Below is a list of upcoming events of interest to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network. Download the 2015 GLR Events Calendar.

Summer Learning Day—June 19, 2015

Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. 

This year for Summer Learning Day, NSLA is asking everyone—programs, families, schools, educators, policymakers, businesses—to make summer a season of learning by pledging to #KeepKidsLearning on the interactive map.

If you are hosting a Summer Learning Day event/program, we encourage you to put it on the map at so that families can find you.

Here's how to get started on Summer Learning Day planning in a nutshell. Read the succinct overview of core Summer Learning Day messages for GLR communities. 

Click below to download tip sheets that include ways to implement the four summer strategies and celebrate Summer Learning Day, as well as key messages for your community.

Tell Our Story—August

Each year, members of the GLR Network are invited to participate in Tell Our Story. There are incredible stories about what has happened in the GLR Network communities. We've also heard consistently about your desire to share that story with your peers across the Network, the media and the Campaign's philanthropic partners. We hope the Tell Our Story effort raises awareness, promotes greater collaboration and strengthens engagement among local sponsoring coalitions and throughout the GLR Network.

Throughout August, you can participate in Tell Our Story by writing a brief story that captures your community’s progress and momentum during the past year. Be creative and use whatever format best conveys your story – video, print, photos, etc.

Review the list of stories submitted in 2013 here.

Attendance Awareness Month—September 2014

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading along with several national partners has designated September as Attendance Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to rally your community coalition around the importance of combating chronic absence in the early grades. GLR communities can use this September event to launch attendance initiatives or build on work already underway.
You can participate in a variety of ways, including:

  • Organizing parent summits, letters and outreach to families.
  • Arranging contests, celebrity visits and other incentives for students.
  • Calling for proclamations from mayors or superintendents.
  • Developing public service announcements for national or local media.
  • Advocating for improved data tracking to identify students with at-risk attendance.
  • Organizing community-wide attendance campaigns.

Coming in 2015

Read Across America—March 2, 2015

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the National Education Association will sponsor Read Across America to celebrate the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. Policymakers and educators across the country will put on Cat-in-the-Hat hats and spend a portion of their day reading to young children.

This is a great opportunity to promote early literacy. The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents and community members together to share their love of reading.

The NEA website offers activity ideas and suggestions for communities interested in creating a reading event, and is calling for communities to share their efforts by submitting a video to SchoolTube’s Read Across America Channel.

National Volunteer Week—April 12-15, 2015

National Volunteer Week is a signature event of the Points of Light Network. It celebrates the efforts of people accomplishing extraordinary things through community service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service. The week draws support from the President and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country. It is a great opportunity for GLR communities to partner with like-minded community groups.