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New resources at the Michigan eLibrary (MeL.org) are designed to help make more children proficient readers by the time they are third-graders.
Teachers, parents, early childhood providers, and librarians can use the new early literacy resources to help children in pre-school through grade four become proficient in reading and better prepare them for academic success ahead.
"Reading proficiency by third grade is a critical predictor of high school graduation and college and career readiness," said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. "These easy-to-use resources will help us achieve our goal of reading proficiency in children by the end of third grade."
State Librarian Nancy Robertson said using additional state funding for MeL to contract with Scholastic, World Book, and EBSCO allows these valuable resources to be accessible at no cost to Michigan residents and libraries. MeL.org is part of the Library of Michigan, within the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
These early childhood literacy resources can be found at http://www.mel.org/kids
The newly available online databases include:
•BookFlix (from Scholastic) is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. An engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
•World Book Kids is a general reference website developed especially for children. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools and activities.
•Early World of Learning is an online resource for preschoolers and children in early grades. It was designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. The site encompasses three interactive learning environments.
•Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos is a Spanish-language, reference work designed with younger readers in mind.
•eBook K-8 Collection is designed for K-8 students and the educators who work with them. It contains more than 6,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subjects areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core curriculum standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.
•NoveList K-8 Plus (from EBSCO) is especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for kids in grades K-8, including book reviews from major reviewing sources. Included are reading lists by topic or study units as well as for lessons that meet Common Core State standards.
The resources include content designed for children through grade eight.
"The Library of Michigan actively participates in Governor Snyder's and MDE's priority to have students reading at grade level by the end of third grade," Robertson said. "We are excited to have relatively new state funding to be able to add additional online resources to MeL that will engage early learners and those working on literacy attainment in libraries, schools, and at home."
Source : Michigan Newswire, December 4, 2013
The Bright Side features positive stories around Michigan and provides useful tips, everything from who to call for foreclosure help to how to improve a small business. Each episode is based on a different theme.
The Bright Side is produced by CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan), a Lansing-based nonprofit with a statewide focus. In 2010 the Lansing Public Media Center awarded CEDAM a $25,000 equipment grant to create this show. Today the show is also supported by numerous other community partners.
Episode 13: 21st Century Libraries (31:27) Released September 12, 2013
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Experience Michigan libraries in a new light: listen to live music, find a job, start a business, learn video production or computer programming, prepare for the GED and leave the building and go out into the community.
Ron French, "Michigan weighs “read-or-flunk” law for 3rd graders" : State lawmakers are considering a bill that could require up to 80,000 Michigan students to repeat third grade if they can't pass the state's new reading test. Supporters say they are standing up for children at a critical stage in their education, rather than promoting them to 4th grade with poor reading skills. Critics note studies that show that retaining struggling students does more harm than good, and argue the state should instead invest money in intensive reading interventions.
Amber Arellano, Teresa Weatherall Neal, Audrey Spalding, Michael Rice, Ray Telman, Jon Felske and Harrison Blackmond, "Michigan needs a smart, statewide system to measure student growth" : If teachers' evaluations are based in part on how much students achieve, we must ensure we don't penalize educators for teaching in high-poverty schools, where students are more likely to begin kindergarten far behind their middle-class peers. Michigan must support a consistent, reliable student-growth tool that accounts for poverty, past performance and other factors that impact student learning.
Charles Hill, "Proposed laws will make public records truly public" : Government officials have gamed the Michigan Freedom of Information Act for too long. Some refuse to turn over public records, or arbitrarily delay their release. Others charge high fees to collect or copy records. Bipartisan bills that would curb these abuses by public officials are overdue and will promote open government.
Bridge staff, "Bridge expands statewide reporting team, earns new investment" : Fueled by new philanthropic investment, Bridge Magazine has doubled the size of its reporting staff to expand coverage of Michigan cities, intensify publication of data-driven special reports, and help lead a new Michigan nonprofit news reporting collaborative.
It’s a safe bet that 99 percent of us will never be enshrined in a Hall of Fame of any kind. Steve Smith belongs to three: the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and now the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
On the strength of his impressive résumé — standout basketball star at Detroit Pershing High School, second all-time leading scorer at Michigan State, first-round NBA draft choice, 14-year pro, and Olympic gold medalist — Smith was inducted last month at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Smith’s career highlights include his 2003 NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs and his 2000 Olympic medal. “There’s not a lot of guys who get the chance to do both,” he says.
But Smith is proudest of what he calls “Mom’s center” — the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Support Center at MSU. It’s named for his late mother and financed in part by his $2.5 million donation — the largest gift by a professional athlete to any college or university — and the Steve Smith Scholarship Fund he established in 1999 at Pershing to send one outstanding senior to MSU each fall for four years.
The members of the 57th Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Include Induction Class: Mateen Cleaves-MSU basketball/Flint Northern H.S. ; Lomas Brown-Detroit Lions; Tony Dungy/NFL football & Jackson Mich. Parkside H.S.; Mark Howe-NHL hockey & Detroit Red Wings/U.S. Olympian; Pam McGee-Flint Northern H.S. & U.S. Olympian; Dick Kimball-UM Diving & U.S. Olympian; Steve Smith-MSU Basketball & Pershing H.S./U.S. Olympian; Tyrone Wheatley-UM football & track & field/Dearborn Heights Robichaud H.S.
For the full article, see Jim McFarlin, "Mr. Smith Goes to the Hall of Fame - THREE-PEAT: Steve Smith adds Michigan Sports Hall of Fame to his list of ‘little goals’ accomplished", Hour Detroit, March 2013.
On December 5, 1922, James Couzens resigned as Mayor of Detroit to accept his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Couzens was appointed by Governor Alexander Groesbeck to fill the Michigan senate seat that was vacated by the resignation of Truman H. Newberry in the wake of election campaign irregularities. Couzens went on to be elected in his own right for two additional terms before his death in 1936.
Source : Detroit Historical Society
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