Churchville-Chili Central School District strives to ensure that every student is provided consistent opportunities to develop foundational literacy skills. Our district has adopted Reading Recovery as part of our instructional programming to meet the needs of first grade students who may need additional literacy support.
The Reading Recovery Council of North America explains the importance of foundational literacy development for primary age students.
From the readingrecovery.org website: “Nothing is more important when children enter first grade than learning to read and write! Good classroom instruction is one of the first steps in helping children become readers and writers. Yet for some children good classroom instruction is not enough. Reading Recovery serves as an additional level of support for classroom instruction in first grade by providing more comprehensive assessments, individualized instruction, and immediate intervention.”
Churchville-Chili Central School District provides targeted support, based on data, to first grade students who demonstrate need. Of the different interventions in the district, Reading Recovery serves the lowest-achieving first graders. 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.
Our Reading Recovery teachers are literacy experts who participate in on-going professional learning provided by our regional teacher leader. The professional learning explores the implementation of research based practices and strategies that help our students develop the critical skills and behaviors that lead to a lifetime of opportunities.