Bold Change Requires Solidarity Between Schools And Community Partners

August 19, 2021

Karen Pittman joined Paula Shannon of Tulsa Public Schools and Caroline Shaw of the Opportunity Project as a co-author of a blog for AASA, The School Superintendents Association, “Bold Change Requires Solidarity Between Schools And Community Partners.” This blog explores what it really takes to support the whole learning ecosystem through school-community partnerships.

Making the Invisible Visible Discussion Series

December 21, 2020

Throughout the months of November and December of 2020, the Readiness Projects team committed to “Making the Invisible Visible” – by tackling five thorny issues that need to be addressed in order to Build Forward Together.

Karen Pittman Joins 4-H Opportunity4All Youth Forum

August 5, 2020

Karen Pittman was invited by 4-H to join the Opportunity4all Virtual Forum, kickstarting an important conversation on the need for creating access, equity, and mobility for America’s youth. Karen joined Jennifer Sirangelo, Dr. Dan Gordon, and Dana Bolden for the discussion.

Coherence in K-12 Education: Coordinating Across Youth-Serving Agencies Using a Holistic View for Recovery & Renewal

July 16, 2020

In this time of momentous decisions about school re-openings and re-entry, coherent policy solutions require trust, communication, and deep engagement with partners from outside the K12 system. Panelists Paolo DeMaria, Karen Pittman, and Rey Saldaña expressed these ideas on July 16th in the second of Aspen Education’s five webinars built on the publication Recovery & Renewal: Principles for Advancing Public Education Post Crisis.

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

June 2, 2020

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’s Karen Pittman recently offered reflections on existing inequities in education that have been exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic.

Lessons to Use from the Science of Learning and Development: a Presentation to the ACCE Education & Talent Development Division

April 22, 2020

The science of learning and development findings help us expand our sights from a focus on the skills we want young people to have (21st Century Skills, Social Emotional Learning ) to a focus on how those skills are developed – HOW learning happens.  It also reinforces the fact that the potential for learning – skill development – is in all children, teens and young adults but is not realized unless we create the right types of experiences.

Youth Development Across the Federal Government: A Thought Leader Conversation with Cheri Hoffman

April 8, 2020

At least 21 federal agencies support programs and services focused on youth. What does it take to make sure that all of these policies and programs add up to positive, healthy outcomes for young people? For over a decade, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs has brought together representatives from these federal agencies to promote achievement of positive results for at-risk youth through coordination and collaboration, evidence-based and innovative strategies, and youth engagement and partnerships.

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important