The Essentials

All of us want children throughout Michigan to be successful. An important part of student success centers around proficiency in reading. That’s why a group of education experts developed new approaches for teachers to use in the classroom.

Literacy Essentials are free courses designed for Michigan teachers to improve childhood literacy development. The Literacy Essentials provide new, 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.

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy


Research-supported instructional practices that can have a positive impact on early childhood literacy development.

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy

Grade K to 3

Research-supported instructional practices specially designed for literacy development among Michigan students in kindergarten through third grade.

Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy


Ten organizational practices for all Michigan prekindergarten and elementary classrooms.

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy


Effective literacy coaching practices that should remain a focus of professional development throughout Michigan.

Essential Instructional Practices Compilation Book

A compilation of all Essential Instructional Practices in one book. These booklets can be purchased by districts from International Minute Press at (517) 323-7777 or by emailing [email protected]. Request copies of the “Coaches’ Essentials Booklets”. Booklets with tabs are $6.13 per book and without tabs for $4.00 per book.

Literacy Theory of Action