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Jeff’s Video on the 2011 Awards program

All-America City Awards 2011 from Jeffrey Hatcher on Vimeo.

Reviving Route 40: Lakewood, Colorado

This is my latest post on the State of the Re: Union Website:

I have a fondness for old business routes, motel rows, kitschy gift shops, Western-themed diners and gas stations that sell Jackalope post cards.

Lakewood, Colorado’s section of Route 40 (also known as West Colfax) was once known as “Gateway to the Rockies.” If you were a traveler in the 1950s and you were looking for a tourist motel, an authentic Russian steam bath or a prefabricated diner built in New Jersey and shipped out West by rail, Route 40 was your bet.

Route 40’s heyday ended with the completion of the federal Interstate Highway System, one of the most expensive and consequential public works programs in the history of the world. Business districts dried up overnight, along with many a Main Street, USA. It’s what used to be called progress.

Media Coverage in South Bend

South Bend Mayoral Assistant Tom Price penned this opinion piece about local coverage of the All-America City win.

NCL Announces Grade Level Reading Award

The National Civic League is adding its support to national efforts to address a persistent challenge in education: increasing the number of low-income children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Educators and researchers have long recognized the importance of mastering reading by the end of third grade, yet two-thirds of U.S. schoolchildren are not reaching that benchmark. And children who don’t read by the end of third grade and live in poverty are six times more likely to fail to graduate from high school.

In 2012, the All-America City Awards will focus on communities that work to develop strategies for locally-owned community solutions in the three areas that have real potential to drive improvements in grade-level reading: school readiness, attendance and summer learning.

On June, 15, 2011, NCL announced its partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national coalition of funders, business and community stakeholders. The Campaign’s goal is to increase by 50 percent the number of low-income children reading on grade level in 3rd grade in at least a dozen states during the next ten years.

We are asking communities to sign a letter of an intent demonstrating their willingness to participate in the 2012 All-America City Grade Level Reading Award program.

Oct 31 Webinar on the AAC-GLR Process

Nov. 17 Webinar on AAC-GLR

For an invitation to apply for the 2012 award, click here.

For answers to frequently asked questions, link here.

For a sample letter of intent link here.

For more information on the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, click here.

All-America City Slideshow

Jeff Hatcher, our Pforzheimer fellow/new media specialist, made this great slide show of the festivities in Kansas City.

Untitled from Jeffrey Hatcher on Vimeo.

Watch the 2011 AAC Presentations

If you missed the All-America City Action last week, you can still watch most of it by visiting our streaming video site.

We streamed the the individual community presentations and the awards ceremony.  To view the archived footage go to our Ustream.TV channel. The different segments are listed on the page.

2011 All-America City Award Winners Announced!

The National Civic League announced the ten winners of the All-America City Award tonight in Kansas City, Mo. They are (in alphabetical order by state):

Kenai, Alaska
Dublin, California
Lakewood, Colorado
Belleville, Illinois
South Bend, Indiana
Scott City, Kansas
Tupelo, Mississippi
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Eden, North Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas

Link here for a list of the community improvement efforts the 2011 All-America Cities presented.  

Voting is over on the Video Contest!

We will announce the winner–the popular choice–at the All-America City Award celebration tonight around 7:30 Central.

NCL Announces Grade Level Reading Award

The National Civic League is adding its support to national efforts to address a persistent challenge in education: increasing the number of low-income children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Educators and researchers have long recognized the importance of mastering reading by the end of third grade, yet two-thirds of U.S. schoolchildren are not reaching that benchmark. And children who don’t read by the end of third grade and live in poverty are six times more likely to fail to graduate from high school.

In 2012, the All-America City Awards will focus on communities that work to develop strategies for locally-owned community solutions in the three areas that have real potential to drive improvements in grade-level reading: school readiness, attendance and summer learning.

On June, 15, 2011, NCL announced its partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national coalition of funders, business and community stakeholders. The Campaign’s goal is to increase by 50 percent the number of low-income children reading on grade level in 3rd grade in at least a dozen states during the next ten years.

We are asking communities to sign a letter of an intent demonstrating their willingness to participate in the 2012 All-America City Grade Level Reading Award program.

October 31 Webinar on the AAC-GLR process

2012 AAC Letter of Intent

Sample Letter of Intent (Be Patient. It takes a minute or two to load the document.)

Frequently asked questions

Campaign for Grade Level Reading Backgrounder

Guidelines for Mayors

Guidelines for Community-based Organizations

Guidelines for Business Leaders

Campaign for Grade Level Reading Video

Archived Webinar Presentation (PDF) on AAC 2012

For an invitation to apply for the 2012 award, click here.

For more information on the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, click here.

Dedham Youth Arrive in KC

Members of the Dedham Youth Commission have really gotten into the spirit of AAC. They did a road trip, driving 1400 miles from Massachusetts to Kansas City, stopping along the way to do community service in Pennsylvania. They just arrived at the hotel in Kansas City a few minutes ago.

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