Mid-Michigan educators implementing new literacy initiative

DAVISON (WJRT) (2/28/2018) - Literacy remains a problem for many adults in Mid-Michigan, but a new initiative for elementary schools is aiming to change that.

About a third of our students in 3rd grade are not proficient in literacy," says Davison Schools superintendent, Eric Lieske.

The initiative will outline new techniques to improve learning for the students.

"We're focused really on a non-wavering commitment to making sure literacy is a huge priority in our schools," he says. "We're really focused on where are those bright spot schools or classrooms getting it done throughout this east side of Michigan and what are they doing."

Educators like Davison schools superintendent, Eric Lieske have gone into other classroom, seen what they're implementing and then taken those back to their schools. This is helping to figure out how to make their students more successful.

"Teachers have been working really hard to make it more fun for the kids. It's called flexible seating, so they're bringing in tables or different types of chairs, beanbags, couches," says Dena Downey, curriculum coordinator. "This is to make it a little bit more unique for the kids."

Multiple schools districts in eastern Michigan are now implementing this initiative including Genesee and Lapeer counties. The goal is to have proficient readers by at least 3rd grade.

"At the end of 3rd grade, 80% of our kids need to be literate. The 20% that aren't, what are we going to do to make sure that those kids get the interventions that they need to become literate."

Davison schools will also have other educators coming into their schools to learn new techniques.

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