Weekly Huddle Roundup, July 8, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Huddle is live! As the name suggests, the Huddle is an online platform for communities and their supporters to gather, strategize and learn from each other.  Here are a few ways you can use it to help advance your campaign:  

  • Connect directly with other communities in the Network to find out what they are doing to celebrate Summer Learning Day, and share your own plans. Join the discussion!

Other news from the Network Communities Support Center:

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Arkansas is working with seven school districts across the state to reduce chronic absence and develop a model attendance policy. Today’s feature is the first in a series of “attendance” Bright Spots, in advance of Attendance Awareness Month in September. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • The next Network Communities Support Center Monthly Webinar will be held on Thursday, July 10 at 3 p.m. ET and feature Attendance Awareness Month. Register here. (Note that this is change to our regularly scheduled time of the first Thursday of the month because of the July 4th holiday.) Hedy Chang with Attendance Works will outline effective strategies for addressing chronic absenteeism. JaNay Queen with Results Leadership Group will share examples of how GLR communities use the Results Scorecard software to set targets, establish baselines and track progress.
  • Consider attending the Attendance Works webinar “Can You Hear Us Now? Amplifying Key Messages About the Importance of Attendance,” held on August 6, 1 - 2:30 pm ET. Register here. Panelists will discuss how to engage youth and parents authentically in building a local culture of attendance, share strategies for rallying leaders to speak in unison during Attendance Awareness Month and feature their latest resources, including their teacher toolkit.
  • The Internet Essentials program from Comcast provides families who have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program with Internet for $9.95 a month, along with the option to buy a computer for less than $150, and access to digital literacy training. Read more.



Almost all links in this message go to items posted on the Huddle, a password-protected site for members of the Grade-Level Reading Network. If you are not yet a member, you may request access to the Huddle by going to www.glrhuddle.org and selecting “Click here to join” in orange located in the upper right hand corner.