Ready News: August 8, 2019

August Contest: Calling all Young Change Makers: What are you #Hopeful4?
What makes you hopeful? What keeps you going, striving for a better tomorrow? This month, Youth Engaged for Change (YE4C) is holding a creative contest for young people to share what they are #Hopeful4. Youth ages 13-24 can participate by submitting an original digital image/art/photo that reflects their hopes for the future. Entrants can use social media to promote their submissions using the hashtag #Hopeful4 and urge friends and networks to vote. The voting period will run September 3-13, 2019. Three winners will be selected from among the highest-voted entries to receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Get creative and inspire others!

For information and to enter, visit here. 

The deadline to submit is August 30.

Moving Toward Equity: A Thought Leader Conversation with Hal Smith
Free Webinar
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT

How can we move toward real educational equity? How do we define what that means? What does social and emotional learning have to do with it? And why are some advocates cautious of the push for SEL?

Join us for this exciting and provocative thought leader session featuring the Forum for Youth Investment’s Karen Pittman and the National Urban League’s Hal Smith as they tackle these questions and more. The Forum is committed to increasing access to high-quality, equitable learning environments, and is working closely with the National Urban League to move these ideas forward and develop a more interconnected and actionable definition of educational equity.

This call will highlight 12 equity indicators that were used to evaluate state-level education plans, highlighted in the recent National Urban League report titled “Standards of Equity & Excellence: A Lens on ESSA State Plans.” This conversation will help hone your understanding of educational equity and excellence, by sharing data to sharpen your understanding of inequities, and profiling some examples of how these inequities can be addressed. Learn more about how we can work together to expand the definition of where and when learning happens, and how to effectively develop and apply an equity lens in your work.

Register today!

History of Afterschool in America Documentary
Temescal Associates and the How Kids Learn Foundation recently released a 60-minute documentary on the history of afterschool. This documentary has been broken into 12 chapters (ranging from 2 – 15 minutes in length). It includes interviews with 15 afterschool leaders including the Forum’s Karen Pittman, historical imagery, and narration by Pedro Noguera.

Check it out here! The video is available along with a number of helpful resources and guides.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: A Social-Emotional Health Twitter Chat
How are nutrition, physical activity, and social-emotional health related? Join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation alongside co-hosts Sanford Harmony and America’s Promise Alliance for a special Twitter chat August 21, 1 – 2 pm EDT. The chat will discuss the findings of a recent social-emotional health & school wellness market research study conducted by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Sanford Harmony, and the Public Good Projects.

Tune in to learn key findings from this study and discuss how to best meet the health needs of the whole child-at school, during out-of-school time, and in the home. Share your ideas and perspectives on Twitter using #SEHealthChat.

AMCHP & Got Transition Release Toolkit to Help Maternal & Child Health Agencies Meet National Performance Measure 12
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and Got Transition released a new toolkit to help state agencies focused on maternal and child health (Title V agencies) meet National Performance Measure (NPM) 12, on transition to adult health care for youth with and without special health care needs. This is part of a series of NPM-focused toolkits that provide evidence-based and -informed practices, reports, publications, and other resources to implement at the state, territory, and community levels. Additional toolkits focus on NPMs 1, 4, 6, 9, and 10.

Find out about all the toolkits here.