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USC Report: Immigration Reform Could Boost California Economy

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| May 08, 2013
The USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration just released a new report titled What's at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform and Our Future Together. Funded in part by the Irvine Foundation, the report calculates the potential economic gains to California overall and in specific regions through national immigration reform. The researchers provide as a conservative estimate that the state’s economy could grow by $4.5 billion annually once undocumented residents have access to the greater educational and economic opportunities afforded by authorization and citizenship. The report authors call for California to plan ahead and to learn from existing regional cross-sector collaborations for effective integration of all residents into our society. One of the report authors, Dr. Manuel Pastor, made the case for reform in a compelling op-ed column in the Sacramento Bee. Here is the beginning of Dr. Pastor’s column:

 

Viewpoints: Why immigration overhaul matters to state
By Manuel Pastor

Reprinted from The Sacramento Bee, May 7, 2013

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Measuring the Impact of Social Media

BY Kevin Rafter
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As Manager of Impact Assessment and Learning, Kevin oversees evaluation efforts
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| May 03, 2013
Last week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invited a diverse group of foundation staff, evaluation professionals and social media experts to talk about measurement and evaluation of social media. You can get a feel for some of the topics and ideas that were shared by reading the Twitter activity captured by the hashtag #SM_RE. RWJF has also captured and organized the material related to this meeting on its website.

I found the meeting quite productive and helpful for those of us who think about evaluating our communications efforts and putting those evaluations in the context of our broader organizational goals. And although this subject might appear to be a bit too “in the weeds” for those who aren’t engaged in the evaluation of communications efforts, I would like to share some of the more interesting points that came up at the meeting.

A primary goal for the meeting was to identify how best to measure social media indicators for a common set of outcomes identified by the participants. The common outcomes were:

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Irvine In The News: April 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| May 01, 2013

In April 2013, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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From the President: Which Way California?

BY Jim Canales
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| Apr 25, 2013 2

Dear Friends,

Here are four views of California from the national media, just in the past month:

“Far from presiding over a Greek-style crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown is proclaiming a comeback.”
Paul Krugman column, The New York Times, March 31

“You can laugh at the sunbaked barbarians, even wish them ill. But you should not fail to see in their fledgling renaissance another chapter in the American experiment, no less daring than the Golden Gate Bridge or the castle that Hearst erected at continent’s edge.”
Timothy Egan column, The New York Times, March 28

“The more powerful message is where people are going when they leave states like California and New York, two states ranked among the “least free” in a recent study by the Mercatus Institute. They are going to red states where, according to Mercatus, there is greater individual freedom, less government regulation and lower taxes. Earth to Jerry Brown: California, you have a problem.”
David Davenport column, Forbes.com, April 11

“But, in the end, Brown has done little but slap a temporary, inadequate patch on a dysfunctional system of financing and service provision that needs a fundamental rethink if California is to build a better future.”
Matt Miller column, The Washington Post, April 4

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New Look, New Location

BY Jim Canales
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| Apr 20, 2013 4

I am pleased to share two exciting developments for us at The James Irvine Foundation.

First, effective today, we relocated our San Francisco headquarters to a new home in downtown San Francisco. We have moved across the street from our former location at 575 Market Street to One Bush Street, at the intersection of Market and First streets. This relocation was motivated by several factors. We wanted to secure a long-term lease during a time of steadily increasing rental rates and decreasing inventory in the San Francisco commercial marketplace. In addition, this move will enable us to consolidate our San Francisco staff onto a single floor (the 8th floor at One Bush) as opposed to being spread out across two floors, thereby creating more opportunities for internal collaboration as well as operational efficiency.

Our new building, the Crown-Zellerbach Building, is an historic 1959 building that was the first significant downtown structure erected after the Great Depression. It has historic landmark status and is recognized as an environmentally friendly building. The new office remains centrally located, which was a key priority for us, so our visitors will still be able to use all forms of public transportation to reach us (our location provides convenient access by BART to both the Oakland and San Francisco airports).

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Guest Post: Linked Learning Advocates Discuss Rapid Expansion

BY Hilary McLean
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Hilary McLean serves as deputy director of the Linked Learning Alliance. Ms. McL
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| Apr 15, 2013

By Hilary McLean, Deputy Director of the Linked Learning Alliance

We recently hosted a convening for our Youth program grantees who are working together to advance Linked Learning in California. We asked attendee Hilary McLean, Deputy Director of the Linked Learning Alliance, to share her impressions of the convening.

After two days spent this week with fellow advocates for Linked Learning, I came away with one main realization: We feel a collective urgency.

The field of Linked Learning is rapidly expanding. Sixty-three districts and county offices of education have committed to making Linked Learning a districtwide, and in many cases regional, strategy as part of a new state Linked Learning Pilot Program. This is an incredible and exciting leap of scale.

But like any growth spurt, there are potential growing pains. There is also concern that without appropriate supports in place, the growth in this field could end up not being truly rooted in the non-negotiable elements of Linked Learning and not delivering on the promise of true college and career readiness for all students.

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Leadership Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to April 10

BY Catherine Hazelton
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| Apr 05, 2013
Hot off the heels of Irvine’s 2013 Leadership Awards announcement, nominations are pouring in for the class of 2014. We can’t wait for the review process to start. Year after year we are wowed by the innovative nominees and how well they are addressing important challenges in their communities.

But it looks like we’ll have to wait just a few more days as we have extended the nominations deadline to April 10. If you haven’t yet nominated that terrifically effective leader who wows you, now is the time.

The $125,000 Leadership Award advances the work of individuals and small teams who are implementing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues. Nominees may be working in any field - such as education, health, public safety, economic development or the environment - and in the public, private or nonprofit sector. We seek nominees who have demonstrated inclusiveness and leadership in their fields and whose work is ready to be shared with policymakers and other practitioners.

We have simplified the application to make it easier to nominate someone for a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The application has two parts:

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Engaging Parents Leads to Better School Policies

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| Apr 04, 2013

A new report by Harder+Company Community Research on Irvine’s Families Improving Education (FIE) initiative offers fresh insights into the impact of parent and community involvement in educational policymaking. The report highlights how equipping parents with data, engaging them in discussions with school officials and connecting them with others in their region can transform school policies toward better educational outcomes for students.

The James Irvine Foundation launched the FIE initiative in 2008 to support parental involvement in K–12 educational policymaking. The Foundation partnered with Families In Schools to build the capacity of organizations in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire to engage parents and families in local and state decision making for education policies that affect their children.

Once the initiative was well-established, the Foundation and Families in Schools recognized the opportunity to evaluate the work and assess the most promising practices in FIE. We then contracted with Harder+Company to gauge the initiative’s impact on parents, organizations and school policymaking.

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Irvine In The News: March 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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| Apr 01, 2013

In March 2013, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Irvine Embarks on Immigration Reform Grantmaking

BY Amy Dominguez-Arms
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| Mar 29, 2013
As my colleague Tim Silard of the Rosenberg Foundation wrote so eloquently earlier this week, Californians have a tremendous stake in the national discussions underway on immigration reform. We are a state of immigrants, with immigrants and their children comprising 40 percent of California’s population and immigrant workers totaling over one-third of California’s labor force. Of the estimated 11 million undocumented persons in the United States, approximately 2.8 million live in California.

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors recently approved our making a set of grants this year to organizations facilitating the engagement of California immigrants and their allies in the critical policymaking occurring in the year ahead. Among the initial grants approved are one to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and one to support the California Immigrant Policy Center. Both organizations, in collaboration with many others, are working to assure that the experiences and views of California immigrants inform national and state decision making on immigration policy and the effective integration of immigrants into our communities.

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