Susanne R. Bell's Posts (132)

  • March Read Aloud Month

    The Campaign recently received this message from our friends at Read Aloud 15. Please consider using these fantastic social media messages during March and share with your partners. 

    We are excited to share our March Read Aloud Month campaign materials, which now include daily social media messages, here. Our theme for March is, "Make the Magical Connection". 

    Meet Reffie the Read Aloud Giraffe! 

    You can find Reffie, available for downloading in English and Spanish, within our Partner Toolkit.

    We would love your help during March with "Where's Reffie?" to advance the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES message. Please think of fun places to take photos with Reffie – for an audience of parents or caregivers with children from birth to 8 – and send to us, or post on social media using #readaloud15.

    Remember, only 15% of parents are reading aloud to their child in the first year of life. Over three million babies in our nation each year are missing out on the amazing early brain development benefits just 15 minutes a day provides. You can make a difference by sharing our campaign messages with everyone The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading reaches.

    Best regards,
    Bob Robbins, Executive Director
    Read Aloud 15 MINUTES National Campaign
    Email: robbins.bob@readaloud.org

     

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  • GLR Honors Filing Date Extended

    The filing date for GLR Honors is now Friday, February 23.  
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  • Yesterday the GLR Support Center held an information webinar, GLR Honors: Getting Ready to Self-Nominate, for greater insight into the GLR Honors, the process and the submission portal.

    VIEW THE RECORDING and DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES

    We reviewed the GLR Honors categories that that Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network communities are invited to self-nominate for:

    • Council of Champions
    • Bright Spots
    • Pacesetter Honors

    Communities are invited to self-nominate for any or all of these GLR Honors using the submission portal. Here is a Word version of the submission portal to assist you in developing your submission. 

    VISIT THE ONLINE GLR HONORS SUBMISSION PORTAL

    As we continue to develop a more robust “bigger outcomes” strategy, the GLR Campaign seeks to lift up and recognize (1) communities that are setting the pace, (2) individuals who are making extraordinary contributions and (3) strategies that are serving as bright spots to illuminate the path forward in producing sustainable momentum toward closing the reading proficiency gap. 

    Information in this webinar will help communities prepare to file their self-nomination by Friday, February 16, 2018. The GLR Honors process will culminate in a series of recognition activities at GLR Week in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 23–27, 2018. The GLR Support Center will hold one more webinar on this topic on Thursday, February 8.

    REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY 8 WEBINAR

     

     

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  • 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. This honors process will culminate in a series of recognition activities at GLR Week in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 23–27, 2018.
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  • If you're already a member of the GLR Network, please share this opportunity with your regional and statewide colleagues. If you want to learn more or perhaps have already begun the process of joining the GLR Network, you will not want to miss this online meeting.
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  • New York's Cohoes City School District Superintendent Jennifer Spring and her leadership team helped reduce chronic absenteeism in schools by using videos and social media to communicate the importance of regular attendance and contracting with a local transit authority to provide free bus service. Spring was recently named a "superintendent to watch" by the National School Public Relations Association.
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  • Healthy Homes Des Moines (HHDSM) is pleased to announce its status as a recipient of the national BUILD 2.0 grant. This grant worth $250,000 will allow HHDSM to move into its second phase of work in the Des Moines area helping families with children who suffer from asthma.
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  • Key findings included removing lead from water service lines, eradicating lead paint hazards, ensuring contractors comply with EPA rules, eliminating lead from airplane fuel, and providing targeted interventions.
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  • The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is very excited to share a groundbreaking new resource for the Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Initiative: What Works for Third Grade Reading. This collection of working papers addresses whole-child, birth-to-age-eight factors that move the needle on children’s reading proficiency at third grade and offers research-based policy, practice and program options that can make progress on those factors.
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  • Coaching for Literacy organizes the Fight for Literacy Games, a movement of coaches, teams and fans who support literacy efforts through awareness, volunteer work and donations. Over the past four basketball seasons, CFL has conducted 75 Fight for Literacy Games with nearly 40 NCAA programs to fund 50 literacy projects in 20 communities that have directly supported more than 8,000 children. CFL is expanding the Fight for Literacy Games, which provides literacy partners valuable awareness and…
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  • With more than 10 million children participating in afterschool programs nationwide, program providers have the opportunity to make a real impact on students’ futures by supporting their literacy skill development. Extending and Enhancing Literacy Learning in Afterschool Programs, a new practice guide by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, offers afterschool providers a comprehensive guide to implementing or strengthening a focus on literacy learning in their programs.
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  • The Casey Foundation is seeking proposals from communities interested in implementing Evidence2Success, a framework that brings public system and resident leaders together to improve child well-being. The Foundation will select up to three new sites to join Providence, Rhode Island, Mobile and Selma, Alabama, and Kearns Township in Salt Lake County, Utah, which are already carrying out the framework.
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  • All of the new summer campaign materials from Read Aloud 15 MINUTES will be available, in English and Spanish, in their Partner Toolkit on May 3. The summer theme is, "Where will books take you?". Last year, many of our school-based partners and libraries asked us to make the materials available at the beginning of May so they can be distributed before summer break and included in their summer programs.
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  • Imagine these everyday scenes: A father and his two-year-old are in their library’s bookmobile, checking out electronic and print picture books they just enjoyed at story time. Kindergartners select photos and drawings for their school’s annual multimedia slideshow. A grandmother and teacher share a laptop, clicking on videos that demonstrate Spanish-language word games for school and home. Each day, parents, caregivers, and children are building language and literacy skills for the 21st…
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  • The All-America City Awards Gathering is coming up on June 13-16. In addition to celebrating the recipients of the All-America City Awards, this conference has a primary purpose of connecting, equipping and inspiring the Grade-Level Reading Network. We will cover all components of the conference, including the concurrent workshops, plenary sessions and receptions. For the workshops, there are nine strands chosen to represent the work of the GLR Network. Speakers during the workshops are GLR…
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  • We are most effective when we break down silos and work together. The Housing Is Clearinghouse will help you and your organization foster collaboration and partnerships across systems and sectors.
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  • The Communications Expo will showcase the most inspiring and innovative communications tools that GLR Network Communities use to tell the GLR story. We’re looking for your best print collateral, websites, social media posts, and more! The communications expo will officially kickoff off in April 2017 with an online contest that will give communities an opportunity to share their best communications assets to the entire GLR Network and vie for the first-annual GLR Campaign "Excellence in Communications” awards.

    To learn more, view the recording of the webinar and download the slide deck.

    Upcoming GLR Webinars:

    • APR 20              Participate in AAC Webinar, Sneak Peek AAC Gathering Agenda 3 PM ET Register now.
    • MAY 18              Participate in AAC Webinar, AAC Finalists and Final Prep for Denver 3 PM ET Register now.

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  • West Virginia has met all 10 benchmarks for pre-kindergarten quality established by the National Institute for Early Education Research, one of only six states to do so. This achievement is one outcome of years of effort by the state to create a plan for third grade literacy, help counties promote early learning, and develop pre-kindergarten programs statewide. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) organized its work with a logic model to measure outcomes, assisted the advisory council and its committees, and supported the department's work with stakeholders who serve young children, including local school districts.

    "This is the first time that there was a comprehensive birth to third-grade plan that had a logic model, tackled all the comprehensiveness, and really focused on capacity building at the core. I think it's paying off in spades." Clayton Burch, Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning, WVDE.

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  • The Communications Expo will showcase the most inspiring and innovative communications tools that GLR Network Communities use to tell the GLR story. We’re looking for your best print collateral, websites, social media posts, and more!
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  • A Robin Hood-inspired coalition of nonprofits and membership organizations, supported by the City of New York and New York State, is now launching a major campaign that can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of poor New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet. Called “Start By Asking,” this unprecedented campaign attempts...
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