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Fowlerville takes a fresh look at reading and writing for elementary school students

FOWLERVILLE – Elementary students at Fowlerville Community Schools will receive a new literacy curriculum this fall designed to improve foundational and comprehensive skills in reading and writing.

The district completed a pilot program this spring known as the Magnetic Foundations Portfolio. The pilot included initial training sessions, regular student check-ins, and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Positive student data and staff feedback allowed the district to confirm the program’s expansion this fall.

The program supports the “science of reading,” which focuses not only on pronouncing words but also on understanding how to use those words effectively, according to Fowlerville Community Schools Academic Interventionist Kim Raginia.

Elementary students at Fowlerville Community Schools will receive a new literacy curriculum this fall, designed to improve foundational and comprehensive skills in reading and writing.

Elementary students at Fowlerville Community Schools will receive a new literacy curriculum this fall, designed to improve foundational and comprehensive skills in reading and writing.

Adva Ringle, assistant superintendent of academics, hopes the curriculum will be expanded to benefit special education students in the district.

Teacher Stephanie Harper provided an example of the concept from the pilot program: a discussion she had with students about the history of air conditioning, a topic that fascinated them. Learning also goes far beyond air conditioning.

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Elementary students at Fowlerville Community Schools will receive a new literacy curriculum this fall, designed to improve foundational and comprehensive skills in reading and writing.Elementary students at Fowlerville Community Schools will receive a new literacy curriculum this fall, designed to improve foundational and comprehensive skills in reading and writing.

Elementary students at Fowlerville Community Schools will receive a new literacy curriculum this fall, designed to improve foundational and comprehensive skills in reading and writing.

“We will use (the curriculum) to help students learn (facts) about different cultures that they might not otherwise experience living in Livingston County,” Harper said.

Funding for the new curriculum was secured with a grant from the Michigan Department of Education. The initial price tag of $77,000 covers the costs of ongoing professional development, coaching and additional resources.

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Ringle said the district has a dedicated group of educators who will ensure the rollout is smooth and successful. The district expects to host family events so parents can learn more.

“We will continue to lean on the experience of our staff as we adopt this new program, (which) will have an impact on student learning for years to come,” Ringle said.

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— M. Alan Scott is a freelance writer for The Livingston Daily. Contact the editors at newsroom@livingstondaily.com.

This article originally appeared on Livingston Daily: Fowlerville offers a fresh look at reading and writing for elementary students

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