Weekly Huddle Roundup, July 15, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014

Dear Colleague,            

By now you’ve probably had a chance to explore the Huddle, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's new online platform. Let us know what you think in our latest discussion — What do you like? What are your questions? And what do you not see that you’d like to see?

And remember, if you’ve got something to share or something to ask, you can also contribute by starting a discussion or writing a post. Both of these are unique opportunities to engage your peers in generating ideas and solving problems.

Here’s the news from the Network Communities Support Center:                         

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, at-risk children in Eugene and Lake County, Oregon, receive help to boost their literacy, self-regulation and social skills via the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) program. 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!
  • It’s only midsummer, but 14 Campaign communities are already gearing up for Attendance Awareness Month in September by adding their names to the Attendance Action Map. In anticipation of the new school year, our design team has prepared a wealth of materials: a new attendance poster, new multipurpose badges, and redesigned attendance worksheets, along with instructions for adding logos to our parent tip handouts. See them all here
  • Last week’s Network Communities Support Center Monthly Webinar featured Attendance Awareness Month. Listen to it here. We heard strategies for addressing chronic absenteeism and examples of how GLR communities use Results Scorecard software to set targets, establish baselines and track progress. Register here for next month’s NCSC webinar.      
  • Don’t forget about the Attendance Works webinar “Can You Hear Us Now? Amplifying Key Messages About the Importance of Attendance,” broadcasting on August 6, 1 - 2:30 pm ET. Register here. Panelists will discuss how to engage youth and parents authentically in building a local culture of attendance, share strategies for rallying leaders to speak in unison during Attendance Awareness Month and feature their latest resources, including their teacher toolkit.
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be awarding approximately $500 million to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. Deadline is August 20, 2014. Apply 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.