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TWU Names Reading Recovery/Early Literacy Institute For Askew


DENTON — The Reading Recovery/Early Literacy Institute, a Texas Woman’s University conference that annually draws thousands of reading and literacy specialists, educators and parents, has been renamed in honor of the educator who founded and led the TWU institute for 14 years.

TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart announced during the Nov. 17 conference opening in Dallas that the institute now will be known as the Texas Woman’s University Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery/Early Literacy Institute.

Dr. Askew, a professor emerita at TWU, served as a reading faculty member and a Reading Recovery trainer prior to her retirement in August 2004. She continues to study early literacy and early intervention.

TWU professor emerita Dr. Margaret Griffin, who worked closely with Askew in bringing Reading Recovery to Texas, said naming the institute in honor of Askew is a fitting tribute.

“Billie gave not only me, but the (reading) program and TWU itself a shot in the arm with Reading Recovery,” Griffin said. “It is her conference and her program.”

Griffin said Askew, who had earned her doctorate in reading from TWU in 1982, knew of the university’s interest in early literacy and approached her about bringing the program to the university. Griffin, who was the director of TWU’s teacher education program at the time, worked as a liaison in establishing Reading Recovery at the university.

The first conference in 1990 drew about 300 participants. It now draws more than 3,000 people annually.

Askew’s colleagues echoed Griffin’s statements.

“Billie is an amazing teacher and colleague,” said Dr. Betsy Kaye, a Reading Recovery trainer and lecturer in the TWU Department of Reading. “Her work and dedication have inspired thousands of educators to commit their professional lives to teaching struggling readers.”

Dr. Yvonne Rodriguez, assistant professor in the TWU Department of Reading, said, “Billie Askew is a visionary individual who recognized that reading opens doors to success for our diverse student population.” Rodriguez also is a trainer in Descubriendo la Lectura, the Spanish language version of Reading Recovery.

Reading Recovery, developed by Dr. Marie M. Clay of New Zealand, is designed to help children who have difficulty reading and writing improve their skills. Most students who complete a full Reading Recovery program can learn in a regular classroom and don’t need additional remedial services.

TWU is one of 23 Reading Recovery university training centers in the United States and one of only two universities in the U.S. providing training for Descubriendo La Lectura.


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