Weekly Round-Up, May 7, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, May 7, 2014

Dear Colleague,

If you missed last week’s regular monthly webinar hosted by the Network Communities Support Center, you can listen to it here. We tried out a new format for the webinar that’s more podcast-style and conversational. We covered a lot of ground and the hour flew by with lots of great questions.

The webinar began with Becky Miles-Polka discussing how to use the new Healthy Readers Guides. Next the conversation turned to Summer Learning Day (June 20). Rebecca Hancock shared how to take the Summer Learning Day Pledge and resources for planning an event. Finally, we chatted with Terri Clark with Read On Arizona about how they’ve implemented a statewide summer reading collaborative.

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 this week’s Bright Spot, Vero Beach, FL uses best practices for teaching dyslexia to improve the way all students are taught to read. 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!
  • Lincoln Financial Group is inviting submissions for the Lincoln's Legacy Award.  A $50,000 grant will be awarded to a nonprofit organization that has increased high school graduation rates and college preparedness through mentoring, tutoring, technology training, and/or college readiness programs. Applications are due June 6, 2014. Apply here.
  • GTECH's After School Advantage Program provides nonprofit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs designed to give inner-city children between the ages of 5 and 15 a safe, meaningful, and fun learning experience during afterschool hours. The program provides up to $15,000 in materials and support to afterschool programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply 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 two to three weeks. If you’re not a member or would like to suggest new members, please contact me at  susanne@smarterlearninggroup.com.

Warmly,
Susanne

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.