Partnership for After School Education

Issue 95
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March 02, 2015

Harlem Youth Court

The Harlem Youth Court, which trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges and advocates, handling real-life cases involving their peers, is now accepting applications. The goal of the court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses learn accountability and restore the harm done to the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Through the experience of serving on the court, youth develop critical thinking, leadership, and public speaking skills. In order to apply, youth must be between the ages of 14 and 18 by September 2015, must be able to attend 8 weeks of summer training, and must be able to attend hearings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 - 7:00 PM, from September 2015-June 2016. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

March 02, 2015

Professional Development Resource to Promote Family Engagement

The Harvard Family Research Project and the Community Engagement Team in the Department of Human Services in Cambridge, MA have developed the Create Your Own Case Toolkit, a practitioner-driven professional development resource designed to help those who work with families to reflect on experiences with families and recreate stories as cases. The resulting cases that they develop can be used to create informal or formal conversations among practitioners and families, enabling practitioners to better serve children and families.

March 02, 2015

Study on Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal has published Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Identifying School Risk and Protective Factors for Youth Delinquency, a study that examines the factors that either exacerbate or mitigate youth delinquency in schools and proposes policies to reduce exclusionary discipline practices, academic failure, and high dropout rates, which disproportionately affect students of color. Interested readers without a subscription to the journal will need to pay in order to access the study.

March 02, 2015

Black Lives Matter: The 50 State Report on Public Education & Black Males

The Schott Foundation for Public Education recently released the 2015 installment of Black Lives Matter: The 50 State Report on Public Education & Black Males, which illustrates how Black male students are too often neglected in our country's inequitable public education system. This biennial report series chronicles the hurdles and systemic challenges in the national education system, including disparities in school discipline and inequitable school supports, that result in frustrating, racially identifiable gaps in graduation rates.