Friday, May 27, 2016


Preventing Summer Reading Loss

If you haven't checked out the Michigan eLibrary lately, do so before your students leave for the summer!  The Books and Literacy Gateway is full of FREE PreK-12 reading materials for students to access.  You may also want to listen to this archived webinar from MeL on Summer Reading 2016.

Summer Professional Learning

Monday, May 2, 2016


SOEL and the Essential Instructional Practices of Early Literacy 

     Going into it's fourth year, the Study of Early Literacy of WISD and LESA (SOEL) will continue working on PreK-3 literacy instruction, and now has the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy to grow our work around best practices. I've been fortunate to continue collaboration with literacy educators from around Michigan on the Early Literacy Task Force of the MAISA GELN. Members of the Task Force include Dr. Nell Duke of UM and Dr. Tanya Wright of MSU, along with representatives from a number of educational organizations in Michigan, including not only ISDs, but also MRA, MDEMACUL, MEMPSA, and REMC,  among others.

We created two documents:
In developing the documents, we relied heavily on research and focused on high-utility instructional practices.  
Additional documents, such as Essential Practices in Literacy Coaching and Literacy Essentials School-Level Companion Document are also in the works. Task Force leaders Joanne Hopper (MAISA GELN Director), Naomi Norman (Interim Assistant Superintendent, Achievement & Student Services at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and the Livingston Education Agency), and Susan Townsend (Director of Instruction & Learning Services at the Jackson Intermediate School District) continue to pull the group together for collaboration on this work. 

Ed Tech News from REMC 

 (Regional Educational Media Centers)

Free Tools Available for Teachers and Administrators

The REMC Association of Michigan offers a variety of free tools for teachers, including:
  • Professional development courses:
o   Blended Learning in the Classroom

Administrator resources available to REMC members include 

    Connect with the REMC Association of Michigan and its resources:

Summer Literacy Professional Learning  Opportunities