Weekly Round-Up, April 8, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, April 8, 2014


This week is National Volunteer Week, and the Campaign is honoring the tutors and tutoring group who volunteer their time to ensure more children are reading well by third grade.

See our Tutor Recognition Page and add your own favorite tutors or groups using this online portal. We’ll also be featuring them on Twitter (#glrtutor) and Facebook. Also, let us know what you’re doing to mark the week either on Twitter or by contacting pjordan@gradelevelreading.net.

We have some amazing volunteers already:

  • Mrs. Marion Dietz, a retired 3rd grade teacher in Arizona, spends countless hours assisting students who are struggling readers and even writes lesson plans for each day!
  • United Way of North Central Florida has matched 160 second and third grade students in need of reading help with volunteers this year.
  • Dr. Margaret Charters has devoted over 19 years to volunteering at Dr. King Elementary School in Syracuse, coordinating 30 volunteers who read to students one-on-one, on two days of the week.

Also, Strategies for Children recently held an event at the Boston Children’s Museum to discuss how to support volunteers working for childhood literacy. We hope you could take advantage of our tools and templates to assist the volunteers in your area.

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

  • Last week’s webinar described the resources available to Network communities from the National Summer Learning Association. (You can listen to it here, along with the attendance and NCSC menu webinars.) Our next webinar will also feature in-depth discussions of the resources and support available from School Readiness Partners (April 9). We will resume regularly scheduled monthly webinars in May on the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. ET.
  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Delray Beach, Florida used their CSAP to initiate data-sharing agreements and target summer learning loss. This is the first 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 pdf. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • Points of Light is seeking schools and other organizations to host VISTA Corps members focused on reducing chronic absence, as part of its Corps18 program. Schools and organizations should submit letter of intent by this Friday, April 11 and complete applications by April 25 (extended a week). Read more and apply here.
  • The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has posted a new Data Snapshot on Early Childhood Education. This document has the most recent statistics about national preschool access, enrollment, and retention, supported by both text and graphs. Read more.
  • On Tuesday, April 8, we’re launching the second year of the Attendance Awareness Campaign, which designates September as Attendance Awareness Month. 
  • Target is accepting applications for their Early Childhood Reading Grants, providing $2,000 for programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Reading grants support programs such as library storytimes and family reading nights that take place between September 2014 and August 2015. The deadline is April 30, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting grant requests through their Youth Literacy Grants program to provide funding of up to $4,000 to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Applicants must live within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store. Application deadline is May 22, 2014. Apply here.
  • Looking for ways to help children with dyslexia or other learning disabilities (LD) improve their reading skills?  A new summary of information and resources is available on the Ning.  Mouse over the Support Center tab to find “Learning Disabilities,” or click here to go to the page.


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.