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The Road to Reading

The Road to Reading series explores some of the reading activities you'll find in our schools as well as difficulties students may face when learning to read. The series also examines early childhood ties to literacy and new initiatives to help all children read. The Grand Rapids Public Library is the proud supporter of The Road to Reading Series.

Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...

KDL Kid Picks: Caleb Black

Caleb Black from Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford reviews ‘The Animal Book’ by David Burnie...

KDL Kid Picks: Ella Black

Ella Black from Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford reviews ‘Geronimo Stilton’ by Edizioni Piemme...

KDL Kid Picks: Aubree Black

KDL Kids Book Club Reader Aubree Black, 10, shares thoughts on 'Wayside School' by Louis Sachar...

A boon for books

A $30,000 challenge grant from the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation funded the new books. The foundation put up $15,000 and the district raised an additional $15,000, thanks to several anonymous donors...

Family Night blends reading and leadership

Pupils in grades K-2 at Stoney Creek Elementary combined their ‘Leader in Me’ and reading during a Family Night to celebrate Reading Month...

Free to ReadGR

After one year of operation, the program has provided more than 10,000 free books to more than 3,500 students in 10 elementary schools, picking up where a defunded program left off...

A great read gets better with student presentations

As 'experts' on 'The Great Gatsby,' English students share their literary takes on a classic tale, hopefully enriching the read for all...

K-3 students earn real rewards for reading every day

A countywide library program entices students to read more, in response to a looming challenge: implementation of the third grade reading law...

Reading is elementary for these word detectives

For the first full school year, students across the district are using the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, a curriculum developed by author and educator Lucy Calkins...

Kindergartners use notebooks to share reading with their families

Kindergarten teacher Robin Murphy says students she has had in past years prepare their younger siblings for her class by reading their shared notebooks at home...

‘Holy hot course, Batman!’

Students at Wyoming High School dig into graphic novels as a way to scratch their itch for good stories combined with eye-catching art...

Consistent literacy instruction means improved reading

Newly implemented curriculum aligns K-12 curriculum, stocks all elementary classrooms with books and materials...

Teachers learn alongside students in ‘read-aloud’ classroom tour

A quartet of literacy coaches from Kent ISD recently led a trio of early literacy essentials read-aloud field trips for teachers, administrators and other K-12 staff...
Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for NPR, and Mike Nassar, director of the Community Literacy Initiative

Reading Law Adds Urgency to Literacy Summit

As a National Public Radio education correspondent, Claudio Sanchez is used to asking the thorny questions and then questioning the answers. He spied an opening during an interval at the Literacy Center of West Michigan's sixth annual Community Literacy...

Reading initiative shows early positive results

Where there is a problem, there is a solution. So when scores indicated that many Cedar Trails Elementary students would not meet state of Michigan reading guidelines, the school implemented a Reading Now Network program customized for its students. With guidance...
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