September 10, 2014
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- A Bright Spot about how Richland County, South Carolina, enlisted college football stars to spread excitement about reading. Read more on the Huddle or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community as a Bright Spot, email Betsy Rubiner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- Attendance Works just released Absences Add Up: How Attendance Influences Student Success, a state-by-state analysis of national testing data. It shows that students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests, a result that holds true at every age, in every demographic group and in every state and city tested. Read more on the Huddle.
- The Learning Alliance, the local organization leading the GLR campaign in Vero Beach, Florida, began with the advocacy of two moms with dyslexic children and grew into a community-wide movement. They shared their story with PBS NewsHour and you can read it on the Huddle. You can also read their related Bright Spot.
- A question has been posted to the Huddle, asking for suggestions about the best way to organize and map promising and proven programs across a community. If you have ideas, suggestions, or tools to recommend, please comment on the Huddle.
- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert proclaimed September as “School Attendance Awareness Month” in his state. Across the country, 52 communities and counting are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month. Read more on the Huddle, and add your community’s event to the Attendance Works website map!
- In Holyoke, Massachusetts, the Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative (HELI) kicked off the new school year with its HELI Parent Party! See pictures and read more on the Huddle.
- Last week’s monthly NCSC webinar explored your questions about the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment Tool, which provides an easy way for you to refresh and refine your CSAP. Network members also shared ways they use the Huddle to connect and discover solutions, and learned about new research from Attendance Works. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.
- Health-related grants are available through the The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). Grants of up to $50,000 per year will be awarded to support innovative, community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children and adolescents by increasing access to health care and promoting preventive health services. Apply by October 14, 2014.
- Read more 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.