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Washington is abuzz with the Senate HELP Committee's new education bill, but passage remains uncertain. In the meantime, organizations keep their focus on waivers to the current No Child Left Behind law.
Partnerships and collaborations can take many forms. Whatever the scale of the partnership, effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.
Last month the Forum hosted a meeting with officials from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to discuss barriers to collaborative work for disconnected youth and explore possible solutions as detailed in Recommendations for Administrative Flexibility: Supporting Interagency Efforts to Reconnect Disconnected Youth.
Ready by 21 leaders in Northern Kentucky are benefiting from new data about their young people that is literally one-of-a-kind. Last year, the Ready by 21 National Partnership chose Northern Kentucky as the pilot site for the enhanced Gallup Student Poll, which enables communities to look specifically at the hope, engagement and well-being of youth.
Every wonder how a thorough quality improvement process in out-of-school time programming works and what it would achieve?
At the end of the day, broader partnerships, bigger goals, and better data and decision making are only useful if they significantly increase the likelihood that timely, well-vetted, evidence-based strategies will be implemented and nurtured toward success. Many communities are dealing with an overabundance of strategies, and struggle to implement strategies in an aligned and effective way.
With more and more students taking longer than four years to complete high school, a push is on to help those students by including their graduations in calculations about school effectiveness.
A conference in Virginia last month offered one way to make sure college and career readiness is a priority for public schools – and to show educators how Ready by 21 helps them meet that priority.
Anyone who tries to get leaders from different sectors to work together better knows that sometimes you have to literally get them in the same room – which is what Chattanooga, Tenn., did last month when it convened 300 teachers, frontline workers, business people and foundation leaders for a conference about improving supports for young people.
Looking for a proven tool to evaluate youth programs? Oakland, Calif., has found it in the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), which “is becoming a standard used to evaluate a wide variety of youth programs throughout the city,” says the Oakland Community After School Alliance.
While program assessment and staff training are valuable but sometimes daunting tasks, Camp Fire USA is expanding both through a partnership with the Forum.