Weekly Round-Up, April 29, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, April 29, 2014


We hope you listened to and enjoyed March and April’s webinars. With the upcoming May NCSC webinar, we are initiating a new webinar structure.

Each monthly webinar through the remainder of 2014 will have three components:

1) a highlighted tool or resource
2) a featured event
3) an opportunity for peer sharing and learning

Becky Miles-Polka, who leads the Healthy Readers Team for the Campaign, will introduce the Healthy Readers Guides and go into detail about how to use them. Our partners at the National Summer Learning Association will share plans for Summer Learning Day and what you can do now to have a fun and successful event come June 20. Finally, your GLR colleagues from Arizona—Terri Clark and Holly Henley—will discuss the operations of their statewide summer reading collaborative including successes and lessons learned. Terri is the literacy director for Read On AZ and Holly serves as the library development department director for the Arizona State Library.

Register here for the webinar on May 1 at 3 p.m. ET.

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

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Cincinnati, OH discusses their evidence-based maternal depression treatment program for mothers in home visiting programs. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • We’ve collected an assortment of grant opportunities from health advocacy organizations, health insurance providers, and educational foundations who want to improve the health and academic success of children in their communities. Grants are available for nutrition and fitness programs and academic achievement programs. Read more and apply here.
  • GTECH's After School Advantage Program provides nonprofit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs designed to give inner-city children between the ages of 5 and 15 a safe, meaningful, and fun learning experience during afterschool hours. The program provides up to $15,000 in materials and support to afterschool programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here.

Finally, the online community serving the GLR Communities Network has a new name – The Huddle – and a new look that emphasizes our three community solutions, as well as more opportunities to connect with the 900+ members doing similar work. Everyone signed up for the current platform, the Ning, will be moved to The Huddle in the next two to three weeks. If you’re not a member or would like to suggest new members, contact susanne@smarterlearninggroup.com.


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.