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Ready News: November 20, 2015

Ready News
November 20, 2015

Fully Resourced Schools

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Fully Resourced Schools: Thoughts on School Resource Officers and Positive Youth Development
Youth development professional Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom reflects back on one of the latest videos to go viral. She offers up suggestions of how we can "better" the situation for all when it comes to the relationship between students and staff.
A little more than two weeks ago, a video depicting an altercation between a school resource officer and a high school student went viral as millions watched the footage of an unarmed female student at Spring Valley High (South Carolina) being pulled from her desk, flipped backward, and dragged across the room. For nearly everyone who saw it, the video was jarring.
As a youth development professional, my thoughts went to wanting to understand the steps and decision points that preceded this troublesome event. I find it difficult - unacceptable even - to believe that the incident could not have been averted. In my mind's eye, so many alternative steps could have been taken along the way. Keep reading.
Thought Leader Conversation: Putting Youth at the Center of Efforts to Redesign Learning Opportunities
Authentically involving young people in efforts to re-imagine learning in school and afterschool can be transformative, but it's not easy to do.
In this upcoming free thought leadership conversation, join Karen Pittman as she talks with TJ Delahanty, manager of Out-of-School Time Initiatives at Metro United Way in Louisville, and Norman Harris, a young person from Memphis, Tenn. Both cities' efforts to rethink expanded learning opportunities in order to close equity gaps were featured in the recent America's Promise report, Expanded Learning, Expanded Opportunity: How Four Communities Are Working to Improve Education for Their StudentsLearn about the impact of young people's involvement in the work, and how to more meaningfully involve students and other youth in efforts in your community.  
Dec. 10, 11 a.m. ET
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2016 Ready by 21 National Meeting
Come help us celebrate the 5th Annual Ready by 21 National Meeting in Baltimore! Mark your calendars and don't miss the opportunity to network with 450+ colleagues striving to improve the lives of kids in communities and states across the nation. You'll also hear strategies, research and stories about building partnerships, aligning policies, improving out-of-school time quality and performance, and embracing readiness in the pursuit of equity.
Find out more and take advantage of our early-bird savings by registering now!
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 successful 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.
Dec. 1-3, Washington, D.C.
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