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Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a widely researched and carefully implemented early intervention program designed to prevent reading failure for at-risk first graders. This program provides intensive individual help in daily 30 minute sessions which build on what each child knows and on the strategies that will improve his or her reading skills. Generally, students complete the program in 12 to 20 weeks. Reading Recovery students are discontinued from the program when they are reading and writing at the average of the class and are able to benefit from classroom instruction.

Research demonstrates that the great majority of children who receive Reading Recovery instruction do not need further intensive remediation, have a lower failure rate, and continue to read within the average range of their class.

Reading Recovery teachers may be classroom teachers, reading specialists, or special education teachers who participate in a year-long training from a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader taught as a graduate course. During and after the training year, the teacher has a .5 FTE assignment as a Reading Recovery teacher and works with four children from two first-grade classrooms for daily, individual 30-minute sessions. The RR teacher also consults with the classroom teacher on the selection, progress, classroom reading and writing instruction, and program completion of students.

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES is interested in supporting districts as they explore ways to enhance their programs designed for initial reading instruction.








For any questions relative to Reading Recovery or literacy programs or initiatives, please contact:

Stephanie Smyka
Reading Recovery Site Coordinator
3599 Big Ridge Road
Spencerport, NY 14559
Ph: (585) 352-2443
Fax: (585) 349-8801
ssmyka@monroe2boces.org