New Praxis Exam:  Beginning September 1, 2012, the paper/pencil version of the Reading Specialist exam will no longer be offered in Pennsylvania.  To take the place of the paper/pencil exam, a computer based exam is being offered in Harrisburg.  

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 Contact Information

Reading Program
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

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 2013-2014 i3 Grant

Scaling Up What Works

CLOSED for 2013-2014 School Year


See Documents to Download Below  

Shippensburg University will share in a $46 million federal grant to expand the Reading Recovery program. The grant was awarded in early September to lead partner Ohio State University, Shippensburg and 13 other partner universities and colleges.     

Shippensburg's portion of the grant is $1.8 million distributed over the next four years includes $300,000 this year. The balance of the grant will be shared with the 14 other partner universities and colleges.     

“It was one of only two grants awarded nationwide,” said Dr. Janet Bufalino, associate professor of teacher education and Reading Recovery trainer. She estimated that there were more than 170 applications for the grant. 

The federal grant will help continue the training work, especially due to the recent end of a three-year Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) grant that trained Reading Recovery teacher leaders and teachers but only for Pennsylvania school districts. “This will expand the training into more districts and into the three states that weren’t serviced by the PDE grant.” She expects to train 23 teachers this year and 50 teachers in the following three years with the grant monies.     

According to Bufalino, Shippensburg has been training teacher leaders since the mid-1990s. “I was hired here and immediately Shippensburg sent me to Ohio State for a year of training and we have been a training site ever since.”     

Bufalino said she spends a lot of her time with school district administrators, helping them see the value in Reading Recovery. She noted that the program is always well received and respected, but current financial constraints at local school districts often take precedence. Specifically, she said, the use of one teacher for one student is problematic for many elementary schools.      

“I help them think about the future, that these children won’t go into special education classes or repeat a grade,” she said. “These teachers may only see four children for half of a day, but the other half is spent with groups of kids. And, kids are out of the program in 12 to 20 weeks.”     

The result, Bufalino said, is a lot of children are learning to read, approximately 22,000 since 2001 through Reading Recovery in the mid-Atlantic region.

 Documents to Download

  i3 application 2014-2015
  Determining Level of Coverage for Full Implementation 
  School Eligibility