Teacher Leader Program


Training for Teacher Leaders

Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders commit to a year long curriculum designed to prepare them to train Reading Recovery Teachers. They work individually with four students each day at a school site and fulfill internship responsibilities with practicing Teacher Leaders in their classes. Prerequisites for entering the program include a Master’s Degree and prior experience teaching reading. Applicants must be employed and sponsored by a school district. After the training year and successful completion of all coursework, a field year is required to complete certification. Classes held on campus and a hybrid format. If you would like to apply please fill out the application and commitment forms.  

Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, and Descubriendo la Lectura (Reading Recovery in Spanish) educators are in-house early literacy experts for a school district who organize and deliver job-embedded professional development and coaching for interventionists, special education, and EL teachers of K-4 children.

School districts nominate strong candidates to participate in the Teacher Leader postgraduate program of study. Candidates will teach Reading Recovery students in their home school districts and engage in rigorous coursework and leadership field experiences. Teacher Leader candidates must hold an earned Master Degree in a related field and have a record of successful teaching of reading and writing in elementary school settings.

Recent Research Findings about Reading Recovery
In a randomized controlled trial of 6,888 students, 1st grade students who participated in Reading Recovery for 12-20 weeks showed reading improvement equal to 18 percentage points on the ITBS Total Reading assessment. Their growth was more than 130% higher than the national growth rate for average 1st graders. English-language learners and rural students showed equally strong benefits. Full report: http://www.cpre.org/readingrecovery-evaluation-four-year-i3-scale

Literacy Lessons
Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura programs target first graders. Part of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader training is certification in Literacy Lessons which includes individualized literacy lessons for children qualifying for EL or Special Education services in upper grades (K-4).


If you are interested in applying, please contact:

Annie Browne, ahb7@stmarys-ca.edu