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Early Literacy

Literacy researchers have identified essential practices that serve as a “minimum standard of care” when it comes to fostering literate students and literate citizens. Building off this research, Michigan Virtual has partnered with GELN’s Early Literacy Task Force to put an end to our state’s literacy crisis.

To learn more, explore these free online courses and guides that overview basic instructional practices to boost student literacy.

Essential Instructional Practices

The Early Literacy Task Force has created a variety of free, grade-specific guides on essential instructional practices in early literacy:

We also offer a series of FREE online courses on these essential practices. We have completed several modules for Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for pre-KindergartenGrades K to 3, and School- and Center-wide practices.

Each completed module provides Michigan educators with 3-6 SCECHs. Enroll today, free of charge!

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Why Early Literacy Matters

From the 2015 M-STEP data, it became clear that only about 50 percent of our state’s third graders are proficient readers. Students who fall below literacy standards in third grade are likely to struggle with learning for the rest of their educational careers and, likely, for the rest of their lives. That’s why our state’s educational leaders have taken major leaps toward addressing early literacy.

The National Context

Among U.S. States, Michigan ranks. . .

  • 41st in fourth-grade reading scores, based on the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress
  • 45th in fourth-grade reading scores for students who are economically disadvantaged
  • 48th for students who are economically advantaged

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.