Comprehensive Literacy 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

Under the leadership of the University Trainers Drs. Adria Klein and Debra Semm Rich, the Comprehensive Literacy Center within the Kalmanovitz School of Education is proud to serve as the West Coast training center for the professional development of teacher leaders in the United States who implement the Reading Recovery® practice in their classrooms.

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 College of California. The Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and 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 the successful completion of their program.

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 the 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.