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Ready News: May 16, 2013

Ready News
May 16, 2013

Why Cities Should Embrace Afterschool Learning


City Leaders: We All Must Collaborate for Afterschool Services
A group of city leaders has delivered a powerful message to their colleagues around the country about working together to deliver high-quality services to young people.

The op-ed by three mayors and two city council members will resonate with anyone carrying out Ready by 21 strategies - which should be no surprise, considering that one of the authors is Ronnie Steine, co-chair of the Ready by 21 Leadership Council.

"City leaders must work together with schools, parents and others to help young people thrive, with a shared understanding that their success will determine the success of our cities," they write in Education Week. "Maximizing the afterschool hours is one important way in which city governments can improve educational outcomes for children and teenagers and reinforce what they learn in the classroom."

Read the op-ed, which summarizes specific city efforts, here. Read short stories about how leaders in Nashville (Steine's city) built a big-picture action plan and engaged youth in community change efforts, and about how afterschool providers in Asheville, N.C., are improving program quality.

What Does 'Readiness' Mean? 
Listen to a live radio conversation tonight about what it means for young people to be ready for college, work and life. Forum CEO Karen Pittman will be the guest on Real Talk for Teens, a call-in program for young people that airs on BlogTalkRadio. Pittman will speak and take calls about what teens are doing to ensure that they are ready; what teens need from the people and institutions in their lives; and why businesses, colleges and young people themselves say that so many teens are not ready. (This was rescheduled from last month.)

May 16, 8-9 p.m. ET. Go here to listen live or hear the recording.

The Afterschool Field: Looking Back, and Forward
The afterschool field has come a long way in the past 25 years. How has it changed and what lies ahead? A group of veterans from the field reflected on those and other questions last month at the annual convention of the National AfterSchool Association. Watch the one-hour discussion between Forum CEO Karen Pittman; Willis Bright, director of the Lilly Endowment; Jane Quinn, vice president and director of the National Center for Community Schools at the Children's Aid Society; and Terry Peterson, director of  the Afterschool and Community Learning Network at the C.S. Mott Foundation. (Video link is at the bottom of the page.)

Expanded Learning Project Shows Promise
What happens when redesigned schools partner with community youth-serving organizations to extend the learning day? Among other things, math scores and attendance improve, says this report from The After-School Corporation about the first year of a demonstration project.

Coaching for Continuous Improvement Training
This training is designed to support and enhance the skills of those who provide Coaching and Technical Assistance to program managers within a Quality Improvement System. Learn how to improve supports, including how to maximize data-driven planning for out-of-school time programs you serve.
When & Where: June 19-20, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Learn more and register. (Registration ends May 24.)

Youth Work Methods Experience
Improve your ability to provide comprehensive support to staff to help them improve their practices. Explore the Active-Participatory Approach in depth, experience three key Youth Work Methods and strengthen coaching and observational skills.

When & Where: July 22-23, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Learn more and register now. (Registration ends June 28.)
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