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Ready News: September 22, 2016

Ready News
September 22, 2016

Dedicating Public Dollars for Kids: the Story of the Philadelphia Soda Tax


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
Dedicating Public Dollars for Kids: the Story of the Philadelphia Soda Tax
Tuesday, Oct. 11
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Does your community struggle to identify and sustain sufficient funding for early childhood and youth development programs? Are you exploring ways to creatively fund initiatives for youth and children at the local level? If so, please join Elizabeth Gaines, senior policy fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, for a webinar session to discuss the City of Philadelphia's recently approved Soda Tax. She will be joined by Otis Hackney, Philadelphia's Chief Education Officer, who will share their process, strategies, and challenges in getting this - first of its kind in the nation - tax approved, as well as details on the initiatives it will fund.
Exploring the Science Behind Preparing Youth to Thrive and the SEL Challenge
Thursday, Oct. 20
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET 
What is the science and research base behind Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)? Hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment, this Roundtable conversation will review the extensive process of interviews, site visits, evaluations, convenings and surveys that form the foundation of Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social and Emotional Learning. Learn more about the research findings and their applications for SEL and continuous program improvement in this lively conversation led by Karen Pittman.
A product of collaboration between Susan Crown Exchange (SCE), staff teams from eight exemplary youth-focused programs and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, this body of work sheds new light on how out-of-school time programs can develop a clearer understanding about the SEL work they are already doing or hope to do more of.
Aspen Launches National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
The Forum's CEO Karen Pittman has been selected by The Aspen Institute to sit on its National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

Today's youth must navigate a complex, economically competitive, and globally connected world. Yet the nation's predominant approach to K-12 education fails to fully prepare students for this future.

The Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is uniting education, business and civic leaders to re-envision what constitutes success in our schools. With the help of teachers, parents, and students in communities across the country, the Commission will explore how schools can fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development to support the whole student.
To see the full list of selected Commission members click here.
Collective Impact 3.0
As part of its Community Change Series 2016, The Tamarack Institute's Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver put forward fresh thinking around five ways to build the next iteration of the Collective Impact Framework with their publication Collective Impact 3.0 - An Evolving Framework for Community Change.
Read the publication here
XQ Announces Super School Winners
The XQ institute announced ten high schools across the United States as the winners of the XQ Super School Project, a $100 million competition to reimagine and redesign the American high school.

Launched in September 2015 as a $50 million competition, the project subsequently doubled the number of schools that will receive $10 million each over five years to create model "Super Schools" after nearly seven hundred discover/design phase applications were received.

As a champion for this project, Karen Pittman reflected, "XQ and the Forum want the same outcome for young people:  readiness for college, career, and civic community and family life.  XQ's focus is on harnessing the ideas of a broad base of community leaders to transform high schools.  The Forum is committed to helping these same leaders to take shared responsibility for strengthening and aligning their efforts to make all of the settings and systems where young people spend time 'readiness rich.'"

Read about the selected "Super Schools" here.
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