Our Program

Training Teachers to Teach Structured Literacy

What will Children’s Choice Initiative provide for your District?

Group Training Sessions

Teachers receive comprehensive professional development in multi-sensory, structured, sequential language instruction to engage all learners in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

Reasonable Expectations

When you join the CCI family, you can expect solid improvement in standardized test scores, contagious excitement amongst your teaching staff, reading confidence in your students, and a comprehensive plan to keep building the momentum through your district’s MTSS vision.

Online Access

24/7 online access is available for all our members. Our extensive materials vault contains all training presentations, curriculum binders, training videos, as well as ready-to-use worksheets that are continually added to our collection.

Training Resources

Video training and a wide variety of products both in digital and printed form are available for individual teachers. For those seeking more advanced certifications and continuing education in different areas of structured literacy, we have what you need.

OngOing Assistance

Through continual training and FAQ sessions throughout the year, we invite invite participants to share results and ask questions pertaining to their individual classroom instruction. Connect with mentors, trainers, and other educators through our website portal and receive ongoing real-time support.

Certifications

Partnering with Spring Arbor University, we offer certifications in Structured Literacy to all participants who complete our training programs.

“Because I have witnessed the value of this teaching program and that it not only boosts reading scores, but increases students’ level of confidence and self-esteem, I want to see many more teachers/schools implementing this program. This is why I joined the CCI Training Team.”

Lori Wilson

Teacher/Trainer, Clio Area Schools

Our Goals

School Districts

To make Structured Literacy Instruction available to all Intermediate School Districts in Michigan.

Top 10 In 10

To move Michigan from 48th in the nation to the Top Ten in Reading Proficiency in ten years.

K-5 Teachers

To train thousands of teachers in Michigan with the best available and most effective methods to engage all learners.

Every Child Reading

To see all students gain confidence in reading so that it spreads to all facets of their learning.

Our Passion

Our passion is to reverse declining literacy rates in Michigan and move our state from 48th in the nation to number one!

The success of our story is told through the lives of children who now have a much greater opportunity to succeed in life because of increased reading skills. Yet, this story is far from complete.

With every new Michigan school district that becomes part of our growing family, we are adding another successful chapter to our story of changing lives and improving rates of literacy across the state!

“The Children’s Choice Initiative Reading Program is top-notch, and we are seeing a substantial increase in reading scores. Based on the life-changing results we have seen in our schools, I believe that this program will be successful in every school district in Michigan!”

Robert Gaffney
Vice President, Clio Area School Board

Resource Materials

Our Materials Vault is filled with hundreds of colorful, large-print concept cards, expansive word lists, sentences to read, and engaging stories.

Secure online access ensures that all our members have a treasure trove of instructional materials, videos, tips, worksheets, and best practices at their fingertips.

As our CCI family grows, members are continually eager to share their success stories of what has worked for them, what challenges they have overcome, and practical tips for teaching structured literacy in a variety of school settings.

Our materials portal is constantly being updated with best practices and newly created materials to enhance instruction.

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Reading Progress is our most important product!™

Our goals at Children’s Choice Initiative

Working together with the Michigan Department of Education via grants provided for Early Childhood Literacy, we empower teachers and school districts throughout Michigan with the research-based, best practices of teaching structured literacy.

Simply put, CCI and its educational partners seek to “Unlock Children’s Unlimited Potential Through Reading!™”

Our Training Model

36 hours of direct instruction (In-Person or virtual)

  • 18 hours recommended during the summer
  • 18 hours divided throughout the school year

Alternate training options are available to meet your school’s individual needs

Professional coaching to support each teacher throughout the school year

  • Support is available in-person or virtual
  • CCI staff will attend department meetings or in-service days upon request

Online support for all participants

  • Large collection of high-quality materials
  • One-year free membership to our expansive digital platform
  • Hundreds of colorful concept cards
  • Instructional videos to teach all major concepts
  • Downloadable assessments and shared worksheets from teachers in our network continually being added to our platform

Our Program Highlights

Structured Literacy
Phonological Awareness
Brain-Based Research
Learning Disabilities Overview
Orton-Gillingham Components
Multi-Sensory Best Practices
Guided Discovery Methods
Diagnostics and Assessments
Syllable Types
Syllable Division
Consonant Blends and Clusters
Non-Phonetic Words
Affixes
Chameleon Prefixes
Morphology
Word Origins – Greek, Latin, and French

“Our son loves school now and has grown in confidence. He used to try to be sick everyday and stay home from school. Now he is one of the most outgoing students in his class. We have seen a whole new personality in him since he has learned to read. He can hardly remember when he couldn’t read, he just remembers that he used to hate school and now he doesn’t. He can’t believe he struggled so much because now he thinks reading is easy!”

Parent

Our CCI Family Is Growing

Children’s Choice Initiative offers over two decades of experience in multi-sensory, structured literacy instruction. What we have been able to do is to take these proven methods that have traditionally been administered in a 1-on-1 setting and develop a delivery system that works with great success in a full classroom setting.

Our trainers at CCI have trained hundreds of teachers in the proven methods of structured literacy with unparalleled results.  Of course, the true winners are the children with their newly found confidence and a lifelong love for learning!

Next Steps…

Contact us today to join the CCI family, as we partner together to raise your students’ reading levels, boost their confidence, and dramatically change lives one child at a time!

Reading Progress is our most important product!™

CCI Member Registration

Membership Benefits

By becoming a member of the CCI family, you join us in Unlocking Children’s Unlimited Potential through Reading.TM

CCI offers ongoing support to educators including training, individual mentoring, and professional learning communities.

Our passionate trainers work one-on-one with each educator to ensure our program is taught with fidelity to bring reading progress and confidence for all students.

Become a member and enter our expansive online portal for lesson planning ideas, downloadable worksheets, teaching videos for major concepts, and hundreds of colorful visual aids to support our structured literacy curriculum.