The Kansas Regional Reading Recovery University Training Center in The Teachers College at Emporia State University provide year-long residential training for Reading Recovery teacher leaders as well as continuing professional development and supervision following the initial year of training.
Reading Recovery® is a short-term, early intervention literacy program designed for young readers who are at risk of failing to read and write. The goal of the program is to enable the lowest achieving learner to make accelerated progress, catch up with grade-level peers, and profit from regular classroom instruction. Emporia State University was approved as the 23rd Reading Recovery® Regional Training Center in North America in the spring of 1998. The Center provides the following services:
- training for teacher leaders ongoing professional development for trained teacher leaders support for new and existing Reading Recovery® programs within school districts statewide and longitudinal research networking with other Regional Reading Recovery® Training Centers throughout North America and the world
- promotion of literacy acquisition for all children through the Reading Recovery® safety net
The ESU Center supports seven teacher training sites, serves 71 school districts and, to date, has helped over 5,000 of Kansas's lowest achieving children learn to read and write. Approximately 200 reading professionals attend the Regional Reading Recovery® Conference held each year at ESU. The Center has also established a Kansas Advisory Board, which meets annually to serve as counsel and advocate for children who need the Reading Recovery® program. The effectiveness of the Reading Recovery® program has resulted in generous funding support from many different agencies. School districts from Tonganoxie, Kansas and Harrisonville, Missouri received national Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships to help fund the training of teacher leaders at Emporia State University.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TEACHERS