Reading Recovery Connections
A blog for Reading Recovery and early literacy professionals 

1501, 2020

Building an Even Stronger Sense of Community at National Conference

By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

by Billy Molasso I’ve had an incredible welcome to the Reading Recovery community! As you may know, I joined RRCNA this past August as the new executive director at Jady Johnson’s retirement. I’m thankful for [...]

512, 2019

Responding to the Reading Wars: Everyone’s Job

By |December 5th, 2019|Categories: General, General Education, Latest News, Reflections and Commentary|

by Patricia L. Scharer, Ph.D. The Reading Wars have a long, long history. Over the past 100 years, adversaries have argued for and against numerous approaches: whole word, literature-based reading, look-say method, sight words, Initial [...]

2310, 2019

What’s the Story?

By |October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, General Education, Latest News, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|

by Amy Smith At the center of all advocacy work is a story. Reading Recovery has a rich tapestry of stories with compelling themes like renewal, transformation, and hope. Our data tells one piece of [...]

3009, 2019

The Three Cueing Systems in Beginning Reading Instruction: Good Idea or Hoax?

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Latest News, Reflections and Commentary|

by Robert Schwartz A main skirmish in the Reading Wars centers on phonics first or building on the strengths a child brings. In his blog, Dr. Tim Shanahan, a knowledgeable and highly respected literacy researcher [...]

2108, 2019

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Reading Recovery and the MSV Myth

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, Latest News, Reading Recovery Teaching, Reflections and Commentary, Teaching|

by Jeffery Williams Every culture across time has developed a set of stories, tales, and myths that were designed to help explain the complexities of the world.  Such lore is handed down across generations to [...]

1508, 2019

Getting to Know Our Writers: Strategies for Any Classroom

By |August 15th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching|

By Lynne Dorfman & Diane Esolen Dougherty A successful writing workshop depends on many factors, including how well we get to know our students. Throughout the school year, but especially in the beginning of the [...]

2603, 2019

The Power of the Cross-Check: No Penalties in the Reading Process

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Teaching, Reading Recovery Teaching, Teaching|

by Jamie Lipp My oldest nephew is a Division One college lacrosse player (proud aunt). Recently, we traveled to a game to watch him play. In the middle of an intense play, one of his [...]