Friday Round-Up, August 16: Five New Tell Our Story Submissions
Friday, August 8th, 2013
This week's round-up of what is happening on the Ning features new Tell Our Story information and submissions, a webinar announcement, tips for working with public media, strategies for funding pre-K programs, funding announcements, and a report on running effective summer learning programs.
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Responses to Tell Our Story keep rolling in! This week we received Tell Our Story submissions from Fresno, CA, US Virgin Islands, Marshalltown, IA, San Antonio, TX and Miami-Dade County, FL. We encourage you to read and comment on these stories as well as last week's submissions from Danbury, CT, Atlanta, GA, and Fort Wayne, IN. Remember, if you need a bit more time to prepare your submissions, the date for filing your stories has been extended to August 30th.
Our upcoming August webinar is next week on Thursday, August 22nd at 1 pm EST and 10 am PST. In anticipation of Attendance Awareness Month in September, GLR Network members from Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dubuque, Iowa will talk about their participation and give examples of their planned activities to inspire other GLR communities to plan an event as well. Also, we plan to highlight community examples from Tell Our Story and will provide an overview of the expansion of the Results Scorecard pilot. Click here to register.
Public media can help implement and disseminate your efforts in the three community solution areas. Check out American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen for some ideas about how to partner with your local public media station. The Attendance Awareness Campaign's August 7th webinar is also a great source of ideas for communicating with both parents and the media about attendance and chronic absenteeism. They have a recording of the webinar, a toolkit, PSAs for TV and radio, and much more. (And if your community is participating in Attendance Awareness Month, here's how to get a badge customized for your GLR coalition or community!)
Speaking of funding, "Give With Target" returns this week. Mobilize your networks to vote for the school of your choice; Target will give $25 dollars to schools that get 25 votes, and a dollar for every vote after that. We'd also like to congratulate those Network communities and partners who have won a competitive award or been selected to apply for a highly coveted grant program.
Finally, here's some great recommendations for running effective summer-learning programs from the RAND report, Getting to Work on Summer Learning. These recommendations include starting to plan early and setting enrollment deadlines, running programs for 5-6 weeks, and calculating costs based on projected attendance, not initial enrollment. Look to our article for the full list of recommendations.