Reading Recovery

Ensuring that children know how to read and write is critically important for learning and that is why we place such a focus on strong literacy skills for students in our Board. We know that providing students with a strong literacy foundation when they are young will help them achieve better moving forward. We also know that strong literacy skills don't always come easily for every child and that is why we have embraced the Reading Recovery program in our Board.

What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a research-based, highly effective, short-term early intervention program involving one-on-one teaching for Grade One students who need extra help with reading and writing.

Students receive 30-minute individualized reading and writing lessons each school day for 12 to 20 weeks from a specially trained teacher. As soon as students demonstrate they are working well alongside their peers, the Reading Recovery series of lessons is completed. A plan is put in place for those students who require additional support.

Why is Early Intervention so Important?

A key premise of Reading Recovery is that early intervention in Grade One is critical. Research shows that children who fall behind in Grade One tend to remain below grade level in later school years. Early intervention is important because the gap between the lowest and highest performing children is narrow in lower grades but widens as the years progress. According to the Reading Recovery Council of North America, “In just 12 to 20 weeks, 75% of students who have a full series of Reading Recovery lessons reach grade-level expectations.”

Our Board's Program

We have been providing the Reading Recovery program to Grade One students in our Board for more than 25 years. The program has achieved outstanding results and is currently offered in almost every one of our elementary schools. Professional development is an essential part of Reading Recovery. Professional development for all Reading Recovery teachers begins with an academic year of graduate-level study and continues in subsequent years. With the support of a teacher leader, Reading Recovery teachers develop observational skills and a repertoire of intervention procedures tailored to meet the individual needs of children who are learning to read and write. These specially trained teachers use their newly learned skills and techniques to effectively introduce children to the world of reading and writing. 

More Information

If you would like more information about the Reading Recovery program, please visit the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery’s website at or the Reading Recovery Council of North America’s website at