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Ready News: October 5, 2015

Ready News
October 5, 2015

Deconstructing SEL Practice

News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Deconstructing Social Emotional Learning Practice
How does the magic happen in a good  out-of-school time (OST) program? New research is helping practitioners answer that question with precision. Join Karen Pittman as she interviews Dr. Charles Smith, executive director of the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, about the center's exciting work on the Susan Crown Exchange's Social and Emotional Learning Challenge: a research project to study staff practices and youth experiences that promote social emotional learning. 

Learn about the value of creating a research-practice partnership with mature youth- serving organizations (which prepare young people for everything from boat-building to  membership); hear about the definitions, frames and improvement data that emerged  from the project; and get a preview of how to bring the findings into your programs and systems.
Nov. 3, 2 p.m. ET
Kids are 'Drivers, Not Passengers'
Making young people "keenly aware" that they control their own lives is essential for their success, the founder of the Susan Crown Exchange says in an  insightful interview  in Ed Daily News. Susan Crown talks about the organization's groundbreaking Social and Emotional Learning Challenge, in which the exchange has partnered with the Weikart Center on Youth Program Quality to study best practices in eight SEL programs around the country. Learn more about the SEL Challenge , the results of which will soon be published in a field guide. 
The Traps That Thwart Readiness and Wellness
"I was 15 when my parents sent me to rehab," writes Forum Senior Fellow Stephanie Krauss. Thus begins the first in her new series of commentaries  for Youth Today about readiness.
Blending personal and professional experiences, Stephanie shares insights that can help us better serve youth: "We've identified four traps that get in the way of readiness. ... I see where these traps were and how they kept so many young people from kicking their habits and leading a sober life."
Don't Quit on Me: Insights from Young People
A new study from America's Promise -  Don't Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships - offers insights from young people on how supportive relationships with adults and peers can help close the gap between those who graduate high school on time and those who don't. Don't Quit on Me answers questions about what kinds of support matter in young people's decision to stay in, leave and return to school.
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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