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Words to Live by

- "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." ~ Aristotle - "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." ~ African Proverb - “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt - "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "If you have a child's heart, you have his head." ~ Flip Flippen (Creator of the "Capturing Kids' Hearts" program)

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Books represent students in state’s most diverse district

Turning the page toward equity


Pinewood Middle & Kentwood Public Schools Calendar


Melisa Mulder & Family

Position: Secondary ELA Intervention Coach - Oversee Read 180, System 44, Lexia PowerUp, and other ELA Interventions at the Secondary Bldgs in Kentwood Public Schools, Michigan. Background: Graduated Rockford, MI 1987, Bachelors MSU 1992, Masters GVSU 2008. Taught middle school language arts in Houston, Texas (1992-2005) & Read 180 & ELA in Kentwood, MI (2005-2007), Secondary ELA Intervention Coach since 2007. Contact Info: or (616) 635-1470.

Code, Read 180, Lexia


READ 180 (R180) Universal Resources/Info (Teachers/Parents/Students)

Intervention Decision Flowchart & Descriptions-SECONDARY KENTWOOD

Lexia PowerUp Literacy

THE CODE Resources/Info (Previously System 44)

GROWTH MEASURE (under construction)... SAM, Reading/Phonics Inventory (RI/PI), & Lexiles

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness VIDEOS

Parent R180/S44 Resources (Also see "Parent & Student Resources" Tab)

Student R180/S44 Resources (Also see "Parent & Student Resources" Tab)

Growing a Reader

Oral Reading Fluency Resources

READ 180: Model Lesson Videos

ELA, Learning Ally


Reading Resources

Learning Ally Audiobooks for At-Risk Students

Vocabulary Resources

Close Reading Resources

Writing Resources

Books Read Aloud Online for Free

Need books but don't have the funds?

Book Reviews, etc.

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Importance of Free Voluntary Reading

"In The Power of Reading, his meta-analysis of research investigating reading over the past forty years, Stephen Krashen reveals that no single literacy activity has a more positive effect on students' comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, spelling, writing ability, and overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading." ~ pg. 51 of The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller "Students will read if we give them the books, the time, and the enthusiastic encouragement to do so. If we make them wait for the one unit a year in which they are allowed to choose their own books and become readers, they may never read at all. To keep our students reading, we have to let them." ~ pg. 177 of The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller



NWEA MAP Information & Resources

IXL Information & Resources

Instructional Coaching



Resources for Literacy Coaches

Student-Centered Coaching

MTSS Tier 2-3 Supports


MTSS Tier 2-3 Supports - Kentwood Public Schools Grades 6-12

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Reading Resources (Free)

Math Resources

Parent & Student Resources

Reading & Writing Resources

Common Core State Standards

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Books Read Aloud Online for Free

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Additional Resources

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Technology Resources


Technology Resources

Literacy & Instruction


Websites to Literacy Leaders

Best Practices in Literacy & Instruction

Active Engagement Strategies

PowerPoints on Literacy & Instruction

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Engagement Increases Comprehension

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." ~ Chinese Proverb

Top 5: Keys to Improve Literacy

1. Explicit Vocabulary Instruction 2. Explicit Comprehension Instruction 3. Extended Discussion 4. Motivation and Engagement 5. Intensive, Individualized Interventions ~ IES Research Summary: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices (see report in the "Research" tab)

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Common Core, Project-Based Learning, UDL


Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Lessons & Resources

Project-Based Learning (PBL) & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Videos: Instructional Strategies & Practices


Videos: Instructional Strategies/Practices

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Research: Improving Adolescent Literacy & Instruction

Writing Research

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