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INFORMATIONAL LETTER #:  115                                      

 

POLICY CODE:  DD  

 

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, NCLB Coordinators, Title I Coordinators,

                        Special Education Directors, Reading Recovery® Teacher Leaders

 

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

 

DATE:             May 7, 2004                 

 

RE:                  Reading Recovery® Teacher Training Grants

 

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of funds to train Reading Recovery teachers during the 2004-2005 school year. This is the tenth year that the Department has provided assistance to schools in implementing the Reading Recovery program.  To date, Maine has trained over 600 Reading Recovery teachers to provide services to meet the needs of first grade students who need intense, one-on-one instruction. To reach the goal of having the program available to every first grader who needs it, more trained Reading Recovery teachers are needed.

 

Reading Recovery is an important program as Maine educators strive to assist students in meeting high standards. As you know, literacy is the foundation for all students achieving the Learning Results.  After ten years of State funding, over half of all elementary schools in Maine have Reading Recovery teachers.  Reading Recovery training and continuing professional development is provided throughout the State. The Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, a tool introduced through Reading Recovery  to observe young children’s progress in learning to read and write, is used in most Maine schools.  Clearly, Reading Recovery has had an impact on schools, teachers, and children in Maine.  I urge those districts with this program to continue to support it with the help of this funding.  If your district has not implemented this program, I hope that you will investigate its potential for your students.

 

Information on Reading Recovery and evaluation data are available by calling Rosemary Bamford at the University of Maine, (207) 581-2438.

 

READING RECOVERY® TEACHER TRAINING:  FUNDS TO TRAIN NEW READING RECOVERY® TEACHERS IN SCHOOL YEAR 2004-2005.

 

Applicants in this category must have the district’s support in completing the guidelines, application, and agreement forms for teacher training.  The applicant must meet the requirements and be accepted as a candidate by the University of Maine.  Priority will be given to districts making the application for full implementation in at least one building in the district.

 

State funding will cover the cost of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader services for training Reading Recovery teachers.  These funds will be sent directly to the Reading Recovery Training Site. Costs not included in this funding are fees for six graduate credits at the University of Maine, conferences, institutes, electronic scan forms and travel to transport children to teaching sessions.  The district should budget approximately $2,500 to cover these expenses. In addition, schools new to the Reading Recovery program may incur a one-time cost of about $3,000 to purchase children’s books and instructional materials if the school does not have these available. Other sources of funding for this project may include (subject to Federal/State requirements), but are not limited to:

 

·         Title IA funds,

·         Title IIA (staff development),

·         Title V funds,

·         Special education funds,

·         Local funds,

·         Private grants,

·         District tuition reimbursement funds, and

·         Reading First subgrant funds.

 

Reading Recovery Teacher Training packets are ready for distribution at: the University of Maine, Center for Literacy, College of Education, 5766 Shibles Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5766, phone (207) 581-2438, FAX (207) 581-2423, e-mail bonny.harris@umit.maine.edu.

 

Completed application packets should be returned to the University of Maine, Center for Literacy.  Questions concerning training should be referred to the University Center for Literacy at (207) 581-2438.

 

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR TRAINED READING RECOVERY® TEACHERS/TEACHER LEADERS

 

Funds to support the continued training and professional development for trained Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders, who will be teaching the Reading Recovery program to students during the 2004-2005 school year, will be sent directly to the Reading Recovery Training Site providing technical assistance to these teachers. This process will be completed by Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders.  District obligations will include electronic scan forms, conferences, replacement supplies, and a fee of $300 per teacher to help cover the costs of operating the training sites and having Teacher Leader visits.  Check with your Teacher Leader for details on these costs.

 

 

Attachment:  Packet Request Form