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Constructing Collaborative Success for Network Learning: The Story of the Discovery Community Self-Assessment Tool

December 2011 This article shares a story of the development and initial use of the Discovery Community Self-Assessment Tool as a process of social construction critical to collective action and a possible indicator of network learning.

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Discovery 2011: A Decade of Difference

October 2011 This publication highlights some of the contribtuions that Discovery communities and statewide partners have made toward improving the lives of young children in the past decade.

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Learning communities and social capital and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund: A descriptive case study

August 2011 This report, by Cathryn Magno, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Memorial Fund, describes the ways in which the Memorial Fund supports learning communities and explores the growth of social capital and learning communities

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Observing Values in Action: Stories and lessons from the work of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

October 2010 Authored by Sally Leiderman from the Center for Assessment and Policy Development, this report looks at the collective values of the Memorial Fund and how they drive the grantmaking process and the way the Memorial Fund does its work.

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Structuring and supporting success in multi-community initiatives: Liaisons at the heart of an innovative engaged strategy

August 2010 This paper was originally presented at the 2009 conference of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). For comments, please contact Angela Frusciante.

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Discovery Parent Engagement Datakit

June 2009 This tool, created by the Memorial Fund and drawing from information gathered through the Discovery Initiative Evaluation conducted by CAPD, provides information about parent engagement on Discovery collaborative tables and questions for communities to consider as they continue to build parent participation.

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Early Literacy and Your Community: Helping Young Children With Language and Reading

April 2009 This document brings together information on early literacy for communities that are working to improve how young children learn to use words and read. It includes research literature related to early literacy, a description of four arenas within which early literacy programs are offered for children and families, and a list of example programs that address early literacy development.

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Community Conversations in Connecticut

February 2009 This article, written by Graustein Memorial Fund Exective Director David Nee, describes the genesis of the Community Conversations About Education project and some examples of how the conversations have impacted communities.

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Early Literacy Framing Document

November 2008 This report, produced by the Graustein Memorial Fund, brings together literature related to areas relevant to the discussion of early literacy. It is intended to provide the education field with a broad view of research available brought together into a cohesive programmatic framework that will help in building comprehensive early literacy strategies. The report includes a matrix of early literacy programs and indication of evaluation availability related to these approaches. The report thus serves as a call for a deep discussion of literacy development as situated within a community context of responsibility for all children.

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Community Planning Framework Tool

May 2007 A capacity building resource developed by the Memorial Fund to help communities to think about their readiness and a process for developing a community plan. Includes a readiness assessment checklist and information on technical assistance supports.

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Opinion Research Discussion Guide

November 2006 Discussion questions and recommendations for taking action based on the findings of the voter opinion research conducted on behalf of the Memorial Fund.

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Attitudes on Early Childhood Issues in Connecticut Research Report

September 2006 This report summarizes the findings of the statewide survey, focus group and interviews conducted in 2006 by Peter D. Hart Research Associates and American Viewpoint to look at attitudes toward early education and the state's investment in early childhood programs.

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Parent Voice and Action: A Community Resource Guide

April 2006 This resource guide, developed by the Memorial Fund, focuses on increasing parent involvement, engagement and leadership. It provides a set of questions that community stakeholders can work through together.

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Community Assessment and Planning Tool Instructions

March 2006

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Community Assessment and Planning Tool

March 2006 This tool was used for Discovery community grantee self-assessment from 2003-2005.

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Parent Engagement in Discovery Honeycomb

February 2006 Developed by the Memorial Fund, this honeycomb represents parent opportunities and community responsibilities in a Discovery community.

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Parent Opportunities and Community Responsibilities Matrix

February 2006 Developed by the Memorial Fund, this matrix outlines parent opportunities and community responsibilities related to various levels of involvement and provides statewide resources for each area.

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Communications Toolkit

Developed by the Memorial Fund, this Toolkit provides a structure for working through communications issues within the context of Discovery. It includes worksheets on "Stating Your Case," "Building Your Group's Identity," "Being Strategic about Communications" and a "Communications Checklist."

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