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Summer Academy: Real Impact for Reading Success

In mid-July, most kids are savoring the freedom of summer.  School is a distant memory best avoided by riding bikes, going to the pool, and sprinting to the ice cream truck. Eight-year-old Kamerron, however, is reading—and enjoying it. “I read to my little sister,” he says.  “I like it because when she’s grown up, I […]

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President signs Declaration to Fulfill Promise of America

On Monday, September 22, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Presidents’ Declaration to Fulfill the Promise of America. Obama was the seventh consecutive President to sign the Declaration in an effort to call upon Americans to do more to help the young people in America reach their full potential. The Declaration originally was signed by […]

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State-by-State Analysis

A state-by-state analysis of national testing data demonstrates that students who miss more school than their peers consistently score lower on standardized tests, a result that holds true at every age, in every demographic group and in every state and city tested. The analysis, Absences Add Up: How Attendance Influences Student Success, is based on […]

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Attendance Awareness Month

The start of the school year is a natural time for parents, schools and community leaders to think about good attendance.  The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is celebrating Attendance Awareness Month during the month of September 2014 for a second consecutive year! Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. […]

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Up, Up, and Attend (School) in Dubuque, Iowa

This article was posted by Betsy Rubiner on The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading blog on October 11, 2013. “Up, Up, and Attend” is the clever catch phrase for Dubuque, Iowa’s Super Hero-themed attendance awareness campaign, focused on elementary school students.  Seventy-four GLR communities participated in the month. Ten communities are in states where the governor signed a state-level […]

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School Attendance Matters and You Can Help

Eric Dregne is vice president of strategic initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. This article appeared on the opinion page of the Telegraph Herald on October 17, 2013. Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in September turned its attention from summer learning to school attendance. What’s wrong with missing a few days of school? Study after […]

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