October 17, 2014
Interest is growing in the GLR Network's newly released online community self-assessment. We've begun to hear from communities like Kansas City, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Bridgeport, CT; and Syracuse, NY, who are completing the self-assessment online and plan to use it to meet the criteria for becoming a 2014 Pacesetter. Be sure to click on this link, get started, and complete your self-assessment by December 1, 2014.
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- A Bright Spot shares how Born Learning Trails in Reno, Nevada, support school readiness. Read more on the Huddle or download the Bright Spot pdf. If your community has a Born Learning Trail, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- We invite you to join the 30+ communities using the Results Scorecard to make data-driven decisions. The Scorecard can be tailored to follow your own customized indicators as well as the GLR community solutions areas. Read more about the Scorecard on the Huddle.
- A question has been posted to the Huddle asking if anyone has offered GLR support to schools and faced a push to broaden the target to learning goals besides reading. If you have an experience or advice to contribute, read more or comment on the Huddle.
- This week we’re highlighting news and newsletters from communities. Students in urban schools in Des Moines, Iowa, have made gains in test scores and graduation rates. And Dubuque, Iowa, recently released its latest newsletter, but it’s not the only community that has something to say. If you’ve got a newsletter or blog about your GLR work, let us know by commenting on the Huddle!
- The Making Collaboration Work cohort shares a few approaches GLR communities are using to build a strong coalition structure and maximize impact. One community is Las Vegas, where the structure is expanding from a sole point person to include a program director, coordinating body and several partners. Read more on the Huddle.
- Learn how to navigate funding for summer programs and engage your stakeholders in an advocacy agenda during the National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Changes Everything Annual Conference! Register for the conference in San Antonio, Texas, on November 17-19 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.