Webinars

2015 Webinars

A Conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Ralph Smith, Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

As the second-longest serving education secretary in U.S. history, Secretary Duncan has pushed through unprecedented levels of change for our nation’s education system.
 
“He’s done more to bring our educational system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anyone else. America will be better off for what he has done.” President Obama
 
Throughout his tenure, Secretary Duncan has been an ardent champion for partnerships between federal, state and local governments, school districts, and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. This collective responsibility is at the heart of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, fueling our expansion to 232 communities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
We are grateful to Secretary Duncan for working tirelessly to ensure that every student in this country succeeds in school and graduates prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.
 
This is a special opportunity to hear from Secretary Duncan before he officially steps down. He will share his thoughts on our progress and key priorities for our journey ahead.

Participating presenters: Patrick Corvington, Housing/Capacity Building; Yolie Flores, Parent Engagement; Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Policy; Sarah Pitcock, Summer Learning; Sue Forthergill, Attendance/Chronic Absence

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Better Than Finding Nemo: Finding & Sharing Common Language Between Parents & Providers, Early Educators, Teachers & Health Professionals
Presented by Yolie Flores, yflores@gradelevelreading.net, Senior Consultant, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; Ellen Galinsky, emgalinsky@gmail.com, Director, Mind in the Making; Erin Ramsey, eramsey@familiesandwork.org, Senior Program Director, Mind in the Making; Andreina Velasco, , Early Works Site Liaison/Earl Boyles Elementary School, Children’s Institute

A key “secret sauce” ingredient to ensuring that more children from low-income families are ready for school is to make sure we use the research on how best to help children learn and thrice than to create a common language so that families and professionals are talking and work together to bring this research to life.

  • What have we learned from the science to zero in on some of the most important concepts—particularly from the research on executive function life skills?
  • What have we learned from practice about creating a common language, better systems alignment and a different way of family engagement?

Join Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, and Erin Ramsey, MITM Senior Program Director in this interactive webinar to learn about the importance of taking research to action, creating a common language about how children learn and about how to implement and scale this important work in our communities in an efforts to help children and their families succeed and thrive.

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VIEW the video of Mind In The Making at Earl Boyles Elementary

DOWNLOAD Mind in the Making tip sheets in English and Spanish showing how to promote Executive Functions

DOWNLOAD Mind in the Making Free Prescriptions for Learning tip sheets offer strategies moving from managing children’s behavior to promoting Life Skills. 

PURCHASE Mind in the Making: Experiments in Children’s Learning DVD

The Key Ingredients to our Secret Sauce: Tools, Supports, and Information to Support Parent Success
Presented by Yolie Flores, yflores@gradelevelreading.net, Senior Consultant, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; Leo Olebe, lolebe@greatschools.org, Vice President, Marketing with GreatSchools; Daryl Rothman, daryl.rothman@parentsasteachers.org, Director, Partnerships & Business Innovations; Donna Hunt O’Brien, Donna.O'Brien@parentsasteachers.org, Director, Training, Curriculum, Program Innovations
February 18, 2015

Parents are the secret sauce to our efforts – and new and proven tools from GreatSchools and Parents as Teachers can set the stage for success. Learn about:

  • Powerful videos from GreatSchools to help parents know what reading at grade-level looks like for all students, including kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.
  • Processes in the Parents as Teachers approach which align dynamically with several of the CGLR strategies. Examine how PAT’s approaches to supporting literacy—such as book-sharing, strengthening the presence of literate environments, dialogic reading, literacy nights and guiding parenting behaviors—can galvanize efforts in your community!

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READ ABOUT the Parents as Teachers
foundational curriculum.


CHECK OUT the Great Schools Milestones Toolkit with videos.


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2014 Webinars

Network Communities Support Center: Menu of Support
Held on March 19, 2014, this was the start of a four-part webinar series held successive Wednesdays. Ron Fairchild, director of the Network Communities Support Center, provided an introduction to the menu of support available from the NCSC. Listen to it here. You can also download the slide deck and see the documents referenced in the webinar:

School Attendance: Tools for Success
Held on March 26, 2014, this is second in a four-part webinar series providing support to GLR communities. Cecelia Leong, Associate Director with Attendance Works, provided an in-depth discussion of the resources and supports available. Listen to the webinar and download the slide deck

Summer Learning: Tools for Success
Held on April 2, 2014, this is the third in a series of four webinars providing support to GLR communities. Katie Willse, Chief Program Officer, and Rebecca Hancock, Program and Operations Assistant, shared all the tools NSLA has to offer from free to fee-for-service. They also took questions from the audience and highlighted Summer Learning Day, which is coming up on June 20, 2014. Listen to the webinar and download the slide deck

Katie and Rebecca were joined by Janet Meeks with the City of Delray, Florida. Janet shared how Delray partnered with the school district to track summer learning loss and their coalition's summer learning efforts. Read more about Delray in their Bright Spot.

School Readiness: Tools for Success
Held on April 9, 2014, this was the final webinar in the series to introduce the resources and supports available from the Campaign's three national implementation partners. The Campaign's school readiness partners Nina Sazer O’Donnell with NSO Associates and Mimi Howard with School Readiness Consulting share with GLR communities their resource plans and soliticted feedback. Listen to the webinar and download the slide deck

2012 and 2013 Webinars

In 2012 and early 2013, the Campaign offered webinars to GLR communities to help them do their work in various areas. Here are recordings and slides from those webinars in areas including:

School Readiness
Attendance
Summer Learning
Driving with Data
Finance & Sustainability
Campaign Leadership
Constituency Engagement
Healthy Readers
Parent & Family Engagement

School Readiness

School Readiness Research, Challenges and Strategies that Work

Presented by Rachel Perry, United Way Worldwide; Kasi Cox, United Way of San Antonio
Aug. 2, 2012

This webinar includes a look at school readiness research, challenges and strategies; a United Way in San Antonio case study presentation of their work; and a Q&A with the presenters.

VIEW the webinar slides from the United Way Worldwide

CASE STUDY: from the United Way of San Antonio

FACT SHEET: Understanding the Early Development Instrument

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Starting Kindergarten Right

Presented by: Dr. Elena Lopez, Harvard Family Research Project; Lynne Devaney, Dubuque Community School District
September 6, 2012

This webinar focuses on the common barriers to smooth kindergarten transitions, the benefits that students experience when kindergarten transition plans are in place, and effective practices for families to use at home and with the school to ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten. Also included is a family and community engagement framework tool for communities and presentation by Dubuque (Iowa) Community School District, a School Readiness Pacesetter award winner, about its work.

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CASE STUDY: from Dubuque, Iowa

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Developing a Quality Early Learning Environment

Presented by Billie Young, the National Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative; Samantha Wigand, director of education mobilization, United Way Worldwide; Michael Roedel and Shana Cooper, Palm Beach (Fla.) Children’s Services Council
October 4, 2012

This webinar presents information about quality early learning environments and professional development of early childhood educators, plus a presentation by Palm Beach (Florida), a School Readiness Pacesetter award winner, about its work.

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CASE STUDY: from Palm Beach, Florida

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Sharing School Readiness Thoughts, Ideas, Successes

Presented by Nina Sazer-O’Donnell, vice president for education, United Way Worldwide; Samantha Wigand, director of education mobilization, United Way Worldwide
November 2012

United Way Worldwide leaders engage with GLR communities during a school readiness conversation about what’s working, what changes are being considered and how to retain quality and move programs to scale.

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Engaging the Public in School Readiness

Presented by Rachel Perry, United Way Worldwide; Katrina Mitchell, United Way of Greater Atlanta; Mindy Binderman, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
January 2013

How are communities engaging business, faith and other community leaders, as well as parents, in school readiness efforts? This webinar discussion of public engagement includes tools and learnings, plus a presentation by Atlanta, a School Readiness Pacesetter award winner, offering lessons, insights and practical suggestions to start or boost public engagement campaigns. 

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Attendance

Two School Attendance Pacesetters Share Their Messaging Work

Presented by Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works; Arezo Rahmani, Baltimore City Public Schools; Peter Goldwasser, New York City Mayor’s office
August 9, 2012

This webinar shares details how Attendance Works is addressing GLR technical assistance needs and a new tool kit available, plus highlights the school attendance messaging of New York City and Baltimore, both School Attendance Pacesetters. They share how their attendance campaigns target parents and students and discuss an emerging effort to enlist school superintendents in this important work.

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CASE STUDY: New York City

 

Oakland (California) Shares its School Readiness work

Presented by Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong, Attendance Works; Tony Smith, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District; Sanam Jorjani, Oakland Reads 2020
September 11, 2012

This webinar and about how Oakland (California) is tackling the issue of reducing chronic attendance with presentations by a school official and GLR community lead. Oakland's strategic goal has three parts: Reduce chronic absence to 5 percent or less in every school; 98 percent ADA; 85 percent of students will attend school 95 percent of the time. A key component to achieve these goals is equipping every principal with data about their school's attendance rates by subgroup, including race, students with disabilities and English language learners.

Check out www.attendanceworks.org for additional resources. 

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Challenges with Finding Chronic Absence Data

Presented by Elise Dizon-Ross, Cecelia Leong and Hedy Chang, Attendance Works; Symia Stigler, Sacramento READS!; Randy Koekkoek, Kent County (Michigan) Department of Human Services and Kent School Services Network; Abe Fernandez, deputy director of the Children's Aid Society's National Center for Community Schools
October 9, 2012 

What barriers have faced GLR communities seeking to get baseline data on their community’s chronic absence level? In this webinar, two GLR communities, both School Attendance Pacesetter award winners, share how they overcame hurdles such as confidentiality of student data or lack of district support, plus lessons are shared from work with communities across the nation on this issue. Check out www.attendanceworks.org for Sample confidentiality forms and Tools for calculating chronic absence.

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Developing Systemic Responses to Chronic Absence

Presented by Debra Duardo, director of Pupil Services for Los Angeles Unified School District; Theresa Clincy, coordinator, Attendance and Discipline Support Services, Oakland Unified School District; Jane Ogilvie, director of School Support Services, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services serving Buffalo
November 2012

How do the school attendance champions enlist others both within schools and from the community in the effort to improve attendance? What makes a systemic and sustainable approach? This webinar spotlights three different educational leaders who share how they have used actionable data, positive messaging, capacity building and shared accountability to ensure systemic approaches to reducing chronic absence in their school districts.

 

Improving Health to Increase School Attendance

Presented by Hedy Chang, Attendance Works; Jeanne Jehl, GLR Campaign, Healthy Readers Team Leader; Jessica Tovar, Long Beach (Calif.) Alliance for Children with Asthma; Dr. Jill Kerr, family nurse practitioner, affiliated with Duke University
December 13, 2012

This webinar co-produced by the Healthy Readers Team of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Attendance Works focuses on the connection between health and school attendance. We learn how Long Beach (California) works with schools and community partners to reduce school absenteeism and hospitalizations due to asthma and about research showing that outreach by school nurses to parents of chronically absent students in the early grades can significantly improve school attendance.

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Summer Learning

Summer Learning Loss and Programs – What the Research Says

Presented by Kate Shatzkin, then-vice president, National Summer Learning Association
August 2012

This webinar provides an overview of summer learning loss and summer learning research and opportunities for communities to connect with summer learning resources. On average, all children lose some skills over the summer break from school, but for low-income children the losses are particularly acute and contribute significantly to a growing achievement gap. A Johns Hopkins University study attributed two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income and middle-income ninth graders to unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school.

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Planning a High-Quality Summer Program

Presented by Sarah Pitcock, National Summer Learning Association, and speaker from Rochester, N.Y.
September 20, 2013

This webinar discusses key planning tasks and timelines that support an intentional, collaborative summer program planning process. Hear about programs and partnerships that are turning successful planning into successful programs, including Rochester (New York), a Summer Learning Pacesetter award winner.

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Information on summer learning in Rochester

 

Summer Learning Program Improvements that Make the Biggest Difference

Presented by Peggy Espada, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA); Martha Bruckner, school superintendent in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ann Mausbach of Council Bluffs Community Schools.
October 18, 2012

This webinar discusses the growing evidence base to define quality summer learning programs and how to create a culture of improvement. NSLA shares its quality standards and how to use them to assess and improve your own program. A case study is presented of efforts in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a Summer Learning Pacesetter community.

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A quick reference guide from NSLA

 

Leveraging Partnerships for Summer Learning Success

Presented by Katie Willse, National Summer Learning Association
November 15, 2012

Solid partnerships have helped hundreds of programs deliver quality services to the young people in their communities. This webinar explores what makes a quality partnership and consider how to grow grassroots partnerships into community-level systems that support summer learning. Learn about indicators of high-quality summer learning partnerships and about conditions of summer learning systems that support population-level change.

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Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs Self-Assessment

 

Summer Learning: Public Policy and Funding

Presented by Bob Seidel, National Summer Learning Association; Kristin McSwain, Boston Opportunity Agenda; Barbara Hammond, The Learning Alliance (Vero Beach, Fla.)
January 16, 2013

This webinar examines the public policy context for summer learning at the federal, state and local levels and its implications for funding. Local school districts, their partners and other providers often need to weave together different funding streams. A sneak preview of a funding “roadmap” for summer programs being developed by the National Summer Learning Association. Case studies are presented of two Summer Learning Pacesetter awardees, Boston and Vero Beach, Florida.

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Driving with Data

Data Best Practices

Presented by Adrian Bordone, Social Solutions; Laura Koening, E3 Alliance (Central Texas)
August 1, 2012

This webinar offers some data best practices basics and a case study looking at how a Central Texas community coalition implemented their own evaluation and data collection tool, including the challenges overcome.

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REVIEW the slides from E3 Alliance

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All about Memorandums of Understanding

Presented by Adrian Bordone, Social Solutions; Elizabeth Clarkson, United Way of Atlanta

How do you craft a Memorandum of Understanding? What are some important points to include? How detailed should it be? This webinar covers the bases, plus highlights the “MOU” experiences of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

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Developing Shared Outcomes and Designing Data Collection

Presented by Adrian Bordone, Social Solutions
October 3, 2012

This webinar covers how to communicate results and adjust resources to improve the performance of summer learning programs. It addresses 1) how to develop a set of shared outcomes and 2) how to design data collection and reporting to measure and share these outcomes across your community.

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Measuring Outcomes and Managing Performance

Presented by April Rose, Social Solutions
December 5, 2012

During this webinar, topics discussed include: implementing the program model as designed; ensuring adoption and that the right “dosage” data are being collected; tracking relevant indicators; correlating efforts to outcomes; and adjusting program content to improve service delivery.

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Building a Data-Driven Community of Practice

Presented by Adrian Bordone, Social Solutions
January 9, 2013

This webinar highlights a group of five organizations, based in Chicago, who have worked with similar populations and have been actively involved in a “Community of Practice” project in which benchmarking results and comparing approaches has not only been encouraged, but also well-funded. This webinar also reviews some best practices of high-performing partners.

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Finance & Sustainability

Key Drivers of Financial Sustainability

Presented by Amy Farley and Alix Wilson, Community Wealth Ventures; Frank Ridzi, Central New York Community Foundation
August 8, 2012

This webinar discusses key drivers of financial sustainability and components of a financial sustainability plan. Also shared is a community-level perspective from central New York. A follow-up tool for action – a worksheet to assess an organization’s sustainability – is also shared.

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Key Drivers for Sustainability

Presented by Amy Farley, Community Wealth Ventures
September 2012

This webinar shares insights about financial sustainability, reviewing key drivers for sustainability and focusing on economic viability. It seeks to increase understanding of their model for economic viability as a driver for financial sustainability by understanding the resources/processes, operating costs and revenue sources that make the campaign possible.

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Conversations with Funders

Presented by Amy Farley, Community Wealth Ventures; Lynn Howard, Mayor’s Office, Louisville
October 2012

This webinar discusses how to identify and have early conversations with funders, including when involved in a campaign with multiple partners and stakeholders. The webinar covers strategies for having early information gathering meetings with funders and creating both a funder prospectus and a funding pitch. Community leaders from Louisville also share their experience. 

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Strategies for Funding Local Campaigns

Presented by Shawn Stelow Griffin, The Finance Project
November 14, 2012

This webinar discusses core financing strategies including accessing state and/or federal funding, using private funding, securing in-kind resources and building partnerships. It also shares other strategies including receiving incentive fees, making better use of existing resources and other fund raising activities.

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Learning to Read: A Guide for Federal Funding for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency

 

Harnessing Community Resources to Achieve Results

Presented by Shawn Stelow Griffin, The Finance Project
December 2012 

This webinar provides decision-making tools and support to identify existing community partners and resources that can be leveraged to provide cash and in-kind support to campaign activities. Also discussed are strategies to leverage financial and in-kind support from partners already engaged in their initiative as well as consider strategies for engaging new, unexpected partners in their work.

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Campaign Leadership

Pivoting from Planning to Performing

Presented by Ron Fairchild, Network Communities Support Center
October 18, 2012

This webinar is one in a series offering an opportunity to engage with other site leads from around the country on issues related to refining your CSAP, building capacity and implementing your plan. The focus here is on the new self-assessment designed to help communities assess and benchmark a community's readiness for implementation.

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New Resources from the Network Communities Support Center

Presented by Ron Fairchild, Network Communities Support Center
November 2012

This webinar offers an opportunity for CSAP leads across the country to connect directly with Campaign staff. It shares some forthcoming resources from the Network Communities Support Center and talks about what’s coming in 2013.

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Campaign Communication and Public Engagement Tools

Presented by Joy Thomas Moore, who coordinates communication efforts for the Campaign; Phyllis Jordan, a Campaign consultant
December 19, 2012

This webinar shares communication and public engagement tools for the GLR Campaign, including videos and public engagement events to consider when promoting your grade-level reading efforts.

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Constituency Engagement

GLR Campaign’s Emphasis on Integrating Health and Learning

Presented by Ron Fairchild, Network Communities Support Center; Jeanne Jehl, senior consultant, GLR Campaign; Becky Miles-Polka, site liaison, Smarter Learning and senior consultant, GLR Campaign; Betsy O’Connor, coordinator, Bridgeport Alliance for Young Children; Cathy DeCesare, senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, United Way Coastal Fairfield County
August 22, 2012

This webinar series focuses on helping you connect to other initiatives and efforts. The August focus is the issue of child health and how it affects and relates to the three Campaign pillars: chronic absence, school readiness and summer learning. It includes an overview of the Healthy Children Project and features the efforts of Bridgeport, Conn.

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Healthy Readers report

 

Housing Authorities Supporting Early Literacy

Presented by Preston Prince, CEO/executive director, Fresno (Calif.) Housing Authority
September 26, 2012

Housing authorities are an often-overlooked source of support and information. During this webinar, the housing authority in Fresno, Calif., shares their work to ensure positive outcomes for kids. It also shares how to include the housing authority in your coalition plans. 

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Housing Authorities - Outcomes, Not Outputs

Fresno Housing Authority Strategic Plan

 

Constituency Building: Teachers and Principals

Presented by Amy Farley, Community Wealth Ventures; Cynthia Talbot-Holz, Salt Lake City School District; Sherri Miller, Wake County (N.C.) Public School Systems
October 24, 2012

This webinar focuses on research related to "opening your circle" to engaging multiple stakeholders in a campaign and discusses a case study of the Springboard Collaborative, which has recognized the importance of teachers in summer reading and engaged them. Also included is a presentation on a matrix that helps identify broad strategies for engaging with constituencies and site presentations offering real-life insights from within the school community.

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Power Interest Support Handout

 

Constituency Building: The Business Community

Presented by Amy Farley, Community Wealth Ventures; Candace Nafissi, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Sara Myers, Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library Foundation
November 2012

This webinar focuses on how to identify assets that you may leverage when engaging constituencies in general and the business community, in particular. It includes case studies highlighting how two California communities engaged the business community. 

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Constituency Building: Faith-Based and Service Organizations

Presented by Meghan Kappus, Community Wealth Ventures
January 10, 2013

This webinar focuses on how to encourage campaign engagement among constituencies in general and faith-based and service organizations, in particular. 

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Healthy Readers

Growing Healthy Readers: Support for Sponsoring Coalitions to Strengthen Health and Learning

Presented by Ron Fairchild, Network Communities Support Center; Jeanne Jehl, senior consultant, GLR Campaign; Becky Miles-Polka, site liaison, Smarter Learning and senior consultant, GLR Campaign; Betsy O’Connor, coordinator, Bridgeport Alliance for Young Children (BAYC); Cathy DeCesare, senior vice president, Strategic Initiatives, United Way Coastal Fairfield County
August 22, 2012 

This webinar focuses on issue of children's health and how children's health impacts and relates to the three pillars of the campaign: chronic absence, school readiness and summer learning. 

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Growing Healthy Readers Starter Kit

 

The Importance of Children Born Healthy

Presented by Jeanne Jehl, GLR Campaign, Healthy Readers Team Leader; Becky Miles-Polka, MS, CNM, site liaison, Smarter Learning and senior consultant, GLR Campaign; Rebecca Dineen, MS, assistant commissioner of Maternal and Infant Care, Baltimore City Health Department; Gena O’Keefe, MD, senior associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation, director of Healthy Community Initiatives, Family League of Baltimore
September 13, 2012

This webinar linking children’s health and learning in the GLR Campaign highlights the successful work of the B'More for Healthy Babies initiative in Baltimore, offers models for linking sponsoring coalitions and health partners, and shares data sources for tracking health status at this developmental stage.

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Children Thriving at Three: Using Developmental Screening to Identify
Children Who Need Early Intervention

Presented by Sonni Vierling, state coordinator, 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative, Iowa Department of Public Health; Sarah Black, site coordinator, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa; Becky Miles-Polka, site liaison, Smarter Learning and senior consultant, GLR Campaign
October 11, 2012

This webinar introduces the importance of Children Thriving Three. Developmental screening is a simple and effective way to contribute to children's healthy development at this stage by identifying those who have issues with learning, development and behavior that could benefit from early intervention.  The webinar features presenters from Iowa’s nationally recognized 1st Five model and shares lessons learned from one urban demonstration site.  

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Ready at Five: Healthy Homes for Healthy Learners--Reducing Asthma and Lead Poisoning

Presented by Jeanne Jehl, GLR Campaign, Healthy Readers Team Leader; Becky Miles-Polka, site liaison, Smarter Learning and senior consultant, GLR Campaign; Ruth Ann Norton, executive director, Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning/Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™; Cara Matteliano, vice president of Program, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
November 8, 2012

Because of their rapidly developing brains, small children are particularly susceptible to lead exposure that hampers their ability to grow and learn. This webinar lays out the importance of Children Ready at Five and highlights community models that promote healthy home environments and reduce the risk of lead poisoning and asthma triggers.

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Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Information

Wipe Out Lead Coalition in Buffalo information

CDC information on lead

 

Improving Health to Increase School Attendance

Presented by Hedy Chang, Attendance Works; Jeanne Jehl, GLR Campaign, Healthy Readers Team Leader; Jessica Tovar, Long Beach (Calif.) Alliance for Children with Asthma; Dr. Jill Kerr, family nurse practitioner, affiliated with Duke University
December 13, 2012

This webinar co-produced by the Healthy Readers Team of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Attendance Works focuses on the connection between health and school attendance. We learn how Long Beach (Calif.) works with schools and community partners to reduce school absenteeism and hospitalizations due to asthma and about research showing that outreach by school nurses to parents of chronically absent students in the early grades can significantly improve school attendance.

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Parent & Family Engagement

Three Perspectives on Parent Engagement

Presented by Steven M. Constantino, Ed. D., superintendent, Williamsburg (Va.)-James City County Public Schools; Elena Lopez, senior consultant, Harvard Family Research Project; Sandra Gutierrez, national director, Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), Families in Schools (Los Angeles)
August 2013

This webinar discusses common threads of successful parent engagement. It shares information about a school superintendent’s work “engaging every family”; a Harvard researcher’s systems approach to engaging families; and a school readiness program that strengthens the leadership and advocacy skills of parents with children up to age 5.

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Creating a Home Environment that Fosters Literacy

Presented by Joanne Meier, Ph.D., research director, WETA Learning Media (Washington, D.C., area PBS station); Micki Freeny, coordinator youth services, Washington, D.C., Public Library; Eileen Hanning, education specialist, The Reading Connection (Washington, D.C., area); Earl Martin Phalen, CEO, Reach Out and Read (Boston)
September 2012

This webinar touches on topics including home libraries, conversations that build vocabulary, techniques for questioning that parents can use to stimulate dinnertime conversations and community resources that foster literate environments.

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Engaging Second-Language and Low-Literacy Families

Presented by Judith Jerald, MWC, early childhood advisor, Save the Children/US program, former national director of Early Head Start; Rebecca Palacio, Ph.D., senior curriculum advisor, ABCmouse.com/Early Learning Academy; Amanda Wilkinson, M.Ed., program coordinator, Charlotte (N.C.) Y Reader, Bright Spot Program GLR Campaign; Joanne Meier, Ph.D., research director, WETA Learning Media (Washington, D.C., area PBS station)
October 25, 2012

This webinar focuses on professional development and ways schools can help teachers reach out in productive and meaningful ways when it comes to engaging second-language and low-literacy families. It also explores communication barriers and efforts to develop a shared interest in school and family.  

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Struggling Readers and Students with Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

Presented by Emily Dreyfus, director of JustChildren Community Education and Outreach at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Va.; Suzanne Lang, program associate, learning disabilities area, Tremaine Family Foundation
November 2013

Presenters discuss the unique challenges that students with learning disabilities face in schools and the critical need to help parents advocate for their children. Information is also presented about the “Don’t DYS Our Kids” project to connect the efforts of the leading disabilities community and the reading/literacy community

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Using Technology to Engage Families

Presented by Lisa Guernsey, director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation; Ana Blagojevic, migrant coordinator/advocate, Mano en Mano (Hand in Hand in Maine); Richard Byrne, blogger/author, FreeTech4Teachers.com
January 24, 2013

This webinar explores ways to engage families using technology and discusses the value of meeting parents where they are, in terms of their tech usage.

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