Growing in Literacy with GrapeSEED in 2016

GrapeSEED was honored to work with so many amazing and inspiring educators and students in 2016! Thank you to all of the schools partnering with us to help so many young learners grow in oral language and literacy development. We look forward to continuing these...

The “Dose Effect” Evidence and Gains That Carried into Higher Grades

A major study of children from low-income and homeless English speaking families over a period of three years used the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) measurement. The challenge was that these children often times were speaking their own dialect of English, or...

Language Development Program Gives GSRP Students a Boost

Certain research including that of Dr. Joseph Torgesen points to a specific window of opportunity for language development, a particularly important age is four years. Such research would appear to lend credence to the educational value of Michigan’s Great Start...

Letter from a Teacher to GrapeSEED

Dear GrapeSEED, Greetings from Berrien Springs, Michigan! How do I put into words the impact this full scale ESL program has had on my life, not to mention the lives of my students? It encompasses everything I had been doing in my own classroom for 20 years except...

Notes from the 2015 National Reading Recovery Conference

I’ve attended a lot of conferences in my career, but this was my first time attending the National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference. Quite honestly, I was not sure what to expect. Needless to say, the conference surpassed my expectations. Columbus is my kind...

Early Start with Four-Year-Olds Resulted in Greatest Growth

Students who started GrapeSEED at an earlier age outperformed their peers. The 2013-2014 research results with the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) preschool students showed that four-year-old students outperformed their older counterparts. In the second year of...

Our Life Experiences Shape Our Language

Take a moment to imagine your morning routine. What do you do for breakfast? Who do you interact with before you leave the house? What are the experiences you carry with you to your office or your classroom? Imagine all the unique life experiences that each one of us...

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