Weekly Round-Up, January 21, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, January 21, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Two states and 37 communities have been named 2013 Pacesetters by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an honor that recognizes their efforts to mobilize civic, business and community leaders to work with schools, libraries and other organizations toward the goal of improving early reading. Pacesetters participated in Summer Learning Day and Attendance Awareness Month. The Pacesetters also shared their work and challenges as part of Tell Our Story. Congratulations to all of the Pacesetters!

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

  • We received our final Tell Our Story submission for 2013 from Hartford, CT. That brings the total to 74 stories from over 80 communities! Hartford’s story describes their coordinated public awareness campaign about chronic absence that enlists students, parents, school leadership, community partners, and government representatives. Read more about their far-reaching attendance efforts.
  • All GLR communities are invited to attend a webinar by Attendance Works and WestEd on Leveraging Attendance for Equitable Outcomes: Tools for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) in California. On February 6 at 10:00-11:15 AM (PST)/ 1:00-2:15 PM (EST), participants will learn identification and intervention strategies for chronic absence and develop goals and activities to meet LCAP requirements. Register here.
  • Five California school superintendents, four of them working in Campaign communities Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and Fresno, discussed the benefits of school districts investing in summer learning. They also highlight a report from Summer Matters, which profiles summer learning programs in California school districts.
  • It’s never too early to plan summer learning programs, and this Lunch at the Library program reflection covers program details and what makes it such a successful model. Summer Matters also offers a simple summer learning tool—Signs of a Great Summer Learning Program—that you can use for planning and evaluation.
  • We’ve heard of many creative ways to describe the impact of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. One of our recent favorites is this poem from Nina Sazer O’Donnell:

From Roanoke to Tahoe
From New York to San Anton...

Warmly,
Susanne

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