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Cradle to Career Literacy

Reading by Third Grade Student Success Network

Home of the “Summer Literacy Lit Lab Pop-Up” Initiative!

Lenawee Cradle to Career Pathways to Success Logo featuring a graphic image of a child reading

Our Mission

Every Child. Every Place. Throughout the Year.

I see myself as a successful reader and writer. I am encouraged to read and write about topics that interest me so I can develop meaningful connections to the world around me. My home, school, and community work together to prioritize literacy opportunities for me.”

Contact Information

Chair: Mellissa Wilson (LISD)

Contact: 734.904.0279; Mellissa.wilson@lisd.us

Vice-Chair: Amanda Morris (LISD)

Contact: amanda.morris@lisd.us

Lit Lab Pop-Up Surveys for Schools

Home Literacy Survey

Weekly Site Survey


The Essential Story: The Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy and Lenawee ISD

The LISDTV team worked with Mellissa Wilson, LISD Consultant & Early Literacy Taskforce member, to produce a video that showcases some key literacy initiatives supported in Lenawee, while also promoting the implementation of the MAISA GELN Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy statewide. The Essential Instructional Practices are 10 daily literacy practices that research suggests can have a positive impact on literacy development for every student, inside every classroom in Michigan. The GELN Early Literacy Taskforce continues to work toward building capacity around the practices, in collaboration with every ISD throughout the state! To learn more about statewide projects or to download The Essential Practices visit the Literacy Essentials website.

Strategic Partner Focus

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan serves as a Strategic Partner for our C2C Literacy Network. Thousands of pounds of books have been donated over the past year in support of the literacy initiatives coordinated through Lenawee ISD working through C2C. The Goodwill “book sorts” benefit our schools and community, including the “free little book fair,” provided at each Summer Lit Lab Pop-Up site.

The Life Your Book video was produced by Mellissa Wilson and LISDTV Director, Kelly Heidbreder to promote the strategic partnership between Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan.

Our Focus: Summer Literacy

Summer Literacy Goals:

  1. Facilitate opportunities for every child to read books and access texts during the summer, reducing the amount of “book deserts” in Lenawee county.
  2. Provide writing resources and free high interest books to  increase the likelihood that children will voluntarily engage in literacy activities (reading and writing). 
  3. Empower families to share their voice (story) in order to strengthen the literacy environment in the home, regardless of education level, income, or native language of the primary caregivers.
  4. Continue to build organization-wide and classroom-level partnerships with local businesses and other organizations that facilitate opportunities for children read and write during the summer beyond school assignments.

Summer Literacy Lab Pop-Ups

2018 Summer Schedule

Last year (2017) we had 4 Pop-Ups and this year (2018) we have 13!

AddisonAddison High SchoolWednesday11:00a-1:00p6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/27
Adrian BGCBoys & Girls Club (BGC)Mon-Thurs2:00p-3:00p June 25-August 24 as part of BGC Member Activities
AdrianMichener ElementaryTuesday9:30a-11:30a6/12, 6/19, 6/27 (Wednesday), 7/10, 7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14
BlissfieldBlissfield Middle SchoolWednesday11:00a-1:00p6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15
Britton (BD)Britton School BuildingTuesday9:00a-11:00a6/19, 6/26, 6/28, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14
ClintonClinton ElementaryMonday11:00a-1:00p7/9, 7/16, 7/26, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27
Habitat for HumanityParish Park (Adrian)Tuesday6:00p-8:00p7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21
HudsonHudson High SchoolWednesday12:00p-2:00p6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 8/8, 8/15
MadisonPerforming Arts CenterTues & Thurs9:00a-11:00a6/19, 6/21, 6/26, 6/28, 7/10, 7/12, 7/17, 7/19
MorenciStair Public LibraryThursday11:00a-12:30p6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 8/2, 8/9
OnstedOnsted ElementaryWednesday9:00a-11:00a6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8
Sand CreekJasper Bible ChurchMonday4:00p-6:00p
6/11, 6/27, 7/2, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6
TecumsehCompass Learning CenterTues & Thurs10:00a-12:00p6/19, 6/21, 6/26, 6/28, 7/10, 7/12, 7/17, 7/19, 7/24, 7/26, 7/31, 8/2, 8/7, 8/9, 8/14, 8/16

2017 Summer Lit Lab Pop-Up: Why, How, and What We Tried

Lenawee County libraries, centers, and schools offer numerous activities for children to participate in during the summer months, especially those living in rural areas with limited proximity to books. However, students who have less resources available may have the greatest need for summer literacy activities. The Cradle to Career Reading by 3rd Grade Network sought to intentionally place free, weekly “pop-up” literacy activities to engage students in reading and writing throughout the summer over an eight-week period.

Data sets that included student demographic data were utilized to determine the four focus areas in which to host the weekly “Summer Lit Lab Pop-Ups,” which may be considered “book deserts.” Lit Labs in Hudson and Addison were open during each site’s free lunch program in order to coordinate with an already-established summer support focused on basic needs. The LISD Milton C. Porter Education Center and Britton locations were held in partnership with the Lenawee’s CHILD free summer camp for children ages two through five. The partnership between the summer camps offered the opportunity to engage families in strategies to enhance home literacy skills.

​The Lit Labs offered opportunities for children to develop literacy outside of the school hours by engaging in free reading, writing, and science activities. The Lit Lab stations were assisted by volunteers from the Lenawee Foster Grandparent Program. A free little book fair, provided by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan, served as the concluding festivity at each setting. Over 300 children, averaging three to five visits during the summer, benefited from the Lit Labs.

Where do we Pop-Up?

The Lenawee Summer Literacy Initiative was developed by Lenawee ISD in collaboration with the Cradle to Career, Reading by 3rd Network. Working through the collective impact model, the strength of the summer learning initiative stems from strategic partners and district connectors working to align community, school, and families to a common goal. 

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Pre-K Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy (Early Literacy Task Force 03/21/2016) (PDF)(RTF)

K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy (Early Literacy Task Force 03/21/2016) (PDF)(RTF)

4-5 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy (Early Literacy Task Force 06/20/2017) (PDF)(RTF)