Reading Recovery Center

“Reading Recovery has one clear goal: To dramatically reduce the number of learners who have extreme difficulty with literacy learning and the cost of these learners to educational systems." Marie M. Clay, Founder, Reading Recovery

What is Reading Recovery? Reading Recovery® is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for first grade children who are not catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible. 

How does Reading Recovery work? 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. 

Why does Reading Recovery work? Learn more in this video.

Under the leadership of the University Trainer Dr. Adria Klein, St. Mary's College of California is proud to serve as a Training Center for California and provides initial and ongoing professional development for teacher leaders. We are one of North America's 17 university sites for this post-graduate program.

Teachers may enroll in four different Reading Recovery programs to become a Reading Recovery Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Literacy Lessons Teacher, or Descubriendo la Lectura Teacher.

The Center also offers training in the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) for both Literacy Coaches and Teachers. Both classroom teachers and support specialists can train in the CIM program. Each program consists of a yearlong curriculum that offers graduate coursework and units to be taken through Saint Mary’s. The Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and the CIM Literacy Coach programs meet regularly on campus but also use video conferencing and distance learning for some meetings. The CIM Literacy Intervention Coach program uses a hybrid training approach. The four teacher programs are taught off campus by Teacher Leaders and Literacy Coaches at school district sites affiliated with Saint Mary's. Teachers receive a certificate upon successful completion of their program.


Looking for a Reading Recovery Site Contacts? 

You may find information about each program's courses, units and tuition here: RRC PROGRAM OFFERINGS 2020-21.


Upcoming Reading Recovery Conferences: 

We are excited to announce our upcoming Summer Institute!

Summer Institute 

SMC Literary Conference 
October 24, 2020More info to come soon!







Our very own Adria Klein