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Ready Thoughts: May 2010

Each issue of READY PICKS focuses on one or more of “the 4 Bs”: broader partnerships, bigger goals, better data and bolder strategies – the capacities leaders need to strengthen to do business differently, and offers our best picks of research, tools and examples selected from the work of Ready by 21 Partners, Ready by 21 places and others committed to big picture change.

2010-05-06
Forum Flash: April 27, 2010

In this issue of Forum Flash, be sure to check out videos on the work of Children's Cabinets and Karen's testimony at the Senate HELP Committee on the whole child and ESEA Reauthorization.

2010-04-27
Ready by 21 and the Southeast Challenge

All young people need to be prepared to succeed in college, work and life. But in our country, only four out of ten are ready for a productive adulthood, and two in ten are in serious trouble.

2010-04-27
Karen Pittman Testifies on the Whole Child & ESEA Reauthorization

On Thursday, April 22nd, Karen Pittman participated in a roundtable discussion held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) titled “ESEA Reauthorization: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student.” The purpose of the hearing was to discuss ways that federal policy can support efforts to address the needs of the whole student, since students who are healthy, safe, and e

2010-04-22
Forum Flash: March 10, 2010

In this edition of Forum Flash, read about the startling unemployment rates of black young men in Karen Pittman's Youth Today column, get a quick overview of the Ready by 21 Approach in "Bring Precision to Your Passion", hear a recording of the latest Ready by 21 webinar and more.

2010-03-10
Youth Today: They Won’t Stay Outside Forever: Black Young Men and Unemployment

On Saturday, Jan. 30, Washington, D.C., got its second snowstorm in six weeks. Not nearly as big as the first (only 4 to 5 inches) – but big enough that school openings were delayed the next Monday.

2010-03-08
Bring Precision to Your Passion: A Quick Overview of the Ready by 21 Approach to Data-Driven Decision-Making

Every community and state has dedicated leaders who have taken on the critical task of bringing diverse people and disparate efforts together in order to transform their community or state into a wonderful place to grow up.

2010-02-24
Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #16: Shining a Light on Supervision: Lessons from the Beacons

This commentary takes readers inside the world of the Beacons, to understand their approach to supervision. In it, we ask and answer the questions: What does good supervision of youth work professionals look like? How can we strengthen supervision in ways that improve practice and reduce turnover?

2010-02-17
Strengthening the Youth Development/After-School Workforce Strengthening the Youth Development/After-School Workforce

Despite major advancements in the field, staffing – everything from recruitment, retention, supervision, to performance – remains a major challenge. There is a need to reexamine currently held assumptions about what it will take to build a strong, stable, committed workforce. What incentives? What opportunities? What requirements? For whom? In what combination?

2010-02-16
Forum Flash: February 9, 2010

This month in Forum Flash, read about Karen's experience with seemingly prepared high school seniors and think about the true meaning of "readiness," register for the next Ready by 21 webinar and read about the Forum's efforts to support the youth development field.

2010-02-09