October 28, 2014
We’re still hearing from communities starting the GLR Network's newly released online community self-assessment. Delray Beach, Florida; Dubuque, Iowa; New Britain, Connecticut; and Arizona are all completing the self-assessment online and plan to use it to meet the criteria for becoming a 2014 Pacesetter. Click on this link to get started and on your way to completing your self-assessment by December 1, 2014.
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- In a short video, Community Lead Laura Koenig shares how Austin, Texas, is using the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment Tool to make data-informed decisions. Watch the video on the Huddle.
- We have two Bright Spots this week: one shares how Let’s Talk®, an oral language development initiative in Fort Wayne, works to improve and increase conversations between young children and adults to boost early learning and school readiness. Download the Fort Wayne pdf. The other discusses how Roanoke, Virginia, uses the Results Scorecard to track progress. Download the Roanoke pdf. As always, to nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- As we reflect on September’s Attendance Awareness Month, we hope you’ll tell us how we did in supporting your efforts, put your school or district’s chronic absence work on the District Data Action Map and discuss what your community is doing next to strengthen school attendance. Just this week, Camden, New Jersey, shared its strategies for raising attendance throughout the school year.
- Be sure to read the NCSC's latest Innovation Brief about how Oakland, California; Seattle, Washington; and Georgia are tackling the word gap. Read more and let us know which programs you would like to try.
- Curious about job descriptions for GLR Community Leads? Here are a few to look at on the Huddle. If you have a description to share, please post it in the comments.
- Delray Beach, Florida, put together a short video showcasing its summer learning work, which increased the number of children having a meaningful summer learning experience to 850 from 151! Watch the video on the Huddle.
- A member of the Huddle is asking for recommendations of measurement tools used by organizations for pre-K English Language Learners. Comment on the Huddle with any recommendations.
- The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Summer Learning Association will host a networking reception for the GLR communities during the Summer Changes Everything™ conference November 17-19 in San Antonio. Register 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.