The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District (ESD) stands firm in its commitment to excellence in education by integrating the suite of Essential Instructional Literacy Practices developed by MAISA's GELN Early Literacy and Disciplinary Literacy Task Forces. These practices, spanning from birth to 12th grade, serve as a guiding framework for educators, ensuring evidence-based strategies are implemented to enhance student learning outcomes.

Embedded within the AMA ESD’s General Education Department programming, the Essential Instructional Practices are foundational to teacher professional learning (PreK-12), intervention instruction (K-3), and our  literacy coaching support. A key resource in this endeavor is, which serves as an access point to a wealth of information and resources related to the suite of Essential Instructional Practices in literacy for educators. From foundational reading skills to advanced comprehension strategies, the website offers insights and tools that empower educators to create engaging and effective literacy instruction.

Recently, the GELN Early Literacy Task Force, now co-chaired by our Director of Instruction, Shellie Gohl, updated the K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy. This work was led by a team of researchers, reflecting the Task Force’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in educational practices.

The AMA ESD’s dedication to the Essential Instructional Practices exemplifies its commitment to educational excellence. By embedding these practices into its initiatives and providing ongoing support for educators, AMA ESD remains dedicated to promoting evidence-based research practices that have positive outcomes for teaching and learning.

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