Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:
- In this week’s Bright Spot, Worcester dramatically increased the library facilities available to young children by partnering with local elementary schools. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- National Volunteer Week, celebrated April 6-12, offers an opportunity for all of us to lift up the value of volunteer reading tutors and honor those doing the work. We’ve added a tutor recognition certificate and a template op-ed to the ideas, tools, and templates on our website. And don’t forget to tell us about tutoring groups—and about individual tutors--in your community using this online portal.
- Attendance Works released a new Teaching Attendance Toolkit to provide teachers with everyday strategies for communicating with parents about attendance and building a culture of attendance in the classroom. This is a great toolkit to pass along to schools and to community program providers that support parents. Download the toolkit here.
- Last week’s webinar introduced the menu of support offered by the Network Communities Support Center. (You can listen to the March 19 webinar and download the materials discussed.) Our next three webinars will feature in-depth discussions of the resources and support available from each of our three national implementation partners – School Readiness Partners (April 9), Attendance Works (March 26) and the National Summer Learning Association (April 2). We will resume regularly scheduled monthly webinars in May on the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. ET (note the time change!)
- In a one-hour webinar on dyslexia, the most common type of reading disability, leading researcher and educator Dr. Louisa Moats will define dyslexia, provide essential facts, and discuss groundbreaking practices in professional development to help teachers support students with this condition. The webinar is Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (2-3 PM EST). Register for the webinar.
- 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 story times 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.
- There is a new summary of resources for communities to support Dual Language Learners available on the Ning. Mouse over the Support Center tab to find “Dual Language Learners,” 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.