The Reading League Michigan

The Reading League Michigan is a state chapter not-for-profit that promotes knowledge to reimagine the future of literacy education and accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science.

Our Mission is to empower ALL Michigan educators to ensure ALL students become proficient readers and writers.

  • Who? All stakeholders including but not limited to teachers, parents, administrators, para educators, university and college teacher prep faculty.
  • What? Evidence-based reading instruction and resources.
  • How? Intentional professional learning rich with opportunities for application, collaboration, and the abandonment of ineffective instructional practices. The intentional development of networks of information, support, and coaching.
  • Why? Because ALL students deserve to be readers and writers and ALL teachers deserve to know how to teach them.

Meet Our Team

Rebecca Miles
Rebecca MilesPresident
Rebecca Miles is an Early Literacy Consultant/Coach and PBIS Coach for a county in Southwest Michigan with eighteen years of experience. She received a BA in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University with additional endorsements in early childhood, social studies, and science. Rebecca holds a Master’s of Literacy Studies degree with an additional Reading Specialist endorsement from Western Michigan University. Her eighteen years of experience include literacy coaching, reading Intervention, and classroom teaching at multiple grade levels from young five to middle school ELA and science as well as participating in a successful school transformation. Rebecca’s school was identified as a Priority School performing at the third percentile on the MEAP and ascended to the fiftieth percentile on MSTEP in four years’ time. She is also an Explicit Instruction (Anita Archer) Trainer of Trainers and is Orton Gillingham and LETRS trained.

Her primary focus is working with teachers and administrators in assessing needs and integrating multi-tiered systems of support for K-3 literacy including coaching building level teams in the analysis of data, developing and modeling high-quality evidence-based literacy instruction to ensure momentum and growth around all things literacy. Rebecca is also the parent of three grown children and five grandchildren. Two of her children are neuroatypical, one due to dyslexia and one to brain cancer.

Chelsea Boyd
Chelsea BoydVice President
Chelsea Boyd is a Consultant for Special Education Literacy Support for a county in Southeast Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education with an endorsement for students with emotional impairments. She also holds a Master’s of Educational Media and Technology from Eastern Michigan University, where she holds both her degrees. She has been teaching and coaching for 13 years in the area of special education and tiered systems of support. She has developed training and coaching around Specially Designed Instruction for students with IEPs and guides districts in implementation of support plans that accelerate student learning. Her additional work as a PBIS external coach and trainer has continued schools on their journey of a comprehensive support system for students in the areas of academics and behavior. Her greatest accomplishment is her family, as a wife and mother of two young boys.
Shawn EllisonTreasurer
Nora Chahbazi
Nora ChahbaziMember At Large
For more than 2 decades, Nora has trained and coached thousands of teachers and taught countless students, from preschoolers to senior citizens, with instruction based on the Science of Reading. She is the author of a bi-weekly blog and host of monthly webinars that aim to educate educators and the public about effective, efficient literacy practices.
David Pelc
David PelcSocial Media
David Pelc has been teaching for 20 years. He has spent the majority of his teaching career with 2nd graders, but also taught first, third and fourth grade. David received his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University and Master’s Degree from Marygrove College. For the past 4 years, he has been enjoying and serving as a Reading Interventionist in a public school located in Romulus, Michigan. David Pelc recently discovered the Science of Reading and evidence-based instruction in November of 2020. Since then, he has been learning as much as he can to give his students the best possible instruction. In addition, David Pelc has been on a mission to share his new knowledge with his district and the use of social media to spread information about the Science of Reading.
Kirsten Rice
Kirsten RiceSecretary
With over 20 years of experience working in education, Kirsten Rice is the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator for an ISD in West Michigan. She coordinates a multi-disciplinary team that provides training and coaching supports to teams from local school districts focused on increasing their capacity to implement a sustainable district-wide model of MTSS for both behavior and academics. She works closely with Michigan’s Technical Assistance Center for Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MiMTSS) to deliver professional development for district leaders and teachers in the areas of implementation science, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and scientifically based reading instruction. Kirsten received both her Bachelor in Psychology and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan. Before her current position, Kirsten spent two years as a district-level PBIS Consultant and ten years as a school social worker.
Katie Stoddard
Katie StoddardMarketing Consultant
Katie Stoddard is a marketing expert in K-12 education and founder of Katie Stoddard Consulting and Ed2Market. A former educator and classroom teacher, Katie holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in English and a master’s degree from the University of Denver in Curriculum & Instruction. Katie spent 15+ years in educational publishing and professional development in content development and marketing roles, for companies such as Voyager Sopris Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Corwin, and mindSpark Learning. While at Corwin, Katie oversaw the marketing team for professional learning services where she transformed Corwin’s brand for the market from merely a publisher to one of the industry’s leading PD service and technology providers.

In early 2020, Katie left her full-time role as Chief Marketing Officer at mindSpark Learning to launch Katie Stoddard Consulting where she supports education companies, nonprofits, authors, and K-12 thought leaders in elevating their messages and brands to the unique K-12 market of influencers, decision makers, and end users. The company’s services include marketing strategy and execution, social media management, copywriting, PR, content development, and brand management, specifically for the K-12 market.

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