Weekly Huddle Roundup, August 19, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

Dear Colleague,  

Attendance Awareness Month will be here in two more weeks, but there is still time to plan and put your event on the map. From hosting a back-to-school event to running PSAs to crunching attendance data, there are so many ways to celebrate good attendance and fight chronic absence. You can check out the Attendance Works resources page, or look below for other ideas and tools:

Once you have an idea, make sure you join the other 27 communities that have already put their event on the Attendance Works website map. Add your event here!

This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:       

  • A Bright Spot tells how Pittsfield, Massachusetts, enlisted star children’s book authors to raise public awareness about the community’s literacy efforts and programs. 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!
  • Do you have something to celebrate? We're rolling out a new weekly or biweekly feature called "Community Wins," which shares brief stories about communities that have just received grants, gotten major publicity (like Dubuque, Iowa’s little free libraries set up in firehouses) or made progress on a significant goal. This week we’re lifting up Baltimore, New York City and Fort Wayne, Indiana; read on for more details. You can also post your own news.
  • As a part of its ongoing support for GLR communities, the NCSC recently launched a peer learning opportunity for communities focused on strengthening their local sponsoring coalitions. Learn more about this effort, called Making Collaboration Work, and see a recently released tool on the seven building blocks of successful collaborations. Read more 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.