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UNI's Reading Recovery Center to offer training funds to teachers

Contact: 

Debra Rich, program administrator , UNI Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, 319-273-6960, debra.rich@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Reading Recovery Center of Iowa is offering funding to Iowa schools interested in having teachers trained to become Reading Recovery teachers. Reading Recovery is an effective, research-based literacy intervention, which significantly reduces the number of students who continue to struggle with reading. 

Research shows that literacy difficulties are linked to costly special education services, truancy, exclusion from school, reduced employment opportunities, increased health risks and a greatly increased risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Without effective early intervention, students who initially struggle with reading will continue to find reading challenging.  Students who have trouble with reading in first grade are more likely to drop out of school. Each high school dropout costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings.

Program funding is made possible through UNI's partnership in the Investing in Innovations grant (i3), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will bring Reading Recovery to approximately 500,000 of the neediest children in the lowest achieving schools in 40 states.

Schools will receive funding for professional development and training for one or more teachers per school site including tuition for two UNI Reading Recovery training courses, books, materials, supplies and $1,500 in professional development opportunities.

For more information about Reading Recovery intervention, the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa or the grants, visit www.uni.edu/coe/special-programs/richard-o-jacobson-center-comprehensive... or contact the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa at UNI's Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, at 319-273-2053 or jccl@uni.edu.