The Michigan Department of Education is using the federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant to support literacy development in five districts in the state. Over the course of the five-year, $16 million grant, districts and statewide partners will work to advance literacy skills for children from birth through grade 12. The five districts awarded funding are:
- Benton Harbor Area Schools
- Detroit Public Schools Community District
- Flint Community Schools
- Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System
- Pontiac School District
The goal of the grant funding is to improve literacy outcomes for all children, especially children who are living in poverty, are English language learners, and/or are students with disabilities, particularly those located in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
Districts are collaborating with partner organizations who provide services aimed at improving children’s literacy, from teacher trainings to evidence-based K-3 reading programs. Districts also receive support and professional development from MDE’s Technical Assistance Center.
- How did subgrantees (districts) implement the programmatic offerings provided by the grant?
- To what extent did the subgrantees and MDE meet their goals to improve literacy outcomes?
U.S. Department of Education