As you read in the message from Ralph last week, we are relaunching a series of webinars designed for community leads and members of your local sponsoring coalition.
We will begin with a four-part webinar series held on successive Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. ET beginning on March 19. The first webinar will provide an introduction to the menu of support offered by the Network Communities Support Center. Register here for the March 19 webinar. If you aren’t able to join the live event, the webinar will be recorded and posted for viewing.
Each of the subsequent webinars will include an in-depth discussion of the resources and support available from one of our three national implementation partners – School Readiness Partners (April 9), Attendance Works (March 26) and the National Summer Learning Association (April 2). Following that four-part series, we will resume regularly scheduled monthly webinars in May hosted by NCSC on the first Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. ET.
Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:
Based on the success of Tell Our Story and the growing interest in what's happening in communities across the Network, the NCSC has launched a weekly publication called Bright Spots. That name may sound familiar to you because it also happens to be the same language we used at the beginning of the Campaign to describe programs and schools that had a track record of success tackling the challenges of school readiness, school attendance, summer learning, and grade-level reading. At this stage of the Campaign, we are re-purposing Bright Spots to capture Network communities’ inspiring and promising work in school readiness, school attendance, summer learning, and grade-level reading by 2016.
National Volunteer Week, celebrated April 6-13, offers an opportunity for all of us to lift up the value of volunteer reading tutors and honor those doing the work. Click here for ideas, tools, and templates, and don’t forget to tell us about tutoring groups in your community using this online portal.
Redesigned digital badges signifying membership in the GLR Communities Network are now available in sizes and formats ideal for use in email signatures, documents, and websites. Click here to see and download them.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture has released its annual funding opportunity for the Children, Youth and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Project (SCP). This represents an opportunity for land-grant institutions in network communities to partner with coalitions and apply for federal funding to address critical needs. Apply by April 11, 2014.
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. Application deadline is May 22, 2014. Apply here.
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>.