What do we do?

We work to improve literacy for all children in Berrien County through collaborative partnerships and quality programs focused on improving teaching and learning.

Michigan Literacy

The state of Michigan is partnering and collaborating more then ever before around literacy in our state. In the multi-tiered support many organizations and groups are partnering together to ensure that all of our Michigan students are College and Career ready by the end of their K-12 experience.

Top 10 in 10

Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan

Michigan Department of Education Early Literacy

Michigan as a state is focusing on increasing the early literacy skills of our students.  The Early Literacy Initiative is a major activity that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will work on over the next few years.

Michigan Department of Education Early Literacy

GELN - Early Literacy Task Force

The GELN Early Literacy Task force is a collaborative partnership of early literacy experts working together to support literacy in the state of Michigan.  Through this collaborative effort, documents were designed to support all educators with research-supported system-wide, coaching and classroom instructional practices meant to improve literacy across the state of Michigan.
GELN Early Literacy Task Force

Literacy Essentials

The Literacy Essentials were developed by the GELN Early Literacy Task Force, a group of literacy experts from across the state.  They have identified 10 research-based instructional practices that should occur in "Every Classroom, Every Day".  They are considered to be the "Minimum Standard of Care " for our Michigan children.  The Michigan Virtual University has created modules for educators to learn about these important instructional practices.
Literacy Essentials

Contact Information

Christina Martin
English Language Arts Consultant
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 3109

Rebecca Miles
Early Literacy Consultant
Tel:  269-471-7725 ext. 3316

Rachel Pobuda
Early Literacy Consultant
Tel: 269-471-7725 Ext. 3138

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