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POLICY DEBATE

The Power of Language: Rethinking How We Talk about Place

The way we talk about places can stigmatize whole communities. Researchers, community leaders, and academics have the power to shape how people think about, react to, and create policies for neighborhoods and cities. How can we be more cognizant of the impact of our words?

Featuring the following Experts:

John Klofas, Margery Turner, Lovely A. Warren, Lucretia P. Murphy, Mary Pattillo

Nancy La Vigne
Moderated by:
Nancy La Vigne
Director, Justice Policy Center
16

What a rich, insightful, and informative discussion! I've enjoyed learning from the diverse perspectives of our policy debate participants.  This discussion led us to some key principles (many summarized by John - thanks for doing my job...

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Aiming High: How to Help Boys and Young Men of Color Achieve Academic Success

From very young ages, boys and young men of color are underrepresented among youth who excel in school, and overrepresented among those with low grades, low test scores, and disciplinary problems. What barriers are standing in the way of their academic success? How can we help these young people reach their full potential? 

Featuring the following Experts:

Cynthia Brown, Michael J. Petrilli, Charles Payne, Matthew Chingos, Ronald Ferguson, Joan Massey, Tia Martinez

Margaret Simms
Moderated by:
Margaret Simms
Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
19

This has been a really rich discussion and it provides a lot for people to mull over as they think about ways to improve educational outcomes for boys and young men of color.  As noted by several of the debate participants, Ron Ferguson’s new...

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Bridging the Gap between Child Care and Workforce Development

What policy solutions could be deployed to better support the child care needs of parents trying to further their education and training?

Featuring the following Experts:

Karon Rosa, Vanessa Freytag, Ricardo Estrada, Linda Chappel, Tonya Williams

Teresa Derrick-Mills
Moderated by:
Teresa Derrick-Mills
Senior Research Associate
23

Their comments point to a number of federal funding streams that organizations can use to help support parents improve their education and training including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Child Care and Development Block Grant,...

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Implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: How to Tackle the Challenge of Employer Engagement

For workforce development organizations, working with employers is essential—and often challenging. What can help support effective policy and practice? 

Featuring the following Experts:

Fred Dedrick, Sheila Maguire, Jason Tyszko, Abby Snay, Chauncy Lennon, Ron Painter

Shayne Spaulding
Moderated by:
Shayne Spaulding
Senior Research Associate
18

As we close this policy debate, I want to take a moment to summarize some of the points made here. There is not a one-size fits all approach to employer engagement. To overcome the many challenges, the approaches workforce organizations and systems...

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Down Payment on Detroit: Charting the Next Steps in the Detroit Housing Recovery

How can we stabilize and improve Detroit's homebuying market while ensuring affordable options for homeowners and renters alike?   

Featuring the following Experts:

Erika C. Poethig, Laurie Goodman, Dekonti Mends Cole, Timothy Thorland, Janis Bowdler, Tim Bowler

Don Baylor
Moderated by:
Don Baylor
Senior Associate
17

We want to issue our deep appreciation to our participants in this inaugural policy debate on Detroit’s housing challenges and potential solutions.   Throughout the past few days, we have been able to dig deep on several issues, including...