Wednesday, August 31, 2016


K-12 Digital Resources for Text

Check out CommonLit for texts for upper level students.  Users can search by Lexile, grade level, genre, and theme. There are also paired texts and each passage includes text-dependent questions. 

Another wonderful free resource for text comes from  
Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan's libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary ( will provide all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet; and provide an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.

Fall Professional Learning Opportunities

Middle and High School Teachers!
IDLL begins September 22! 

The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning is a professional learning network for secondary teachers of all subject areas. 

Through book study, lesson study, guest speakers and teacher practice, we will examine:
  • What reading, writing, speaking and listening looks like in the disciplines.  
  • What we can do to best prepare students to meet the disciplinary demands of college and career reading and writing, with attention to standards.
  • Dates: September 22, October 27, January 26, March 23, May 25
Register HERE

Life's Better...When You Blend
October 5, 2016    $25
Register HERE  and see more information
*This session, for grades 6-12 teachers of all content areas, will evaluate how blended learning can be used to personalize learning for students. 

Writing Collaborative Three Day Workshop

October 13, 14 and November 3   $125  
Register HERE and see full description
*This is most useful for grades 4-12 teachers of all subject areas. 
It is centered on writing in the content areas.
SCHECHs available

Essentials Instructional Practices in Early Literacy 

October 26, 2016 

PreK-3 Administrators, Literacy Coaches, and Literacy Leaders-

There is considerable interest across the United States in increasing the number of children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade (e.g., Rose, 2012). Some responses to this interest, such as mandatory retention policies, are not supported by the weight of research evidence (e.g., Reschly & Christenson, 2013). In contrast, research offers substantial support for the impact of professional development, coaching, and specific instructional practices on literacy growth (e.g., Carlisle & Berebitsky, 2011; Purcell-Gates, Duke, & Stouffer, in press; Yoon, Duncan, Lee, Scarloss, & Shapley, 2007).

In Michigan, an Early Literacy Task Force has been formed to support professional development, coaching, and the use of research-supported instructional practices statewide.

The Essentials rely heavily on research and focus on high-utility instructional practices. Participants will get an awareness of the Essentials and determine the strengths and challenges of literacy instruction in their own schools in relation to these. 

** See flyer and register HERE

Echoes and Reflections & Wiesel's Night

November 2, 2016  $25
Register HERE and see full description
*This is most useful for middle and high school ELA 
and social studies teachers.
SCHECHs available

Writing Collaborative:  SAT Essay Edition

November 17    $25
Register HERE and see more information
*High school ELA and Social Studies teachers 
will understand SAT writing in order to support students.
SCHECHs available


STAY TUNED for Winter Professional Learning offerings!

  • Reading Apprenticeship 3-Day Training
 (interest survey)

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