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TWU to host 25th Reading Recovery® institute


DALLAS— Texas Woman’s University’s Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery® and K-6 Literacy Institute, now in its 25th year, will take place Nov. 3-4 at the InterContinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Parkway.

The event is geared toward K-6 classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, bilingual educators, parents and more.

Registration fees range from $75 to $210. A $25 late fee will be added for those registering after Nov. 1. To register, or for more information, visit

A special reception to honor alumni supporters of Reading Recovery will take place Monday evening. The two-day event features keynote speakers David Booth, author of I’ve Got Something to Say, and Richard Allington, author of Summer Reading and Schools That Work.

Mr. Booth is the former Elizabeth Thorn Chair for the Centre for Literacy at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He also is Professor Emeritus and Scholar in Residence in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Department in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in education for more than 40 years and has authored many teacher reference books and textbooks in all areas of curriculum.

His session is titled “Why Is My iPad Sitting On A Pile of Books?”

Dr. Allington is a professor of literacy studies at the University of Tennessee and is past-president of the International Reading Association and the Literacy Research Association. He received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from IRA and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit for his contributions to the profession. He has been twice co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award in recognition of his research contributing to the understanding of reading and learning disabilities, and has been named to the Reading Hall of Fame.

Professor Allington’s session is titled “We Could Teach Every Child To Read, But Will We?”

Featured speakers include David and Yvonne Freeman, Professors Emeritus and Emerita at the University of Texas at Brownsville; Salli Forbes, director of the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa; Judit Lessow-Hurley, professor, San Jose State University; Mary K. Lose, associate professor of reading and language arts and director of the Reading Recovery Center of Michigan; Maria Nichols, director of school innovation in the San Diego Unified School District; and Dr. James L. Thomas, an early literacy consultant.

TWU is one of 22 university training centers in the United States training teacher leaders in Reading Recovery, and the only university in the U.S. providing training for Descubriendo la Lectura, the reconstruction of Reading Recovery for first-graders who are receiving their initial literacy instruction in Spanish. Teacher leaders return to their districts to train teachers in Reading Recovery.

Reading Recovery is a 12- to 20-week program designed to help first-graders who have difficulty learning to read and write. Most first-graders who complete a full Reading Recovery program continue to learn in a regular classroom without additional support services.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

page updated 5/9/2016 4:58 PM