Why is reading at grade level so important? When a child is reading proficiently by the end of third grade, they are four times more likely to graduate from high school.

There will always be a percentage of kids who fall behind and need help to propel them forward.

The State of Michigan has passed the Read by Grade Three law to provide resources and mandatory action plans for children identified as not reading at grade level. This training is aligned to support those efforts.

All kids benefit from individual attention, especially when it comes to reading. Like any skill, they need to practice it. A child learns to read by actually reading. Encouragement, feedback and patience are vital on their journey.


This training is designed to equip volunteers, parents, grandparents and mentors with basic skills and strategies to support the vital work taking place in the classroom. Throughout the course, you will develop strategies to:

  • Build a Growth Mindset

  • Foster a Positive Mentoring Relationship

  • Help Kids 'Struggle Forward'

  • Identify Strategies for Reading


“There are great specific tips here, plenty of sound theory and evidence holds it up. Information is very credible and actionable. I believe you will appreciate how your student responds to this approach.”

Pam Singer - The Legacy Center for Community Success

“As a reading specialist, I have spent years studying how to teach reading and how best students learn to read. It used to be thought that reading develops naturally, when in fact we have four decades of research to show the exact opposite. Reading is a complex process that must be taught directly and systematically. These training videos are a great resource for non-educators to better understand how they can support a child’s journey toward learning to read.”

Linda Stachowiak - Clare/Gladwin RESD


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This innovative training was designed by a collaborative group dedicated to children’s success. It was driven by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, in collaboration with The Legacy Center for Community Success, United Way of Midland County and all Midland County public schools. It was written by Holly Miller and Pam Singer, with considerable input from: Lou Ann Bensinger, Midland Public Schools; Linda Strachowiak, Clare Gladwin RESD; and Vicki Mikusko, Bullock Creek Schools. It was generously funded by the Strosacker Foundation and supported by all Midland County Superintendents.

Thanks to school staff Emily Holzheuer, Molly Kim, Beth Bredt, Marybeth Fleming, Chrystal Paris, and students Kaiya Mahabir, Gavin Randall, Katie Stachowiak, Mayson Walle, Hudson Rey, Beau Habitz and Lucy Petsch for their work with the training video content.