February 5, 2015
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- We have two Bright Spots this week, highlighting parent education options in Longmont, Colorado, and early childhood programs in the small rural community of Palacios, Texas. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- Even excused absences can add up to academic trouble. Attendance Works has developed a toolkit, "Stay the Course," with talking points, handouts, sample letters and robocalls that schools can use to combat winter weather absences. Read the research and download the toolkit on the Huddle.
- Have you checked out the Current Events discussion on the Huddle lately? The latest article of interest posted is Margaret Talbot's article "The Talking Cure" in the January 12 issue of the New Yorker, which uses Providence Talks, a campaign to reduce the word gap, to look at the current thinking about the value of immersing babies and toddlers in language. Join the discussion!
- The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Excellence in Summer Learning Award and the new Founder’s Award. If you or someone you know runs a summer program in your GLR community that stands out, please encourage them to apply by February 13, 2015.
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