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Youth Development for Education Results Work Group

We know that schools cannot accomplish the important work of educating young people on their own. Our work group brings school and district leaders together with leaders of community organizations that provide academic, physical, social, and emotional support to students ages 5 to young adult in the Road Map region. Our focus is on developing and promoting policies and practices that support the whole child: strong partnerships, expanded access to after-school and summer learning opportunities, and increased attention to the social and emotional skills needed by both young people and adults. Our action plan goals include:

Goal 1:  ENHANCE AND IMPROVE PARTNERSHIP SYSTEMS AT THE COMMUNITY, SCHOOL, DISTRICT AND REGIONAL LEVEL THAT SUPPORT STRONG COLLABORATIONS THAT IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES

Priority Strategies:

  • Shared Leadership and Commitment to Partnerships: Create the conditions for shared leadership between schools and community organizations to improve student success.
  • Partnership Tool-Kit: Build a toolkit of practical, accessible resources to help schools and youth-serving organizations initiate and cultivate partnerships to serve more kids in effective programs. For more information, visit YDEKC.
  • Data Sharing: Develop the technology, policies, and practitioner-level tools and training to help partners use student and program data to inform student-level interventions and supports. We are working to closely with the PSESD on the Student Success Link data portal. For more information, visit PSESD.

Goal 2: ADVANCE EFFORTS TO MEASURE and IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS SKILLS and DISPOSITIONS (i.e. Engagement, Motivation, Social-Emotional, Non-Cognitive Skills)

Priority Strategy:

  • Shift adult practices to increase student success skills including youth engagement, motivation, and social emotional learning by supporting professional development, elevating promising practices and using student perception data (where possible) to inform decision making.

Goal 3: MORE AND BETTER EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES DURING SUMMER AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Priority Strategies:

  • Funding and Public Will: Identify and create consistent, stable funding streams for afterschool and expanded learning opportunities including public commitment to afterschool and expanded learning opportunities.
  • High-Quality Programs: Support the adoption of the Statewide Youth Program Quality standards and provide professional development and other capacity-building supports for organizations of all sizes to be able to meet standards.
  • Focus on Summer: Ensure more young people (Pre-K through High School) have the supports they need to be healthy, safe and actively engaged in the summer time and prevent summer learning loss.

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Jessica Werner, Youth Development Executives of King County
Contact: jwerner@ydekc.org

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