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Building bridges between school and afterschool is a common yet daunting task in communities around the country. That’s why afterschool practitioners, educators, researchers and policymakers will convene in Seattle in October for the 9th annual Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference.
How do you continue the work of a children's cabinet when your state gets a new governor? Florida handled that challenge by reinvigorating its Children and Youth Cabinet with a full-day retreat.
For those looking to turn Ready by 21 theories into practice at the state level, Chattanooga, Tenn., was the place to be last month. At the Ready by 21 State Strategy Symposium, convened by the Forum and the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 20 state-level leaders convened for two days to learn more about Ready by 21 and develop action plans to take home.
With so many initiatives focused on trying to boost student achievement, practitioners often find it overwhelming to figure out what strategies work best for which students. That’s why the Forum is embarking on a project to bring together practitioners and researchers who have been funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3).
Just how does an organization increase the quality of its afterschool programs? In Chicago, the answer was to adopt research-based quality improvement tools developed by the Weikart Center, a division of the Forum.
Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities improve the odds that all youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 meets leaders where they are, challenges them to think and work differently, and helps them progress further and faster to deliver results for youth.