Ready News: November 1, 2021

Using Evidence for Promoting Equity for Children and Youth

Webinar Presented by the Urban Institute and the Forum for Youth Investment 
November 10, 3:00-4:30 PM ET 

The Urban Institute and the Forum for Youth Investment invite you to a conversation about how evidence and evaluation can promote and reflect equity initiatives in the policy space, particularly policies that affect children and youth. The Biden administration’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government highlights the importance of data and evaluation in advancing equity in the federal landscape. This forum will showcase several key interactions between equity and evidence and evaluation, focusing on child and youth policy. Some themes we will discuss include strategies for engaging and centering community members most affected by research and evaluation, aligning equity frameworks with outcome frameworks, and using existing evidence to promote equitable policy and program changes.

United We Learn: Honoring America’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Education

State and local policymakers are making consequential decisions about the treatment of race and racism in schools. It is crucial, right now, to slow down, consider the evidence from research and experience, and apply that knowledge to improve teaching about race and racism.

The Aspen Institute released a report this month which looks at empirical research on teaching about race and racism, across more than 40 studies on child development, beliefs about academic ability, positive ethnic-racial identity, and sense of belonging.

Read the report.

Social and Emotional Learning and Sustainability

Webinar Presented by CASEL 
November 19, 11:00 am – 12:00 PM ET 

What makes SEL implementation last long-term, especially as people and contexts change?

Ten years ago, CASEL launched the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI) to study whether it was possible to implement SEL systemically in large, urban school districts. The goal was to create a shift in how entire districts approach education. Not only did the CDI demonstrate that it was possible to implement SEL even in the most complex systems, but every district partner has continued to deepen and expand SEL since joining.

Join as the presenters reflect on lessons learned over the past decade and share six elements for sustaining SEL implementation across a district.

The Forum is Hiring

Join Our Growing Team!!

It’s an exciting time at the Forum and we’d love for you to join us! We are seeking an Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications, who will lead all internal and external communications efforts. The person taking on this position will be a keen strategist and skilled tactician with expertise in organizational communications, employee engagement and change management communications, leadership/executive communications, media relations, and issues management. The successful candidate will be a trusted advisor as they represent the voice of communications to the leadership team, including the CEO and Board.

Learn more and apply.

Belonging in the Workforce

Race, Identity, and Belonging at Work: A Virtual Summit   
Virtual Session Presented by the America’s Promise Alliance and Grads of Life 
November 8, 1:00-4:00 PM ET  

America’s Promise and Grads of Life are hosting a free half-day summit to the explore the following questions related to cultivating belonging in the workplace:

  • Why do our identities matter at work?
  • What tactics can employers use to cultivate feelings of belonging, particularly for employees of color?
  • What insights can young workers provide to employers on creating a welcoming workplace?

Participants will hear from young workers; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experts; and employers as they share strategies, research, and lessons learned from collaborative efforts to improve workplace environments around the country. Throughout the day, sessions will include topics such as adultism in the workplace, accessibility in the workplace, research-supported strategies for advancing DEI goals, and more. Conversations will center the perspectives of young, early career workers who are traditionally not included in decision-making around organizational DEI strategies.