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National Literacy Award Honors Excellence
Three individuals will be recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award presented by the Reading Recovery teacher leaders. They are Dr. Amanda Alexander, chief of elementary schools at District of Columbia Public Schools; Dr. Dean Baker, superintendent of Maine School Administrative District 49 in central Maine; and Veronica Brady, senior vice president of philanthropy at Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, FL.

RRCNA launches Reading Recovery Connections – a blog for Reading Recovery and early literacy professionals
Welcome to RRCNA’s new blog! We hope it will provide a platform for teachers and administrators to express ideas and share stories, tips, and commentary on Reading Recovery and early literacy topics. Follow Reading Recovery Connections and learn more about becoming a guest blogger here.

Join us February 17-20 in Columbus, OH for the 2018 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference
Keynote Speakers: Mary Fried • Ellin Keene • Pat Cummings
Featured Speakers: Sue Duncan • Salli Forbes & Connie Briggs • Lea McGee • Jennifer Serravallo • Jeff Anderson • Gravity Goldberg & Renee Houser
Preconference Speakers: Elizabeth Kaye • James Schnug, Maryann McBride & Lisa Patrick • Kylene Beers & Robert Probst • Tanny McGregor
Leadership Institute: Douglas Reeves
Register for the National Conference

RRCNA addresses false claims with new resource: The Truth About Reading Recovery
As the professional association representing Reading Recovery professionals in the U.S. and Canada, RRCNA has prepared this resource in response to “The Reading Wars and Reading Recovery: What Educators, Families, and Taxpayers Should Know” published in Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Volume 22, Issue 2, August 2017. This article is an affront to researchers, scholars, educators, and others who know the facts, and a disservice to parents of children with reading difficulties. The authors make multiple misleading, misguided, and blatantly false claims about Reading Recovery.

Report cites Reading Recovery as exemplar of teacher professional development
The Learning Policy Institute reviewed 35 methodologically rigorous studies that have demonstrated a positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes, and identified seven key common elements.

Authored by Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, and Madelyn Gardner, the Effective Teacher Professional Development report cites Reading Recovery as “an example of one program that possesses all seven elements and has been found to generate positive student gains. Other effective programs may possess most but not all of the seven features.” (pp. 4-5)

About the Learning Policy Institute
The nonprofit Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice and seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child.

Evidence for ESSA website launches
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has shined a bright light on research-based programs and heightened interest in using evidence to make better decisions for children. Reading Recovery’s strong evidence of effectiveness is once again recognized in a new website to help education leaders identify programs and practices that meet the ESSA evidence standards.

Teacher Language Modules for members
New professional development videos explore the power of teacher language and actions. Fostering a Dynamic Mindset, Contingent Teaching, Supporting Independence Through Teacher Language, and Supporting Learners with Intentional Action. Another free resource!

Reading Recovery in the News

The Reading Recovery Center at Oakland University, MI, guides schools and teachers through the literacy process one child at a time

“By the time [the students] finish their lessons, they reach average performance levels, and the vast majority are able to continue learning alongside their peers in their regular first grade classroom without further need for intervention. That’s a remarkable outcome when they were initially the bottom 10-20% of children in their first-grade cohort.” – Mary Lose

 Western Elementary School Reading Recovery teacher and RRCNA Member, Ellen Archambo, awarded Golden Apple Award
“It was great being in the classroom, but this has given me a chance to really know kids and really feel like I know how to work specifically with a child and help that child,” Archambo said.
Gillian Anderson was awarded a UCL Honorary Fellowship for her support of the International Literacy Centre – ILC’s #ReadingRecovery programme on July 7, 2017.
River Bend brings students to grade-level reading standards
Fulton Elementary School, Fulton, IL
June 25, 2017

The success numbers of the program, which are defined as students reading at or one grade level below have remained above 85 percent except for the first year of the program, which would contain students currently headed to Fulton High School as freshmen.

More than book smarts: the Reading Recovery program helps transform the educational lives of Sarasota County first-graders
Sarasota County Schools Press Page, Sarasota, FL

June 8, 2017

“For many of our students, Reading Recovery has changed their potential educational path,” says Irving. “Many have returned to their classrooms with a changed view of themselves as readers and writers. They are more able to interact, academically, with their peers.”

All in Team Foundation sponsors Clemson and Scholastic’s efforts to encourage summer reading

Clemson University College of Education, Clemson, SC
June 1, 2017

“This project aligns perfectly with the All in Team mission as well as that of Reading Recovery,” Bates said. “It not only raises awareness of a critical issue in education, but also seeks to address it in a tangible way.”

Reading Recovery going big, leading to breakthroughs

Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL
May 13, 2017
Newly announced superintendent Bowden said he began sketching out a budget that would bring Reading Recovery teachers to six more schools during 2017-18, and complete the job in 2018-19 with the addition of seven more teachers.

Reading Recovery teachers named Educators of the Year
Flemington Rarington School District, Flemington, NJ
March 23, 2017

Reading Recovery teachers, JenniLee Pierson and Megan McPeek recognized as 2016-17 Educators of the Year by Flemington-Raritan School District.

Fairview Elementary teacher awarded for Reading Recovery work
Pharos-Tribune, Jeffersonville, IN
March 22, 2017

“They come to you with no confidence in reading or writing, so you get to see them be on grade level or above by the end of the program,” Michelle Brown said. “It’s huge to watch them just grow.”

Liberty Elementary School designated as model site for intervention
Fayette County Public Schools-Lexington, Kentucky
March 15, 2017

Principal Gerry Brooks said, “Reading Recovery is a pivotal part of our intervention program at Liberty Elementary School. And the entire staff benefits from the ongoing, job-embedded professional development designed to improve reading instruction that is delivered by our Reading Recovery staff.”

Local heroes impressed by students at Reading Recovery Read Aloud event
Reading Recovery Center of Michigan-Oakland University
March 2, 2017

“The children were so excited to read to the local heroes and the heroes were very impressed by the reading and how much the students have progressed since the beginning of the year,” said Mary K Lose, Ed.D., director, Reading Recovery Center of Michigan and associate professor of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University.

Reading Recovery celebrates 25 years at Georgia State University
Georgia State University
February 6, 2017

In the 25 years since its first class, Reading Recovery at Georgia State has expanded its reach to Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, has trained 1,668 teachers and 81 teacher leaders, and has worked with more than 67,000 children.

Janet Dunlop named superintendent, Broken Arrow Public Schools

Tulsa World – Oklahoma
January 4, 2017

During her time at Broken Arrow Public Schools, Dunlop facilitated the district’s literacy initiative, which resulted in a significant increase in literacy rates at the elementary level, and she has been recognized by the National Reading Recovery Council for her work in elementary literacy, Kelly said.

RRCNA press releases and advisories

Three individuals will be recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award presented by the Reading Recovery teacher leaders.

The Reading Recovery Council of North America is pleased to announce the recipients of three $15,000 scholarships to train teacher leaders during the 2017-18 training year.

White House Livestream Features Reading Recovery in MBK What Works Showcase

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

Reading Recovery is Recognized as a “Bright Spot” by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

For media information email Vicki Fox or call 614-310-7332