Lessons in Scaling Up Innovation
Leaders who work to scale up innovations in education typically spend lots of time on curricula and training modules - but those are the not the most important elements for successful replication, according to the people running one of the nation's more esteemed public charter school networks.
"One of the key lessons [we] have learned about scaling is that ideas and best practices are more important than specific curriculum and training modules," says one leader in IDEA Public Schools, a network that serves 13,000 students in 28 Texas schools.
That and other insights from IDEA are discussed in the Forum's new guest blog with Robert Slavin at the Huffington Post. Slavin is capturing and communicating lessons from a learning community of 20 teams from around the nation that are working on federal Investing in Innovation (i3) projects. The Forum supports those teams in partnership with the William T. Grant and Spencer Foundations. The first blog in the series featured lessons from the Children's Literacy Initiative.

Program Quality Assessment Supplements
Join this webinar to hear specifics about the Youth Program Quality Assessment - a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs - and about how it has been adapted for different settings, including STEM, health and wellness, camp and art.

When: April 4, 1 p.m. ET
Find out more here.

The Youth Program Quality Assessment
The Youth Program Quality Assessment (and its adaptations for different settings) assess the quality of learning environments and identify staff training needs. These are the leading quality assessments for out-of-school time organizations, and will be discussed in the April 4 webinar (see box on left).

Download the PQA here.

National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention
Join this comprehensive program of professional development opportunities.
The Forum staff especially hope to see you in these sessions in which they are speaking:
Youth Program Quality Scorecard: Leading Indicators for Youth Engagement
Joe Bertoletti, senior manager of field services, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
After-School Systems and Collective Impact
Nicole Yohalem, senior director of special projects, The Forum for Youth Investment
Measuring Our Success: Reflections on Choosing Outcomes, Learning to Assess Them, and Understanding Why We Must
Nicole Yohalem and Charles Smith, executive director of the David P. Weikart Center on Youth Program Quality
Boost Program Quality by Connecting to a Community-Wide System
Nicole Yohalem
High Quality STEM Programs: A Framework for Measuring Success
Charles Smith
Closing Plenary
Karen Pittman, CEO, the Forum for Youth Investment

When & Where: April 7-10, Indianapolis, Ind.
Find out more here.

Launching Attendance Awareness Month
Join this free webinar to see how to get involved in raising awareness about the importance of school attendance through Attendance Awareness Month, which is in September. Key partners in Attendance Awareness Month include America's Promise Alliance, Attendance Works, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Civic Enterprises and Points of Light Institute.

When: April 9, 1-2:15 p.m. ET
Find out more and register here.

Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change
Community Outcomes
Here's a great opportunity for people working to create lasting, community-wide change: The Forum for Youth Investment and United Way Worldwide will present a three-day learning program designed to accelerate the work of collaborative partnerships.
Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes is built around the key steps to achieving measureable outcomes, such as problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a big picture approach to tackle underlying issues in their communities. See what action planning looks like when many organizations share responsibility for results.
When & Where: May 7-9, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, Va.
Find out more here.

Youth Work Methods Training of Trainers 
Want 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.
When & Where: June 12-14, Chicago, Ill.
Learn more and register (by May 1).

ELO Network, Grand Rapids, Mich., April 2 - Charles Smith, executive director of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, will talk about "Quality and Outcomes" as they relate to expanding learning opportunities.
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