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Reading Now Network

Reading Now Network QA.pdf105.48 KB
Region 3 K-3 Reading Now Network V6.pdf157.31 KB
reading and writing samples.pdf727.54 KB
ReadingNowMap with logo.pdf2.79 MB
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RNN 6MakesStick_FullPg Spanish C.pdf2.66 MB
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School superintendents from 13 West Michigan counties have formed the Reading Now Network (RNN)--a collective effort of superintendents, school boards and school districts throughout West Michigan to improve early literacy and, ultimately, student achievement across all grade levels.

Education leaders throughout West Michigan understand the importance of developing talent that is career ready and college capable. While there are a variety of metrics (8th grade math achievement, ACT and NCRC scores, graduation rates) that help us gauge our success, no milestone may be more indicative of students’ future achievement than their early reading proficiency. While good results on all commonly accepted metrics remain our mission, in no other area are the measures so reliable and valid, the prognosis for poor performance so clear, and the collective industry knowledge so deep.

That's why superintendents have developed a collaborative initiative - the Reading Now Network - to insure we meet Michigan’s goal: a minimum 80% of third graders in all demographic groups read proficiently at grade level and that intervention strategies be systemically implemented for the 20% who, due to normal developmental differences, take a little longer.


Summer Reading Resources:

Research shows that students often experience significant reading loss during summer vacation. The Reading Now Network summer reading resources were created in order to provide parents with some simple, fun, strategies to help prevent summer reading loss. The resources are based on existing, well-established research on "summer slide" and strategies suggested by five of the network’s schools who have been identified as out-performing expectations based on student demographics in 3rd grade MEAP reading achievement.

Barnes and Noble
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Library of Michigan 
Family FUNdamentals 
Super Summer Success Program
Michigan Reads! One Book One State Children’s Book Program         


6 To Make It Stick Color Flyer; Spanish version
6 To Make It Stick Black and White Flyer; Spanish version
6 To Make It Stick Digital Media Art 

Reading Now Network Q&A
Reading Now Network Information
Sample of 3rd grade level reading and writing
Map of Region 3 counties/ISDs

In the news:

"Michigan school leaders plot how to improve elementary reading proficiency" mLive 3.10.15
Michigan State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan's Podcast Message, March 27, 2014
"Press Conference Launches Reading Now Network Initiative," School News Network, 4.1.14
"Reading is No. 1," Holland Sentinel, 3.29.14
"Superintendents from 70 Michigan school districts to collaborate on third grade reading proficiency," MLive, 3.29.14
"Reading Now Network responds to 'read-or-flunk' policy; check schools' third-grade reading scores," MLive, 3.27.14
"Superintendents Join Forces to Improve Regional Reading Scores," School News Network, 2.4.14


"Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation" by the Annie E. Casey Foundatioin

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