January 17, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 2
Message From the CEO
The Three R's
During his tenure at Goucher College, President Jose Antonio Bowen has introduced a new meaning to “the three R’s.” Rather than the old school - reading, (w)riting, and (a)rithmetic, Goucher promotes learning based on relationships, resilience, and reflection. President Bowen will have more to say on this in the book he is writing, but essentially, he believes that crucial to a student’s learning in college and beyond are personal connections, persistence and adaptability, and self-awareness.
These same core skills and experiences are essential to pre-college learning, from the earliest pre-K through grade 12. Over the past two years, the Aspen Institute has convened a National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, to explore what constitutes learning for the whole child. On Tuesday, the commission released its final report, “From a Nation at Risk to A Nation at Hope,” with recommendations for how learning can succeed in ensuring each child can achieve well-being. The National Human Services Assembly has been privileged to be a partner in discussions involving youth development organizations and how we all contribute to and can model the social and emotional development of a child. The commission’s work has been an expansive process and the report is worth your time (see below for more information).
Now comes the hard part, when the discussion moves out of academia, research, and thinking, to implementation. In the human service sector we know the value of taking a holistic approach to youth development, and we look forward to working with our colleagues in education and elsewhere as we prepare our children to thrive in their own lives and to become contributing members of society to the betterment of all of us.
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
New Report: Education and Achieving Children's Well-Being
On Tuesday, the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development released its final report, "From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope." The release spotlights the voices of educators, students, community leaders, and scholars who are part of the growing effort to reshape learning and change lives across America. After two decades of education debates that produced deep passions and deeper divisions, we have a chance for a fresh start. A growing movement dedicated to the social, emotional, and academic well-being of children is reshaping learning and changing lives across America. On the strength of its remarkable consensus, a nation at risk is finally a nation at hope. Visit the website to read and download an executive summary, the full report, and other resources. Follow the Commission on Twitter at @AspenSEAD to stay in the know. 
Federal Judge Strikes Citizenship Question from 2020 Census
Since the Census Bureau announced the inclusion of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, NHSA has called for its removal. Adding the question would lead to a significant undercount and undermine the apportionment of congressional seats in the most populous states and urban areas, many of which have large immigrant populations.
Last June, multiple coalitions of immigrant rights advocates and state attorney generals filed several lawsuits challenging the Department of Commerce’s addition of the question. The suits claim that Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to include the citizenship question violated the federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Six of the cases were consolidated and went to trial in November. On Tuesday, the trial court issued its ruling, vacating Secretary Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question, thereby preventing the Department of Commerce from including it on the census questionnaire, pending appeal.
Read the full update on our National Assembly Today blog.
Changes in 2019 Healthcare and Tax Policy
Here at NHSA, we can't be experts in every policy, so we often look to our members and partners who specialize in other areas. Here are articles on two major policy areas of interest in 2019, healthcare and taxes. One of NHSA’s select partners, FamilyWize, stays in-tune with changes on the healthcare front. Read “2019 Healthcare Coverage: What is New This Year,” an analysis of changes and trends we can expect to see in healthcare in 2019 for end users. On the tax front, read “The Effects of 2019 Tax-Policy Decisions Will Linger for Decades. It’s Time to Weigh In.” by Tim Delaney and David Thompson of National Council of Nonprofits, published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Opportunities and Resources
  • Encore Fellow – Individuals seeking a high-impact, flexible, time-limited, paid assignment with nonprofits and public agencies, or offering the opportunity to work in a new social-purpose environment should apply. Deadline: Ongoing via Encore.org »
  • 12 unique funding opportunities each week via GrantStation Insider »
  • Census 2020: Why Getting It Right Matters (A Lot!) from 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET on January 23 »
  • IT Solutions for Nonprofits with Contour Data Solutions from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET on January 24 »
  • Staples Business Advantage: One-Stop-Shop For All of Your Business Needs from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET on January 30 »
  • Place Matters: A Two-Generation Approach to Housing via Ascend and Urban Institute from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET on January 30 »
  • The Power of Relationship Education for Student Success via The Dibble Institute from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET on February 13 »
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With a new year upon us, we thought it would be useful to revisit the origins of reframing by taking a close look at the FrameWorks Institute MessageMemo, "Talking Human Services," that is the research-based foundation for the National Reframing Initiative’s work. We frequently refer readers to "Talking Human Services," and so in the latest newsletter we provided key takeaways about how the public thinks about human services that can guide your use of this meaty resource.
Partner Spotlight
Invest in Yourself - New Courses from Leaderosity
Leaderosity, a program of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, has in-depth and interactive online courses taught by industry experts. Each course offers an engaging, on-demand learning experience featuring video, audio, quizzes, and more. The courses use an applied-learning technique, providing you the opportunity to try out course concepts through the creation of real-world products. Two upcoming courses start soon! Learn more and enroll in Nonprofit Fundraising & Resource Development (starts Jan. 28) and Effective Staff Supervision (Feb. 25).
It's time again to renew membership with NHSA. If your organization hasn't completed the 2019 Dues Form and submitted it, reach out to Melanie Richardson, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, at mrichardson@nassembly.org or (202) 347-2080 ext. 32 for more information.
Renewal forms are due by January 31!
Member Highlights
Travelers Aid Names New President
The Travelers Aid International (TAI) Board of Directors has selected Kathleen S. Baldwin, the current president of Travelers Aid Society of San Diego, to be the organization's next president. Baldwin, who has led the San Diego agency since 2001, will assume the job in Washington on February 11. She has been a TAI board member for the last 13 years. Earlier in her career, Baldwin led Camp Fire Boys and Girls and Rainbow Island, both in San Diego, as well as Rainbow Center for Exceptional Children in Yuma, Arizona.
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