Literacy Essentials

“The purpose of system-wide and center-wide literacy practices is to improve children’s literacy in Michigan. These systematic and effective practices implemented at the organizational level in education and care settings help children become proficient in reading.

To meet the needs of all young learners in Michigan, organizational practices must support literacy development in ways that systematically impact learning in elementary schools, early childhood learning centers, and other literacy programs and environments.

Expert research suggests that each of the 10 practices outlined in this document can have a positive impact on literacy development. The use of these practices in every Michigan classroom every day can make a measurable, positive difference in the state’s literacy achievement.”  (

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