FAQ: 2014 Pacesetter Honors/Community Self-Assessment
1. What are the Campaign Pacesetter Honors?
The Campaign Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. These awards recognize communities that are “leading by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy.
2. What are the criteria for recognition?
The 2014 Pacesetter Honors will go to communities that meet three criteria. We intend to honor communities that:
- Participated in the GLR Campaign’s 2014 messaging and mobilizing opportunities, such as Summer Learning Day and Attendance Awareness Month as well as Read Across America Day and National Volunteer Week.
- Showed progress in at least one of the three community solutions areas — school readiness, attendance and summer learning. We’re also looking for progress in adopting or replicating proven and promising programs, as well as in strengthening stakeholder engagement, community engagement and cross-sector collaboration.
- Have created a community plan (CSAP) that integrates healthy, on-track development and successful parenting; relies on disaggregated data, and focuses on proven and promising interventions.
3. How can my community receive 2014 Pacesetter Honors?
We will use a self-nomination process for the 2014 Pacesetter Honors. You have the following options for self-nomination:
If your community completes the online Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment, that automatically constitutes self-nomination for Pacesetter Honors from the Campaign’s perspective. While submitting additional information is not required, if you’d like to do so, please feel free to use this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GLRPacesetter. If for some reason you’d like to opt out of consideration for Pacesetter Honors, please notify Susanne Sparks email@example.com.
- If your community chooses NOT to complete the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment, there will be an alternate process for you to file a self-nomination form for Pacesetter Honors. Communities will be asked to provide detailed information and supporting documentation per the criteria described above using an online form that will be available beginning Dec. 1, 2014. All self-nominations should be filed by Dec. 15, 2014.
4. When will the 2014 Pacesetter Honorsbe announced?
Communities that meet the criteria and earn Pacesetter Honors will be announced in January.
5. Why should I apply for 2014 Pacesetter Honors? What are the benefits of being designated as a Campaign Pacesetter?
The Pacesetter Honors celebrate exceptional effort and progress by select Network communities across the country. Receiving this honor can serve as a springboard to generate widespread attention to the local campaign and the needs it seeks to address. Being placed in a national spotlight has helped previous honorees generate new resources to support local GLR initiatives and has inspired coalition members to redouble their efforts to drive results.
The Campaign also draws heavily on local success stories to highlight and promote effective strategies and to make the case with philanthropic, business, civicand political leaders for dedicated resources to support GLR goals.
6. How many events do we need to participate in, and how do we demonstrate that we participated?
We plan to recognize communities that took part in at least one of the events on the Campaign’s calendar of messaging and mobilizing opportunities. The best way to show your participation is to post what you did on the Attendance Awareness Month and Summer Learning Day maps. You also can describe your efforts in the online Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment.
7. What evidence can I provide to demonstrate my community’s “progress” in order to meet the requirements for 2014 Pacesetter recognition?
We anticipate recognizing communities that are making measurable progress on improving school readiness rates, reducing chronic absenteeismand expanding summer learning opportunities. We’re also interested in evidence that demonstrates progress in adopting or replicating proven and promising programs as well as in strengthening stakeholder engagement, community engagement and cross-sector collaboration.
8. How do I demonstrate that my community has a plan (CSAP) that integrates healthy, on-track development and successful parenting; relies on disaggregated data, and focuses on proven and promising interventions?
We are encouraging communities to refine their Community Solutions Action Plans, or CSAPs. To assist you with this, the Campaign has created a Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment tool, described below. Completing and then submitting your Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment to the Campaign by Dec. 1 will fully suffice as evidence of meeting this requirement. Note that we are not asking you to resubmit your revised CSAP to the Campaign, only your Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment. You may opt, however, to use another process to refresh and refine your CSAP. If you choose this option, you will be asked to provide detailed information about your process and plan.
9. What is the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment?
Many Campaign communities have recently expressed interest in assessing their efforts to date, and using that information to refresh and revise their CSAPs. In response, the Campaign developed an online self-assessment tool, the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment. Co-constructed with Network communities, the tool provides a way for community coalitions to review and update the six aspects of their CSAPs: the problem, the destination, the strategy, the synergy, the use of data and the success and sustainability of your effort. Please note, after you complete your Community Self-Assessment, the Campaign requests that you submit it to us online. Theseimportant data will be used to deliver more targeted technical assistance to communities in 2015 and to tell the story of the Campaign more accurately and robustly.
10. Why should I complete the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment tool?
Whether your Sponsoring Coalition is well into implementation or just starting out, this tool can help:
- Provide an opportunity to re-engage and re-energize critical stakeholders and members of your local Sponsoring Coalition.
- Highlight areas where the Campaign’s Network Communities Support Center can offer brokered technical assistance, peer-learning opportunities and capacity-building support.
- Pinpoint strategies that are working and identify additional investment, partners and assistance that might be necessary to replicate, scale and sustain success.
- Offer useful information and stories to share with colleagues across the Network as we gather momentum and head toward the application process for the 2016 All-America City Awards.
In addition, submitting the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment to the Campaign by Dec. 1 is all that is required for a community to apply for 2014 Pacesetter Honors.
11. How should I use the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment?
Available as an online tool as well as downloadable PDF and Microsoft Word files, the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment is a guided process to help you reflect on the lessons you have learned and focus on what you need to do to prepare for the 2016 All-America City Awards. It also will guide you in building new strategies to support successful parents and ensure healthy, on-track child development. We encourage community leads to use it with coalition partners, advisory groups and other key stakeholders as a conversation-starter and guide to reviewing and updating your CSAPs.
12. Why should I submit my Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment to the Campaign?
The Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessments will provide the GLR Campaign with valuable data on where the Network communities stand and how to honor them as we designate communities for 2014 Pacesetter recognition. It also will help us tell a more broadly representative story of the Campaign and its growing impact on children across the country.
13. How do I submit the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment to the Campaign?
The Campaign requests that you submit your Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment online only at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GLRselfassessment. The downloadable PDF and Microsoft Word versions are available for you to print and use in conversations and meetings with your coalition partners.
14. If our community is not planning to apply for 2014 Pacesetter Honors, should we still fill out and submit the online Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment?
Yes, in fact we encourage it. A community that submits the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment may indeed choose to opt out of consideration for 2014 Pacesetter Honors by notifying Susanne Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org.We’d like to know, however, where all of our communities stand so we know what technical assistance and advice to offer. We’d also like to know what’s working in your community so we can share those strategies with your peers. Even if your coalition is fairly new, the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment will help you look closely at what you want to accomplish and what you need to succeed.
15. Is it possible to pause in filling out the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment online, and then come back to it without losing what you originally entered?
Yes, however it likely will be easier for you to draft your answers using the Microsoft Word version of the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment and then copy and paste the answers into the online form all at once. If you choose to work directly in the online tool, please use the following tips to ensure your work is saved:
- To update your answers, open your self-assessment link using the same computer and browser each time.
- Save your work by answering every question on your current page before moving forward, backward or exiting the link.
- If you haven’t completed a response for one of the questions, but still wish to save your work for that page, enter placeholder text or answers in each blank space.
16. May I submit the Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment in Microsoft Word?
The Grade-Level Reading Community Self-Assessment can only be submitted online. Just copy your answers from the Microsoft Word document and paste them into the online survey.