Round-Up: November 8, 2013
Congratulations to the 12 GLR communities that recently received grants from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Bronx, NY; Baltimore, MD; Columbia, SC; Hartford, CT; Chicago, IL; Brooklyn, NY; Providence, RI; Madison, WI; Houston, TX; and Denver, CO. This year, IMLS awarded $4.3 million in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities for work that promotes learning from birth to third grade. This marks the second year of the Campaign’s partnership with IMLS, which last year provided $2.5 million in awards. This year’s projects range from creating comic books with kids in Brooklyn to training new librarians in Denver about early learning. We’re very proud of all of the GLR communities honored with this grant!
Here are a few more updates for the week from the Network Communities Support Center:
This week we received Tell Our Story submissions from United Way of Salt Lake, UT and Palm Beach, FL. United Way of Salt Lake’s story is a case study in driving community impact and fostering an integrated approach that brings education, financial stability, and health services together to reduce the achievement gap and improve conditions for their youngest learners.
The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and math scores came out Thursday, November 7, showing significant gains in certain locations, although the overall reading scores have not significantly changed. Here’s how you can use the NAEP release to start conversations about grade-level reading and share the good work of your community and partners.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, lays out the need for investment in children from birth through age 8, providing research, new data and policy recommendations.
The Data Quality Campaign seeks to recognize education leaders who advance the safe and effective use of education data. Four categories (State Policymaker, State Data Leader, Advocacy, District Data Use) are now open and will close December 5, with winners announced early 2014. Learn more and apply here.
If you would like to join the November training cohort for the Results Scorecard pilot, please complete the "Expression of Interest” survey. Also, please save the date and register for the November introductory launch webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, from 3-4 p.m. ET. There is no need to fill out this form if you have already submitted an "Expression of Interest" to join the September or October cohorts. Please just email Bob Saffold (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your intention to join the November training cohort. Click here for more information.
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