Weekly Huddle Roundup, November 27, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014           

Dear Colleague,   

We heard a clear request from you to make content in the Weekly Roundup more accessible so you can easily share it with your colleagues. All pages on the Huddle, with the exception of Groups and Discussions, are now visible to the public without a log-in. Commenting on blogs and participating in groups are still limited to those who register and join the Huddle. An open invitation (http://glrhuddle.org/?xgi=0nQjJm1MUsR4kA) is available for any member of a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Network or anyone that is part of your local Sponsoring Coalition.    

We've heard from more than 60 communities that are working on their self-assessments. You can click on this link to start filling out the self-assessment online, which we encourage communities to complete by December 1.

We are also gearing up to award Pacesetter Honors to local coalitions that are "leading by example." Go to the Pacesetter FAQ to learn everything you need to know about this year's awards.

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

  • A Bright Spot shares a summer program’s road to success in Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois. Read more on the Huddle 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!      
  • The Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative was presented with a Gateway Cities Innovation Award on November 13 for its work to collaboratively build new learning models. The initiative also has partnered with Comcast to start boosting school attendance and bridging the digital divide. Read more on the Huddle.   
  • Our latest Fast Five interview is with Mike English from Kansas City, Missouri. Find out what drives him and what his life is like outside of the office. Read more and follow the discussion in the comments.
  • Understood, a new online portal for parents of children with learning and attention issues, provides state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more. Read more on the Huddle.
  • The New York Times reported that texting parents with literacy tips is a cost-effective way to help decrease language gaps in children from low-income families. Read more on the Huddle and find out more about texting programs in the Innovation Brief.
  • PolicyLink and the University of Southern California have developed the National Equity Atlas, a comprehensive online resource allowing you to easily access data on demographic change, racial inclusion and the economic benefits of equity. Access the Atlas and read more on the Huddle.
  • Read this week’s funding opportunities on the Huddle.       



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