We are excited to announce that Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network communities are invited to self-nominate for any or all GLR Honors--Pacesetter Honors, Council of Champions and Bright Spots--using the submission portal. The filing date for self-nominations is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Pacesetter Honors
Each year since the inception of the Campaign, GLR Network communities are honored as “Pacesetters" for demonstrating that progress is possible and identifying the leading edge of innovation and improvement for the GLR Network. Over the years, the GLR Campaign has recognized a total of 85 communities as Pacesetters, 48 of which have received recognition multiple times. Each year, the criteria get more challenging to meet and reflect the shared responsibility for driving with data and making measurable progress. Using co-developed criteria and a community driven self-nomination and review process, the GLR Campaign identifies communities that are truly exemplary and that thus warrant the designation “Campaign Pacesetter.”

Communities recognized as 2017 Pacesetters will be those that meet either or both of the following criteria:

1. Demonstrate promise and/or progress in alignment and/or collaboration for impact on early school success in one or more of the following areas:

  • across the early grades and early years
  • between STEM and literacy (reading and math)
  • between and among exemplary programs
  • between and among public agencies and systems
  • between and among the private, public and social sectors
  • between and among federal, state and local governments and agencies
  • with a focus on more vulnerable populations (dual language learners; system-involved children; children with learning differences, disabilities and attention issues)

2. Demonstrate measurable progress and/or promising trend lines toward one or more of the following:

  • Achieving population-level improvements in school readiness, school attendance and summer learning. 
  • Increasing the number and percentage of low-income children reading on grade level district-wide
  • Assuring community-wide sustainability of the civic action and advocacy agenda
  • Integrating the two key determinants of early school success — parents' success and healthy child development

Council of Champions
In 2017, the GLR Campaign recognized the following 10 individuals as founding members of the GLR Council of Champions. During the 2017 GLR Week in Denver, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading inducted four individuals into its Council of Champions. Read their profiles.

In early 2018, each GLR community is encouraged to nominate 3–5 individuals to be recognized as members of the GLR Council of Champions for their exemplary service.

Bright Spots
Since its inception, the GLR Campaign has used Bright Spots to capture the most inspiring and promising work that’s already underway in communities, schools and programs across the country. The purpose of these Bright Spots is to promote peer exchange and peer learning by offering concise, yet meaningful stories about the specific actions taken by Network communities that contribute to success and help drive improvement. Bright Spots are designed to enable communities to steal shamelessly and share seamlessly with colleagues across the country who are generating solutions to similar challenges. This year’s Bright Spots will focus broadly on highlighting innovative approaches and promising strategies for achieving bigger outcomes, larger impact and more sustainable scale.

This honors process will culminate in a series of recognition activities at GLR Week in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 23–27, 2018.


Additionally, please plan to join us for an informational webinar on January 11, 2018, at 2:00pm ET for greater insight into the process and the portal.


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