Please note applications cannot be made via phone or email. The closing date for this application form is Wednesday 11th April 2018. Please note that an application for Reading Recovery training does not guarantee a place for 2018/2019.
All schools who apply for Reading Recovery training 2018/2019 will receive a letter from PDST to inform them if their application has been successful or not. All schools will receive this letter mid/late May.
What is Reading Recovery?
Reading Recovery © is a licensed, school-based, short-term, early literacy intervention. It is designed for children aged around six, who are the lowest literacy achievers after their first year of school. Reading Recovery © involves intensive one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. This series of lessons is individually designed for each child, based on moment by moment observations and skilled teacher decisions. The goal is for children to become effective readers and writers, able to work within the average band of their class at age-appropriate levels of literacy.
The RR teacher creates opportunities for the child to problem solve and provides just enough support to help the child develop strategic behaviors to use on texts in both reading and writing.
Reading Recovery training and accreditation
Training for Reading Recovery teachers is a year long period of change.
For Reading Recovery to be effective with the hardest to teach children, the teacher needs to become a highly-skilled decision maker at every turn of the lesson.
During the year of training, a teacher is required to work with at least four children at any one time on an individual basis, for half an hour every day. Allowing for record keeping, the time commitment to Reading Recovery is half a school day every day. of which the majority of the time is spent teaching children on an individual basis. Reading Recovery training sessions include two RR lessons taught behind a one-way screen which are observed, analysed and discussed by the group training to become RR teachers.
Following these lessons a more in-depth discussion takes place. Discussion centres on issues raised following the observed lessons, shared experiences and finally greater theoretical understanding.
Initial Professional Development
In Initial Professional Development (IPD), there are 18 in-service sessions in total and four assessment training sessions. IPD sessions give practical advice for the implementation of RR in schools, and provide opportunities for teachers to share their individual concerns and experiences. Further support, tailored to the particular needs of the individual teacher and school is provided by a minimum of four to six Reading Recovery Teacher Leader visits to the teacher’s school during the year of training.
Continuous Professional Development
On-going professional development is at the heart of Reading Recovery. RR is supported by six ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD) sessions every year subsequent to the initial training year. Teachers will also continue to receive support from the Teacher Leader which includes at least one in-school visit per year. CPD teachers continue to work with Reading Recovery children on an individual basis and can provide support to approximately 10 Reading Recovery children each year after their training year.
For more information please go to http://www.pdst.ie/ReadingRecovery