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Policy Perspectives in Expanded Learning: Lessons Learned at the Local Level

06/10/2013 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM ET


Capitol Hill Forum


Washington, DC


Momentum is growing across the country to use expanded learning opportunities as an important strategy to support student success. Expanded learning organizations are increasingly seen as key players alongside the traditional K-12 system to help students develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed for success. As communities across the country continue to embrace collaborative efforts to support students’ holistic development, state and federal policy can play a key role in supporting such efforts.

This forum will highlight policy issues informed by best practices at the local level related to the value of intermediary organizations, quality and accountability, and school and community partnerships as these three areas are critical for influencing expanded learning and driving school change and youth outcomes. This event will be co-sponsored by the American Youth Policy Forum and the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), a coalition of organizations representing cities and regions around the county to expand the availability of high quality expanded learning opportunities that help children lead successful lives.

Presenters will include Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Partnership for Children and Youth in the Bay Area, California who will share the experience of an intermediary in coordinating diverse stakeholders, finding funding, developing community solutions, and informing public policy decisions; Laura Hansen, Director of Information Management and Decision Support, Metro Nashville Public Schools, who will discuss the school district’s success in engaging a wide range of stakeholders to support afterschool initiatives through data sharing; and Christina Russell, Managing Director, Policy Studies Associates, who will speak about how school and community partnerships impact student success.  

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