Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a proven early literacy intervention for 1st graders.

Reading Recovery® is a short-term, school-based literacy intervention for first-grade students who have difficulty learning to read and write. 

In Reading Recovery, specially trained teachers work with students individually for 30-minute lessons each school day for 12 to 20 weeks. Reading Recovery is grounded in the five essential components of reading instruction—phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Literacy Lessons extends this expert teaching to special populations. Literacy Lessons™ is an intervention designed to reach young children (generally Grades 1-4) in special education or ESL settings who are struggling with beginning reading and writing but are not eligible for Reading Recovery. ESL and SPED certified teachers are trained to use responsive and systematic instructional procedures to design individual lessons for their students with the goal of accelerating their literacy learning.

If you’d like to train a Reading Recovery or Literacy Lessons teacher or set up a new Reading Recovery teacher training site in your area, we would like to partner with you and provide ongoing support. 

Reading Recovery Works

Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training at Lesley University

Lesley University provides graduate-level training for Reading Recovery Teachers and Teacher Leaders. We train Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders, who in turn train and support Reading Recovery and Literacy Lessons teachers at regional training sites.

How Do I Bring Reading Recovery and/or Literacy Lessons to My School or District?

Lesley University is a University Training Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Lessons. We train Teacher Leaders, who in turn, train and support Reading Recovery and Literacy Lessons teachers in schools. 

Contact the regional training site nearest you for more information. A list of regional training sites is provided below.

Reading Recovery Sites That We Currently Support: 


Farmington Public Schools
Erin Nock, Teacher Leader
Kimberly Wynne, Site Coordinator


Cape Cod Training Site
Carolynne Beless, Teacher Leader
Sherry Santini, Site Coordinator

Collaborative for Educational Services
Laurel Dickey, Teacher Leader
Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse, Site Coordinator

New Jersey

Flemington-Raritan School District
Joe Kassick, Teacher Leader
Michelle Cook, Site Coordinator
908.284.7660 or 908.284.7567

Evesham Township School District
Cynthia LaSalvia, Teacher Leader
Mindy Kaufer, Site Coordinator
856.983.1800 ext 5502

New York

Guilderland Central School District*
Ginny Harford, Teacher Leader
Beth Bini, Site Coordinator
518.861.8591 ext 3170

For more information about Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery works!

“Reading Recovery rescues many students who would otherwise fall further and further behind and wind up getting unnecessary special education services and/or continuing in school careers marked by failure and distress. In addition, Reading Recovery teachers are ambassadors of enlightened, research-based, highly effective practices that carry over into their colleagues’ classrooms.”

Kim Marshall, former principal of the Mather School, Boston, MA;
consultant, and author of The Marshall Memo