October 8, 2014
We’ve heard from 74 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading communities that celebrated Attendance Awareness Month this September! Here’s a small sampling of the ways that communities marked the month:
- 35 crunched their attendance data
- 22 issued a proclamation declaring Attendance Awareness Month
- 21 mobilized a community coalition
If you celebrated or did programming for Attendance Awareness Month but haven’t yet entered this on the Attendance Works website map, take a few minutes to record your efforts and get inspiration for next September.
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- There’s no new Bright Spot this week, but we’ll close out Attendance Awareness Month with a look back at some communities fighting chronic absence: Arkansas’s Make Every Day Count campaign, New Britain, Connecticut’s attendance teams and Kent County, Michigan’s school-based social service providers. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at email@example.com. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- The Quad Cities’ Summer Enrichment Program model, a curriculum implemented by teachers involved with programs for low-income youth, led to a 9.3 percent increase in student literacy as measured on pre- and post-program tests. Community Lead Alex Kolker invites other communities to replicate the program and share their results. Contact him or read more on the Huddle.
- Community Lead Michelle Hill talks in a brief video about how Vernon, Connecticut, is using the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment Tool to identify leading partners in each solution area and strategize more effectively. Watch the video on the Huddle. (You can also watch last week’s video from Vero Beach.)
- At the National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Changes Everything Annual Conference, learn how your programs can effectively use data and evaluation to produce positive academic outcomes for youth. Register for the conference in San Antonio, Texas, on November 17-19 and read more on the Huddle.
- Read 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.