Early Literacy


The foundation of literacy begins in our early childhood classrooms where the focus hinges on early reading and writing behaviors. These behaviors are enhanced by the data we collect, the instruction we guide, the literacy skills we model, and the instructional strategies in which we choose to adopt in our classrooms.

Michigan's Early Literacy Initiative is a core component of supporting the implementation of College- and Career-Ready standards in Michigan, particularly in our earliest grades. The Department is making a concerted effort to consistently focus on the foundations described above and build capacity to support Districts on the key driver of student achievement – Literacy.  That’s why a group of education experts developed new approaches for teachers to use in the classroom. Literacy Essentials are free documents designed for Michigan educators to improve childhood literacy development. The Literacy Essentials provide research-proven, effective approaches to markedly improve literacy skills among Michigan’s youngest students. Using the Literacy Essentials with every child, in every classroom, every day will help improve literacy among our youngest learners. Check out this website for more information:

The Tuscola ISD Instructional Services team and our literacy coaches are here to work with administrators and teachers. Let's work together to dig deeper into our data, our instruction, and our students' successes! Check out our website which will serve as a one-stop-shop for resources, support, and best practices in literacy instruction.

The Early Literacy Coaching team at Tuscola ISD is also here to support students and their families. We are proud to offer you a range of resources to meet different literacy and education challenges on our website for families.  

If you have more questions, just want to connect, or receive more ideas, check out Tuscola ISD's Early Literacy Facebook page!