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Michigan's Action Plan for Literacy Excellence
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) believes in intentional early childhood (birth through age eight) instruction that provides equitable access as evidenced by:
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- Developmentally appropriate practices
- Integrated learning across and within content areas,
- Assessments that rely on continued observation of student performance to inform and drive instructional decisions,
- A balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities with opportunities for play-based instructional experiences,
- Culturally relevant curriculum, materials, and practices that are incorporated into daily classroom activities,
Skills and knowledge that impact student literacy learning include:
- oral language
- print concepts
- phonological awareness
- alphabet knowledge and other letter-sound knowledge/phonics
- word analysis strategies
- reading fluency
- handwriting and word processing
- broad content and background knowledge
- knowledge and abilities required specifically to comprehend text
- knowledge and abilities required specifically to compose text
- literacy motivation and engagement
- vocabulary strategies
More information can be found on the Literacy Essentials Website.
MDE has provided supports on key literacy practices, including read aloud with attention to vocabulary, increasing informational text use in the classroom, and interactive writing to address foundational skills standards. Video, webinar, and corresponding research resources can be found here:
To be fully literate, our young students must engage in content area learning to build the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate, collaborate, and critically think.
An additional resource is the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) which reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education.
Section 35a(4) of the FY 2018 State School Aid Act provides $7,000,000 for early literacy coaches at Intermediate School Districts (ISD) to assist teachers in developing and implementing instructional strategies for pupils in grades K-3 so that pupils are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3. Each ISD in the state is eligible to receive $75,000 per coach from MDE but the ISD must provide funds for at least 50% of the grant amount awarded to support the cost of the coach. In other words, since grant awards may not exceed $75,000 per coach, the maximum required ISD matching allocation would be $37,500 per coach.
Section 104d of the FY 2018 State School Aid Act provides $9,200,000 in an equal per pupil formula reimbursement to districts and public school academies (PSAs) that purchase a computer-adaptive test; or that purchase 1 or more diagnostic or screening tools, for pupils in grades K to 3 that are intended to increase reading proficiency by grade 4; or that purchase a benchmark assessment for pupils in grades K-8.
Section 35a(5) of the FY 2018 State School Aid Act provides $19,900,000 to districts for additional instructional time to pupils in grades K-3 who have been identified as needing additional supports and interventions in order to be reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.
Early Literacy Resources