On Monday, March 3, 2014, the National Education Association will sponsor Read Across America to celebrate the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. Policymakers and educators across the country will put on Cat-in-the-Hat hats and spend a portion of their day reading to young children.
This is a great opportunity to promote early literacy. The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents and community members together to share their love of reading. The NEA website offers activity ideas and suggestions for communities interested in creating a reading event.
Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:
- This week’s featured Tell Our Story submission is from Arizona’s statewide coalition. Arizona's story covers both statewide initiatives and the work of individual communities, like the in-home family literacy coaching program started in three Flagstaff neighborhoods. Read more about how literacy coaches help families create supportive literacy environments at home and connect them to resources in the community.
- Join the National Center for Families Learning in Washington, D.C. this President’s Day (February 17-19, 2014) for the Families Learning Summit. Speakers include educational experts from the Smithsonian Institution, Richmond, VA coalition lead Harriet Coalter, and other famous faces and GLR partners. Read more and register here.
- 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.
- Coming up the first week of April is National Volunteer Week, the signature event of the Points of Light Network. It celebrates the efforts of people accomplishing extraordinary things through community service. It is a great opportunity for GLR campaigns to partner with like-minded community groups.
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.