September 3, 2014
Attendance Awareness Month is here! You can participate by holding a house party, issuing a proclamation, displaying an attendance exhibit, crunching attendance data or borrowing inspiration from the Network communities below:
- In Phoenix, Arizona, messages about the importance of attendance are being sent to families along with school readiness kits.
- In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, schools are hosting “Start Strong” celebrations and challenges to strengthen attendance.
- In Palm Beach, Florida, K-12 teachers will get toolkits and professional development training on AAM.
You have the whole month of September to take action, but there’s no time like now to join the 36 communities on the Attendance Works website map!
This week’s news from the Network Communities Support Center includes:
- Oakland, California, and Rochester, New York, are focusing on attendance. The Oakland Tribune ran a great advertisement about the start of school and the importance of regular attendance, and Rochester is using volunteers and messaging to work toward achieving 95 percent attendance on the first day of school. Read more on the Huddle.
- On Thursday, September 5, the monthly webinar will explore your questions about the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment Tool. The tool, also available in Word and pdf forms, makes it easy for you to refresh and refine your Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP). The webinar will also feature Network members who will share how they're using the Huddle to connect and find answers. And in celebration of Attendance Awareness Month, we’ll highlight new research from Attendance Works. Register and join the webinar.
- Sally Fuller in Springfield, Massachusetts, shared an inside look at Springfield’s Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a summer program that saw 81 percent of participants maintain or make gains in their literacy skills in 2013. Read more about the program on the Huddle.
- In the Twin Cities, a singing school bus helped children gain literacy skills, while a summer program in Hartford got a visit from the U.S. Secretary of State. Dubuque also had a successful summer program and got a major grant to expand its grade-level reading work. Read more on the Huddle.
- The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have announced Preschool Development Grants, a new $250 million federal program that will support states to build, develop and expand voluntary, high-quality preschool programs for children from low- and moderate-income families. Applications are due by Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Apply here.
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.