MDOE highlights Reading Recovery success story

The Maine Department of Education recently shared a story in its online newsletter about an Old Town High School senior who overcame reading and writing struggles as a young student with the help of Reading Recovery.

Emma Hargreaves received individualized literacy instruction through Reading Recovery as a first grader in RSU #34. Today she has a love of reading, is an honors student, and will finish near the top of her high school class, the MDOE article says. After graduation, she plans to attend Bowdoin College.

Reading Recovery uses one-on-one instruction to help first grade students who experience difficulty in reading and writing. Specially trained teachers work to meet each child’s individual needs in lessons that last from 12 to 20 weeks.

The University of Maine Training Center for Reading Recovery and Comprehensive Literacy provides training and ongoing professional development for teacher leaders, who in turn train Reading Recovery teachers in schools throughout the state.

In the MDOE article, Hargreaves says her Reading Recovery teacher taught her “how to value progress and how to persevere when a process isn’t linear.” She added that she’s “forever thankful” for the Reading Recovery lessons.

Read the full MDOE article here.