Ready News: June 12, 2020

The Urgency of Educational Equity Now: A Conversation with John King and Karen Pittman

CASEL CARES is a new initiative from CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) that connects individuals and communities with experts to address how Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be most helpful in today’s circumstances. It is important to recognize that the most vulnerable students are at particular risk during this time.

As part of the CASEL CARES webinar series, the Education Trust’s John King and the Forum for Youth Investment’s Karen Pittman recently offered reflections on existing inequities in education that have been exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic and other recent events.

A new landing page on the Forum’s website contains a summary, the session recording, selected passages, an interactive transcript, and additional resources. We invite you to explore this page and learn more about the ideas and suggestions made by King and Pittman.

Visit the page.


System Building Beyond the Bell

Free Webinar
June 30, 2020
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Join the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and The Opportunity Project (Tulsa, OK) for this webinar focused on integrating learning systems through quality expanded learning opportunities. AIR and The Opp will highlight promising practices in coordinating strategy alignment with a focus on Social and Emotional Learning. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how effective coordination of quality improvement activities can establish a collaborative culture, enhance cross-sector alignment, and develop collective responsibility.


* Amy Anderson, Senior Manager, Experiential Learning, The Opportunity Project
* Fausto Lopez, Content Area Expert, American Institutes for Research

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Looking to September: How do we Construct Spaces to Heal, Learn, and Thrive?

PEAR Institute Webinar
Friday, June 12
3:00-4:00 PM EDT

As part of its regular discussion series, the PEAR Institute has been exploring the challenges facing schools and districts and creative responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The third session on June 12 will be focused on “Looking to September: How do we construct spaces to heal, learn, and thrive?”

The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience is a nonprofit organization created to promote innovation in education. Based on a belief that high-quality programming can build youth social-emotional resiliency and contribute to school and life success, Dr. Gil G. Noam founded the institute in 1999 as a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Medical School before relocating to McLean Hospital.

Register now.



Navigating New and Flexible Funding Streams for Kids During COVID-19

Recognizing the challenges that states, localities, and child and youth-serving organizations are facing in the midst of COVID-19, the Children’s Funding Project has released Navigating New and Flexible Funding Streams for Kids During COVID-19. This guide is intended to help leaders at all levels take advantage of new funding opportunities from the COVID-19 Congressional stimulus packages and respond to the crisis by leveraging the flexibilities of new and existing funding. The publication will be updated periodically to keep up with the ever-changing landscape.

Review the guide.

All Youth Connecting Forum & Reengagement Plus! Convening

Virtual Convening by the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and the National League of Cities Reengagement Network (NLC)
June 22-25, 2020

The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC), the National League of Cities Reengagement Network (NLC), and local partners are collaborating to present a convening for policy leaders and practitioners in the fields of youth employment, alternative education, and young adult development. A complement to the annual Opportunity Week, the national co-sponsors are collaborating with local hosts including the Nashville Career Advancement Center. The primary objectives are to:

  • Provide leading-edge professional development and program quality development for leaders and front-line staff
  • Promote coordination among different networks and groups across the youth employment and education field
  • Discuss and inform relevant state and federal policy agenda(s)
  • Strengthen supports and services for key populations especially in southern states

Learn more and register.