Looking at Literacy

What BAISD teachers need to know today (June 2019)

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Reflecting Back & Planning Forward

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, I reflect on my first year working at an ISD level. I was able to have five different "first days" as the BAISD implemented Literacy Rounds and follow-up coaching in six schools in five districts in our two-county area. We have learned so much and are continuing to refine the process so that it meets the needs of teachers and local schools. As we prepare for the next year, our ISD will be continuing to grow this work with the addition of another Early Literacy Coach. You can get involved in our literacy-related work by taking advantage of one or more of the opportunities highlighted below.

August 12-13, 2019 K-3 Literacy Essential Practices Registration Presented by 2 early literacy coaches from BAISD and BAISD Director of Instruction. Spend two days digging into the K-3 Essentials. Using the training and research from Dr. Nell Duke, University of Michigan, Dr. Tanya Wright, Michigan State University and Laura Tortorelli, Michigan State University, teachers will come out with a clear understanding of the essentials and how to improve classroom practice for more effective literacy instruction.

Literacy Essentials Network for K-5 Teachers Registration (flyer attached) Presented by early literacy coaches and guest speakers with literacy expertise. This network will collaborate to build capacity in improving literacy outcomes for our districts’ students.

Grades K-3: October 25, 2019 & November 22, 2019
Grades 4-5: November 8, 2019 & December 6, 2019

Click here to enroll in the online courses for the Literacy Essentials K-3. You can complete these at your own pace, and earn SCHECHs. Reach out for support

Click here to view our BAISD 2019-2020 PL Catalog for additional opportunities.





Alexandria Hill, Early Literacy Coach

Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District



Grants from Bay Area Community Foundation Helped Fund this New Initiative

BAY CITY, Ml-May 17, 2019- Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District received $1,625.27 from the Youth Advisory Fund at Bay Area Community Foundation and another $810.90 from the Arenac Community Fund at Bay Area Community Foundation. These funds will support a project called ‘Little Free Libraries for Little Readers’.

With the project, the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District will be working with local school districts to place a Little Free Library in locations easily accessible to their students. These little outdoor libraries exist with the goal of increasing book access for all kids, no matter the time in the school year. Even when their own school library is closed, students and other community members will be able to stop by and “Take a book. Share a book.” Increasing book access is one of the most powerful ways that communities can impact reading achievement, and these libraries will offer a constantly rotating stock of books that are available to students and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Deb Kadish, Superintendent of the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District, is excited about the project and the addition of Little Free Libraries to our school communities. “At the ISD, we hope to have a positive impact on each district we serve and support. This project is just one of the many ways we are doing that work,” she said.

The Bay Area Community Foundation awards grants twice a year to local nonprofits and 501(c)(3)s in Bay and Arenac Counties. The Foundation's mission is to fulfill a wide array of donors' charitable wishes by building permanent endowment funds and serving as a leader for community improvement through effective grant making and collaboration.

The libraries are scheduled to be up and running in front of one or more school in each public school district in Bay and Arenac counties for the summer. The project progress will be shared on Twitter by @LitCoachHill. For more information about Little Free Libraries, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.


About Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District

Bay-Arenac ISD is dedicated to meeting the needs of students in Bay and Arenac Counties. For us, it is -- and always will be -- about kids. To serve them, we provide important programs and services to six local K-12 school districts as well as all charter, parochial, and private schools in the most cost-effective ways possible.

By pooling resources and providing services regionally, Bay-Arenac ISD provides cost effective, quality results. Together, Bay-Arenac ISD and its local districts determine the services needed to improve student achievement, serve children's individual needs, develop teachers' expertise and connect with our communities.

Learn more by watching the video below:


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