CORE Vocabulary at Heartwood

Our new Heartwood Principal, Alexis Adams, helps us learn about CORE Vocabulary; it is a small set of simple words, in any language, that are used frequently and across contexts. CORE makes up about 75% of what adults and children actually say. Our Heartwood staff have implemented CORE for the last two years with wonderful results. Great job, team! #inghamimpact

Early Childhood

Our Early Childhood staff support teachers and families from pregnancy to Kindergarten. Early Childhood provides home visits, special education programs, play groups, instructional support and comprehensive preschool options for students throughout the Ingham ISD service area. Collaboration takes place between elementary instruction and early childhood staff to build systems and best practices which help student read proficiently by grade 3. #inghamimpact

Ingham Early Literacy Calendars: Read by Grade 3

The Family Learning and Literacy Calendars were developed to support families with fun activities while learning at home. The Early Learning Calendar provides monthly tips to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The K-1 Literacy Calendar has a monthly theme with foundational layers of literacy, early numeracy and writing. The calendars have also been translated into seven languages.

These calendars are available through local districts, electronically on Ingham ISD's website or may be picked-up at any local Capital Area District Library. 

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Multi-Tiered System of Supports

We are on an journey using a successful approach to improve student results. New technology allows educators to proactively use data and identify the needs of individual students. Research is used to make decisions about what we teach and how we teach it. This is how students advance in a system of supports, known as Multi-Tiered System of Supports or MTSS. This provides intensified interventions to support students based on their needs. #inghamimpact

Reading and Literacy

A focus on early literacy is the gateway to reading. The more you can read for comprehension, the more knowledge you gain. At Ingham ISD, we are working with our local districts providing early literacy supports and using data to help inform families about their student’s progress. It takes a village to support young minds from birth to grade 3 and beyond and our team is part of a broader group of educational professionals who believe in the power of teamwork. Thank you to all of our families, teachers and educators out there; we are all literacy coaches. #inghamimpact

Read by Grade 3

For many years, Ingham ISD has been focused on improving student literacy outcomes with our local districts through professional development, tools, resources and a Family Learning Connection website. In October 2016, House Bill 4822 was passed requiring grade three students be at a proficient reading level to advance to grade four. This legislation further pulled together our instructional teams, and we developed parent and educator guides, reading improvement plans for students, an Early Learning Calendar for families and young children, and the Literacy Calendar for K-1 students and families. In the future, there is a plan to develop another calendar for students in grades 2-3. Literacy is a fundamental necessity of learning and we will continue to work with our districts, students and families to support student success. #inghamimpact

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