Reading Recovery Center of Michigan

Pawley Hall, Room 217
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3057
readingrecovery@oakland.edu

Reading Recovery Training

Reading Recovery educators improve their skills by participating in a year-long, graduate-level training program followed by extensive continuing certification/professional development sessions where they explore research-based theory and procedures.

Educators (full-time, certified/licensed) must be nominated by a participating school district and accepted into the training program or receive permission from the director of the Reading Recovery Center of Michigan at Oakland University. The training programs are a collaborative effort among the district, educator and university.

There are three levels of Reading Recovery training: teacher, teacher leader and trainer of teacher leaders. The Reading Recovery Center of Michigan at Oakland University trains teachers and teacher leaders. The trainings we offer are below.

Teacher
Training

Reading Recovery Teacher Training (10 graduate credits)

A 10 graduate credit training program for certified/licensed educators at the elementary school level. Educators enroll in the Reading Recovery Teacher Training program. Training is 10 months over 3 semesters. During the training year, educators learn to implement specialized reading methods with young children most at risk for reading difficulties. Educators observe, record, analyze and modify the reading and writing behavior of children and develop understandings of reading acquisition.

These educators engage in the following:

  • Participate in a weekly graduate-level course taught by a registered Reading Recovery teacher leader for a full academic year at an approved Reading Recovery training site.
  • Instruct/teach a minimum of four Reading Recovery eligible first-grade children (eight children total in one year), in daily one-to-one 30-minute lessons and fulfill other district-prescribed roles.
  • Work with their school principal and other teachers to establish school teams to monitor the implementation of Reading Recovery.
  • Maintain their certification in subsequent years by following the Standards and Guidelines for Reading Recovery in the United States which includes teaching at least four children from the lowest performing first graders in daily one-to-one lessons each academic year (a minimum of 8 children each year).
  • Participate in continuing certification/development sessions offered by the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader at the Reading Recovery Site after initial training year.

For more information about becoming a Reading Recovery teacher, visit the website of the Reading Recovery Council of North America.

Literacy
Support

Literacy Support Teacher Training (8 graduate credits)

A graduate level training course for certified classroom educators/teachers and reading interventionists who want to enhance their knowledge of literacy processing with learners in their classrooms or literacy interventions. Educators enroll in the 8 graduate credit Literacy Support Training program. Training is 10 months over 3 semesters.

These educators engage in the following:

  • Participate in a weekly graduate-level course taught by a registered Reading Recovery teacher leader for a full academic year at an approved Reading Recovery training site.
  • Instruct/teach a minimum of two Reading Recovery eligible first-grade children daily, four children total in one year, in daily one-to-one 30-minute lessons.
  • Work with their school principal and other teachers to establish school teams to monitor the implementation of Reading Recovery.
  • Maintain their certification in subsequent years by following the requirements for Literacy Support which includes teaching at least one child from their classroom or literacy intervention caseload in daily one-to-one lessons each academic year.
  • Participate in continuing certification/development sessions offered by the Reading Recovery and Literacy Support Teacher Leader at the Reading Recovery Site after initial training year.
  • Additionally, upon successful completion of their Literacy Support training program, these educators may choose to participate in the Reading Recovery Certification option as outlined in the training requirements for Literacy Support. For details see Literacy Support Requirements for Classroom Teachers and Title 1/Reading Specialists.

Educators taking training in Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, and Literacy Support may be able to apply their credits toward a Masters degree in Reading and Language Arts. To begin the process, educators should contact the RLA department chair, followed by applying for admission through Graduate Study.

Literacy
Lessons

Literacy Lessons Teacher Training (8 graduate credits)

A graduate level training course for specialist educators/teachers (certified as special educators or teachers of English language learners/ESL) who want to enhance their knowledge of literacy processing with special populations of learners. Educators enroll in the 8 graduate credit Literacy Lessons Training program. Training is 10 months over 3 semesters.

These educators engage in the following:

  • Participate in a weekly graduate-level course taught by a registered Reading Recovery teacher leader for a full academic year at an approved Reading Recovery training site.
  • Instruct/teach a minimum of two Reading Recovery eligible first-grade children daily, four children total in one year, in daily one-to-one 30-minute lessons.
  • Work with their school principal and other teachers to establish school teams to monitor the implementation of Reading Recovery.
  • Maintain their certification in subsequent years by following the requirements for Literacy Lessons which includes teaching at least one child from their specialist caseload in daily one-to-one lessons each academic year.
  • Participate in continuing certification/development sessions offered by the Reading Recovery and Literacy Lessons Teacher Leader at the Reading Recovery Site after initial training year.
  • Additionally, upon successful completion of their Literacy Lessons training program, these educators may choose to participate in the Reading Recovery Certification option as outlined in the training requirements for Literacy Lessons.

Educators taking training in Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, and Literacy Support may be able to apply their credits toward a Masters degree in Reading and Language Arts. To begin the process, educators should contact the RLA department chair, followed by applying for admission through Graduate Study.

Teacher Leader
Training
Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training (20 graduate credits)

Teachers who want to become a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader are employed by a Reading Recovery Regional Training Site. Upon completion of their teacher leader training, they train and professionally support Reading Recovery teachers at their sites. 

The Teacher Leader Training Program is delivered over a two year period. Year One of the teacher leader training program is conceptualized across five strands: teaching children, teaching teachers, implementation of Reading Recovery, literacy theories and research, and issues in literacy difficulties. The Reading Recovery program is dependent on the expertise of teacher leaders in all five strands. Course experiences, readings, and assignments are designed for each of the five strands and integrated over a period of three semesters; fall, winter, and summer (through mid-June) with ongoing professional support and mentoring provided in Year Two of the teacher leader role. 

Professional development support is provided to registered teacher leaders in subsequent years by the Reading Recovery Center of Michigan at Oakland University with teacher leaders also participating in the annual National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Institute. Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders engage in the following activities:
  • Participate in weekly graduate-level courses taught by a Reading Recovery University Trainer for a full academic year through the Reading Recovery Center of Michigan at Oakland University.
  • Fulfill all of the requirements for Reading Recovery teacher training.
  • Work at their Regional Reading Recovery Site to collect data and monitor the implementation of Reading Recovery in the schools affiliated with their site.
  • Affiliate with the Reading Recovery Center of Michigan at Oakland University and maintain Teacher Leader registry status each year. 

Teachers who want to become a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader must apply for admission to the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training Program at Oakland University. The application process requires completion of both the Teacher Leader Application and the Oakland University Reading Recovery Site Application.