March 16, 2015
In communities across the country, volunteer reading tutors and mentors play a vital role in helping low-income children get ready for kindergarten, attend school regularly, continue learning over the summer months and become proficient readers by the end of third grade. Honor your community’s volunteers during this year’s National Volunteer Week (April 12-18).
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization, recently released a study on the impact of trained Reading Partners volunteers in elementary schools. When one-on-one tutoring was given to struggling readers, they made statistically significant gains in reading comprehension, reading fluency and sight word recognition. Read more on the Huddle.
- Don’t miss a free webinar that highlights the relationship between chronic health conditions and school absenteeism on March 17 at 2 p.m. ET. Speakers will include staff from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Attendance Works and nursing and medical officials from Maine and Maryland. Speakers will also discuss the collection and use of attendance data in the management of chronic conditions in schools. Register here and read more about it on the Huddle.
- Attendance Works and United Way Worldwide have set dates for a four-part webinar series leading up to Attendance Awareness Month in September. The first webinar, Ready Set Go!, is April 15, coinciding with the release of the revised Count Us In. You can register now for the webinar, which starts at 2 p.m. ET. Read more on the Huddle.
- At the Forum for Youth Investment’s annual Ready by 21® National Meeting in New Orleans on March 31-April 2, join hundreds of leaders from around the country who dedicate themselves to getting all of America’s youth “ready by 21.” Learn more and register for the conference.
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