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A Standard Tool to Evaluate Afterschool Quality

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.

Publishing Date: 
August 24, 2011

Getting all the Players in the Same Room

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.

Publishing Date: 
August 24, 2011

Showing the Pipeline to Educators

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.

Publishing Date: 
August 24, 2011

Camp Fire Expands System for Quality Improvement

While program assessment and staff training are valuable but sometimes daunting tasks, Camp Fire USA is expanding both through a partnership with the Forum.

Publishing Date: 
August 24, 2011

Karen Pittman's blog: Can an Hour a Day Keep the F's Away?

Anyone who has kids knows that 5-year-olds get up earlier than 15-year-olds. Still, many schools ignore that basic reality: Bus schedules often have sleepy teens on the corner as early as 6 a.m. to start classes between 7 and 8 a.m.

Publishing Date: 
August 9, 2011

AASA Executive Director Named Chair of Learning First Alliance

The Learning First Alliance, a partnership of 16 national education associations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, has named American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Executive Director Dan Domenech as chair of its board of directors.

Publishing Date: 
August 4, 2011