Reading Recovery
What is Reading Recovery? Who participates? How does it work?

Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders. Individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction.

Rutherford Reading Recovery Staff: Brittany DeTalente and Sarah Gregory
What Happens During A Reading Recovery Lesson?
Each lessons consists of:

 • re-reading familiar stories,
 • reading a story that was read for the first time the day before,
 • working with letters and words using magnetic letters,
 • writing a story,
 • assembling a cut-up story,
 • and reading a new book.

The teacher teaches, demonstrates problem-solving strategies, and provides just enough support to help the child develop effective reading and writing strategies and work as independently as possible.

Each Reading Recovery lesson incorporates the five components identified by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act as essential in a comprehensive instructional program in reading. The five components are:
 • phonemic awareness,
 • phonics instruction,
 • fluency instruction,
 • vocabulary instruction,
 • and text comprehension instruction.