Reproductive Health Care is Foundational to Thriving: A Discussion with Youth Leaders and Reproductive Health Advocates

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and revoking the constitutional right to abortion. Although reproductive health access for many low-income, rural, and systems-involved girls has long been
difficult, the Dobbs decision paved the way for states to outlaw abortion entirely, which is likely just the
beginning of attempts to further restrict access to more comprehensive reproductive health services.

Educating for American Democracy: More Important Than Ever.

A year ago, group of scholars, teachers and other stakeholders from across the ideological spectrum released the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap, presenting a broad vision for the integration of history and civics education throughout grades K–12. Since then, history and civics learning has become a red-hot issue at the intersection of many debates: access to fair and inclusive education; racial and social justice; parents’ rights; and the increasing polarization of America’s civic discourse.

How Youth Organizing Builds Skills for Thriving in College

Youth organizing is a key strategy for advancing just and equitable education – and, according to the findings of a new study by the NYU Metro Center – youth organizers build critical socio-emotional skills that help them thrive in college.

The study, supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, focuses on youth who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or people of color. Examining the impacts of youth organizing participation through the lens of transformative socioemotional learning, the study found that youth organizing participants build academic self-efficacy and critical navigation skills that help them succeed in college.

Supporting Children and Families to Thrive

Join researchers and practitioners to dive into new reports commissioned by RWJF Healthy Children and Families. We’ll learn how these findings resonate with the experiences of our practitioner/advocate panel, elevate implications for philanthropy and identify steps toward advancing policies that support families and children to thrive.

Taxonomy Project

If you’ve encountered SEL frameworks and terms with different and even conflicting definitions of similar skills and capacities, you are not alone! This common problem is an ongoing source of confusion for the SEL field. Fortunately, Harvard’s EASEL Lab has been working for the past 4 years to create a Rosetta Stone for SEL frameworks and terms.