Weekly Huddle Roundup, December 23, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014                       

Dear Colleague,   

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

  • We close out the year with three new Bright Spots! One shares the encouraging results of two summer programs in Dayton, Ohio. Another reports on how more than 25 organizations are partnering to increase third grade reading proficiency in Sarasota, Florida. The last one shows how success mentors are helping reduce chronic absence in Paterson, New Jersey. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!   
  • Now that over half of the communities in the GLR Network have filed self-assessments, we’ve begun sharing the data to facilitate peer learning, starting with promising and proven programs used in Iowa communities. Join the conversation to discuss which programs are part of your GLR strategy. Read more and comment on the Huddle.
  • Do you know of any visual goal-mapping tools or strategies? Jennifer Burns of Portland, Maine, is looking for a way to visually organize the work happening in Portland. Share your tools and experiences on the Huddle.
  • On December 10, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading participated in the White House Summit on Early Education and helped launch Invest in US, an initiative aimed at increasing investments in the early years. Learn more and get involved on the Huddle.
  • The Birth-3rd Learning Hub in Massachusetts shared articles about coalition- and systems-building strategies. Read more and discuss projects that came about unexpectedly from collaboration.
  • The Charlotte, North Carolina, grade-level reading initiative is seeking to hire its first executive director. If you or someone you know would be interested in this position, read more and follow the instructions in the job application. The posting closes January 23, 2015.
  • More than 20 GLR communities were represented at the National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Changes Everything™ national conference in November. During the conference’s GLR reception, communities shared their challenges and successes with NSLA. Read the recap on the Huddle and share your thoughts!
  • Georgia’s “Talk With Me Baby” was highlighted recently in the White House blog. Read more and watch a video about Talk With Me Baby by Emory University on the Huddle.
  • Read this week’s funding opportunities on the Huddle.           



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