Early Literacy Intervention:
Expanding Expertise and Impact

a Reading Recovery initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education

The goal of this initiative is to focus on developing highly effective teachers and resources for schools for improving the reading and writing abilities of students.
Funding has been provided through an award from the U.S. Department of Education, under award number U215K090094, for the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) Program. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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Live Webinars and On-Demand Webcasts

Webinar programming will deepen the expertise of early literacy specialists and support effective school literacy teams. Each live webinar will later be posted on this site for on-demand webcast viewing.


Reading Recovery an an Effective Component of RTI
(October 1, 2009)

English Language Learners: The Importance of Language to True Literacy
(December 4, 2009)

Making Decisions for Individual Learners Within a Small-Group Setting
(February 2, 2010)

Coaching Teachers Working in Intervention Settings: Supporting Effective Processing in Readers
(April 29, 2010)

Estudio de Palabras: Word Study in Spanish
(May 5, 2010)


Forums and Institutes

A 1-day Response to Intervention Forum explored the components of a comprehensive literacy model as an RTI approach and examine a framework and process for implementation, assessment, and improvement. (February 8, 2010)


District superintendents and school principals focused on developing a comprehensive literacy curriculum to accelerate student progress and eliminate the achievement gap in an Administrators' Institute September 27-28, 2010, in Washington, DC.
Keynote videos and session handouts available.


RTI Information Initiative

Video, print, and web materials provide information on Reading Recovery as an effective scientifically based first-grade component of RTI.


Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Professional Development Assistance to Teachers provided professional development grants to 25 active Reading Recovery teachers to attend the 2010 National Reading Recovery & K–6 Classroom Literacy Conference in Columbus, Ohio.


A Training Initiative Package provided funds in partnership with universities to prepare knowledgeable Reading Recovery teacher educators. The package provided money to assist two faculty members with tuition, fees, books, and residency costs for the 1-year training program.


Cost-Effectiveness Research Analysis

Evaluation of a 2-year study comparing the effectiveness of one-to-one vs. small-group instruction will bring new information and understanding of the cost-effectiveness implications of teacher-student ratio. Group sizes of 1:2, 1:3, and 1:5 were studied.


Effective Literacy Practices Video Library

Web-based professional development modules provide extensive examples of effective literacy practices used by Reading Recovery and classroom teachers. Each of the six modules includes a short video and a 2-page downloadable reference guide. The video library will help K-3 teachers, Reading Recovery teachers, literacy coaches, and school administrators explore effective teaching.