Literacy

Together our team has over 40 years of experience ranging from grades first through twelfth in both general education, special education and Title I. They provide professional development services in the area of literacy for teachers, administrators and support staff from the early phases of literacy acquisition through adolescent literacy, including the most effective ways to teach readers and writers.






Improving student achievement, teacher competencies and the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) are the goals of Ingham Intermediate School District. We will assist local districts and teachers in achieving these goals with professional development in the 3 Tiers of Intervention, literacy instruction, data analysis, core program implementation, intervention selection and implementation.

Planning for 3rd grade literacy success

In 2016 Michigan law was changed to support statewide literacy efforts for students in Michigan. This law requires that Michigan’s school children read at grade level by third grade. The resources below have been provided to help school districts support this legislation. 

Early Learning Calendar

This calendar contains a variety of information related to preparing children for success in kindergarten, what children will be learning in kindergarten and fun things you can do together from birth to develop and support children’s skills!  Order yours today!

Family Literacy Calendar for K-1

This calendar was developed in order to give families some information and guidance on how you can help children be prepared to succeed in kindergarten and first grade.  Order yours today!

Additional information on How to Use the Calendars.

Family Resources

PDF DocumentIngham ISD's Individualized Reading Improvement Plan Template

PDF DocumentParents' Read-At-Home Plan Booklet

PDF DocumentParent Overview - 3rd Grade Reading Law

Teacher and Administrator Resources

PDF DocumentPlanning for 3rd Grade Literacy Success

Read by Grade 3 Law

What Is The Law All About?

In an effort to boost reading achievement, Michigan lawmakers passed Public Act 306 in October 2016.

To help more students be proficient by the end of third grade, the law requires extra support for K-3 students who are not reading at grade level.

The law also states that a child may be retained in third grade if they are one or more grade levels behind in reading at the end of third grade.

What Do I Need To Know As Parent?

Your child’s reading progress will be closely monitored beginning in kindergarten.

If your child is not reading where expected, a plan to improve reading will be created. This means your child’s teacher and school will work with your child to find where your child needs support in his/her reading development and create a plan to support him or her. This plan includes:

  • Extra instruction or support in areas of need.
  • Ongoing checks on reading progress
  • A Read-at-Home plan that encourages you and your child to read and write outside of the school day.
  • Your child may be encouraged to participate in summer reading programs.

The extra supports in your child’s reading improvement plan will occur in small groups during the school day. Your child will not miss regular reading instruction.

Starting in 2019-2020 school year, in order to be promoted from third to fourth grade, your child must score less than one year behind on the state reading assessment, or demonstrate a third grade reading level through an alternate test or portfolio of student work.

If you are notified your child may be retained, you have the right to meet with school officials and to request, within 30 days, an exemption if in the best interest of your child. The district superintendent will make the final decision.

What Can I Do To Support My Child?

Read at home with your child daily with books they enjoy, even in the summer. Some ways to do this:

  • Read out loud to your child
  • Listen to your child read
  • Echo read (You read a line, then they repeat)
  • Read together at the same time
  • Reread or retell favorite stories
  • Talk to your child about the reading

As you read:

  • Ask your child to share what they remember.
  • Ask questions about the reading.
  • Talk about your favorite parts, what you’ve learned, or who is in the book and what they do.
  • Talk about the pictures in the book how they connect to the words on the page.
  • Talk to and with your kids a lot: Knowing more words helps kids to understand the words they read better.
  • Encourage writing: Let children write the sounds they hear, spelling is developmental and a work in progress.
  • Be involved in your child’s education and support the reading plan if your child has one.

For more information on how you can help your child at home, visit the Family Learning Connection.   Additional resources can also be found on the Michigan Department of Education's website.

PDF DocumentPrintable Parent Overview - Read by Grade 3 Law

Family Learning Connection

The Family Learning Connection was develped through a partnership of local school disticts and Ingham Intermediate School District. This interactive website provides a roadmap for families who want to stay connected to their children's education. The roadmap was devloped to provide all the check points and tools needed to navigate through a child's educational journey.

Have you ever wondered what your child should be learning now? What you can do at home to help? What questions to ask the teacher if you notice a change in progress or interest in school? The Family Learning Connection is a straight forward online resource that will send you in the right direction. 

Contact Us

Laura Colligan
Thorburn Education Center
517.244.1258
Amy Baldwin
Thorburn Education Center
517.244.1208
Chris Quinn
Thorburn Education Center
517.244.1285
Katy Sheridan
Thorburn Education Center
517.244.1282