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About the Center

Illinois Reading Recovery® Center for Literacy - A History of School Partner Networks

Reading Recovery has one clear goal:
" dramatically reduce the number of learners who have extreme difficulty with literacy learning and the cost of these learners to educational systems."

Marie Clay, Implementation Visit
North Carolina, 1994
In 1989, in collaboration with Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE), National Louis University received approval from the Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) to establish a state university training center (UTC) for preparing school based Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders. Over time the Illinois Reading Recovery Center at NLU has developed a network of teacher leaders and school administrators in over 350 school buildings across the state of Illinois. Approximately 6,000 Illinois first grade children receive Reading Recovery services each year.

For three years (2007, 2008, 2009) Dr. Linda Dorn, a popular presenter at the Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Annual Pre-Conference session attracted Illinois school teams interested in the Arkansas comprehensive literacy model. This model is directly linked to current national and state requirements for implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) methods for tailoring instruction for all learners through core curriculum, explicit instruction, systematic progress monitoring, and continuous professional development. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA, 2004) advocates for intervention prior to identification. Under IDEA, a response to intervention (RTI) method is designed to provide struggling learners with appropriate interventions in order to decrease the number of children referred for special education services. Intervening early in order to reduce early learning failure has been a priority goal for Reading Recovery professionals for more than twenty years.

Reading Recovery is an early intervention program for first graders who are experiencing extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Reading Recovery includes layered professional development design in which experienced educators engage in a year-long post-graduate course series at National Louis University (NLU) which prepares them to train Reading Recovery Teachers in their home district/region. Reading Recovery incorporates a proven instructional intervention for children, progress monitoring system, continuing education for Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders, annual research and evaluation that drive continuous improvement.

A Reading Recovery teacher leader is employed by a school district or a consortium of school districts. After the initial preparation year, a teacher leader can be expected to train 8-12 new Reading Recovery teachers per year. A teacher leader can eventually provide professional support for up to 45 trained Reading Recovery teachers. In addition to supporting teachers with school visits, technical assistance, and problem solving the most challenging cases, Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders also teach Reading Recovery children.


    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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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