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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Module Focus
Building on a child's strengths to set up situations in which the child is in control and will experience success while enjoying challenges within reach


Key Points for Teachers
The teacher sets up fail-safe situations in which each child can initiate successful activity —working out some possibilities, discovering things for himself, extending his problem-solving skills, and enjoying the challenge that is within reach. Only when the task is within their control can children take on new learning with success and enthusiasm.

Effective teachers provide a delicate balance of ease and challenge so that the learner will continue to learn, experience success, and enjoy the process. Teachers accept and acknowledge a child’s attempts and approximations that are ‘almost right.’

Being in control is important at every point in a child’s learning. Teachers who know what a child controls can call for the child to initiate and carry out actions on his own — building independent learning from the very beginning.


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