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TWU awarded $3.7 million federal grant for Reading Recovery


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University will help even more children learn to read thanks to a $3.7 million federal grant for Reading Recovery®, an early literacy intervention program.

TWU will use its grant monies to train 250 teachers over the next five years. These teachers will work with the lowest performing first-grade students and 10,000 other students in classrooms or small groups.

The funds are part of a $46 million award from the U.S. Department of Education to train 3,750 teachers across the nation in Reading Recovery, a program for first-graders who struggle with learning to read. The grant is part of the “Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works” project, a collaboration of 15 higher education institutions. TWU is the only Texas institution to receive the funding.

Dr. Anne Simpson, director of TWU Reading Recovery and president of the Reading Recovery North American Trainers Group, said the goal is to train 50 teachers each year for the next five years.

Teachers in participating schools across TWU’s six-state network (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Washington) will enroll in courses through TWU and complete six hours of graduate credit. Teacher leaders, who have completed their clinical training at TWU, will teach the courses within the school systems.

“This enables the teachers to have immediate impact on students’ literacy training,” Dr. Simpson said.

“The ability of TWU to secure a grant of this size is a tribute to the years of scholarship and leadership provided by trainers and TWU Department of Reading faculty members Dr. Nancy Anderson, Dr. Yvonne Rodriguez, Dr. Connie Briggs and Dr. Billie Askew, professor emerita,” she added. “We have been awarded this grant because of the proven and sustained success of Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura (the Spanish-language version of Reading Recovery) for our most struggling first-grade readers. Children across the nation will achieve early reading success because of this grant.”

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