by Dr. Eva Konstantellou, Reading Recovery Trainer
Reading Recovery training and ongoing professional development are known for their high quality, rigor and intensity. Reading Recovery-trained teachers develop life long professional expertise which benefits not only students who are eligible for the Reading Recovery intervention but also many other students in small group and classroom settings.
In fact, do you know how many students a Reading Recovery-trained teacher serves daily? Reading Recovery-trained teachers typically work for part of the day in Reading Recovery designing and delivering high quality one-to-one instruction to at least four first graders who have extreme difficulty with reading and writing and the other part of the day teaching students in another role. They commonly serve as:
- Title I or small-group reading teachers
- Kindergarten teachers
- Shared classroom teachers
- Special education teachers
- ESL teachers
- Literacy Coaches
Each year, a typical Reading Recovery-trained teacher works with at least 8 Reading Recovery students and about 40 other students.
Because of their deep understanding of literacy theory and practice, Reading Recovery-trained teachers become experts for their schools and districts. They work collaboratively with colleagues to make informed decisions about teaching and learning in order to support the learning of ALL students.
Implementing the Early Literacy Interventionist model in Cambridge, MA Public Schools
In Cambridge, MA, school administrators have developed and implemented the Early Literacy Interventionist (ELI) position across the district. Individuals who are hired as Early Literacy Interventionists are responsible for providing literacy support to students who are below grade level in reading and writing in grades K-3. The ELIs work with small groups in guided reading, guided writing, and word study using the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) system and also provide Reading Recovery to eligible first graders. They work closely with teachers, support staff, and administrators on the planning and delivery of effective literacy instruction to all their struggling students.
For more information on the benefits of having Reading Recovery-trained early literacy interventionists at your school, read our Reading Recovery Implementation Guide.