Weekly Round-Up, May 22, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, May 22, 2014

Dear Colleague,

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

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, San Antonio, TX uses dual language programs to help prepare children for school. 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!
  • Summer Learning Day is only a month away! Get ready for the celebration by taking the pledge, getting resources from NSLA, and registering for the next monthly Network Communities Support Center webinar on June 5th at 3 pm ET. A number of communities will share brief (3-minute) overviews of their Summer Learning Day plans. If you’d like to participate and share your plans, email me at susanne@smarterlearninggroup.com.
  • 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.
  • Communities in Michigan, Mississippi, and New Orleans, LA, keep an eye out for the new class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. This group of 120 community-based established and emerging leaders aim to help vulnerable children and their families achieve optimal health and well-being, access to good food, academic achievement and financial security. Read more.
  • Need children’s books? The Libri Foundation donates children’s books to small rural libraries (apply by August 15, 2014) and The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. awards grants to libraries and bookmobiles for purchasing children’s books. (Apply by June 16, 2014.)
  • 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.


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