School districts awarded $25,000 grants through ‘Ready by 21’

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

At a time when school systems across the country are stepping up efforts to educate the “total child,” five school districts have been awarded grants of $25,000 each to expand learning opportunities and enhance college and career readiness, announced today by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The grants will provide the districts with funds to build partnerships, capacity and structures to offer more and more varied learning opportunities to their students.

Ready by 21® is a set of innovative strategies developed by The Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 increases the capacity of leaders to achieve collective impact for children and youth by providing standards, proven tools and solutions, and ways to measure and track their success. To see examples of Ready by 21 work in communities, click here.

“A quality education is more than what takes place inside the classroom,” said Karen Pittman, president and chief executive officer of The Forum for Youth Investment. “Schools need support from the entire community to ensure our children and young adults are ready for college, work and life. We’re very pleased to partner with AASA, an organization dedicated to strengthening school districts nationwide, as we work to achieve our goals.”

The five districts chosen to receive the grants include:

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Washington, D.C.);
  • Boone County Schools (Florence, Ky.);
  • Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Ky.);
  • Goochland County Public Schools (Va.) in partnership with Richmond Public Schools (Va.);
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (Tenn.).

A signature partner of Ready by 21, AASA supports expanded learning opportunities at local and district levels including not just the amount of time spent learning, but the what, when, where and how youth learn. This can include extending or revamping the school day, offering before and after-school activities, experiential learning, internships, summer learning and building community schools.

“Our partnership with The Forum for Youth Investment is an illustration of how we are working together to grow stronger school systems and more importantly, help the students they serve,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Through AASA’s Children’s Programs, we are grateful to be part of this movement because it focuses on the importance of educating the total child—academic advances, increased attendance, parental involvement and overall student engagement in our communities.” Funding for this grant was made possible through the Forum’s partnership with the Altria Group, a Fortune 200 company based in Henrico County, Va.

About the Forum for Youth Investment

The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. For more information, please visit www.forumfyi.org.

About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.