Ready News: July 9, 2020

Children’s Cabinets: An Essential Community Infrastructure in Times of Crisis

Free Webinar
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Our country is facing multiple crises that affect the lives of all Americans, particularly children and youth. We need active infrastructure that can rapidly respond to challenges, bring together diverse decision makers, and be accountable for enacting effective solutions. Children’s cabinets are these key pieces of community infrastructure.

Join us as we hear from one of the oldest children’s cabinets, Minneapolis, MN, and one of the newest children’s cabinets, Chattanooga, TN, and how they have addressed COVID-19, racial equity, and more.

This session is part of the Local Children’s Cabinet Webinar Series, presented in partnership with the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Children’s Funding Project.

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Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening Schools

As educators prepare to welcome students and adults back to school, they face the layered impact of school closures, the COVID-19 pandemic, and racial inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and amplified by the nationwide mobilization for racial justice. To aid in this transition, the Forum collaborated with CASEL and more than 40 leading organizations to illuminate a way forward through Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening Schools. The SEL Roadmap will provide key recommendations for reopening schools with a particular focus on equity and SEL.

Karen Pittman, the President and CEO of the Forum, stated, “As we sit down and really try to figure out what is going to be a long haul of reopening slowly…we’re going to need such a different approach to the traditional ‘show up and sit in your seat.’ We need all partners at the table together.”

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System Building Beyond the Bell Recap and Resources

Developing powerful environments where youth can thrive requires coordination, critical backbone services, supports, and continuous quality improvement. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and The Opportunity Project (Tulsa, OK) presented this webinar focused on integrating learning systems through quality expanded learning opportunities.

AIR and The Opp highlighted promising practices in coordinating strategy alignment with a focus on social and emotional learning. Participants learned how effective coordination of quality improvement activities can establish a collaborative culture, enhance cross-sector alignment, and develop collective responsibility.

Visit our website for the session recording, interactive transcript, and PowerPoint presentation, along with additional links and tools to guide your efforts.



How Learning Happens Now

Free Webinar from America’s Promise Alliance
Thursday, July 16, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM EDT

Schools and communities are grappling with how to best to support student learning and development in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, reports like America’s Promise’s recent All of Who I Am lift up the voices of young people who emphasize that supporting their learning means supporting all the dimensions of their lives. But what does this look like in the current context, when many young people have indicated that the pandemic and the transition to virtual learning have left them feeling disconnected, concerned about their physical and mental health, and uncertain about their educational futures?

This webinar will feature three schools utilizing a whole child approach. School leaders will discuss some of the innovative ways they have continued to support young people’s social, emotional, and cognitive development in the context of COVID-19. Young people will share their experiences of learning from home and will discuss some essential components of their learning, regardless of where it happens. Together, they’ll reflect on what it takes to support strong relationships, student voice and choice, and meaningful learning in virtual or hybrid environments.

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