Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works
In 2010, the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University was awarded a $45.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation in order to scale up Reading Recovery across the nation. Generous corporate and private donors contributed the required 20 percent match of $9.1 million.
Funds from this grant will train 3,690 new Reading Recovery teachers over its 5-year life. Across the nation 19 university partners are currently coordinating Reading Recovery training in more than 30 states. At the start of this school year, the grant’s third year, 2,085 teachers have been trained in Reading Recovery or are in training, with i3 funds. The majority of these teachers are working in high-need schools such as buildings that are persistently underperforming or that enroll high numbers of English language learners.
Project directors report that by the grant’s end, almost 90,000 low-progress, first-grade children will be on the path to literacy success. An additional 400,000 children are expected to benefit from these highly trained literacy specialists as they perform their other daily instructional roles.
Funds for Reading Recovery professional development are available to qualified teachers who apply to a certified Reading Recovery teacher training program through their sponsoring building or district. Most of the costs are covered for graduate course tuition, a starter collection of books, instructional materials, and professional development activities such as attendance at a Reading Recovery conference, travel for training-related purposes, or enhancement of Reading Recovery book collections.