Campaign for Grade Level Reading: The Funder Action Series, Part 1 - Webinar

Monday, December 7, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:00pm EST
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Join us for the first of a four part series, that will explore the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Initiative and its core community solution areas. The first webinar will cover:
Introduction to Campaign for Grade Level Reading
The Campaign is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
Launched in 2012, the Campaign is an expanding network of more than 200 national and international communities. The communities, including many in New York from Buffalo to New York City, are hard at work implementing ambitious plans to address three challenges to students’ reading success that are widespread, consequential and amenable to community solutions:
  • The Readiness Gap: Too many children from low-income families begin school already far behind.
  • The Attendance Gap: Too many children from low-income families miss too many days of school.
  • The Summer Slide: Too many children lose ground over the summer months.
Community Solution Area: The Attendance Gap
To ensure that low-income children are benefiting from the instruction they need to read proficiently by the end of third grade, many funders are supporting efforts to reduce chronic absence in the early grades. They are funding programs that address barriers to good attendance, such as chronic health problems and they are urging grantees to use chronic absence as a metric to assess school climate and student success.
We invite you to learn about the National and State Campaign for Grade Level Reading as a funding framework.  


  • What are the key proof points of the Campaign?
  • How are funders playing a crucial role in the Campaign’s ongoing efforts nationally and locally?
  • What does the latest research say about the detrimental effects of early chronic absenteeism?
  • What strategies are working to reduce chronic absence and overcome systemic barriers to good attendance, where and why?
  • What is the connection between attendance and achievement?  
  • Concrete examples of how funders are helping to reduce chronic absence and improve reading scores as a measure of success in school improvement. 


Designed for

All interested funders, especially those with a current or potential focus in early child, families or education.


Registration is required by December 3.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click on the "Register Now" link above. You will receive webinar log-in details on Monday morning, December 7
Non-Member Funders: Please email
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