High-quality teaching and fidelity in the implementation of the program are a hallmark of Reading Recovery.

Teacher Leader Training

Training to become a Reading Recovery teacher leader requires committing to one year of intensive study, followed by monthly professional development sessions. Through face-to-face and online class sessions, prospective teacher leaders complete a course of study that includes:

  • Examining the research and theory that supports Reading Recovery
  • Coaching and mentoring teachers
  • Implementing Reading Recovery
  • Clinical teaching of children

Training is completed at the Reading Recovery Regional Training Center on USD's campus.

Teacher leader training candidates are expected to:

  • Hold an earned master's degree and teacher certification
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful teaching experience in literacy
  • Have three to five years of teaching experience, preferably with primary-aged children
  • Be nominated by an administrative agency with an employment commitment to the agency following completion of the training
  • Be released from duties outside of Reading Recovery for the training year
  • Be accepted by the University Training Center based upon application to the Graduate School and to the program

Teacher Training

Training to become a Reading Recovery teacher requires committing to one year of study followed by monthly professional development sessions. Training is completed at the Reading Recovery Regional Training Center on USD's campus and at affiliated teacher training sites. Coursework includes face-to-face class sessions and field work.

Candidates for training to become a Reading Recovery teacher are expected to:

  • Hold an earned degree and teacher certification
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful teaching experience in literacy
  • Have teaching experience preferably with primary aged children
  • Be nominated by an administrative agency with an employment commitment to the agency following completion of the training
  • Be employed as a Reading Recovery teacher with a half-time commitment to Reading Recovery
  • Be accepted by the University Training Center based upon application to the Graduate School and to the program