Weekly Round-Up, April 22, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, April 22, 2014


The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Healthy Readers team has released a series of resource guides making the connection between health and learning in the early years.

Growing Healthy Readers: Taking Action to Support the Health Determinants of Early School Success incorporates children’s health and learning priorities into action plans for improving school readiness, school attendance and summer learning. Each guide includes research documenting the effects on learning, strategies for improving outcomes and case studies of effective local programs.

Beginning with the monthly webinar on May 1 at 3 pm ET, we will highlight each guide with special content to help communities use the Guides to support their CSAPs. Register here for the May 1 webinar.

Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Southern Pines, NC created a new summer learning project tailored to K-2nd students reading below grade level. This is the second in a periodic series of “summer” Bright Spots, leading up to Summer Learning Day on June 20, 2014. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • Congratulations to the organizations aligned with or working in GLR Network communities that have received W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants! WKKF recently announced $13.7 million in grants to empower parents as leaders and key decision makers in education. The foundation chose 30 organizations from 18 states and the District of Columbia that are developing and implementing transformative family engagement models in the field of early childhood education. Read more here.
  • The Parent Toolkit now includes a Health and Wellness section, with grade-by-grade recommendations and tips for physical activity, sleep, and nutrition. Overall wellness is important to student learning and development, and this is a great resource for program providers, parents, and others who work with children. Read more.
  • Have you heard about the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program? The National Summer Learning Association is spreading the word about how the program helps states fill in the summer meal gap for low-income children, reimbursing organizations that serve meals in summer. Download tips on how to feed kids this summer!
  • Attendance Awareness Month doesn't arrive until September, but we joined with other partners to begin preparing for the event with the release of a revised Count Us In! toolkit and a new website. Click here for concrete steps to reduce chronic absence.
  • Our four-part webinar series on the resources and support available from Network Communities Support Center is now complete. If you missed any of these webinars, you can listen to them by clicking these links: NCSC menu, attendance, summer learning, and school readiness.
  • The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Scholastic are offering a unique opportunity to put books in the hands of children who need them. Go to the website for their new Help Them Read campaign and vote for your favorite children’s book. Scholastic will donate that book to a program  that supports early literacy. Vote here and share the news.


Almost all links in this message go to items posted on the Ning, 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 Ning by clicking here.