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Essential Instructional Practices in Early LiteracyThe Michigan Department of Education, MAISA, and GELN Early Literacy Task Force are excited to offer a K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Institute September 24-27, 2018. This 4 day institute offers deeper learning around the K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy and is intended for individuals or district teams made up of Literacy Coaches, Lead Teachers, Special Education Directors, English Learner Practitioners and Leaders, Building Administrators, Curriculum Directors, and Superintendents. Teams will be provided the content and resources needed to lead literacy work and professional learning around the K-3 Instructional Essentials in their regions. The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, K-3 can be found here.

The financial investment for the district will be $120 total per participant for all 4 days. If traveling 50+ miles one way and attending in Grand Rapids, your registration fee includes your hotel. In order to help schools plan for this professional learning, districts should consider using Title I, Part A, Title II, Part A or Section 31a for substitute costs and stipends for educators attending. A portion of 35a Additional Instructional Time Grant funding can also be used for professional learning.

*SCECH’s will be offered*

Monday, sep. 24th, 8:30am to thursday, sep. 27th, 3:30pm

6600 28th Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI

In addition, there will be remote sites offered at Marquette-Alger RESA, Eastern U.P ISD, Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle ESD, Menominee ISD, Sanilac ISD, and COOR ISD. We have been intentional to identify locations that provide access to our rural areas of Michigan. These remote sites will connect with the learning virtually and be facilitated by regional literacy leaders.


Training of Trainers for the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Prekindergarten

The Early Literacy Task Force (ELTF), along with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA), Clinton County Regional Educational Services Agency (CCRESA) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), is pleased to offer a Training of Trainers (TOT) for the Essential Instructional Practice in Early Literacy, Prekindergarten.

The ELTF is excited to make this training available to a wide-range of prekindergarten professionals across Michigan. A total of 300 applicants representing Head Start, Early Childhood Special Education, Great Start Collaboratives, Intermediate School Districts, Great Start to Quality Regional Resource Centers, institutes of higher education and more will be selected to participate.

Each participant will attend four days of training (offered as two, two-day sessions), where they will learn about each of the ten Essential Instructional Practices, participate in activities demonstrating adult learning practices, and receive materials for replicating training in their local communities.

Participants will be asked to commit to providing the complete model of training for at least three different groups within twelve months of participating in the training. The cost of the four-day training of trainers is $150. A limited amount of financial assistance will be offered on a first-come, first served basis and will be based on need.

Interested participants should work collaboratively with regional early childhood stakeholders to ensure the most appropriate individuals apply from each community. Stakeholders should consider the following as they identify the best candidates to participate:

  • Does the candidate have a strong background in early childhood education or child development and/or literacy?
  • Is the candidate familiar with adult learning principles and does he/she have experience training adults?
  • Is the candidate currently registered as a trainer through
  • Will the candidate be supported by his/her employer or sponsoring organization to attend four full days of training in November/December 2018?
  • Does the candidate and/or sponsoring organization have the capacity to provide three complete training sessions to three different groups outside of their organization during 2019?
  • Is the candidate available for all four scheduled training days? (All training days must be attended in person; see training dates below).
  • Is the applicant registered, or eligible to become registered in the  training system?  (visit for details).

Individuals interested in applying to become a trainer, please:

  1. Review the FAQs that accompanied this document.
  2. Complete this brief screening application before August 30, 2018. (Also located at
  3. Confirm current registration in or start the registration process. Note: Invited applications must be registered in prior to their first day of training.
  4. Watch for a formal invitation and link to registration and payment options during the second week of September.

Training of Trainers Dates and Locations

Northern Region, Essentials Part 1, November 1-2, Mt Pleasant, Comfort Inn

Northern Region, Essentials Part 2, November 12-13, Mt. Pleasant, Comfort Inn

Southeast Michigan, Essentials Part 1, November 8-9, Ann Arbor, Regent Hotel

Southeast Michigan, Essentials Part 2, December 3-4, Ann Arbor, Regent Hotel

Southwest Michigan, Essentials Part 1, November 15-16, Kalamazoo, Radisson Hotel

Southwest Michigan, Essentials Part 2, December 10-11, Kalamazoo, Radisson Hotel