New York University
Date of Award
Education, New York City
Term of Grant
Providing High Quality Second-Chance Literacy Instruction for Struggling First-Grade Students in High Needs Schools
The requested funds will be used to assist 5 schools in Bronx District 12 to implement high quality literacy intervention for grade one students who are struggling with early literacy learning. Reading Recovery is a widely implemented, research based intervention with a proven record of success in accelerating young children’s progress with literacy learning. Experienced teachers receive additional training through a year long graduate-level course, plus school visits and support, provided by DOE employed teacher leaders who are also university adjuncts. After the training year Reading Recovery teachers continue to receive professional development and support as long as they remain in this role. Reading Recovery is a half day teaching assignment; the teacher provides daily 30 min lessons for four low progress students in the Reading Recovery part of her day and has other teaching responsibilities for the rest of the day. Each teacher provides acceleration learning opportunities for a minimum of 8 lowest-achieving first grade students. Extensive national and local data establish that 65-70% of these lowest achieving students will make accelerated progress to reach grade level in 12-20 weeks and continue to progress without the need for further intervention services. Students needing long term specialist help are identified early and reliably. The grant will supplement a large federal grant, aimed at scaling up effective educational innovations (i3). The i3 grant covers university tuition and materials needed for the training and teaching in eligible high needs schools. It does not cover teacher salary or the full cost of teacher leader instructional services. The Helmsley grant will cover the cash-gap for the instructional services fee in the teacher training year and the following two years, and half-day salary for one year in two of the participating schools.