Friday Round-Up, September 6: Twelve New Tell Our Story Submissions
Monday, September 9, 2013
This week's round-up of what is happening on the Ning features new Tell Our Story submissions, funding opportunities, communications tools, successful summer literacy program models, news articles from Pittsburgh and Orlando, and research on chronic absenteeism. Click through to read more:
This week we received Tell Our Story submissions from Arizona, Arkansas, Vernon, CT, Delray Beach, FL, Vero Beach, FL, Ames, IA, Des Moines, IA, Dubuque, IA, Indianapolis, IN, Kent Co, MI, Oklahoma City, OK, and Tri-County Coalition, TX, bringing our shared total to 40 stories! Members of the Network such as John Monfredo from Worcester, MA and Martha Bruckner from Council Bluffs, IA, have already left brief comments and updates on their communities' work. And remember: if you haven't yet submitted a story, please take a few minutes to do so.
There are two new funding opportunities featured this week: the 2013 Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge and the 2013-2014 Jane Bagley Lehman Award offered through the Tides Foundation.
For those looking to communicate the importance of early childhood education using the latest neuroscience research, here's a toolkit from ReadyNation and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. These tools include a heavily annotated PowerPoint presentation, videos, and briefs, along with recordings and talking points.
The National Summer Learning Association highlights two models of summer literacy program success: Freedom School Partners, which engages 1,200 youth in deep book-based discussions, and Fresno County Office of Education Central Enrichment Summer Adventures, a middle school summer learning program with a book-based theme.
Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL were both in the news recently: a report from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids outlines how a proposed state-federal early childhood education partnership in Pittsburgh could save money and reduce incarcerations, and the National League of Cities wrote about Orlando's efforts to close the reading achievement gap through civic leadership and public programs.
68 communities are participating in Attendance Awareness Month so far! Timely new research from the Consortium of Chicago School Research documents the negative effects of chronic absenteeism as early as preschool. And speaking of attendance, please consider reaching out to your school district superintendent(s) with the Call to Action and let us know if there are ways we can support your efforts.
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