Weekly Round-Up, February 14, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, February 14, 2014


Have you dusted off your Cat-in-the-Hat hat for the National Education Association’s celebration of Read Across America? On Monday, March 3, 2014, teachers, children, parents and community members will join together to share the joy of reading.

Help kick off a week of reading across the nation by trying out these activity ideas or creating a reading event.  You could also use Read Across America day to encourage parents to schedule 15 minutes of each day to read aloud to their kids!  There are some great resources available to support that at Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a new campaign partner.

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

  • Business Week introduced the new community lead in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Michael Moriarty, along with a look at where the coalition is now and their upcoming goals. (Their Massachusetts neighbor, Springfield, also receives a shout-out!) Read the full article here.
  • You've likely heard about the 30 million word gap, but have you heard about the 6,000-hour learning gap? By the time they reach 6th grade, middle class kids have likely spent 6,000 more hours learning than kids born into poverty. Start a conversation about access to enrichment opportunities with this infographic and video.
  • In the latest Attendance Works’ Driving With Data Webinar, Dr. Mary Conway, member of the GLR coalition in Vernon, Connecticut, will share how she used chronic absence data to raise awareness and support for attendance. Free resources for districts and schools will also be highlighted. The webinar is on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 1-2:15 PM EST or 10-11:15 AM PST. Register here.
  • The National Book Foundation is looking for nominations for their Innovations in Reading Prizes from individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement about and engagement with books and literature. The award includes $2,500 and wide exposure on the Foundation’s online platforms and website. Apply by Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
  • A new EdSource report, The Power of Parents, produced in collaboration with New America Media, reviews compelling research showing that parent involvement in school can improve academic success, attitudes toward school, and reduce at-risk behavior. Read the full report.
  • New American and the Alliance for Early Learning have also just released their new report, Subprime Learning: Early Education in America Since the Great Recession. To determine the state of early education in the United States, they analyze a wide array of indicators in policy, funding, family well-being, and children’s achievement across the spectrum of birth through third grade. Read the full report.


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