Reading Recovery® is a short-term one-on-one intervention for first grade students struggling with reading and writing. Dr. Marie Clay, New Zealand educator and child psychologist developed Reading Recovery in the early 1980's. Reading Recovery can be found in five countries, 49 states in the U.S. and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools both foreign and domestic. Reading Recovery is research-based and in the spring of 2007 received the federal What Works Clearinghouse highest rating for effective reading interventions in grades K-3.

The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first-grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write and to reduce the cost of these learners to educational systems. It is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to high quality classroom instruction.

Professional development for teachers who want to become trained in the theory and procedures of Reading Recovery requires a commitment of support from their school district in which they are employed. The training for the teacher begins with a year-long, graduate-level course of study provided by teacher leaders at the Northwest AEA teacher training site.

This is followed by subsequent years of ongoing professional development specific to Reading Recovery. During the training year, teachers work with students in their home school who have been selected to participate in Reading Recovery. A focus of the training year is to help teachers develop observation skills and a repertoire of intervention strategies to meet the individual needs of at-risk students.

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Shari Hansen
Teacher Leader
800/352-9040 Ext. 6107