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Reading Recovery and K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference February 1-4

Literacy Educators Aim to Create Lifelong Readers, 2014 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference

Award-Winning Children's Book Illustrator and Author in Columbus February 2-4

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

OSU Professor Patricia Scharer
is New President of the Reading Recovery Council of North America

California Educator Bob Williams Will Receive National Award for Literacy Leadership 5/30/12

Minnesota Educator Julie Olson Will Receive National Award for Literacy Leadership 5/15/12

Kentucky Superintendent Tommy Floyd to Receive National Award for Literacy Leadership 5/10/12

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.

► Investing in Innovation
Universities offer i3 funds for Reading Recovery professional development. Read more.

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

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. 


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. 


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, Ark. (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
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.


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
News Release
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. 

August 2013

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.

July 2013

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.

June 2013

Reading Recovery program a lifeline
MassLive.com - Springfield, MA
Letter to the Editor
June 23, 2013

Several weeks ago, the Senate voted to level-fund Reading Recovery, an intensive, early intervention program for struggling readers. We applaud state senators for their commitment to educating all Massachusetts children, particulary those who have a difficult time learning to read.

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.

May 2013

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.

April 2013

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


February 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.

January 2013

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.

December 2012

Unique Reading Recovery program aims to combat literacy issues
Oakland University - Rochester, MI
by Victoria Lipscomb
December 18, 2012

Oakland University is devoted to helping students with reading and writing disabilities through Reading Recovery, a program that develops teacher leaders.

...“The services of the Reading Recovery Center is one way that Oakland University can reach out and help young children who have significant early learning difficulties with literacy in Michigan,” said Dr. Mary Lose, director of the Reading Recovery Center at Oakland University.    

Reading Recovery helps students succeed

The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, MO
by Catherine Martin
December 15, 2012

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." 

He read the words slowly and carefully, occasionally stumbling on the tougher ones, but he never asked for help from Susan Blackburn, a Reading Recovery specialist at the school. 

outh school briefs: Reading Recovery program in Rosemount turns 20
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis, MN
December 11, 2012

Rosemount: The Reading Recovery program in the Rosemount School District is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The program, aimed at helping first graders struggling with reading at grade level, was the first of its kind in the state when it began in 1992.

Modeling engaged teaching and learning
National Louis University website - Provost Office News
December 10, 2012

NLU continues to build on its historical strength of application and experiential learning with the Reading Recovery program that's making a difference for teachers and students. Read more about this exciting approach to teaching and learning.

Central Park Reading Recovery teachers awarded grant
KSTP-TV,  Minneapolis and St. Paul
December 3, 2012

Two Roseville teachers have been given grants to attend the Reading Recovery National Conference in Ohio this winter and will share their learning experiences with the entire district.

November 2012

Reading Recovery boosts students in Mansfield
Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal
November 23, 2012

The renewed emphasis Mansfield City Schools' placed on Reading Recovery in 2010 is paying measurable dividends, Superintendent Dan Freund said. He credits Reading Recovery for helping improve the schools' overall composite third-grade reading proficiency scores and hopes it will be a key factor in helping third graders meet new state reading requirements.

'Significant progress' made in reading, writing
The Harlan (Kentucky) Daily Enterprise
November 20, 2012

Each year, the gap between Harlan County students and the national sample narrows, according to Donna Singleton, Reading Recovery teacher leader from the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. "We have been able to catch most problems and make more progress with students," she said, thanks to the investment in Reading Recovery and trained teachers.

Hartland Schools featured at  Michigan Reading Recovery Conference
Hartland (Michigan) Patch
November 16, 2012

Andrea Boulanger, a Hartland Schools Reading Recvoery teacher for 9 years, has been selected as the GISD Reading Recovery teacher representative for the "Literacy Walk" display at the Reading Recovery Council of Michigan's statewide conference. A poster will display photos and comments from a former student and from his teachers and parents.

FCPS teachers get grant for Reading Recovery education

TV3 in Winchester, VA
November 14, 2012

If you have kids in elementary school, you're very familiar with the process of learning to read. Now, that process is going to be a little easier for Frederick County students who are struggling. With the help of a federal grant, right now, three reading specialists are training to become Reading Recovery teachers.

October 2012

Shippensburg to host Reading Recovery conference

Shippensburg University - Shippensburg, PA
Press Release
October 26, 2012

More than 150 teachers from throughout the region will be at Shippensburg University Monday(Oct. 29) as part of the Mid-Atlantic Recovery Council conference, a one-day event to provide professional development for Reading Recovery educators.

According to Dr. Janet Bufalino, associate professor of teacher education and Reading Recovery trainer, “This year celebrates the 20th year of the conference and for the first time it is being held on campus.” 

Reading Recovery
The Algoma News - Wawa, Ontario, Canada
October 25, 2012

The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board has expanded the reach of its Reading Recovery program for the 2012-2013 school year. The Reading Recovery program was implemented in Sault Ste. Marie schools last year and the response has been very positive. This year the program has arrived at H-SCDSB schools in Elliot Lake, Blind River, Espanola, Massey, Wawa, Chapleau, White River and Hornepayne. 

Clemson University Reading Recovery training center wins Dick and Tunky Riley education award
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP - Greenville, SC
Press Release
October 22, 2012

GREENVILLE, SC - October 22, 2012 - The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds announced the winner of the second annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCsm Award for Excellence. The recipient of the award is Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center. It was presented Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia.

Clemson University program wins Riley Education Award

EasleyPatch.com - Clemson, SC
October 21, 2012

The Riley Institute at Furman and South Carolina Future Minds announced the winner of the second annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCsmAward for Excellence. The recipient of the award is Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center. It was presented Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia.

Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center received a $10,000 grant sponsored by BB&T for enhancing the program or consulting with other schools, districts, and organizations interested in modeling Clemson’s program.  Video

Grand Island Board of Education: Sidway above national average in Reading Recovery
The Niagara Index, Niagara University - Grand Island, NY
by Kathleen Duff
October 19, 2012

At its Monday evening meeting, the Grand Island Board of Education heard a report from Charlotte Sidway School teachers Alicia Szyprowski, Stephanie Powers and Joanne Johnson on their Reading Recovery program. In its sixth year, Reading Recovery assists first-grade students on a one-to-one basis with their alphabetics, fluency and general reading comprehension. The program accommodates the 20 percent of first-graders who are identified as the lowest performing in these skills.

September 2012

Reading Recovery teachers provide upstate results
News Channel 7 - Inman, SC
September 25, 2012

Older students, especially those bound for college, are used to being ranked. They're measured in math, and reading and science. Scores on exams like the S.A.T. can make or break college dreams. …In Spartanburg District 1, a program that hopes to save the most struggling young readers starts rankings a lot sooner.

East Knox Reading Recovery Program receives grant
Mount Vernon News - Mount Vernon, OH
September 13, 2012

"The Dollar General Literacy Founcation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of East Knox Elementary," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO.

August 2012

Teacher contributes three books to early-reader series

Knoxville News Sentinel - Knoxville, TN
by Melissa Priode
August 28, 2012

Reading is fundamental.

Susan Weaver Jones has spent more than 30 years learning and teaching that concept to students in Florida and Tennessee. She is currently a second-grade teacher at Cedar Bluff Elementary, but is a former elementary school reading textbook editor, Reading Recovery program specialist and literacy coach. And most recently, published author.

June 2012

Grant puts books in kids hands over summer
AikenStandard.com - Aiken, SC
by Rob Novit
June 11, 2012

As a way to help struggling young readers, many Aiken County educators are especially enthused about Reading Recovery, a program in which specially-trained teachers work one-on-one with first-graders for one period a day over 12 to 20 weeks.

"We see real gains with Recovering Recovery," said the program's lead teacher, Diane DuBose. "They're even more sustained as Reading Recovery teachers push into the classrooms and work with small groups."

Yet there has been concern that the program's first-graders can lose some of those gains during the summer. That's why DuBose and other teachers and administrators are excited about a grant project that is providing about 250 children in the district with 12 books to keep and read this summer.

Dr. Mary Jackson wins 2012 Educator of the Year Award
ultimatefortbend.com - Fort Bend County, TX
by Vivian Gomez
June 8, 2012

Dr. Mary Jackson has been named the 2012 Educator of the Year by the Fort Bend County Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Jackson is the Fort Bend Independent School District's director of special programs. She received the award at the association's annual recognition dinner held May 10 at the Sweetwater Country Club.

...Jackson was instrumental in implementing the district's Reading Recovery program and in the creation of the Ridgemont Early Childhood Center.

Q&A with Carolyn Harding, Belleview Elementary teacher and author of children's books
heraldonline.com - Rock Hill, SC
by Shawn Cetrone
June 5, 2012

While working with first-graders who struggle to read, Belleview Elementary teacher Carolyn Harding was inspired to write books that those children could understand on their own.

She submitted several manuscripts to Hameray Publishing Group, a national publisher of educational materials and books.

...Harding has been an educator for 16 years. At Belleview she teaches Reading Recovery, an intensive literacy intervention program for first-graders struggling to read. She talked with The Herald over email about her approach to teaching, writing and reading. She submitted several manuscripts to Hameray Publishing Group, a national publisher of educational materials and books. While working with first-graders who struggle to read, Belleview Elementary teacher Carolyn Harding was inspired to write books that those children could understand on their own.

May 2012

ECS to offer Reading Recovery
The Emporia Gazette - Emporia, KS
by John Giffin
May 31, 2012

A program for first grade students having difficulty reading will be offered at Emporia Christian School in the fall.

The K-8 Christian school at 1325 C of E Drive will have a faculty member receive training because of a $46 million national grant for the Reading Recovery Program. The ECS Reading recovery teacher will receive a year of training at Emporia State University’s Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, a regional reading recovery site. One year of training for the program is usually approximately $7,000.

In face of budget cuts, Boulder Valley proposes $1.5M for literacy
Daily Camera - Boulder, CO
by Joe Rubino
May 22, 2012

Facing public criticism over how it will make up for a nearly $6 million budget shortfall, the Boulder Valley school board expressed support Tuesday night for a plan to spend $1.5 million from the district's year-end cash balance on literacy programs in elementary, middle and high schools.

...The K-5 allocation would go to expanding Reading Recovery and Leveled Literacy Intervention programs in most district schools. Those programs focus on short, one-on-one and small-group, 30-minute study sessions, respectively.

$40K grant helps York's young readers
news@seacoastonline.com - York, ME
by Samantha Stephens
May 17, 2012
YORK, Maine — Superintendent Henry Scipione announced at Wednesday's School Committee meeting that the School Department has received a $40,000 grant for participation as a leader in the nationally recognized Reading Recovery Program.

KY superintendent, Tommy Floyd, will receive national award for literacy leadership
Berea Online.com - Berea, KY
May 15, 2012

Tommy Floyd, Superintendent of the Madison County Schools in central Kentucky, will receive national recognition for leadership that allows struggling first-grader students to have the best-possible instruction so they can quickly reach proficiency. The Reading Recovery teacher leader award will be presented to Mr. Floyd during the Leadership Academy in North Bethesda, MD on Friday, June 22.

Camp Reading Recovery celebrates 20th anniversary of literacy program in St. Charles Schools
blog nola.com - Luling, LA
May 14, 2012

Literacy activities highlighted Camp Reading Recovery, which was held recently at the St. Charles Parish public school district’s Professional Development Center in Luling. More than 250 first-graders and parents participated in the event, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Reading Recovery program in St. Charles Parish public schools. Reading Recovery is an early intervention literacy program for first-grade students.

Unit 5 reading program gains draw tears of joy
Bloomington Pantagraph - Bloomington, IL
by Roger Miller
May 10, 2012

NORMAL — Jada is a first-grader who has gone from feeling hopeless about learning to not wanting the school year to end, thanks to McLean County Unit 5’s Reading Recovery program.

“Only one year of school and she felt defeated already,” Reading Recovery teacher Sarah Arundale told the school board Wednesday. “To see her progress after one year is amazing. … I had tears in my eyes (during Jada’s year-end progress assessment).”

Targeted reading program works for other kids too
The Daily Citizen - Dalton, GA
by Rachel Brown
May 9, 2012

Cortney Buckelew, a kindergarten teacher at New Hope Elementary School, said she knew her approach was working when students began sounding out new words on their own.

...“It’s so exciting,” Buckelew told Whitfield Board of Education members at a board work session in which several educators presented information about their schools. “We are teaching students to problem solve.”

New Hope Principal Brinda Clayton said a handful of teachers trained in Reading Recovery techniques are leading the way for other teachers to apply those same tools to students not in Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery is a program for first-graders who haven’t achieved the ability to read well. Teachers work with students one-on-one for 30 minutes at a time until the child demonstrates he or she is ready to do work at grade level or better.

Williams earns national literacy honor
Long Beach Unified School District - Long Beach, CA
May 3, 2012

Special Projects Director Robert Williams has earned the National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award, recognizing his exemplary work with struggling readers in the Long Beach Unified School District.

“I’m honored and grateful that our school district’s literacy efforts are being recognized on a national stage,” Williams said. “It’s a team effort, so I share this award with many colleagues who work hard to provide students with the early support they need to succeed.”

2012 Hartland teacher of the year encourages lifelong learning
HartlandPatch.com - Hartland, MI
by Tatum Ryan
May 3, 2012

The irony of Dotty Selix being named as Hartland’s Teacher of the Year isn’t lost on the peer coach and Reading Recovery specialist who works at Lakes Elementary and Farms Intermediate.

“I was terrible in school,” she said laughing. “I think I have a lot of empathy for kids who struggle in school. I get it, ‘cause I had a really hard time.”

...Selix has made it her mission to help struggling students and to make sure they don't have to go through what she did in school. She is fighting to help change the way educators teach young children and to create new ways of helping students succeed. Championing Reading Recovery in Hartland Schools, Selix coordinates the program that is designed to identify and support low-level readers in the elementary schools.

April 2012

Mimosa Park Elementary Reading Recovery Camp

St. Charles Herald Guide - Boutte, LA
by Kyle Barnett
April 29, 2012

Students from Mimosa Park Elementary recently took part in Camp Reading Recovery, a celebration of 20 years of the program in St. Charles Parish.

Students visited learning centers, took part in a sing along, enjoyed story tellers and ‘camped out’ in tents to read books and celebrate literacy.

Editorial: Flunking 3rd-graders can do more harm than good

USA Today
by Jessie L. Bonner
April 12, 2012

Fads come and go in education, and these days a hot trend is to hold back third-graders who fail standardized reading tests. In 2002, Florida was among the first to launch a tough, statewide policy for "retention," as educators call it. Oklahoma will start its policy in the fall of 2013. Last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich outlined a program to raise the bar for promotion to fourth grade. No part of the country has been spared.

...Remedial programs are often more effective and cheaper in the long run than holding kids back. Consider Reading Recovery, a one-on-one tutoring program that has served more than 2 million first graders since 1984. The cost? About $3,750 per pupil — less than half the average cost of holding a student back. Better yet, 75% of participants are successful.

Schools put early emphasis on reading
Wausau Daily Herald - Merrill, WI
April 5, 2012

Six-year-old Colton Zajackowski sat at a table Wednesday, reading a book called "The Hungry Giant's Soup" to his teacher Theresa Matz.

Matz is a reading specialist with Merrill Area Public Schools who teaches struggling students with a tailored program called Reading Recovery. Colton concentrated hard as he read the book, about a surly giant looking for a meal. But the words came out of his mouth in a monotone, with pauses injected into sentences, such as "I want ...my... soup." That indicated he knew the words but really wasn't getting the overall story.

The reading lesson occurred at the Wausau School District's Longfellow Administration Center, and in an adjacent room, were more than a dozen other Reading Recovery teachers from the Merrill, Wausau, D.C. Everest and Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school districts.

Program helps students read at grade level

Aiken Standard - Aiken, SC
April 5, 2012

If a child is reading significantly below grade level by the end of the third grade, his chances of graduating from high school diminish considerably, said Laura Coakley, a Greendale Elementary School teacher/specialist.
Coakley works directly with struggling readers at her school and others in the district through an intervention program called Reading Recovery.

March 2012

Reading Intervention Targets Illiteracy
MyHighPlains.com - Dumas, TX
by Morgan Schutters
March 28, 2012

DUMAS, TX. --It's called Reading Recovery and in Dumas this intervention program is making sure kids in first grade are literate.

One in every three adults in the us cannot read and that's why as KAMR NBC4's Morgan Schutters shows us, local teachers are attacking illiteracy head on.

Teachers at Sunset Elementary and 14 other schools in six districts surrounding Dumas are working one-on-one with students.

Reading educator teacher of the year
Galesburg Register-Mail - Galesburg, IL
by John R. Pulliam
March 21, 2012

GALESBURG — Jenny Bredemeier was named Galesburg Teacher of the Year on Wednesday by the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education Task Force.

Bredemeier, who teaches Reading Recovery and Title I reading to students in K-4 at Nielson Elementary School, was presented the award during a luncheon at Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living Center.

First Lady Jane Beshear visits educators, parents during Reading Recovery event
Northern Kentucky University - Lexington, KY
March 13, 2013

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear met recently in Somerset with educators and parents from seven Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties to discuss ongoing efforts to improve reading skills in young children.

Beshear, a strong advocate for education and former high school teacher, attended a book-reading demonstration by a first-grade participant in the Reading Recovery program, followed by a roundtable discussion on how the reading program is changing the lives of struggling young readers across the region.

Educators meet with Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear
The Center for Rural Development - Somerset, KY
March 9, 2012

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear met this week in Somerset with educators and parents from seven Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties to discuss ongoing efforts to improve reading skills in young children.

Mrs. Beshear, a strong advocate for education and former high school teacher, attended a book-reading demonstration by a first-grade participant in the Reading Recovery program, followed by a roundtable discussion on how the reading program is changing the lives of struggling young readers across the region.

Reading Recovery Makes a Big Difference
Vancouver School Board Superintendent's Vlog - Vancouver, British Columbia
March 9, 2012

I visited a reading recovery room during my tour of Hudson Elementary and learned about how we can effectively identify learners having trouble reading early on. It’s a fantastic program.

Reading Recovery in Madison County Schools
Madison County Schools - Richmond, KY
March, 2012

Video of Superintendent of Madison County Schools, Tommy Floyd, sharing good news about how school district has been utilizing "Read To Achieve" funds.

February 2012

ESU wins grant for Reading Recovery

Emporia Gazette - Emporia, KS
February 17, 2012

Emporia State University will share a $46 million federal grant with several other institutions to expand its Reading Recovery program.

The money is from a federal investing in innovation (i3) grant awarded last fall to the program’s lead partner, Ohio State University, and 20 other partnering institutions including ESU.

Ozark's literacy project spans grades
Springfield News-Leader - Springfield, MO
February 17, 2012

Implementing, managing, and sustaining an educational initiative district-wide often requires a team of professionals working together and with others to ensure positive outcomes are realized for students. According to Karen Scott, director of federal programs for the Ozark Public Schools, their district-wide literacy program has resulted in fewer children being labeled as “Learning Disabled” as well as improved MAP scores, despite oft’ changing proficiency criteria set by the state from year to year.

Ozark uses the “Reading and Writing Workshop” program to provide literacy acquisition for children in kindergarten through fourth grade and then to develop literacy proficiency in grades five through eight. Providing whole group, small group, and one-on-one instructional strategies, teachers find out what each child’s strengths are and then build on those successes to help students read and write at incrementally higher levels.

“Reading Recovery” is also a key component of Ozark’s literacy initiative. It is used with first-grade children who need extra help to acquire beginning literacy skills.

ESU to receive federal support for Reading Recovery Program
Emporia State University - Emporia, KS
February 15, 2012

Emporia State University will share a $46 million federal grant with several other institutions to expand its Reading Recovery program.

The money is from a federal investing in innovation (i3) grant awarded last fall to the program's lead partner, Ohio State University, and 20 other participating institutions including ESU.

January 2012

Reading Recovery programs

The Sentinel-News - Shelbyville, KY
by Sharon Warner
January 13, 2012

Visitors came to Shelby County to attend training sessions at two schools – Clear Creek and Southside Elementary – as part of the Reading Recovery program. All remaining lessons for the semester will be in Oldham County. The guests were offered a BTM (Behind the Mirror) Reading Recovery lesson, led by Katey Martin, shown here working with a child. Marcia Miller, Ashley Berlin, and Karen Standafer were on the other side of the two-way mirror, explaining to parents what was going on and how they can help their child with reading. Martin said, “Our goal is to stress the importance of reading and suggest ways to help children read.” ...Of the Shelby County Reading Recovery students receiving Reading Recovery services, 83 percent discontinued and achieved reading levels comparable to the average level of their peers. This is well above the 2010 National average of 74 percent.

Reading program boosts Lead-Deadwood student
Rapid City Journal - Rapid City, SD
January 11, 2012

Students who were behind in reading catch up, and even achieve advanced level, thanks to the Reading Recovery program, teachers Shannon Mollman and Suzanne Trentz told the Lead-Deadwood School Board on Tuesday.

...Seventy-five percent of students admitted into the program reach grade level reading ability, said Mollman. Because the program considers and focuses on only the lowest scoring 10 to 20 percent of students, that achievement is significant, they said.

Superintendent Dan Leikvold agreed the program has lasting benefits four and five years down the line.

"It's lasting and it sticks," said Leikvold.