Office of Literacy

Through the priorities outlined in our strategic plan, Blueprint 2020, The Office of Literacy supports our educators by providing access to professional development, instructional materials, and teacher practices.

We support educators, staff, students, and families in numerous ways that align with the district’s priorities:

Outstanding Achievement: We are working to dramatically improve the academic experience of all students to ensure they are college and career ready by facilitating best-in-class professional development for educators and by selecting and implementing high-quality curriculum aligned with both the Michigan Academic Standards and related assessments.

Transformative Culture: To ensure that students, families, and staff feel safe, respected, and connected to our curriculum, we select curriculum materials that provide windows into the experiences of others, as well as mirrors of the student’s own reality. Through our curriculum students explore the unfamiliar, but also see their own experiences validated and valued.

Whole Child Commitment: The whole child is championed by ensuring our students have exposure to enrichment activities the build upon their natural talents in literacy.

Exceptional Talent: A team of dedicated staff serves our teachers, students, and families. Through our work supporting master teachers in literacy, we continue to cultivate exceptional talent in the classroom and work to build a pipeline for aspiring literacy teachers and leaders.

Responsible Stewardship: Through a district-wide allocation strategy and a rigorous vetting system we manage and deploy literacy resources responsibly, transparently, and equitably to support all teachers and students in the district.

Curriculum Overview

Instructional materials are one of the most important tools educators use in the classroom to enhance student learning. It is critical that they fully align to state standards—what students are expected to learn and be able to do at the end of each grade level or course—and are high quality to ensure meaningful instructional support.

The Office of Literacy is committed to ensuring that every classroom has access to a high-quality curriculum. As a result, throughout the remainder of the school year, we will be going through an adoption process, which will include collaboration with educators, staff, and community stakeholders.

For the 17/18 school year educators have continued the use of the curriculum from last year. See a listing of the “sunsetting” core materials below:


Curriculum & Assessment Support

Khan Academy: Using Official SAT Practice

Khan Academy Logo
For the first time ever, students have access to a free, personalized practice program for the SAT through an exclusive partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board. By making world-class SAT preparation available to anyone, anywhere, we hope to level the playing field so that every student has equal opportunity for college readiness!

Enrichment Opportunities

Scripps National Spelling Bee

National Spelling Bee LogoStudents from across America are on a shared journey. It’s a journey full of hard work, determination and the opportunity to make memories and friendships that last a lifetime. This journey is the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and DPSCD students can take part in this great journey when you indicate your commitment to enroll your school.

Who: Detroit Public Schools Community District Schools (Grades 5-8)

Dates to Remember:

  • December 7, 2017 – Indicate commitment to enroll
  • January 29, 2018 – School Spelling Bee completion sate
  • February 2, 2018 – School Champion Registration deadline
  • February 2, 2018 – Need photos of School Champions
  • February 17, 2018 – The WXYZ Channel 7 Local Spelling Bee


Current Happenings

Michigan’s 3rd Grade Reading Law

Michigan recently passed a new reading law (MCL 380.1280f) that will be in full effect for 3rd-grade students during the 2019-2020 school year. To begin the process, school districts must choose an assessment system for grades K-3 and deliver a student diagnostic report to parents during the current 2017-2018 school year. Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has selected the i-Ready Diagnostic assessment. i-Ready is an online program that will assess each student’s individual needs and monitor their progress throughout the school year.

Beginning in November, parents will be notified of their child’s performance on the i-Ready Diagnostic. Students demonstrating a reading deficiency will receive an Individual Reading Improvement Plan. The Individual Reading Improvement Plan will outline how the school will address the reading deficiency and will also provide at-home recommendations and resources to improve reading skills. Parents of students who receive an Individual Reading Improvement Plan will be asked to attend a parent conference where they will be empowered to assist their child with a Read-at-Home Plan & Toolkit.

While this will not occur during the 2017-2018 school year, it is important to note that the law will require retention of 3rd-grade students with a reading deficiency based on state assessment during the 2019–2020 school year.

If you have questions about your child’s current assessment results or the Michigan 3rd grade reading law, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school leadership for additional help.

Upcoming informational sessions

Detroit Public Schools Community District will is holding informational sessions throughout the year for parents and guardians to learn more about understanding the Individual Reading Improvement Plan, getting reading help for their child and the new law.

Additional evening sessions will be held in January. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations.

Supporting Documents



MyOn Family Access Flyer
MyOn is a program that gives students access to books and helps them learn to love reading. This flyer explains how to access MyOn from home.

To Access myOn

  1. Go to
    1. Teacher Username: Your DPSCD email address
      Teacher Password: Your employee ID
    2. Student Username: Student ID Number
      Student Password: 1st name initial (CAP) + last name initial + mmyy (4-digit b-day) + 2-digit code (boy=01, girl=02)
  2. i-Ready provides all families with access to a free app that promotes vocabulary development. How to access this app from home.