hosts regional Reading Recovery Conference
125 teachers from across the Mid-Atlantic region were at Shippensburg University
this week for the 21st Reading Recovery Conference. The one-day event was to
increase professional development for Reading Recovery and early literacy
Recovery is a short-term intervention for first-graders having extreme
difficulty with early reading and writing. Shippensburg University, one of 23
university training sites in the United States, offers training to school
districts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
to Dr. Janet Bufalino, Shippensburg University associate professor of teacher
education and Reading Recovery trainer, “Each teacher works with a student 30
minutes a day for a maximum of 20 weeks. Teachers are assigned two and a half
hours a day to teach at-risk first grade students in their district.”
child’s series of lessons, a teacher designs an individual program to enable
the child to learn more and more about reading and writing each day. “Approximately
80 percent of the children who receive 20 weeks of instruction reach the
average of their classmates,” said Bufalino.
speakers were Dr. Barbara Watson from Auckland, New Zealand and Bufalino.
Shippensburg received a $1.8 million federal grant to expand the Reading
Recovery program in the Mid-Atlantic region over four years. To date, 125
Reading Recovery teachers have been trained through this grant and have helped more
than 1,000 at-risk first grade children become proficient in reading and
information, visit http://www.ship.edu/Reading/Reading_Recovery.