A team effort is underway to help beginning readers in kindergarten through 3rd grade read at grade level and advance to 4th grade. Mission Read is a collaboration between Kent ISD, the Literacy Center of West Michigan, Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library, Cedar Springs Public Library and Sparta Carnegie Township Library to provide resources to parents of young children to help them read for 1,000 days before 6th grade. The students get rewards along the way and the parents can check out books, games and activities directed at reading improvement areas identified by their schools to help their child succeed. Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 law requires all students in kindergarten through 3rd grade be tested three times each school year. At the end of 3rd grade, students will be tested with the M-Step reading assessment. If their score is too low, they may not move to 4th grade. Mission Read helps instill a daily reading habit, addresses individual reading skills, and increases opportunities for reading improvement and success.
Health grant empowers parents of special ed students
Kent ISD is one of 14 recipients nation-wide, and the only school district, to receive federal funding to train parents on how to speak with their special education high school teens about sexuality. The training will come through a set of 60 second videos available through an app on mobile devices. These videos will help parents better understand what their teens are learning about in school and will help them to continue the conversation about sexual education at home. The pilot project is underway in five school districts this year with plans to expand to more next year.
Real School News
Michigan’s new letter grade system for rating schools is getting mixed reviews from West Michigan educators. Our School News Network team recently reached out to leaders in several districts and Kent ISD to explore this topic in this SNN exclusive report.