Stay informed about Literacy!

Be sure to visit the Kent ISD Literacy Toolkit!

Each of the sites below contains helpful tips, tools, research, and information on programs and services available for learners of all ages. It is in an archive format for retrieval of past documents.

Framework for Literacy Learning

PreK-12 Literacy Action Model

KISA/KCC/Kent ISD Literacy Initiative

Kent County PreK-12 Literacy Coaches Network (article published in GVSU Colleagues Volume II Issue I, May 2007)

The Literacy Coach: The Key to Improving Teaching & Learning in Secondary Schools

Resources for Literacy Learning.

Resources identified in this section are primarily support for K-12 classroom teachers. However some sites provide specific support for parents, adult literacy learners, and for community member wishing to volunteer their services to support literacy learning within our schools.

Document Resources (PDF format):

     Framework Resource

Community Resources

Check out the organizations listed below for literacy material resources and learning experiences for individuals, families, and learning organizations.

Greater Grand Rapids Reads Literacy - Contact Fritz Crabb @ 616-632-1001
Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids Public Libraries
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Kent District Library
Grand Rapids Press
Barnes and Noble Bookstore - 616-954-2211
Pooh Bookstore - 616-942-9887
Schuler Books and Music Store - 616-942-2561

Tutoring/Mentoring Resource

F.A.C.T.S. - Families and Community together for Students. - A volunteer tutoring program offered during and after school to the Grand Rapids Public Schools. contact the F.A.C.T.S..' office at United Way, 616-632-1002 or

Literacy Center of West Michigan - For more than 20 years, our proven programs have helped thousands of people learn to read and improve their English language skills.  At the Literacy Center of West Michigan we are committed to helping West Michigan residents reach their full potential.

Kids Hope USA - Mentoring program for K-12 studentsoffered in partnership with churches and schools. Many public and private schools within Kent County have a school/church partnership facilitated by Kids Hope USA. For further information contact 616-455-0110.

Local Kent County School districts - Most school districts offer unique programs to their residents' needs. Connect with district school leaders for answers to your questions on tutoring support programs.

Check out the K-12 student literacy tutoring programs offered at local colleges. Most tutoring programs are offered during the summer. Contact the Education Department at each college.

Aquinas College - 616-632-8900
Calvin college - 616-957-6000
Grand Rapids Community College - 616-234-4000
Grand Valley State University - 616-331-7360
Western Michigan University (GR campus) 616-771-9470

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