Clio Area Schools

Clio Area Schools' 3rd Grade Reading Success Plan

Our mission is to build a solid foundation for success for each child in our learning community. To ensure the success of every student, we are embarking on a District-wide Reading Success Plan. Research suggests that students who are not reading at grade level by the third grade may have limited successes and opportunities later in life including reduced graduation rates, college attendance and military service. To that end, the Clio Area School District is leveraging several literacy strategies that involve a school, home and community partnership to reach every child's potential for success and opportunities to enrich their lives.

The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators facilitated a study of Early Literacy Essentials by a Literacy Task Force. This group of literacy leaders created several documents and videos to support local districts' efforts in engaging all stakeholders' to improve reading instruction and student learning. The Clio Area Schools is leveraging this work to create some extremely powerful practices to engage our kids' passion and success in the world of reading.

The 10 Essential Literacy Practices and how Clio teachers are incorporating them into daily learning experiences with our kids:

1. Deliberate, research-informed efforts to foster literacy motivation and engagement within and across lessons.

2. Read alouds of age-appropriate books and other materials, print or digital.

3. Small group and individual instruction, using a variety of grouping strategies, most often with flexible groups formed and instruction targeted to children's observed and assessed needs in specific aspects of literacy development.

4. Activities that build phonological awareness (grades K and 1 and as needed thereafter)

5. Explicit instruction in letter-sound relationshipS.

6. Research- and standards-aligned writing instruction.

7. Intentional and ambitious efforts to build vocabulary and content knowledge.

8. Abundant reading material and reading opportunities in the classroom.

9. Ongoing observation and assessment of children's language and literacy development that informs their education.

10. Collaboration with families in promoting literacy.

Essential Literacy Practices Document

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