ILLINOIS READING RECOVERY CENTER FOR LITERACY

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Teacher Leader Training

General Information

Reading Recovery® is a professional development project with a two-tier level of curriculum that is effectively replicated in Illinois, across the United States and internationally. Descubriendo La Lectura (DLL) is the reconstruction of Reading Recovery® in Spanish. University faculty provide professional development to teacher leaders who work at school district sites providing professional development to Reading Recovery® teachers. This professional development model for teachers was first implemented by New Zealand psychologist and researcher Dr. Marie Clay. Since its first implementation in the United States in 1984, more than 20,000 Reading Recovery® teachers have served nearly two million children.

Children in first grade who are having the greatest difficulty learning to read and write receive a short term series of individually designed lessons prepared by highly qualified teachers.

The goal is for each child to experience accelerated progress during a period of 12-20 weeks of daily 30-minute customized lessons. Combining the individualized nature of instructional methods with continuing professional development for teachers contributes to faster-than-usual student progress.

A Reading Recovery teacher leader serves on a district literacy leadership team after successfully completing one year of post graduate coursework at National-Louis University. One teacher leader may provide initial training for 8-12 early intervention teachers and over time continuing professional development for up to 45 teachers each year.

The teacher leader training is a two year process. The first year requires a full-time commitment to course work that includes an in-depth study of theory, research, leadership and daily teaching of Reading Recovery children in a school. The second year is a supervised field year while the teacher leader provides initial training for 8-12 early intervention teachers and continues to teach Reading Recovery children.

Teacher Leader Selection

The district superintendent, or authorized representative of another administrative agency, may nominate one or more individuals for training as teacher leaders. Strong candidates will help ensure program success. It is strongly recommended that teachers apply and interview for the position within the site. If the district, or administrative agency, is successful in its application as a Reading Recovery site, the most qualified nominees from that district should submit their applications. Final determination of those selected for teacher leader training will be made by district personnel in consultation with the trainer at NLU.

The primary responsibilities of Reading Recovery and DLL teacher leaders are to work with students, train teachers, provide continuing professional development and support for teachers, monitor the progress of children, support the development of school teams, disseminate information, and participate in the Reading Recovery network to maintain their own professional development.

The teacher leader also works closely with district administrators to achieve effective implementation, operation, and evaluation.

Administrators are cautioned against stretching the roles of the Reading Recovery/DLL teacher leaders beyond their training expertise and beyond their ability to continue to perform their primary role successfully; otherwise, results may suffer. From 2008 RRCNA Standards and Guidelines.

Teacher Leader Training Application

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658

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