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Training + Scholarships Professional Development

Training + Scholarships

Training for Reading Recovery teachers is a year-long period of change as teachers learn to make decisions based on a child’s responses during individual teaching sessions.

A highly qualified teacher makes a difference in student outcomes, especially for children having difficulties. Reading Recovery’s professional development is widely acclaimed as an investment in the professional skills of teachers and a model worth emulating (Herman & Stringfield, 1997).

Teacher Leader Training
(candidates must have a master's degree)

  • year-long residency program
  • 21 hours post graduate course work

Training includes:

  • the daily teaching of four Reading Recovery students
  • participation in a graduate level curriculum in literacy theory, leadership and program implementation, and clinical teaching work
  • field experiences with Reading Recovery teacher training classes
  • attendance at professional development conferences and institutes
  • working with district and site administrators to prepare the site for program implementation

Following the training year, the trained teacher leaders return to their home districts and work full time teaching children, training teachers in Reading Recovery, and performing other duties related to the maintenance of a site.

Teacher Training

  • year-long program, one evening a week
  • 7 graduate credit hours

Experienced teachers attend weekly classes, work with at least eight children and participate in school visits with the teacher leader and colleagues.


Scholarships for Teachers

Reading Recovery teacher scholarships are available through Emporia State University.

Priority will be given to schools/districts who are working toward full coverage and will maintain Reading Recovery. Teachers will be trained at the nearest training site to their school.

Classes begin in August and conclude in early May.

For more information, contact your nearest Reading Recovery district training site:

Name Location Phone number
Annie Opat Emporia State University 620-341-5828
Betsy Bunnel Garnett, USD 365 785-448-5919
Rita Jo Vonada Hays, USD 489 620-786-4143
Nichole Kuhn Topeka, USD 501 785-235-7221
Christine Mercer Riverton, USD 404 620-762-2541
Christine Coulter Tonganoxie, USD 464 913-845-2290