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Ready News: November 17, 2016

Ready News
November 17, 2016
Exploring the Science Behind Preparing Youth to Thrive & The SEL Challenge



News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Exploring the Science Behind Preparing Youth to Thrive & The SEL Challenge
The Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality recently released the SEL Challenge Technical Report, Preparing Youth to Thrive: Methodology and Findings from the SEL Challenge. This report highlights the methodology and findings of the two-year study that brought together expert practitioners from eight exemplary youth programs, with support from the Susan Crown Exchange and the Weikart Center, to identify promising practices for building SEL skills with youth.

To explore the work of the Challenge and the resulting learnings, visit here
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Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to the Forefront: What Happens When Districts Prioritize SEL?
AYPF Webinar

Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm ET

It is hard to ignore the buzz around social and emotional learning (SEL) and the research findings documenting the value of SEL programs for student behavior and academic gains. However, what does SEL look like in practice? Specifically, what can district and school leaders do to promote SEL? With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states and districts can consider measures of SEL within their accountability systems. However, measurement of SEL alone is not sufficient to support student development. Leaders can do more to embed SEL within current district and school priorities.

In this 75-minute webinar, cohosted by American Institutes for Research (AIR), American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the Washoe County School District, participants will hear from a panel of researchers and practitioners on ways in which districts and school leaders have implemented a coordinated and purposeful SEL effort.

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On Election Day, A Down Ballot Win for Kids
As the nation focuses on the new presidential administration, a small but potentially transformative trend is emerging in choices down the ballot: Voters were asked to support the children in their community with new tax revenue and they overwhelmingly agreed.

In small counties and large, on both coasts and in the Midwest, voters stepped up to the plate to take care of kids-voting to increase their own taxes in order to support services for children and young people. In Jackson County, Missouri, for example, 62 percent of voters opted to increase the sales tax to pay for services for vulnerable children. Twelve out of 15 ballot questions were approved in places as diverse as Baltimore, Maryland; Muskingum County, Ohio; and Boulder, Colorado, using set-asides, new taxes, renewals of existing taxes or soda taxes.

The Forum's Elizabeth Gaines recently covered this exciting trend for funding children's services and supports. Read more.
Last Call: Workshop Proposals for the 2017 Ready by 21 National Meeting in Austin, Texas
Every year the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together leaders from all over the country dedicated to getting all young people ready for college, work and life. The sixth annual Ready by 21 National Meeting will be in Austin, Texas from March 29-31.

Interested in presenting a workshop? At the core of the Ready by 21 National Meeting are the workshops that educate and inspire the hundreds of participants to do the ground work in ensuring that all young people are ready to succeed.

Proposals are due this Friday, Nov. 18.
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Giving Tuesday: Invest in Improving Youth Outcomes
On Tuesday, November 29th, join the #GivingTuesday movement and give - whether it's time, a donation or your voice in getting all young people ready for college, work and life. There's no greater cause to support than equipping children and youth with the skills, competencies and mindsets they'll need to prepare for whatever comes next.
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