It Takes an Ecosystem

It Takes an Ecosystem: Understanding the People, Places and Possibilities of Learning and Development Across Settings

Recent research and initiatives make a strong case for what developmentalists have argued for decades: A young person’s learning and development is shaped in positive and negative ways by the interactions they have with all the adults across all settings in their life. In “It Takes an Ecosystem,” a new volume in the series Current Issues in Out-of-School Time, editors Kim Robinson (The Forum for Youth Investment) and Tom Akiva (University of Pittsburgh School of Education), along with authors from across the spectrum of youth fields expertise, explore what it will take to reshape our systems to support this scientific understanding and build stronger learning and development ecosystems. The book is now available for purchase here.

Please also check out the Changing the Odds Medium page for the launch of a new blog series by the Readiness Projects featuring the book’s authors.