Happy New Year! After a long and difficult 2020, the Forum for Youth Investment is committed to working with our partners, clients, and funders to build back together in new ways to meet the moment. Though the challenges we face may be great, we also see incredible opportunities and potential to change the odds that all young people are ready for college, work, and life.
Edutopia, a trusted source shining a spotlight on what works in education, recently released a new collection of compelling videos that connect what we know about the science of learning and development with practical applications for educators and providers in all youth-serving settings. The collection highlights exemplary out-of-school time programs in four communities and examines the best practices at work. While the videos were filmed pre-COVID, the strategies and themes are more important than ever.
In recent years, communities caught the collective impact fever and established robust cross-sector collaborations to improve young people’s educational outcomes. Interest was booming. Businesses signed up. Expectations were high. What does research tell us about how these efforts have fared?
Offering hybrid or virtual programming this fall? Quality matters in those spaces, too! This session was designed for those already familiar with observation assessment using the Youth and School Age PQA tools. Adaptations for use in virtual program settings, an overview of new PQA scoring options, and guidance for conducting assessments are covered in this recording.
We’ve experienced a summer like no other, and Karen Pittman recently spoke with Catherine Augustine from the RAND Corporation and Melanie Claxton with Pittsburgh Public Schools to explore how districts have adapted to this new form of virtual educational engagement, and what lessons may be applied to virtual or hybrid school environments for the 2020-21 school year.