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Michigan Reading Association
Empowering all Michigan Students and Educators through Literacy

MRA News

30 Under 30: Nominations are Open!

Last year, ILA selected rising literacy champions from hundreds of nominees for our first-ever 30 Under 30 list, and nominations are now open for 2016! We’re looking for educators making an extraordinary impact in their classrooms and communities, as well as outstanding administrators, authors, librarians, students, nonprofit leaders, politicians, technology experts, volunteers, and advocates who are advancing literacy for all.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please click here to submit your nomination. Those selected for this year’s list will join a dynamic group of literacy champions, have their inspiring stories shared in the September/October issue of Literacy Today and across ILA’s platforms, receive a complimentary one-year ILA Online Membership, and be recognized at the ILA 2017 Conference & Exhibits.

Please note that nominees must not turn 30 before November 1, 2016. All nominations must be received by May 16, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We carefully review each and every nomination, so please be convincing and concise. Questions? Contact us at 30under30@reading.org.

Michigan had two 30 Under 30 Literacy Champions highlighted last year! Let's match that again! 



Michigan Reading Association is proud to share with its members the following documents. The purpose of the literacy essentials is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research-supported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state. The focus of these documents are on classroom practices, rather than on school- or systems-level practices. Michigan Reading Association is proud to support the ongoing, collaborative work taking place across the Great Lakes State. The following documents are the first of several to be shared. 

GELN Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy - PreKindergarten

GELN Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy - Grades K-3




Legislative Updates

March 24, 2016

Dear Membership,

While our state legislators are coming upon a spring break, there’s been quite a bit of activity during March. You will find three bills posted on the MRA website under the Legislative tab that warrant review. Here is a synopsis of each of them:

House Bill 4822 (Third Grade Reading)

This bill passed the Senate with key revisions that have broad support among educational agencies. It appears that under the “Good Cause” exemption, parents and teachers have more of a voice in allowing students to move to fourth grade and still be able to receive reading intervention. This is critical in reducing the number of students that would have otherwise been retained.

Many organizations, including MRA, had a voice in this legislation. The bill is now in the House for approval/modification of the Senate version. Take time to contact your representative and share your perspective on this bill.

House Bill 4823 (Teacher Certification)

This bill was introduced in August 2015 and had a hearing in the House on March 16. The language would not allow a person to receive a professional teaching certificate unless they have successfully completed as part of his or her teacher preparation program at least a 6 credit course of study with appropriate field experiences in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction.

No further movement has been made however this is a bill to watch as it impacts literacy instruction.

House Bill 5444 (Michigan Standards and Testing)

Thirty-three Representatives quietly introduced this bill earlier in the month. It is a short bill but in essence would eliminate our current state standards in favor of those adopted by the state of Massachusetts. This would also mean our state test would change. It has gone no further than an introduction however it is one to keep on the radar.

Finally, make contact with your elected officials on issues that matter to you. Take the time to read their web page, find out when they’re having a local meeting, and attend.  Know that your voice DOES have an impact.

Warm Regards,

Grace Velchansky

MRA Legislative Chair




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Summer Literature Conference 2016

BIG NEWS!!! Our Summer Literature Conference has a new home! Because of exorbitant increases in room prices at Mission Point, the MRA Board of Directors decided to find a more affordable alternative for our fabulous July conference. We are excited to announce that the 2016 Summer Literature Conference will be held at the Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, MI The dates are July 13 and 14 , which will enable people to attend both Nerd Camp and our conference. Watch for exciting updates in the coming months!!