Ready News: June 10, 2019
June 10, 2019
A Thought Leader Conversation with Pamela Cantor, M.D.
Free Conference Call | Tuesday, June 18
3:00-4:00 PM EDT
Skills and talents exist in a potential state in all children, and can be revealed and developed in the many environments in which children grow and learn – environments in which all children can become successful, no matter their individual starting points or what happens along the way.
Sharing this knowledge was a big part of the reason that Pamela Cantor, M.D., Founder and Senior Science Advisor of Turnaround for Children, helped to establish the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Initiative in 2017, a learning and action partnership among organizations committed to expanding the reach of 21st-century knowledge.
This session will explore the national ecosystem that is being created to ensure this knowledge increasingly supports innovations in practice and policy across the settings in which children grow and learn. Organizations including Turnaround for Children, American Institutes for Research, Learning Policy Institute, Populace, and Education Counsel, and now the Forum for Youth Investment, have joined forces in this effort.
This thought leader session will explore Dr. Cantor’s life and work, the Science of Learning and Development Initiative, and a new partnership between Turnaround for Children and the Forum to support children’s development and learning both inside and outside of school.
We invite you to watch this brief video to better understand Dr. Cantor’s work and the Science of Learning and Development Initiative.
The Latest Opportunity Index Debuts
Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:30-11:30 AM EDT
Join the Forum’s Opportunity Nation at the release event for an exclusive look at the new findings of the recent Opportunity Index.
The Opportunity Index is an annual multidimensional snapshot of opportunity at the state and county levels. It provides data on all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 2,100 counties, covering 97 percent of the population. Each year we rank every state and grade counties on 20 indicators in four dimensions: the economy, education, health, and community life.
This new release includes disaggregated national data by race/ethnicity/gender, which allows deeper examination of racial, ethnic and gender equity in opportunity.
The release event will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Public Welfare Foundation’s True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Every Hour Counts Summer Learning Webinar: Get Equipped with the Summer Learning Toolkit
June 19, 2019
12:30-1:30 PM EDT
Looking for resources to take your summer planning to the next level? Don’t reinvent the wheel! Join Every Hour Counts on Wednesday, June 19 from 12:30-1:30 PM ET as they explore The Wallace Foundation’s new Summer Learning Toolkit. This free, online Toolkit features 50+ practical tools and resources to help districts and their out-of-school time partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs. Resources draw upon lessons from the National Summer Learning Project and align with research findings by the RAND Corporation, included in Getting to Work on Summer Learning, 2nd edition.
Together with The Learning Agenda, the webinar will provide a tour of the Toolkit and highlight resources that can support you right now as you’re in the homestretch of planning and launching 2019 summer programs and initiatives. Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (Pittsburgh, PA), Big Thought (Dallas, TX), and Boston After School & Beyond, three of the intermediary partners featured in the National Summer Learning Project, will share lessons-learned and ideas for creating positive, engaging, and impactful summer learning programs.
Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the CSG Justice Center, has just released an RFA for the 2019 Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program.
As part of the package, participant teams will attend a weeklong Certificate Program that will run from November 4-8, 2019 at Georgetown University. The modules will be led by researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, and the curriculum will focus on foundational principles to transform probation culture and practice, including: applying an equity lens; youth, family, and community engagement; diversion and disposition decisions; the role of the probation officer; and leading transformational change.
Teams will receive both on-site and distance technical assistance to develop new policies and practices; identify and advance best practice implementation strategies; train staff and stakeholders to promote buy-in and collaboration; and assess, evaluate, and sustain progress by developing and implementing a Capstone Project to advance system-wide improvements in their jurisdiction. Upon approval of a Capstone Project, participants will receive an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and join CJJR’s Network of over 1,200 Fellows.
Applications are due by Friday, July 26, 2019. Apply now!
Simple Measures Show Potential for Well-Being and Equity in the US
June is marked by high school graduations across the US, and as students and families celebrate, researchers from public health and other fields are taking note of differences in graduation rates across communities. Whether someone graduates from high school in the US is a strong predictor of one’s future health and life expectancy, as well as their community’s overall wealth and health. That’s why high school graduation rates are among nine core measures included in the newly developed Well-Being in the Nation (WIN) Measurement Framework: Measures for Improving Health, Well-Being, and Equity Across Sectors released recently by 100 Million Healthier Lives, convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and in partnership with the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), an advisory committee to the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.