Investing in Innovations Grant

Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works

An unprecedented opportunity to help first graders who struggle to learn to read and write

The University of Northern Iowa is a participating partner in the $45.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to scale up Reading Recovery®, a scientifically proven early reading program, in 40 states.

Schools that qualify to participate in this scale-up opportunity to gain new certified Reading Recovery teachers will receive funding for initial professional development costs for these teachers, including:

  • Tuition for the two UNI Reading Recovery training courses
  • Training fee of $2,150 paid directly to the training site
  • Books, materials, and supplies
  • Professional development of $1,500

Most Reading Recovery teachers are also Title I or reading specialist teachers who incorporate the Reading Recovery intervention instruction as part of their teaching assignment.  In 2008-2009, these Reading Recovery teachers taught, on average, 49 students each, including instruction in both small group and individual Reading Recovery tutoring.

Research shows that, without effective early intervention, students who initially struggle to read will continue to be struggling readers.  Students who struggle with reading in first grade are more likely to drop out of school.  Each high school dropout costs our society and estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, productivity and tax revenue.

I want to become a Reading Recovery Teacher

If you are interested in becoming a Reading Recovery teacher, first visit with your school principal.  Then contact the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader at a Training Site nearest you.  Reading Recovery teacher leader and site information are available at on this website under the Directory of Sites link or by clicking: http://www.uni.edu/coe/rrci/directory-sites