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A Principal’s Guide to Reading Recovery in Canada

Are you a Principal or Vice-Principal responsible for the implementation of Reading Recovery in your school?  Would you like an amazing reference guide to assist you in understanding Reading Recovery and supporting your Reading Recovery Teachers so that your young students can achieve success in reading and writing?

The Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery is delighted to announce the publication of A Principal’s Guide to Reading Recovery in Canada (2018).   This 80 page, full colour guide recognizes the key role that principals play in ensuring success for Reading Recovery Students and Teachers in their schools. 

The guide includes chapters on:

  • What is Reading Recovery/IPLÉ
  • Principal’s Key Role in Reading Recovery
  • Key Personnel for Reading Recovery
  • Professional Development and Reading Recovery
  • Evaluation of Student Outcomes
  • Reading Recovery/IPLÉ in your School
  • Generating Support and Sustaining Reading Recovery/IPLÉ in your School
  • Role of Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, Sample Interview Questions, Working with Reading Recovery Teachers, Standards and Guidelines for Teacher Training

This invaluable guide is $10 and can be pre-ordered now.  We are accepting bulk orders for this book from school districts who complete this order form.  Orders will be filled by mid-December.   We encourage school districts to purchase copies for each of their Principals, Vice-Principals and other School Administrators as well as a few extra copies for future needs.  Orders will be shipped directly to the district.

The book can also be downloaded at no cost for use on your electronic devices.

We thank the Canadian Reading Recovery Trainers (Jennifer Flight, Christine Fraser, Yvette Heffernan, Allyson Matczuk, and Janice Van Dyke) for their work in editing the content of this guide and ensuring that it is a very useful document for years to come.

The Cost Effectiveness of Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is money well spent!

We often hear from professionals in school districts who say that they cannot implement Reading Recovery because the cost is too high and that it requires too much teacher time.  A new article from the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery explains that investing in Reading Recovery is not as expensive as you might think.

“The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.” ~ aldo gucci

In the article, Cost vs. Cost Effectiveness, authors Allyson Matczuk and Jennifer Flight, Reading Recovery Trainers in the Western Region, explain that there is a need to utilize cost-effectiveness as a method of comparing literacy interventions.  However, they note that Reading Recovery cannot be compared to interventions that serve all students because Reading Recovery serves the lowest 20% of students.  “Helping a struggling emerging reader to learn to read is a different objective than helping an average student to learn to read.”

The article includes a descriptive chart to compare the costs of delivering Reading Recovery with small group literacy intervention, resource support and grade retention.  It highlights that Reading Recovery is an intervention that not only targets reading but also writing in less time and with greater success at less cost than small group literacy strategies, resource support or the classroom teaching alone in Grade 1.

An added benefit to Reading Recovery is not only the inclusion of writing but also the training and on-going professional development that teachers receive.  Teachers receive high quality training in order to work with students, track student progress and design individual lessons to ensure the best possible learning environment.  Teachers have reported that the training and on-going support is some of the best professional development they have ever received.  These trained teachers are able to support literacy learning for the entire classroom.

The true cost of not implementing Reading Recovery is that young students do not learn to enjoy learning or develop a curiosity about the world through books.  They will struggle throughout their education and will often grow up to not have the self-confidence needed to learn to read well later in life.  Offering Reading Recovery to the lowest achieving students in Grade 1 is an investment in the future of children and the future of our communities.

A copy of this article can be found here.

Changing Worlds – Literacy Learning for Young Children Workshop

A One-Day Workshop in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 6, 2019

On Saturday April 6, 2019 we are excited to be hosting a one day professional learning workshop in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  This workshop is all about literacy learning for young children (6 and under).

Who should attend?

  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Daycare Providers
  • Kindergarten and Pre-School Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches and Specialists
  • Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers of young children

Where is this workshop?

  • The Victoria Inn in Winnipeg – right near the airport with lots of free parking.

What will you learn?

  • Purposeful play to support literacy
  • Tips for reading to and writing with young children
  • Literacy learning strategies parents can use with young children
  • How to notice when extra supports are needed
  • Sparking interest in reading and writing
  • Where to find resources to support reading and writing
  • and so much more!

Keynote Speaker

Miriam Trehearne has been a classroom teacher, Program Specialist, University Associate, Reading Recovery Liaison Administrator and Literacy Specialist with one of the largest school districts in Canada. Miriam researches literacy best practices, presents at conferences, and has recently written six professional books, including an AEP Award Winner. A regular speaker at International Literacy Association, ECEC and Reading Recovery Conferences, she co-chaired a one-day Institute with renowned literacy expert Regie Routman.

Miriam will be speaking about High-Risk to Success Before Grade One: We Have the Proof! as her keynote address.  She will also be presenting a workshop entitled, Developing Oral Language and Listening Comprehension in Preschool and Kindergarten Practical Strategies That Work! 

 

How much will it cost?

  • The workshop is $185 and includes refreshments, lunch, a keynote speaker and several engaging workshops throughout the day.
  • Workshops are led by leading literacy experts in Manitoba
  • The day will start at 9am and run through to 4:30pm.

Registration

Space is limited and you won’t want to miss this amazing learning event!  Register today!