July 29, 2014
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center covers measuring program success, the children’s media canon, ideas for celebrating Attendance Awareness Month and more:
In this week’s Bright Spot, Syracuse, New York, teams up with a local college to measure the impact of Imagination Library in their community. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at email@example.com. Self-nominations are encouraged!
What do Blueberries for Sal, Pinocchio and Stone Soup have in common? They’re all on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute list of the 100 Best Children’s Books. The Institute also lists the best educational videos available for streaming on Amazon and Netflix. Read the lists here (and tell us your own favorites in the comments).
New Britain, Connecticut, is celebrating double-digit percentage reductions in chronic absence rates among elementary students this past school year! They’ve tackled the issue of chronic absence with cross-sector partnership, weekly attendance team meetings and hard work. Read more here. (For past installments of their attendance story, check out their Tell Our Story and Bright Spot.)
From organizing parent summits to advocating for improved data tracking to developing attendance PSAs, there are many ways you can participate in Attendance Awareness Month and spread the word about the importance of regular school attendance. Share your plans on the Attendance Action Map, or brainstorm with us here.
The next monthly Network Communities Support Center webinar is August 7, 2014, 3 - 4:00 pm ET. This month we will highlight the Mid-Course Self-Assessment, dig deeply into tools for Attendance Awareness Month with Cecelia Leong, and hear 4-5 communities talk for 3-4 minutes each about their AAM plans. Register here.
We have five new funding opportunities to share this week, all focused on improving health for children or the uninsured/underinsured. Some are focused on specific locations like southern Florida or the state of Georgia. Read more and 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.