Weekly Huddle Roundup, August 26, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, Aug 26, 2014

August 26, 2014

Dear Colleague,         

Many of you will remember the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the 2012 All-America City Awards and the Campaign’s launch. In the past two years, we’ve seen amazing work and progress from communities across the Network. Now we have another exciting opportunity to capture the momentum at this “Mid-point Moment” between the launch in 2012 and the upcoming 2016 AAC Awards: the GLR 2014 Pacesetter Community Honors.

The 2014 Pacesetter Honors will go to communities that:

  • Participate in the Campaign’s messaging and mobilizing opportunities, such as Attendance Awareness Month, which starts next week. Show your participation and join 36 other communities by posting to the attendance action map!
  • Demonstrate progress in at least one of the three community solutions areas. We’re also looking for communities working with proven and promising programs, strengthening engagement and showing cross-sector collaboration.
  • Present a plan that integrates healthy, on-track development and successful parenting; relies on disaggregated data; and focuses on proven and promising interventions.


To help you get there, we recently released an online GLR community self-assessment tool. The tool (which is also available in PDF and Word versions) makes it easy for you to refresh and refine the six aspects of your Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP). We are encouraging communities that are interested in using this tool to help them meet the criteria for the 2014 Pacesetter Honors to complete the self-assessment by no later than December 1st. Click here for important details.

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

  • A Bright Spot about the launch of Georgia’s new statewide reading campaign, which helped coordinate and provide free meals and literacy activities in local libraries to children in 22 counties this summer. 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!
  • Attendance Works has released two new toolkits, just in time for Attendance Awareness Month in September. One toolkit explains how to identify and intervene with chronically absent students: download the Power of Positive Connections toolkit here. The other resource focuses on fighting tardiness: download the Perfectly Punctual toolkit here.
  • Making Collaboration Work, the NCSC’s recently launched peer learning opportunity for communities working to strengthen their local sponsoring coalitions, has posted steps for "broadening your circle" of stakeholders, as well as a related tool. Read more here.
  • We would like to hear about what tools communities use for collecting, managing and reporting CGLR data. If you use a helpful data tool, please comment and share your knowledge!
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures hosted an issue forum, "Reading by Third Grade: It’s Critical," dedicated to third-grade reading at the 40th annual Legislative Summit. You can view the archived session here.
  • Click here to review this week's potential funding opportunities.       



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