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Navigating ADSY Financial Requirements: Considerations for Successfully Accessing Additional Days School Year Funds

In 2019, the Texas Education Agency launched its Additional Days School Year grant program, making new funding available for elementary schools offering extended year opportunities to students. To access these funds, LEAs must meet specific and sometimes-nuanced requirements. This guide lays out what those are and provides insights on how LEAs can take full advantage of ADSY funding to create sustainable extended-year options.

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In 2019, the Texas Education Agency launched its Additional Days School Year grant program, making new funding available for elementary schools offering extended year opportunities to students. To access these funds, LEAs must meet specific and sometimes-nuanced requirements. This guide lays out what those are and provides insights on how LEAs can take full advantage of ADSY funding to create sustainable extended-year options.
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    Policies and Practices that Promote Equity and Racial Justice in Schools

    What can district leaders do to promote equity and racial justice for their students? FourPoint has identified practical steps that administrators and board members can take.

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    What can district leaders do to promote equity and racial justice for their students? FourPoint has identified practical steps that administrators and board members can take.
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      Moving the College Access Needle for the New Majority: Lessons from Leading Communities

      What steps can school districts and their community partners take to help more students succeed after graduation? A new NCAN report, authored by FourPoint Partner and Vice President Rudy Ruiz, examines four districts’ efforts to improve their students’ postsecondary outcomes. The report offers practical, replicable, actionable approaches to transforming postsecondary advising in K-12 systems.

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      What steps can school districts and their community partners take to help more students succeed after graduation? A new NCAN report, authored by FourPoint Partner and Vice President Rudy Ruiz, examines four districts’ efforts to improve their students’ postsecondary outcomes. The report offers practical, replicable, actionable approaches to transforming postsecondary advising in K-12 systems.
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        Each college and university is unique. This tool lays out questions students can use to find one that is a good fit.
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          FourPoint has developed a City Afterschool System Framework to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The one-page framework is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.
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            City Strategies to Engage Older Youth in Afterschool Strategies: Strategy Guide

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            This FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) guide, produced in partnership with the National League of Cities, describes four strategies that municipal leaders can employ to promote high-quality out-of-school time opportunities for middle and high school youth.
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              Diagnostic CTE Review: Providence Public Schools

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              FourPoint and UPD Consulting conducted a diagnostic review of the Career and Technical Education programs of the Providence Public School District (PPSD). Findings and recommendations in this report are intended to support PPSD in improving outcomes for students, including access to high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand career fields.
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                District Self-Assessment of Principal Supervisor Role

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                To help districts fully realize the powerful impact of principal supervisors, FourPoint Education Partners designed a self-assessment tool that leaders can use to evaluate how well the principal supervisor role is being leveraged to improve teaching and learning in schools.
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                  In this report, funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) explores the many ways that programs are using resources to support more comprehensive approaches to learning. The report focuses on funding that connects in-school and out-of-school learning and creating community networks to tap and connect a wider set of resources.
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                    Financing Community Schools: A Framework for Growth and Sustainability

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                    Community school practitioners continue to ask: How do we finance this? How can we sustain our community schools? This brief from FourPoint and the Partnership for the Future of Learning offers several answers, drawing on real district and state level examples to help community school leaders with the complex work of developing and implementing a finance plan to support all aspects of community schools.
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                      Financing Expanded Learning Time in Schools

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                      FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) along with the National Center for Time and Learning, collected and analyzed finance data from five different models of expanded learning to understand and unpack the realities, both financial and technical, of implementing a longer school day.
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                        Find Your College Fit Activity: Shuffle, Sort and Stack

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                        Students who select good-fit educational pathways after high school earn degrees and credentials at higher rates. But deciding which colleges and universities to apply to can be daunting. This activity helps students conduct a more targeted search and ultimately select schools that are a solid match and fit.
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                          FourPoint Leadership: The Necessary Bridge Between Policy and Educational Equity

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                          In a paper for The George Washington University's Graduate School of Education, Scott Joftus lays out FourPoint's model of leadership, which emphasizes a clear theory of action, effective use of the principal supervisor role, capacity building through coaching, and performance management.
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                            Funding Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Public Funding in Maryland

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                            In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) developed and tested a methodology for collecting and analyzing data that provides information to state and local policymakers on public investments in summer programs. The methodology was tested in four local jurisdictions in Maryland and can be replicated in other locales.
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                              Governance of City Afterschool Systems: A Review and Analysis

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                              FourPoint served on the technical assistance team for The Wallace Foundation’s Afterschool System Building Initiative (ASB) from 2012 to 2017. Through this role and work in other communities, we began to see several distinct types of governance structures - ways of formally engaging stakeholders in systems - emerging. This paper details what we learned in our exploration of city afterschool system governance.
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                                Governance Structures for Afterschool Systems: Three Models

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                                FourPoint has been paying close attention to how city afterschool systems across the country are governing their work. With support from The Wallace Foundation, we’ve developed a summary and infographic to share what we’ve learned.
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                                  Infographic – Governance Structures for Afterschool Systems: Three Models

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                                  This infographic, developed with support from The Wallace Foundation, lays out key features of three emerging models of city afterschool system governance.
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                                    Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in California, 2008

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                                    In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) collected and analyzed data in five cities in California to inform the work of the state legislature and Summer and Intersession Enrichment Task Force as they considered additional investments in summer programs.
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                                      Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in Indianapolis and Marion County, 2008

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                                      FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) provided support to a local funder collaborative in Marion County (Indianapolis metro area) to better understand the magnitude and nature of investments in summer learning.
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                                        Leveraging GEAR UP: A District Self-Assessment

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                                        The federal GEAR UP grant program can play a powerful role in boosting a culture of college, career, and life readiness and ensuring students graduate prepared for postsecondary success. Informed by its supports to districts implementing GEAR UP, FourPoint created this self-assessment tool to help leaders fully leverage their programs.
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                                          Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education

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                                          Special education and gifted and talented programs were designed for children whose educational needs are not well met in regular classrooms. These programs have had disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic minority students. This book, co-edited by Chris Cross, considers possible contributors to this disparity.
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                                            Planning for Re-Entry & Recovery: A Guide for Promoting Equity, Improvement, and Innovation

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                                            FourPoint developed this guide to help education leaders plan for re-entry and recovery while transforming their education systems following COVID-19. It provides a structure and framework for addressing student and staff well-being, learning loss, college and career readiness, partnerships with families and community organizations, logistics and operations, and strategic resource deployment.
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                                              Playbook for Redesigning Schools for the 21st Century

                                              Playbook: Redesigning Schools For a Changing Future

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                                              The Playbook gives practical guidance on how to initiate, plan, implement, and manage a school redesign process, leading readers through the process of developing a clear and coherent vision for change and then designing and managing the change process.
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                                                Policy, Partnership and Progress: Expanding Learning Opportunities in Connecticut

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                                                With support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Ford Foundation, FourPoint took a close look at how federal, state, and local policies, political climates, and philanthropic investments have shaped the state of expanded learning opportunities in Connecticut. The resulting case study is instructive for philanthropic and education leaders alike.
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                                                  Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Educational Opportunity: A Pilot Inventory of Education-Related Federal Programs for Children and Youth

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                                                  In this report, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) presents a rationale for adopting a more comprehensive, whole-child approach to education reform; describes how an inventory of federal programs can support this effort; and presents findings from a pilot inventory of education-related federal programs for children and youth.
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                                                    Promoting Sustainability for Promise Neighborhood Grantees

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                                                    Across the country, Promise Neighborhood grantees are leveraging significant federal and local investments to improve outcomes for students and families. In fall 2019, FourPoint Education Partners undertook this needs assessment to understand the financial landscape of Promise Neighborhood grantees and how they are approaching sustainability—strategies, challenges, and supports to help them continue their work beyond the federal grant term.
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                                                      Santa Clara County Early Learning Facilities Study

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                                                      In 2017-2018, FourPoint Education Partners was pleased to be one of the multiple project partners with the Santa Clara County Office of Education in developing recommendations for Early Childhood Facilities across Santa Clara County. The role of the FourPoint team was to collect stakeholder input, review relevant resources, research and data, and synthesize findings. We are proud to share this resulting report with you.
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                                                        Strengthening Partnerships and Building Public Will for Out-of-School Time Programs: A Strategy Guide

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                                                        In partnership with the National League of Cities, FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) developed this guide to help mayors create strong partnerships that build public will and increase investments in for out-of-school time programs.
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                                                          FourPoint has developed a Sustainability Self-Assessment to help cities that are building—or considering building—city afterschool systems. The assessment is free to use and can be adapted by local communities to meet their needs.
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                                                            Transforming Waukegan Public Schools: On a Path to Sustainable Improvement

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                                                            After several strategic shifts, Waukegan Public Schools is starting to improve outcomes for its historically underserved students - most of its student body. As districts across the country aim for the same, this case study explains how WPS' improvements have been won and what battles lie ahead as the district continues its quest to deliver equity and results to its students and community.
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                                                              United Way Worldwide Education Research Overview

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                                                              FourPoint (formerly Cross & Joftus) created a framework and provided research and technical support for this Research Overview for United Way Worldwide. The report demonstrates the research base for investments from early childhood through college and workforce preparation to guide investments and field-building for local United Ways across the county.
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                                                                Using Expanded Learning to Support Reforms

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                                                                This FourPoint (previously Cross & Joftus) paper was originally published as part of a volume of commissioned papers titled “Enhancing School Reform Through Expanded Learning” that was distributed at the National Press Club on January 12, 2009. It provides information and insights into the ways that states, cities, and districts are using their resources to expand learning in support of a wide variety of reform approaches.
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