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2015 Teacher Leader Awards Recognize Literacy Leadership
Jane Berenz, Minnesota
Dr. Peter Stiepleman, Missouri
Marsha Studebaker, Ohio

2011-12 Evaluation of i3 Reading Recovery Scale-up: Results Worth Reporting Again and Again

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration - February 7-10

Conference Celebrates 30 Years of Powerful Professional Development and 2.2 Million Children Taught

What Works for Struggling First Grade Readers? WWC Confirms Reading Recovery's Effectiveness in New Research Review

UALR-Little Rock's Janet Behrend is New President of the Reading Recovery Council of North America

Year One Evaluation of the i3 Scale Up of Reading Recovery Finds "Large, Positive Effects on Student Literacy Performance"

What Works for Early Reading Achievement? Still Reading Recovery

Observation Survey Receives Highest Possible Ratings for Screening Tools from the National Center on Response to Intervention 10/17/11

Reading Recovery is Recognized as a "Bright Spot" by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 8/10/11

Administrators and Teacher Educators Will Brief Policymakers on the Whole School Benefits of Reading Recovery 7/7/11

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Read more about Reading Recovery online at these links

? What Works Clearinghouse
See ratings for Reading Recovery's evidence of effectiveness and how it compares with other early reading programs in the WWC review.

? Bright Spot Awards
See what the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading says about Reading Recovery's high-quality teaching. Read the analysis.

? National Center on Response to Intervention
See ratings for An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, the screening tool central to Reading Recovery's evaluation and instruction.

Stories from around the nation and the world feature Reading Recovery personnel and programs

Teacher awarded for literacy efforts
The Courier - Russellville, AR
November 16, 2015

Russellville School District teacher Kimberly Wyborny was recentaly presented with the Literacy Advocate Award at the Comprehensive Literacy Conference and Reading Recovery Institute in Little Rock.

Wyborny has been a Reading Recovery teacher and interventionist at Center Valley Elementary for six years. The Literacy Advocate Award recognizes teachers that advocate for struggling literacy learners. 

"I work with two great Reading Recovery teammates and a whole family of advocates at Center Valley," Wyborny said. "It is a great team working together for the students, and I am truly blessed and honored."

October 2015

Rep. Mills tours LCMA reading program
LaRue County Herald - LaRue County, KY
by Ron Benningfield
October 1, 2015

During a visit to LaRue County Middle School September 25, State Representative Terry Mills saw first-hand how teachers, through a Reading Recovery program, are helping students greatly improve their reading skills.

"With repect to educating our kids, I firmly believe that those who start early are better prepared for future education," said Mills, a Democrat from Lebanon who represents the 24th House District that includes Green, LaRue, and Marion counties. "Our teachers should be commended for the caring they demonstrate."

The LaRue County School District was awarded a Kentucky Department of Education Read to Achieve grant that allows Clifford and Lane to offer opportunities for lower performing students to receive reading instruction based on their needs.

September 2015

Broken Arrow's Reading Recovery program showing results 
Tulsa World - Tulsa, OK
by Nour Habib
September 18, 2015

As Robyn Carey walked a student back to the classroom on Thursday, the student made a proclamation: “I love reading.” Carey, who this year is a Reading Recovery teacher and Title I reading teacher at Arrowhead Elementary in Broken Arrow, was thrilled to hear it.

“That’s what I want,” she said. “Giving kids the confidence to feel, ‘I can read’ … so they want to keep trying — it’s such a big part of what we do.”

Broken Arrow Public Schools started using the program in 2011-12 and currently has 23 trained Reading Recovery teachers, with four additional teachers being trained this year.

Ehlers' passion for helping students read shows
Worthington News - Worthington, OH
by Pamela Willlis
September 9, 2015

Worthington educator Kellie Ehlers knows how to help struggling readers -- she's been at it for nearly 29 years and the accolades keep coming.

She received a state commendation Aug. 23 at the Back to School Bash at Evening Street Elementary School, where she teaches, specializing in Reading Recovery.

State Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) presented Ehlers with the commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives, recognizing her selection as the 2015 District 6 Ohio Teacher of the Year. District 6 represents the majority of Franklin, Delaware and Licking counties.

Elementary grade-level reading program debuts
Sarasota Herald Tribune - Sarasota, FL
by Shelby Webb
September 4, 2015

A new program created to help struggling first-grade students read on grade-level will start at three Sarasota County elementary schools this year.

Atwater Elementary and Cranberry Elementary in North Port and Tuttle Elementary in Sarasota will pilot the Reading Recovery Program this fall.

The program consists of intensive one-on-one lessons that last about 30 minutes each day with trained literacy teachers. Each lesson is customized to the student’s needs and complements their classroom learning. The interventions last between 12 and 20 weeks, or end when a student is reading and writing at the same level as their peers.

Laura Kingsley, executive director of elementary schools for the district, said 75 percent of the first-graders who go through the program never need remediation again.

August 2015

New Ray Miller principal looks to connect with students, community
Kirksville Daily Express - Kirksville, MO
by Danielle Brown
August 8, 2015

Ray Miller Elementary School’s newest principal is looking to increase student academic achievement and build strong bonds with local community members as she prepares to take the lead with the new year quickly approaching. 

...Soon after her first stint at SIU-Edwardsville, Botello began working as an elementary school teacher for first through sixth grades at Halls Ferry Elementary School and began doing Reading Recovery training, she said.

Botello described the Reading Recovery program as a “highly effective short-term intervention, of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders.”In 2006, she became a Reading Recovery teacher and later an instructional coach for students attending Walnut Grove Elementary School in Ferguson, MO.

USD 501 hears update on literacy and fine arts efforts
The Topeka Capital Journal - Topeka, KS
by Celia Llopis-Jepsen
August 6, 2015

The Topeka Unified School District 501 school board heard updates Thursday on a number of grant-funded initiatives in the district, including efforts to incorporate fine arts education into other disciplines within the school day and to help struggling first-graders read.

The fine arts initiative is funded by the University of Kansas, while a grant from Emporia State University made the reading program possible.

July 2015

2015 TCAP Results have middle Tennessee districts looking for reading help

Nashville Public Radio - Nasvhille, TN
July 2015

Tennessee’s reading scores have flatlined in recent years, but school officials aren’t talking about backing away from the new standards for reading. In Nashville Metro Schools alone, the district is doubling the number of Reading Recovery teachers and increasing the number of reading clinics. 

June 2015

Literacy: Gatekeeper for success
Broken Arrow Ledger - Broken Arrow, OK
By Dr. Jarod Mendenhall
June 8, 2015

Recently, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) celebrated the graduation of nearly 1,100 seniors at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.

...In 2011, BAPS implemented a program called Reading Recovery which has become a model for districts nationwide to help improve reading skills for struggling first graders. BAPS is currently only one of two districts in the state to offer this program. Since its inception, it has served 529 first graders with a nearly 100 percent pass rate on the state third grade reading test. And, while the RSA focuses on younger students, some issues are not apparent until middle school or high school. Therefore, BAPS practices continuous assessments to ensure struggling students receive proper interventions as soon as they are identified, no matter what grade they are in.

May 2015

Stiepleman to receive national child literacy award
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, MO
by Roger McKinney
May 14, 2015

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman’s efforts to help educate first-graders struggling to read have earned national recognition.

Stiepleman is one of two educators selected to receive a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award, which recognizes people who have made an outstanding contribution to Reading Recovery within their schools and beyond. Stiepleman will be recognized during a June 25 ceremony in Kansas City.

North Central Reading Recovery program celebrates 20 years
Northwoods Radio WJJQ - Tomahawk, WI
May 14, 2015

The local chapter of a National Program credited with assisting more than 2 million first-grade readers will be celebrating a milestone. The North Central Wisconsin Reading Recovery Consortium marks its 20th anniversary with a a special event this evening in Merrill.

Morgan Schools outpace region in K-3 Literacy Score
Times Recorder - McConnelsville, OH
by Bradley W. Parks
May 7, 2015

Students in the Morgan Local School District are reading at levels outpacing the region, according to new data from the Ohio Department of Education.

The department released scores for improvement in literacy from kindergarten through third grade at the beginning of May. Morgan Local was one of just 27 districts in Ohio to earn an A. It also was the only district in 11 southeastern Ohio counties to earn a top mark.

...Susan Troutner is an assistant for instruction at Morgan Local, and she credits the district’s success to the comprehensive reading program it has had in place for more than 25 years, long before state officials instituted the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

April 2015

Reading Recovery program helps struggling students catch up

South Washington County Bulletin - Cottage Grove, MN
by William Loeffler
April 8, 2015

Diane Bezdicek was concerned by proposed cuts to School District 833’s Reading Recovery program.

She knows the value of the early intervention program, where first-graders who struggle with reading and writing receive an additional 30 minutes of one-on-one instruction from a specially trained teacher. She’s taught Reading Recovery in the district for 17 years. The program, begun in 1996-97 school year, now serves about 300 students per year. 

March 2015


An investment plan for tackling the achievement grap
Lexington Herald Leader - Lexington, KY
by Marty Soloman
March 30, 2015

It is time to do some heavy lifting to attack the academic achievement gap in our schools. The five-point program outlined here would significantly ameliorate this nagging, persistent problem and put more unfortunate children on a trajectory for a brighter future.

  • Longer school days for some students
  • More crisis Reading Recovery teachers are needed for kids who cannot read by the third grade
  • Better training for principals
  • Urgent help for youngsters with hearing, dental or optical problems
  • Motivational efforts for students and parents

The Altamont Enterprise - Albany County, NY
by Melissa Hale-Spencer
March 20, 2015

GUILDERLAND — “Everything hinges on reading,” said Theresa Smolen, through tears of gratitude, as she told the school board about her daughter, Sophie, a first-grader at Lynnwood Elementary School.

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.

Reading Recovery Centre Now Open
The Arrow Newsletter - Manitoba, Canada
Winter 2015

For the very first time in the history of the Reading Recovery program there is a Teacher Training Centre run by First Nations for First Nations. It is housed in Peguis Central School on Peguis First Nation, and teachers from schools all across the Interlake will now have access to Reading Recovery program training – taught by First Nations teacher leader Gloria Sinclair.

“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.”

Read it now and read it aloud
Schools Week - London, England
by Billie Camden
March 7, 2015

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.

February 2015

Chartham school children practice reading with Donkey from Shrek
Canterbury Times - Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
February 25, 2015

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.

The children from Chartham Primary School did some reading with Donkey, taking some time off from performing as part of the touring production of Shrek: The Musical, which is currently on at The Marlowe.

The children each took a turn at reading to the Donkey who was captivated by their abilities; they were presented with certificates, cups and balloons in recognition of this. The children’s Reading Recovery teacher, Sarah Flewitt, commented that she was “very proud of the children” and that they were “super ambassadors” for their school.

Reading Recovery proves its worth
This Week Community News - Delaware, OH
by Kristina Thomas
February 23, 2015

The Delaware City School District is marking its 25th year of participation in the Reading Recovery program.

...Lori Fitzgerald, Reading Recovery teacher, said not just Delaware but the nation as a whole has had great success with the program.

She said it's one of the top-rated intervention programs recommended by the U.S. Department of Education.

An X-citing story of 'Reading Recovery' as actor Gillian Anderson visits school
Islington Tribune - London, England
by Alina Polianskaya
February 20, 2015

YOUNGSTERS at a Barnsbury primary school got the chance to show off their reading skills to X-Files star Gillian Anderson. 

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.

Brian Jacob and Michael Lombardo: Snyder wise to reject 'read or flunk'
Early Intervention is far better option
Lansing State Journal - Lansing, MI
by Brian Jacob and Michael Lombardo
February 19, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder’s support of early reading intervention over third grade retention is a smart, thoughtful, and fiscally-responsible decision in the best interest of our kids and Michigan.

...Interventions work. We have seen students around the country raise their reading proficiency through regular, individualized tutoring sessions delivered one-on-one by volunteers. Programs like Reading Partners, Success for All, Literacy Corps, Reading Recovery, and BELL have been proven by rigorous scientific research to make a meaningful and measurable difference in children’s reading skills, and cost a fraction of retention.

Reading Recovery program touches lives at Oakland and beyond
News at OU (Oakland University) - Rochester, MI
February 5, 2015

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. 

Teacher to attend National Reading Recovery conference
Brainerd Dispatch - Brainerd, MD
February 3, 2015

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. 

January 2015

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.

Wednesday's letters: At-risk students
BlueRidgeNow.com - Hendersonville, NC
Written by Kathleen Stoner
January 14, 2015

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.

Our Title I schools remain able to offer the most highly effective reading program for struggling first-graders. This intervention, Reading Recovery, is the only research-based, beginning reading program in the country consistently shown to help at-risk first-graders learn how to read.

December 2015

Reading program makes local impact
WGIL Radio News - Galesburg, IL
December 14, 2014

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.

November 2014

Study: Reading Recovery three times more effective
Ohio State University Education & Human Ecology Newsletter - Columbus, OH
November 18, 2014

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).

October 2014

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.

September 2014

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.

Two School Districts Awarded 2014 Broad Price for Urban Education
Gwinnett County in Georgia and Orange County in Florida are the first districts to share the award.
U.S. News and World Report
September 22, 2014

For the first time, two school districts have won The Broad Prize for Urban Education, a prestigious annual award. The prize is given to large, urban districts that boast strong overall student performance and success in reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. 

Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Orange County Public Schools in Florida were awarded the prize today.

...Gwinnett County won the 2010 Broad Prize and was a finalist for the award in 2009. Reed says the district’s stable leadership, focus on developing good teachers and principals, and commitment to challenging its students have contributed to the district’s success. 

August 2014

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 is another new program at Milaca Elementary School. Reading Recovery is a literacy intervention program for first-grade students struggling to read. Ms. Welch, our Reading Recovery teacher, will work one-on-one with students qualifying for the program.

July 2014

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.

June 2014

End of year presentations made at June Troup ISD board meeting
Tri County Leader - Whitehouse, TX
by Sarah Draper
June 19, 2014

The Troup ISD Board of Trustee’s meeting room was packed with children and parents from the school district’s Reading Recovery Program on Monday June 9. Opening up the meeting, Jan Singletary and Sylvia Wamble presented each child and commented on their progress throughout the school year, while the children read their favorite books to members of the board.

Ehlers named District 6 2015 Teacher of the Year
This Week Community News - Worthington, OH
by Candy Brooks
June 11, 2014

Kellie Ehlers has been selected as the District 6 Teacher of the Year for 2015. District 6 includes 36 school districts in central Ohio. Each school district may nominate three teachers.

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.

May 2014

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
The Journal Pearland - The Woodlands, TX
May 5, 2014

The Pearland Independent School District hosted its annual service awards celebration Friday (May 2) at the district administration building on North Main. Lawhon Elementary’s Taresa Jacobsen and Dawson High School’s Mark Lesmeister won the highest award possible for a Pearland Independent School District teacher -- the elementary and secondary Teacher of the Year Award.

April 2014

Reader Submitted: Sandra M. Bidwell Received Award

Hartford Courant - Hartford, CT
April 10, 2014

Sandra M. Bidwell has been selected to receive the Outstanding School Educator Award from the Neag School of Education Alumni Society of the University of Connecticut. Bidwell was recently recognized at the 16th Annual Awards Dinner of the Neag School of Education.

Reading Recovery reinstated
South Shore Now - Nova Scotia, Canada
April 8, 2014

COUNTY - Reading Recovery is back. Critics panned an NDP government decision to axe the successful Grade 1 early intervention program in 2011 and last week the new Liberal government announced it would be reinstated in the 2014-15 provincial budget.

Grade 3 reading results worry Nova Scotia education minister
The Chronicle Herald - Nova Scotia, Canada
by Frances Willick
April 9, 2014

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.

Letter: Reading Recovery demonstrates success

Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, IA
April 8, 2014

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
The Chronicle Herald - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
by Frances Willick
April 3, 2014

Class sizes in grades Primary to 2 will be capped at 20 students beginning in September, the province announced on Thursday. The government injected $7.2 million into the education budget to keep class sizes in those grades at or below 20, while Grade 3 classes will remain capped at 25 students. ...Reading Recovery will be brought back to selected Grade 1 classrooms beginning this fall, with a complete rollout expected over the next four years. The Liberal government has also officially scrapped Succeeding in Reading, which will be replaced by a new Early Literacy Framework.

March 2014

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.

LRSD Reading Recovery program gets second chance at life through compromise

KATV TV - Little Rock, AR
March 20, 2014

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.

February 2014

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.

January 2014

'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
Rock Hill Herald - Rock Hill, SC
by Rachel Southmayd
January 25, 2014

On a chilly Friday morning in a small classroom at Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School, a teacher sits and works one-on-one with a first-grader. The student is small, quiet and has a few front teeth missing, like many other first-graders. Teacher Andrea Zampetopoulos works with her students for 30 minutes, as she does every day. Together, they look at books, at letters, at sentences. They talk about stories and parts of a word and how it should sound when it’s read aloud. They’re working on that most basic of academic skills – reading, one of the major elements of the proposed education plan Gov. Nikki Haley introduced two weeks ago. Zampetopoulos, whose official title is “reading recovery specialist,” is one of many educators pleased that Haley is not only paying close attention to education for the first time in three years as governor, but is emphasizing reading and proposing to spend more state money to help students succeed.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/01/25/5613329/york-county-educators-support.html#storylink=cpy

Teachers get help to boost kids' reading

The Detroit News - Detroit, MI
by Jennifer Chambers
January 22, 2014

Markita Gaines showed up for first grade unable to read or write. She didn’t know certain letters of the alphabet and she didn’t recognize her written name. Markita isn’t alone. Educators say the 6-year-old is one of thousands of children in Michigan who need immediate intervention to reverse “literacy failure” in children who have extreme difficulty learning to read or write. But she is among the luckier ones getting help from Reading Recovery, an accelerated literacy program that gives first-graders intensive, one-on-one lessons with a specially trained teacher.

Reading Recovery program helps struggling first graders improve their literacy skills
The Oakland Post - Oakland, MI
by Kailee Mathias
January 14, 2014

The OU Reading Recovery Center received the Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant, allowing education leaders to continue aiding first-graders who struggle with reading and writing.  “We want to get in early and prevent literacy difficulties before they start,” Dr. Mary Lose, Associate Professor and Director of the Reading Recovery® Center of Michigan said. “Research shows that if children are low performing in literacy in grade one, they are very likely to remain low performing through grade four.”

Clemson again showcasing itself beyond football

TheTandD.com - Clemson, SC
January 2, 2014

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.

2013 stories

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.

Fort Bend ISD Board honored with Excellence in Literacy Award

FortBendStar.com - Fort Bend, TX
December 12, 2013

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.

Sherman, Woodland earn special state honor
Mansfield City Schools - Mansfield, OH
December 10, 2013

Sherman Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School have been named High Progress Schools of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education, based on their 2012-13 Local Report Cards. ... “Our teachers have worked hard through professional development to implement the Literacy Collaborative teaching and delivery framework with Ohio State University in Columbus, the Reading Recovery program with Ashland University and strategic thinking initiatives through the Algebra Project and Ohio State University-Mansfield,” Garverick said. “The results are reflected in test scores.”

Reading Recovery Pays Off in i3 Study
"Evaluation of the i3 Scale-Up of Reading Recovery: Year One Report 2011-2012

Education Week, Vol. 33, Issue 13, p. 5
by Sarah D. Sparks
December 4, 2013

First graders in the Reading Recovery program made dramatic gains in word recognition and comprehension in the first year of a massive expansion financed by the federal Investing in Innovation program. 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 1st grader nationally, according to the first of three independent evaluations of the program by a team from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

Fort Bend ISD earns award
Houston Chronicle - Houston, TX
November 22, 2013

The Fort Bend Independent School District has been given the 2013 Advocate for Excellence in Literacy Award by the Texas Woman's University's Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura team. "The Texas Woman’s University Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura team honored the past and present Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees with award in recognition of the vision and commitment to ensure that all children in Fort Bend ISD have the opportunity to become sucessful learners, according to a Fort Bend Independent School District release.

Lamar CISD program helps students "recover" their love of reading
FortBendStar.com - Fort Bend, TX
October 31, 2013

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
This Week Community News - Delaware, OH
by Kristina Thomas
October 21, 2013

First-grade readers are getting an extra boost with the Reading Recovery program in the Delaware City School District. The district is one of many across the country to use the Reading Recovery program, which originated in New Zealand before making its way to Ohio State University in 1984.

Sequin Elementary Teacher receives 2013 Mary Jackson scholarship award

YourHoustonNews.com - Sugar Land, TX
From Fort Bend ISD
October 9, 2013

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.

Teachers go 'behind the glass'
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, MO
by Catherine Martin
September 27, 2013

At Derby Ridge Elementary School Thursday, a group of teachers sat in a dark room in rows of seats set up like a movie theater. Instead of a film on the big screen, however, they gazed upon a lighted classroom on the other side, where teacher Julie Klein worked one-on-one with 6-year-old Cierra Robinson. ...The "behind the glass" session is a regular professional development piece unique to Reading Recovery, a national program that focuses on getting first-graders who are behind in reading up to the same level as their peers.

Fort Bend ISD celebrates 20th anniversary of Reading Recovery and 15th anniversary of Descubriendo la Lectura
FortBendISDNews.com - Fort Bend, TX
September 25, 2013

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 students get boost from reading program

Tulsa World - Tulsa, OK
by Kim Archer
September 3, 2013

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.

Variety is necessary in reading instruction
The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
August 31, 2013

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
The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
August 22, 2013

At 19 Columbus elementary schools, fewer than half of third-graders passed their reading exams last year. …Columbus school officials say the district is making drastic changes right now to the way it teaches reading and helps students who have fallen behind. Extra focus is being given to third graders. The centerpiece of the district’s effort is a $573,000 agreement with Ohio State University to train teachers in the Reading Recovery method, a one-on-one program for first-graders who fall behind in reading. …”Yes, there’s an extreme urgency,” said Patricia Scharer, an Ohio State professor who is working with Columbus.  “There’s no silver bullet here.  What we’ve got is some long-term hard work to do here.”    

Reading success
SavannahNow - Savannah, GA
by DeAnn Komanecky
August 22, 2013

Turning struggles into success is the goal of Reading Recovery teachers in Effingham County. Sherri Walsh and Zoe Forbes have teamed up to provide that vital early intervention program to first-graders at Rincon Elementary. Walsh and Forbes are two of 20 teachers system-wide specially trained in the program that started in 1996 to help first graders who are having difficulty learning to read. Training leader for RR teachers is Jennifer Peavy. Peavy also teaches RR and is based at Guyton Elementary.

How the 'reading wars' are being reignited

Washington Post Blog - Washington, DC.
by Valerie Strauss and Rachael Gabriel
August 21, 2013

This is a new piece about an issue raised in this post last week, titled “Literacy experts say reformers reviving ‘reading wars.’” Both of these refer to ratings published in June by a group called the National Council on Teacher Quality of teacher education schools. The NCTQ was created by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in 2000 in order to promote alternative teacher certification and try to diminish the influence of education schools.

Lessons from Innovators: Reading Recovery
Huffington Post Blog
July 18, 2013

This blog is based on an interview between the Forum for Youth Investment and Jerry D'Agostino, Professor of Education at the Ohio State University and Director of Reading Recovery's i3 project. A persistent challenge for programs that have scaled up is how to sustain for the long term. In this interview, D'Agostino shares how this long-standing literacy intervention has dealt with the challenge and how it has reinvented itself over the years in order to stay current.

Fort Mill's proposed school budget raises taxes, restores 'Reading Recovery'

Fort Mill Times - Fort Mill, SC
by Jenny Overman
June 4, 2013

FORT MILL TOWNSHIP --The Fort Mill School Board votes Tuesday night on an $82.5 million budget that includes a proposed tax increase. The 6-mill hike in the property levy covers the cost of operating the district’s eighth and ninth elementary schools, slated to open in fall of 2014, school board Chairman Patrick White said. ...Included in the 2013-2014 budget is $280,000 to expand the Reading Recovery program to all elementary schools. Reading Recovery is a “very effective, short-term intervention” for low-achieving first graders, said Ann Bogan, Director of Elementary Education.

Higdon's Bailey named Teacher of Year

SoMDNews - Waldorf, MD
by Gretchen Phillips
May 29, 2013

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 - Orono, ME
May 17, 2013

Grant helps USD train for Reading Recovery

Keloland.com - Sioux Falls, SD
May 20, 2013

YANKTON, SD - The Reading Recovery Training Center at the University of South Dakota has supplied more than 350 reading specialists to schools around the region. Gary Zalud is the Director of the program and oversees specialists in five states. He says training teachers is very similar to teaching kids. "Just as we try to focus on the individual students in our lessons, we also try to really look at the individual teacher when they're in a training class," Zalud said.

The University of Maine - UMaine News - Reading Recovery
The University of Maine - Orono, ME
May 17, 2013

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
Parramatta Sun - Bella Vista, NSW, Australia
by Jade Wittmann
May 16, 2013

The number of Reading Recovery teachers being trained in the Parramatta district has more than doubled in the past three years.

Maine family honored for supporting UMaine reading program
WABI TV5 - Bangor, ME
May 3, 3013

BANGOR - It's been said that reading is the key to success and one family in Maine has been helping students with literacy for 20 years. The Galen Cole Family were honored on Friday for their support Reading Recovery program.

20 Years of early literacy

University of Maine blog - Orono, ME

Twenty years of Reading Recovery in the state, led by the University of Maine, will be celebrated May 3 at the Cole Land Transportation Museum on 405 Perry Road in Bangor. Suzanne Cole and the Galen Cole Family Foundation will be honored for their support of the program’s teachers and students at the 1–3 p.m. event, which will also include readings, reflections and refreshments.

Mimosa Park reading teacher receives grant
St. Charles Herald Guide - Boutte, LA
April 28, 2013

Judy Matherne, Reading Recovery/Literacy Teacher at Mimosa Park Elementary, was awarded $500.00 from River Parishes Education Initiatives for presenting a grant proposal supporting the connection of reading between school and home.

School system gets more state money
Savannah Morning News - Savannah, GA
by G.G. Rigsby
April 25, 2013

The Effingham County school system will get $2.7 million more in state equalization funds next fiscal year, adding to a budget that calls for full staffing for the Reading Recovery program and restoring field trips for elementary school students.

Proclamation: Reading Recovery Week in the State of Minnesota - April 8-13, 2013

Literacy events scheduled at University of Northern Iowa in April

WCFCourier.com - Cedar Falls, IA
February 18, 2013

Cedar Falls, Iowa - the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education, the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Learning and UNI's Reading Recovery Center of Iowa will host two literacy events in April.

New reading program has individual focus, goals
Daily News - Robinson, IL
by Graham Milldrum
February 13, 2013

Hutsonville Elementary School is changing how students learn to read, thanks to two programs the school started this school year. Unit 1 has adopted guided reading and Reading Recovery programs, taking the school completely away from the previous system.

Reading Recovery helps students succeed
Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, MO
by Catherine Martin
January 28, 2013

Almost before 7-year-old Corey Owens sat down in his chair for a one-on-one reading lesson at Derby Ridge Elementary yesterday afternoon, he excitedly started reading the familiar lines of "Three Goats.Reading Recovery uses 30-minute daily reading lessons, one-on-one with a specialist, to help first-grade students who are struggling with reading. The approach builds on students' strengths to accelerate their learning, Blackburn said.

Learning session guides Reading Recovery parents

St. Charles Herald Guide - Boutte, LA
January 24, 2013

New Sarpy Elementary recently held a learning session for parents of Reading Recovery students. Parents were given information about the program and tips for working with their child at home.

"Researching and Responding to Our Readers"
York Region District School Board - Ontario, Canada
Principal Brian Harrison Blog 
January 22, 2013

In spite of the some of the stormy events of the past few weeks; both in the atmosphere and the in political sphere, a lot of really cool things have been going on at our school. Primarily, we have had the chance to engage in some professional learning together in the key areas that are reflected in our School Improvement Plan and we’ve been working in our classrooms to tinker with and implement some of this new learning.