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
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 data analysis, and 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.
Julie Tyrna is currently an interventionist in Livingston County and services K-4th grade students needing additional support in reading and math. She received her BA in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Special Education from Grand Valley State University. In 2009, Julie was trained in F.A.S.T Learning, developed by Stephen Tatum, the research-based approach of direct instruction in basic reading skills. This training led Julie to research and study ways to implement the structured literacy approach into effective practice. After seeing the success with students, her passion was fueled to continue learning and to find different ways to deliver this high quality literacy instruction to as many students as possible. She became a private tutor in 2010 and has joined TRL MI to continue her advocacy and support for the Science of Reading.
Heidi Turchan, M.Ed. is an Early Literacy Consultant for Calhoun ISD. During her 25 years in education, Heidi has worked as a reading specialist/Literacy Coach specializing in dyslexia, AD/HD and focused on urban school districts. She served as the Curriculum and Instruction Director for SLD Read in Kalamazoo. She has provided early literacy support to teachers in data analysis and implementation of MTSS processes; integration and implementation of the science of reading practices and is a National LETRS Professional Learning Facilitator. She has been a board member of SW MI CHADD, Ready to Read Kalamazoo and MI International Dyslexia Association Board President. Heidi lives in Portage with her husband and has three grown children, two of whom have dyslexia.
Craig has been happily married to his wife Andrea for 20 years, and they have a 16 year old son, Kenny. He enjoys spending time in northern MI fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friend at the lake.