Weekly Round-Up, May 14, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, May 14, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

  • Register for the next monthly Network Communities Support Center webinar on June 5th at 3 pm ET. Instead of an in-depth conversation with a single community, a number of communities will briefly share--in about three minutes--their Summer Learning Day plans. If you’d like to participate and share your plans, email me at susanne@smarterlearninggroup.com. In the meantime, get resources and take the pledge for Summer Learning Day at NSLA’s website.
  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Bridgeport, CT offers some children a free summer program designed to ease their transition to kindergarten. This is the latest in a periodic series of “summer” Bright Spots, in advance of Summer Learning Day 2014 on June 20. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot PDF. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • Camden, NJ’s Grade-Level Reading initiative, Born To Read, is a finalist for a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. You can help Camden secure one of 40 $25,000 grants by voting for them on Facebook every day until May 17th. Everyone gets 10 votes per day, so you can also support other neighborhood initiatives. Camden is hoping to fund trainings for reading volunteers, new books for children, and summer learning packs. Click here to vote.
  • Small rural libraries in need of book donations may find a helping hand with the Libri Foundation, which donates new hardcover children’s books to rural libraries that meet certain criteria. Applications are due by May 15 and August 15, 2014. Apply here.
  • The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. awards grants to libraries and bookmobiles for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Grants for 2014 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases.  Applications are due June 16, 2014. Apply here.
  • The U.S. Department of Education just announced the beginning of their 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) program’s Scale-up and Validation categories. The i3 program aims to develop and expand practices that accelerate K-12 student achievement and prepare students to succeed in college and in their careers. This year, school districts and nonprofit organizations, in partnership with districts or schools, are eligible to compete for nearly $135 million.  Applications are due June 24, 2014. Learn more and apply here.
  • As you prepare for Attendance Awareness Month this fall, join us on May 28 at 1 pm ET for our Attendance Awareness Month Webinar: Enlisting Allies. Panelists will share ideas about how to engage allies such as doctors and other health care providers, mayors and elected officials, social service agencies, national and community service programs, youth development organizations and many others. Register here.

Finally, the online community serving the GLR Communities Network has a new name – The Huddle – and a new look that emphasizes our three community solutions, as well as more opportunities to connect with the 900+ members doing similar work. Everyone signed up for the current platform, the Ning, will be moved to The Huddle in the next one to two weeks. If you’re not a member or would like to suggest new members, please contact me at  susanne@smarterlearninggroup.com.


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.