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Family Engagement Supports Literacy Achievement
Article by Paul Liabenow, Executive Director MEMSPA

Right now, Michigan is at a crossroads when it comes to supporting the literacy achievement of our third graders. As we know, third grade is a critical year for students wherein reaching certain benchmarks of literacy achievement is a must.

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This article originally appeared on edu@scholastic [link:]. Reprinted with permission from Scholastic.


  • Reflecting on #MEMSPA16

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    • MEMSPA

    By Allyson Apsey

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  • Tips to get Quality Professional Development

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    • MEMSPA

    By Jonathon Wennstrom

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  • You can never predict

    • Thursday, August 6, 2015
    • Ben Gilpin

    One of my characteristics (or flaws) is the fact that I always try to predict the future.  During my days as a classroom teacher the class would work on career awareness.  Students would take quizzes that gave indications on what career fit their answers.  Looking back, we didn't take it ultra serious, I mean, the kids were in 5th grade.  To pigeonhole them into a career at ten years old is crazy.

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Summer Leadership Institute - August 1-2, 2017 - Doubletree Hotel, Bay City

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