Teachers learn to help students become better readers

Teachers from four school districts, including Corry, attended weeklong classes at Corry Elementary School last week to train as Reading Recovery teachers. Melissa Sperry, at right facing camera, a Reading Recovery teacher leader for the Corry Area School District, was the class instructor.

As a Reading Recovery teacher at Corry Elementary School, Melissa Sperry normally works with first-graders to help them improve their reading skills.

But last week at Corry Elementary School, Sperry was in charge of a classroom that consisted of older students — adult students, who want to be — like Sperry is — certified as Reading Recovery teachers.

Reading Recovery is a highly effective, short-term intervention program to help low-achieving first-graders to improve their reading skills, Sperry said.

Reading Recovery teachers work one-on-one with students for a period of 12 to 20 weeks as a supplement to classroom teaching.

From Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, six teachers from the Corry, Northwestern, and General McLane school districts in Erie County, and Penncrest School District in Crawford County, attended a 30-hour session, six hours a day, for five days to train to become Reading Recovery teachers.

See the Journal's Tuesday, August 11th edition for full story.

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