Shippensburg to host Reading Recovery Conference Feb. 25

Approximately 150 teachers from throughout the region will be at Shippensburg University Feb. 25 as part of the Mid-Atlantic Recovery Council conference, a one-day event to provide professional development for Reading Recovery educators.

The conference was postponed from its original date last October due to Hurricane Sandy. It is sponsored by the university’s teacher education department and coordinated by Dr. Janet Bufalino, associate professor of teacher education and Reading Recovery trainer.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Clifford Johnson from Georgia State University and Janice Van Dyke of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Central Division.

Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention for first-graders having extreme difficulty with early reading and writing. Specially trained teachers work individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. After a full series of lessons, about 75% of these formerly lowest students reach grade-level standard.

Shippensburg University is one of 23 university training sites in the United States, offering training to school districts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The conference is designed as a professional development opportunity for teachers who either serve as Reading Recovery teachers in their school buildings or teach K, first or second grades.

The university has received $1.8 million in federal grant money to expand the program over the next four years.

More information about Reading Recovery is available at