Creative staffing models increase funding options and the thoughtful use of Reading Recovery-trained teachers’ available time and expertise.
Reading Recovery is not a full-time assignment. Typically a teacher who has trained or is in training for Reading Recovery works individually with four Grade 1 students each day and contributes to student learning and/or staff development in the school in a variety of ways during the other part of the day. On average, Reading Recovery teachers work with 8 Reading Recovery students and about 40 other students each year. It is strongly recommended that Reading Recovery not be a full-time assignment.
Because of their deep understanding of literacy theory and practice, Reading Recovery-trained teachers are well-placed to share their knowledge with colleagues in their schools and districts. Reading Recovery administrators have found a variety of viable staffing options. Decisions about staffing models should be based on the school’s needs and on the teachers’ areas of strength.
Small-Group Model in the primary grades
The Reading Recovery teacher works with Reading Recovery students for part of the day and works with several small groups of students focusing on literacy skills during the other part of the day. This model works best when the Reading Recovery teacher and classroom teacher work alongside each other.
First-Grade Shared Classroom Model
Reading Recovery teachers share a first-grade classroom. One teacher works with Reading Recovery students for part of the day while the other teacher teaches in the classroom. Their roles reverse for the other part of the day.
Kindergarten (or Shared Kindergarten) Model
A Reading Recovery teacher works a half-day as a Reading Recovery teacher and a half-day as kindergarten teacher.
Second-Grade Shared Classroom Model
This model operates in the same way as the first-grade shared classroom model.
The Reading Recovery teacher teaches Reading Recovery part of the day and works with ESL students for the remainder of the school day.
Special Education Model
The Reading Recovery teacher works in Reading Recovery for part of the day and in a special education role part of the day.