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February 9, 2012
Grand Leadership: Mayor Puts Youth First
Thanks to the efforts of Mayor George Heartwell and Ready by 21, citizens of Grand Rapids, Mich. is working to improve outcomes of children and for them to be ready ...
February 2, 2012
Karen Pittman on Extended Learning Time
Learning in Afterschool blog interviews youth development expert Karen Pittman about the youth development movement, for which she is credited of starting, and why ...
January 30, 2012
Ready, Willing and Able
Youth development expert Karen Pittman reviews a new book about college access and success.
January 27, 2012
Lessons for Youth Program Quality Improvement Initiatives
The YMCA of Greater Seattle—one of the largest youth-serving agencies in Western Washington—is measuring its work a little differently. No stranger to ...
January 24, 2012
Youth Rising: Writing Your Way out of Juvenile Detention
How a magazine written by and for incarcerated young people helped one 20-year-old not just survive, but find a foothold in the job market.
January 23, 2012
In Praise of Child's Play for All of Us
Children need play to learn, and so do adults. Our sense of community, our economic success, entrepreneurship, job creation demand creative "play," as Jan ...
January 20, 2012
A Closer Look: Funding Cuts Threaten Conditions for Learning
We all know that what happens outside of school doesn't stay there. Congress' decision to eliminate the Safe and Drug-Free Schools & Communities grants ...
January 18, 2012
Summer Jobs+: Inside a White House Launch
If you weren’t at the recent launch of this initiative to boost employment for low-income and disconnected youth, here’s the next best thing: Forum Vice ...
January 13, 2012
Share Your Afterschool Successes & Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!
Have you had great successes in afterschool programs in your community? Do you want to share your successes to help others develop sound programs? Want a chance ...
January 9, 2012
Counterpoints: Longer School Days at the Expense of Afterschool?
Should schools have longer, structured days?
January 6, 2012
Maine Brings Together Communities to Support Early Childhood Development
Those looking for ways to get community members involved in Ready by 21 and get media attention for their efforts might learn from an island in Maine.
January 6, 2012
Creating Better Outcomes for Youth In Pima County, Arizona
Pima County, Ariz., is getting attention for using Ready by 21 strategies to improve early childhood education and youth development. This story shows how the United ...
January 4, 2012
Archived Webinar: Will Expanded Learning Time = Better Outcomes?
The U.S. Department of Education has established a waiver process to help states obtain additional flexibility in meeting No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) ...
December 21, 2011
Why Strong Afterschool Programs Matter
Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance Jodi Grant, backed by a new report, presents the arguments for the expanded school day--instead of afterschool programs.
December 21, 2011
Afterschool Hours: Game Changer for Innovative Learning and Leadership
Many suggest the need to engage kids in positive afterschool programs and develop their successful futures as leaders in the classroom and beyond. But ...
December 21, 2011
Time in School: How Does the U.S. Compare?
This new concludes that contrary to popular perception that most U.S. public schools require at least as much or even more instructional time for students than ...
December 8, 2011
Friend of SparkAction Named as OST Emerging Scholar
Tom Akiva of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a fellow project of the Forum for Youth Investment, has been honored with the America Educational ...
December 1, 2011
Caution: Expanded Learning Time ≠ Expanded Learning
Youth development expert Karen Pittman discusses expanded learning as it gains new traction all over the country.
November 8, 2011
Opportunity Nation: Live Blog
SparkAction's Tara James attended the Opportunity Nation Summit in New York, and she kept us posted via live blogging as the event went on. Here are her responses ...
November 3, 2011
Survey & Infographic: Superintendents on Out of School Time
A new survey of superintendents shows overwhelming support for out of school time for student success. A colorful, clear infographic shares the results.
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