The General Education Leadership Network’s mission is to provide leadership and direction focused on teaching and learning among Michigan’s ISD/RESAs.
The General Education Leadership Network will be seen as a proactive, key decision-making group that develops collaboration and efficiencies on projects, issues, and policy regarding student learning.
Chair, Deb Snyder, Clare-Gladwin RESD
Chair-Elect, Paul Salah, Wayne RESA
Secretary, Jonathan Tobar, Hillsdale County ISD
Past-Chair, Kathleen Miller, Shiawassee RESD
For questions related to the G.E.L.N. organization please contact:
Joanne E. Hopper, Ed.D. , Director
Please see our work in creating a broad stakeholder, multi-organizational early mathematics task force by clicking here.
• Establish a sense of urgency for increasing literacy achievement for every Michigan student
• Create awareness of the statewide collaborative network focused on literacy
• Provide examples of the efforts to leverage resources focused on a vision for student learning
The path to raising student achievement is not a direct line from funding to outcome. High levels of student achievement will result only when core instructional practices are defined and educator and system supports are in place to contribute to literacy success for every student.
Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy: Grade 4 - 5
This document is intended to be read in concert with Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy, Grades K to 3. There is important overlap and continuity in these two documents, and some students will benefit from instructional practices identified in the K to 3 document beyond the K to 3 years.
School and Center-Level Essentials
The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying systematic and effective practices that can be implemented at the organizational level in educational and care settings that serve young children. To meet the needs of all young learners, organizational practices must support literacy development in ways that systematically impact learning throughout elementary schools, early childhood learning centers, and other literacy-oriented learning environments and programs.
New Essential Coaching Practices
The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research-supported literacy coaching practices that should be a focus of professional development throughout the state. Literacy coaching can provide powerful job-embedded, ongoing professional development with a primary goal of enhancing classroom literacy instruction through improving teacher expertise.1 Effective literacy coaching supports teachers to successfully navigate the daily challenges they face in their classrooms.
New ELA Resource
The Statewide ELA SAT Task Force Team developed this document to support students’ success on the SAT, and to build the literacy skills that students need for career and college readiness. This document is also part of a larger list of curated SAT resources. These resources focus on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Essay portions of the test, and can be accessed online by visiting this URL: http://bit.ly/2fsmCZy.
View the white paper here
View the YouTube guided tour of the ELA SAT white paper and curated resources by Mark Raffler, Kent ISD
Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Prekindergarten
The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of researchsupported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state.
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Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Grades K-3
GELN and its Early Literacy Task Force are pleased to share these Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Grades K-3. The purpose of these 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. Stay tuned for more information on how we are using the documents to strengthen instruction.
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Competency-Based Education White Paper
Over the past year, a GELN SSRC Task Force undertook the responsibility to research and develop a white paper focused on competency-based education (CBE). The report examines similarities with mastery learning, personalized learning, and other learning models. The report examines districts that are implementing competency based learning at the national and state levels, and identifies public policy issues and potential costs associated with CBE. It is a great starting point to inform educators and spark conversation in Michigan. Click here to view the white paper.