Ready News: November 13, 2020

Researcher-Policymaker Collaboration in COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Boston’s Summer Jobs Program

Free Webinar by the American Youth Policy Forum
Wednesday, November 18
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

How can research inform policy in the midst of a crisis? This past spring, a collaborative relationship between Professor Alicia Modestino and the Boston Mayor’s office saved and then expanded Boston’s summer jobs program in the midst of the biggest pandemic in a century. This webinar will share the lessons learned from that story, featuring introductory remarks by Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation, who served for many years on the Forum for Youth Investment’s Board.

Panelists include:

  • Vivian Tseng, Senior Vice President of Program, William T. Grant Foundation
  • Alicia Modestino, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
  • Midori Morikawa, Director of Business Strategy at the City of Boston
  • Moderator: Loretta Goodwin, Deputy Director, AYPF

Register now.



Summer Solutions Leadership Series

Virtual Convening
November 16-18, 2020

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) will be leading three days of informative and exciting sessions from November 16 to 18 featuring education influencers, researchers, journalists, and award-winning program leaders who will share their knowledge on emerging program practices, along with policy and research shaping the out-of-school time field during this COVID-19 pandemic. The event is free to attend.

Day 1: Program Quality — November 16, 12-2 PM ET
Day 2: Policy — November 17, 1-3 PM ET
Day 3: Partnerships & Communities — November 18, 1-3 PM ET

Register for one or more of the days.



Current Issues in Out-of-School Time Call for Book Proposals

Open October 1 – December 1, 2020

The Current Issues in Out-of-School Time (OST) series, published by Information Age Publishing (IAP), promotes and disseminates original theoretical and empirical research, promising practices, and policy perspectives from practitioners to further grow and develop the OST field.

There is now a call for edited book volumes open from October 1 to December 1, 2020. The series welcomes ideas for book topics that bring a multi-disciplinary approach, illuminate relevant issues in the field, and appeal to a broad range of audiences both within the OST field and beyond. IAP is looking for individuals and/or editorial teams who bring diverse perspectives. Book editors should have expertise in the subject matter proposed in their book.

The Current Issues in Out-of-School Time book series bridges research and practice by stimulating discussion about: research-informed practice and practice-informed research; emerging, innovative strategies in the field; groundbreaking research that is deepening our understanding of the what, why, and how of OST; and areas left unexplored or issues that demand our urgent attention in order to improve the equity, access, quality, and diverse outcomes for all children and youth.

Learn more and submit your idea.



The Intersection of Developmental Relationships, Equitable Environments, and SEL

How, in practice, can a youth-serving organization integrate social emotional learning into everything it does?

Search Institute’s research points to relationships. Relationships are a critically important mechanism by which youth learn about themselves and about how to communicate and connect with another person. And, when these relationships develop in a context that supports and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion, they have the potential to be truly transformative.

This research brief provides a descriptive snapshot of young people’s experiences of developmental relationships, equitable environments, and social-emotional competence, as well as how these experiences vary across settings and among young people with different racial backgrounds.

Review the report.