GLR Week 2020
GLR Week 2020 has gone virtual!  Please join us for a week-long series of events and activities sponsored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the states and local communities in the GLR Network, all geared toward ensuring early school success; mobilizing efforts to slow, stop, and reverse learning loss; and embracing parents as essential partners.  

Events sponsored by CGLR are listed below. The growing list of state and local events will be posted on CLIP and the GLR Website. Check out the exciting details for engagement and participation!

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Supporting Children and Families in the First Three Years - For Funders Only
Funder to Funder Conversation
July 14, 12:30-2:00 pm ET/9:30-11:00am PT

Presenters: Elisabeth Buck, United Way of Central Iowa; Marica Cox Bainum, Family Foundation; Janet Froetscher, J.B and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation; and Anne C. Kubisch, The Family Ford Foundation

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Research confirms that the prenatal-to-three time period lays the foundation for all future learning and well-being. It is during these critical early years that we most need for early childhood organizations and state and local governments to build and deliver high-quality systems of care.  And philanthropy is responding. Join us for this first in a series of Funder-to-Funder Conversations to learn from five philanthropic leaders how they are investing in high-quality early learning and supportive services and working to support and equip parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
Maintaining Momentum in Mississippi: A Conversation with Dr. Carey Wright
GLR Learning Tuesday's Webinar
July 14, 3:00-4:30 pm ET/12:00-1:30 pm PT

Presenter: Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education, Mississippi
Moderator: Dr. Angela Rutherford, Director, Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction
University of Mississippi
Commentators: Kymyona Burk, Ed.D. Policy Director-Early Literacy, Foundation for Excellence in Education; Gray Tollison, Former Mississippi State Senator & Chairman, Education Committee

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Mississippi was catapulted into the national spotlight last October for a very good reason.  While 2019 NAEP reported that student academic performance flatlined in most states, Mississippi was an acknowledged exception. With significant gains in fourth and eighth grade math as well as fourth grade reading, the Magnolia State joined Washington DC as the two jurisdictions making measurable improvement in three of the four NAEP areas.  Sustaining this progress has been made all the more difficult by the COVID-19. Please join us for a “behind the curtains” preview of Mississippi’s plan to meet the challenge of pandemic-precipitated learning loss while adapting to the realities of the emerging “new normal” for public schools.
Reaching and Supporting Parents Through 211 - A Fishbowl Conversation for United Ways with leaders in Delaware, Texas and Utah
July 15, 12:30-2:00 pm ET/9:30-11:00 am PT

Presenters: Adrianna Cuellar Rojas, President & CEO, United Ways of Texas; Michelle Taylor, President & CEO, United Way of Delaware; Amy Terpstra, Vice President - Collective Impact Partnerships, United Way Salt Lake. Moderator: Alicia Lara, Senior Vice President, Impact, United Way Worldwide

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Across the US, 211 is an invaluable resource for providing information, support and referrals for individuals and families across a multitude of areas. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this resource is even more important to connect individuals - especially parents - with critical information and services for them and their children. During the last four months, United Ways across the country have leveraged 211 in interesting, impactful and innovative ways to better serve parents in need, with many more ideas on the horizon. As the pandemic continues, 211 will be even more critical. Please join this interactive conversation to hear how United Ways in Utah, Delaware and Texas are utilizing 211 to support parents and families at this challenging time, and engage in the dialogue about the impact and potential to broaden 211 to support parents moving forward.  
Rebuilding the Childcare System - The Role of Shared Services & Staffed Family Childcare Networks: A Fishbowl Conversation with Leaders in Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska and Oregon
July 16, 3:00-4:30 pm ET/12:00-1:30 pm PT

Presenters: Justina Acevedo-Cross, Program Director, Hawai’i Community Foundation; Mary Louise McClintock, Senior Education Strategy & Policy Advisor, Oregon Community Foundation; Sue Renner, Executive Director, Merage Foundations; Jessica Sager, Co-Founder and CEO, All Our Kin; Kerrie Urosevich, Lead Network Design & Innovation Support, Early Childhood Action Strategy; Judy Williams, Executive Director, Early Learning Ventures.  
Moderator: Shannon Cotsoradis, CEO, Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the childcare system has suffered tremendous setbacks and challenges, with potential long-lasting impacts for how the sector is organized, financed and operationalized moving forward. In response, policymakers, practitioners, innovation experts, and leaders across the sector are exploring different models for 'back office' shared services and staffed family child care networks as potential solutions to the "new normal" for providing high-quality services to children and parents. The conversation will feature a variety of models from across the country along with different approaches to strengthening the childcare sector, such as those from All Our Kin and Early Learning Ventures. The discussion will also focus on implications for policy, scale and innovation.
Measuring & Addressing Learning Loss with Innovative Diagnostic Tools: Two States Respond
July 17, 3:00-4:30 pm ET/12:00-1:30 pm PT

Presenters:Noah Bookman, Core Districts; Jeff Dominitz, Education Analytics; and Stephanie DiStacio, South Carolina Department of Education.
Moderator: Hedy Chang, Attendance Works

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Committed to supporting teachers and school leaders in efforts to understand and support the holistic needs of students in this unprecedented back to school season, education leaders from California and South Carolina have joined to develop an innovative interactive platform designed to help teachers and school leaders track and reflect on the well-being and academic impacts of COVID-related school closures.  The Rally Analytics Platform utilizes historical and recent student academic performance on state and formative assessments to estimate where students would have scored if tested in Spring, 2020.  And, utilizing predictive analytics and incoming data, Rally will estimate where students are headed throughout the 2020-21 school year and offer the ability to measure student well-being through “pulse” surveys, giving teachers and school leaders holistic progress monitoring of student academic and social emotional learning. Rally will also include general and grade-level resources aligned to state standards to support teaching the skills and knowledge that students need most. Join us to learn more about this two-state collaboration to address learning loss and the Rally Analytics platform.
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