Weekly Huddle Roundup, November 5, 2014

Weekly Huddle Roundup, November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014   

Dear Colleague,

Have you started the GLR Network's newly released online community self-assessment? Montgomery, Alabama; Tahoe Truckee, California; Des Moines, Iowa; Camden, New Jersey; and Seattle, Washington, are completing the self-assessment online and plan to use it to meet the criteria to become a 2014 Pacesetter. Click on this link to start your community’s self-assessment, which we encourage communities to complete by December 1, 2014.


Want to start online, but worried you’ll lose your work if you don’t finish in one sitting? As long as you open the link from the same computer and location, you can update the same version as often as you need.


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

  • A Bright Spot shares how a home-visiting program in Buffalo, New York, promotes school readiness. Read more on the Huddle or download the Bright Spot pdf. If your community has a home-visiting program, feel free to share your experience in the comments box on the Huddle. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • Communities may find it challenging to define ambitious but achievable goals around grade-level reading. In an informal call organized by the NCSC last week, Seattle, Baltimore and Charlotte discussed their experiences using NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) data, state assessments and more to frame their goals. Read more and share your experiences on the Huddle.
  • The upcoming Campaign for Grade-Level Reading webinar is this Thursday, November 6, from 3 pm to 4 pm EST. Register for the webinar. Last month was devoted to questions about the Community Self-Assessment Tool, and this month we’ll hear from communities who have completed the tool. Attendance Works will also unveil and explain their District Data Action Map.
  • The National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Changes Everything™ conference, on November 17-19 in San Antonio, is about to sell out! Attendees should mark their calendars for the Grade-Level Reading networking event on November 18 from 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm in the Garden Terrace at the conference hotel. Register now for the conference and read more on the Huddle.
  • Read about this week’s funding opportunities on the Huddle.           



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.