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. Currently, we have completed several modules for Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for Grades K to 3. Coming soon: The modules for Grades 4 to 6 will be completed by September 30, 2018.

Each completed module provides Michigan educators with 4-6 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.

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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

Sign up for free online courses on the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy today!

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