Weekly Huddle Roundup, August 12, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014              

Dear Colleague,  

This week, Georgia launched a statewide grade-level reading campaign, Get Georgia Reading. More than 100 partners and First Lady Sandra Deal have pledged to get Georgia’s kids on track to read at grade level by 2020. We are inspired by their vision and progress!

You can learn about Get Georgia Reading at its new website, http://www.getgeorgiareading.org/. And don’t miss seeing third-grader Luke Valladeres read from Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” to introduce the campaign.

Other news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:       

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Oakland, California, used data from three school years to construct the Oakland Reads Baseline Report, which looks at the solution areas and parent engagement to define local challenges and develop effective strategies. 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!
  • "Bringing Attendance Home," a new video from Attendance Works, features parents talking to other parents about reducing absenteeism. The video offers tips for parents and schools to improve student attendance and is perfect for a back-to-school night or parent summit. Download the video and discussion tools here.
  • Funding opportunities for the week include support for dental health, rental housing grants for families with children, support for out-of-school leadership programs in Denver and grants to support families and children in the Fresno area. Read more here.
  • New research from the Afterschool Alliance shows that summer learning programs are strongly supported by parents and that participation in summer learning programs is on the rise. Read more here.
  • Last week’s Network Communities Support Center webinar highlighted the Community Self-Assessment Tool, shared tools for Attendance Awareness Month and discussed communities’ AAM plans. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.  



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.