School-Community Connections

Blog: Want More Kids to Be Ready? Help them Name and Appreciate the Skills They Already Have

Lots of people are talking about the importance of ensuring that students have social and emotional skills (SEL) needed to be college and career ready.  Too often, however, the focus is on what it takes to teach young people these skills.

Publishing Date: 
August 14, 2017

Transforming Government, Transforming Communities

Publishing Date: 
April 15, 2016

Southeast Communities Working to Improve Quality in Youth Programming

The Ready by 21 National Partnership is sponsoring the Quality Improvement & Asset Building Challenge Grants (Q&A Challenge) in three southeast communities: Wicomico County, MD; Asheville, NC; and Ft.

Publishing Date: 
January 5, 2011

AASA and the Forum: Collaborating with Superintendents

In December of 2007, the Forum and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) co-hosted a three-day forum for state superintendents to discuss collaboration on extended learning opportunities, among other topics. Attached is the presentation given by Marc Levy, President of United Way of Greater Dayton at the forum.

Publishing Date: 
February 13, 2008

Youth Today: Politics + Science = Science Fiction

By Karen Pittman, March 2003

The Bush administration unveiled its request last month to cut funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC) program by 40 percent for fiscal 2004. This is not good news. But it is not surprising.

Publishing Date: 
March 1, 2003

Youth Today: Creating Character-Rich Communities

By Karen Pittman, December 2003

I'll admit it: I've got mixed feelings about character education classes — emphasis on "classes." My gut instinct, first as a parent, then as a youth worker, is that these kinds of lessons are best learned when they're embedded in other learning experiences and reinforced in life, particularly when the recipients are teens.

Publishing Date: 
December 15, 2003