Taylor to serve on Reading Recovery Council board

Lori TaylorLori Taylor, a Reading Recovery trainer with the College of Education and Human Development’s University Training Center for Reading Recovery and Comprehensive Literacy, has been elected to a seat on the Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) Board of Directors. Taylor will serve as a trainer representative on the board, a three-year position that runs through 2022. She also will serve on the Executive Committee of the North American Trainers Group (NATG) and the National Conference Committee for the National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference.

Taylor has worked at the University of Maine since 2013 following a nearly 30-year career in public education that included stints as a special education teacher, kindergarten and first through third grade teacher, as well as an advanced literacy coach and Reading Recovery teacher leader. She earned her Master of Education degree from UMaine in 2005 and a Ph.D. in literacy education in 2016.

As a trainer, Taylor works with Reading Recovery teacher leaders throughout Maine. The University Training Center provides the initial training and ongoing professional development to these teacher leaders and literacy coaches, who support teachers and students in schools statewide.

The RRCNA is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, partners and advocates. The council provides programs and services, including publications and annual conferences, to advance Reading Recovery in North America. Members include Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, university trainers, site coordinators, and partners such as classroom teachers, early literacy educators, school and district administrators, researchers, parents and community members.

University trainers involved in Reading Recovery oversee implementation of Reading Recovery in affiliated sites, evaluate outcomes and engage in continuous research for improvement. Reading Recovery trainers, members of the NATG, represent an advisory board to the Ohio State University, where the trademark for North America is held. The NATG includes a standing committee structure to guide ongoing development and research.