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The Altamont Enterprise - Albany County, NY
She showed pages of squiggles that Sophie had made because she couldn’t form the letters to make words. Her mother tried to work with her but grew frustrated, and so did Sophie.
“She really wanted to write but was frustrated,” Smollen said.
Then Sophie became part of the Reading Recovery program at Lynnwood and her reading teacher, Kathy State, used well-practiced strategies to help Sophie, one-on-one, learn to read and write.
“It is the first of its kind, really in all of North America,” states Allyson Matczuk of Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning. “There are six Reading Recovery training centres in Manitoba already, but this is the first where everything is entirely First Nations based.”
Pupils at a Northampton academy recently took part in Read Aloud, an annual celebration to mark the achievements of early readers who complete a Reading Recovery programme.
Organised by the Institute of Education’s Reading Recovery centre, it enables children to show their new reading abilities.
Pupils at Woodvale Primary Academy took part last week to celebrate the success of those who have overcome their difficulties to become better readers. Chartham school children practice reading with Donkey from Shrek Primary school children from Chartham came to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to take part in a very special nationwide Read Aloud event on Friday February 20. She said it's one of the top-rated intervention programs recommended by the U.S. Department of Education. The actor, who is best known for playing Agent Scully in the sci-fi series, heard William Tyndale pupils Liam and Florence read passages from the The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse and Owl Babies. It was all part of the Read Aloud campaign organised by the UCL Institute of Education’s International Literacy Centre as part of a Reading Recovery scheme, to help children with literacy difficulties catch up with their peers. As the Reading Recovery program celebrates 30 years of helping at-risk children in North America gain literacy skills, leaders at Oakland University are reflecting on the thousands of children who have been helped right here on campus. Oakland is one of only 19 universities in the U.S. to serve as a Reading Recovery training center. Since its founding in 1991, the center has served nearly 105,000 of the lowest-performing first-grade children throughout Michigan and more than 1,300 Michigan teachers have been trained in Reading Recovery. At present, there are 13 certified Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders throughout Michigan, as well as two teacher leader trainees currently studying at Oakland. The trainees – Jacqueline Mitchell and Richelle Barkley – are Reading Recovery teachers in Detroit Public Schools. Teacher leaders train new Reading Recovery teachers at the 12 regional Reading Recovery training sites throughout the state. Brainerd public schools teacher Kathryn McAllister will attend the 2015 National Reading Recovery and K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference this month in Columbus, Ohio, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Reading Recovery Council of North America funded by the Tenyo Family Foundation.
Chartham school children practice reading with Donkey from Shrek
Primary school children from Chartham came to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to take part in a very special nationwide Read Aloud event on Friday February 20.
She said it's one of the top-rated intervention programs recommended by the U.S. Department of Education.
The actor, who is best known for playing Agent Scully in the sci-fi series, heard William Tyndale pupils Liam and Florence read passages from the The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse and Owl Babies.
It was all part of the Read Aloud campaign organised by the UCL Institute of Education’s International Literacy Centre as part of a Reading Recovery scheme, to help children with literacy difficulties catch up with their peers.
As the Reading Recovery program celebrates 30 years of helping at-risk children in North America gain literacy skills, leaders at Oakland University are reflecting on the thousands of children who have been helped right here on campus. Oakland is one of only 19 universities in the U.S. to serve as a Reading Recovery training center. Since its founding in 1991, the center has served nearly 105,000 of the lowest-performing first-grade children throughout Michigan and more than 1,300 Michigan teachers have been trained in Reading Recovery.
At present, there are 13 certified Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders throughout Michigan, as well as two teacher leader trainees currently studying at Oakland. The trainees – Jacqueline Mitchell and Richelle Barkley – are Reading Recovery teachers in Detroit Public Schools. Teacher leaders train new Reading Recovery teachers at the 12 regional Reading Recovery training sites throughout the state.
Brainerd public schools teacher Kathryn McAllister will attend the 2015 National Reading Recovery and K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference this month in Columbus, Ohio, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Reading Recovery Council of North America funded by the Tenyo Family Foundation.
Palmyra Area School District lauds Reading Recovery program
PennLive.com - The Patriot News - Mechanicsburg, PA
by Monica Von Dobeneck
January 29, 2015
The Palmyra Area School District celebrated 20 years of participating in the Reading Recovery program, which helps first graders who struggle with reading catch up to their peers through one-on-one tutoring. Palmyra has been particularly successful in running the program, director Rosemary Sargent told the school board Thursday night.
To the editor: A new year brings hope for what is possible as well as gratitude for what we already treasure in our lives. As a reading specialist and reading teacher of 25 years, I am grateful that Henderson County remains a champion for our most at-risk students who enter first grade already behind grade level in reading.
Reading program makes local impact
At the Galesburg District 205 School Board meeting this past week, there was a presentation on the Reading Recovery program.
According to former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Joel Estes, the program helped the school address an increase in the need for Title I support.
Estes says the program was used to deal with an increase they were seeing for Title I support among Kindergartners and First Graders.
Study: Reading Recovery three times more effective
Reading Recovery scale-up proves to be good news for struggling readers and their schools
In a new study, Reading Recovery is shown to be three times more effective than similar reading programs. In addition, teachers trained in Reading Recovery were able to teach the program correctly across the hundreds of Reading Recovery sites in the U.S., which is a sign of systematic, high-quality training.
USD's scale up of Reading Recovery receives good news for struggling readers and their schools
KELO.com - Sioux Falls, SD
November 17, 2014
VERMILLION, S.D. (KELO AM) -- The University of South Dakota is one of 19 universities across the nation partnering with The Ohio State University to scale up Reading Recovery by offering graduate level credit to train 3,690 additional teachers in Reading Recovery.
A recent study concerning Reading Recovery’s effectiveness, this one funded by The Ohio State University’s i3 scale up grant and conducted completely independently, has been added to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC).
NOTE: Congratulations to all six elementary schools in Minnesota's Brainerd School District. All received a National Blue Ribbon designation, and all have had Reading Recovery since 1995.
What the Blue Ribbon award means to secondary schools
Brainerd Dispatch - Brainerd, MN
by Jon Anderson (Principal of Forestview Middle School)
October 10, 2014
On Sept. 30, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 337 schools across the country had been awarded the 2014 National Blue Ribbon for excellent student achievement or exemplary work to close gaps in achievement between student groups. We at Brainerd Public Schools were thrilled when all six of our elementary schools were awarded National Blue Ribbons, three for student achievement (Baxter, Lowell, Nisswa) and three for gap closure (Garfield, Harrison, Riverside).
Federal education leaders recognize eight Minnesota schools
Star Tribune - Minneapolis, MN
by Kim McGuire
October 1, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education has named eight Minnesota schools — including six from Brainerd — as National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor awarded to the nation’s best-performing schools.
NOTE: Gwinnett County School District has trained Reading Recovery teachers for the past 20 years. This district also won the Broad Prize in 2010. For a profile of the district, click here.
Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Florida were awarded the prize today.
New faces grace Milaca Elementary
Mille Lacs County Times (blog) - Princeton, MN
August 27, 2014
Welcome back! We look forward to another year of working and learning together.
Reading Recovery Council of North America names Behrend president
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
July 18, 2014
Reading Recovery Council of North America announced today that Janet Behrend of UALR’s Department of Teacher Education, is its new president.
She will lead a membership association of more than 5,000 Reading Recovery educators and advocates who are dedicated to helping first graders who struggle with beginning reading and writing.
End of year presentations made at June Troup ISD board meeting
Ehlers enters a competition among the 11 district winners in the state to be the 2015 Ohio Teacher of the Year, to be decided by this fall.
...She is a 27-year veteran educator who teaches Reading Recovery at Evening Street Elementary School.
GOP women donate to Waterloo reading program
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - Waterloo, IA
May 23, 2014
WATERLOO | The Waterloo Community School District has received a cash donation from Republican Women of Black Hawk County to purchase books for its Reading Recovery Program.
Reading Recovery program helps kids keep up
WCAX.com - Burlington, VT
May 10, 2014
LYNDON, VT - In the last two decades, thousands of students in Vermont's elementary schools have kept up with their classmates because of a program that started in New Zealand. To this day, the Reading Recovery program is paying off for kids at Lyndon Town School.
An award winning night
Reader Submitted: Sandra M. Bidwell Received Award
Hartford Courant - Hartford, CT
More Grade 3 students across the province are struggling to learn how to read, new statistics show. The results of this year’s provincial assessments are in and they aren’t pretty. Only 70 per cent of students in Grade 3 were able to read at the expected level on standardized tests administered in September and October. ...Casey stopped short of blaming the previous government for the dip in results, but she pointed to the loss of Reading Recovery, a reading support program scrapped un der the NDP, as one factor.
LE MARS, Iowa | The Reading Recovery teachers from the Sioux City School District would like to thank the Journal for the article on the front page of the March 29 paper showcasing the success of Reading Recovery. We would also like to thank Johanna Halbur for sharing her feelings about how successful this program was for her son. Many parents have shared the same feelings about Reading Recovery over the years. First-grade teachers in our school district have also shared the same feelings with us, noticing what a difference it makes to those students who have participated in the program.
N.S. budget features cash for class-size caps, Reading Recovery's return
Lesson Learned: Reading Program helps Sioux City students made the grade
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, IA
by Zachary T. Buchheit
March 28, 2014
SIOUX CITY | When her son came home from first grade in tears of frustration, Johanna Halbur had a moment of panic. She remembers telling him, “This is a grown-up problem, and we will figure out a way to help you.” Halbur and her husband, who are raising five children in Sioux City, had seen signs early on that their son, John, now in third grade, was struggling with reading. But they didn’t know it had gotten to a point where they needed to find extra help. That's when they enrolled their son in the Reading Recovery program at Bryant Elementary School.
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Little Rock School District's embattled Reading Recovery program gets a second chance at life on Thursday after Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs said he has heard the community's concerns and the program will stay in place. Suggs mentioned however, the future of Little Rock reading programs will be a compromise. More than a dozen of Little Rock's current Reading Recovery instructors packed Thursday night's school board meeting, still concerned about the programs future.
LRSD reading program changes draw scrutiny from parents
KATV TV - Little Rock, AR
February 25, 2014
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- It may be out with the old and in with the new for a reading program in Little Rock schools. For about the last two decades the Little Rock School District has used a first-grade Reading Recovery program to improve literacy. It's a strategy many researchers and parents consider successful, so you can imagine there's some push back as superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs intends to change it. In some cases this reading program mentors kids throughout all of elementary school, but it may come to a sudden end around Little Rock, where parents aren't the least bit happy about it.
LRSD to end Reading Recovery program
KATV TV - Little Rock, AR
February 24, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KTHV) - The Little Rock School District is ending a longtime reading program for struggling elementary students and parents aren't happy about it.
'Reading Recovery' helps beginning readers succeed
Cherokee Chronicle Times - Cherokee, IA
January 31, 2014
Struggling first-grade readers in Cherokee are part of a nationwide scale-up of Reading Recovery that is producing "large positive effects on student literacy performance overall, and these positive effects were also large for ELL students and students in rural schools." An article that appeared in Education Week, Dec 2013, states that, "Over a school year, participating pupils progressed nearly two months faster than similar peers who did not take part in the intervention, and gained nearly 30 percent more learning than the average first grader nationally."
York County educators support Haley initiative
The Detroit News - Detroit, MI
Throughout the 2013 football season, Clemson University has used the occasion of games and the competition that exists between schools to highlight where universities are cooperating. The links in education and research efforts don’t get the media coverage in the same way as action on the gridiron. ...Clemson and Ohio State faculty and staff are working together to help train 3,750 teachers nationwide and bring individual instruction to 90,000 struggling readers. These highly trained teachers also will serve an additional 405,000 struggling readers in small groups and classroom settings.
Reading Recovery is considered a highly effective short-term intervention for first-grade students who have difficulty learning to read and write. Clemson’s Reading Recovery Training Center works collaboratively with Ohio State to provide training and professional development to teachers who work with struggling readers, dramatically reduce the number of first-graders who can’t read and write and lessen the burden on the education system.
FBISD to host Reading Recovery Anniversary Celebration on Monday, Jan. 6
Sugar Land Sun - Sugar Land, TX
December 27, 2013
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura’s 15th year in existence, Fort Bend ISD will host a celebration event on Monday, Jan. 6, from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., in the FBISD Administrative Annex Main Auditorium, located at 3119 Sweetwater, Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. All past and present FBISD Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura teachers, students and parents are invited to attend.
Innovation Update: The Kind of Good Education News You've Been Dying to Hear All Year!
By Suzie Parker
December 24, 2013
The storied success of the Reading Recovery literacy intervention program for first graders encouraged the U.S. Department of Education to greatly expand the program in 2010. Now the first study results since that expansion are in, and it’s not just good news; it's great news.
A new independent study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, Evaluation of the i3 Scale-up of Reading Recovery: Year One Report, 2011–12, shows that students who participated in the program progressed nearly two months faster than peers who did not participate. Additionally, the students gained nearly 30 percent more learning during the year than the average first grader nationally.
"I was really surprised at the size of the average treatment effect; it was many times larger than the impact of any other interventions I've studied," Henry May, a senior researcher and the study's lead evaluator, told Education Week.
The Texas Woman’s University Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura team honored the past and present Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees with the 2013 Advocate for Excellence in Literacy Award, in recognition of their vision and commitment to ensure that all children in Fort Bend ISD have the opportunity to become successful learners.
Reading Recovery is just what it sounds like – a program that helps students recover from a faulty start, catching them up with their classmates. But it recovers something else: children who love to read. “Students will hear their friends reading and realize they aren’t reading as well,” said Aimee Santos, the Dual Language Facilitator at Smith Elementary. “It hurts their self-esteem and leads to frustration. They have no motivation to improve.”
Strugglers break through with Reading Recovery
Cheryl Maddox, a teacher at Seguin Elementary School, is the recipient of the 2013 Mary Jackson Scholarship Fund award. The scholarship award was established to support professional development opportunities for Reading Recovery teachers and to honor the namesake whose vision, dedication and untiring efforts helped change early literacy instruction in Fort Bend ISD.
FORT BEND ISD - This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Reading Recovery Program and the 15th anniversary of Descubriendo la Lectura (DLL) in Fort Bend ISD. As the District celebrates the anniversaries of these programs, it recognizes the reading success of more than 12,077 young FBISD students who have overcome difficulties in reading and writing to become full participants in classroom instruction.
BROKEN ARROW - Second-grader Landon Smith can read now like never before - with enthusiasm, confidence and on level with his peers. "He is just so proud of himself. His confidence in reading has just changed dramatically," said his mother, Krissy Smith. Last year, the 8-year-old participated in a research-based reading intervention program called Reading Recovery at Broken Arrow Public Schools.
A letter in Wednesday’s Dispatch claimed that the Orton-Gillingham (OG) or Wilson methods of reading instruction should be used to teach all kids who struggle with reading (“Reading program will fall short,” letter from Martha Pitchford).
As a reading professional specializing in teaching reading interventionists, I have read several thousand papers assessing the problems of struggling readers within the past 10 years. The profiles of struggling readers vary so much that it is inappropriate to claim that any one method should be used to teach all children. This kind of blanket generalization impedes the progress we can make with children who need additional reading help.
Reading test to challenge schools
Mary Bailey recalls struggling in just about all subjects as a student. She remembers needing a little extra push. Now, Bailey, the 2013 Charles County Teacher of the Year, provides that little extra push for her students. She said it’s a big part of why she became a teacher. “I didn’t want kids to feel the way I felt,” she said. Bailey, a Reading Recovery teacher at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School in Newburg, is being recognized for her efforts in giving students the time and attention it takes to get them on the right track for success.
The University of Maine - UMaine News - Reading Recovery
The University of Maine - UMaine News - Reading Recovery
A blond-haired boy and Reading Recovery teacher Bonnie Simko sit side by side at a small table for their one-on-one, 30-minute lesson at G.H. Jewett School in Bucksport. After the first-grader enthusiastically reads a familiar story about fire trucks Simko preps him for a new, more-difficult book and he eagerly jumps in. As the boy reads, Simko keeps a running record of her observations of his reading behaviors — successes and challenges, including his ability to problem-solve during reading.
Lessons create lifelong learners
Maine family honored for supporting UMaine reading program
Mimosa Park reading teacher receives grant
School system gets more state money
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