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Williams Earns National Literacy Honor

5/03/12

Special Projects Director Robert Williams has earned the National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award, recognizing his exemplary work with struggling readers in the Long Beach Unified School District.

“I’m honored and grateful that our school district’s literacy efforts are being recognized on a national stage,” Williams said.  “It’s a team effort, so I share this award with many colleagues who work hard to provide students with the early support they need to succeed.”

Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention of one-to-one teaching for the lowest achieving first graders.  Students receive 30-minute lessons each school day for 12 to  20 weeks from a specially trained teacher.  Nearly two million students nationwide have received Reading Recovery lessons and tens of thousands of teachers have been trained.

The Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc. is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, advocates and partners.  The council provides a network of opportunities for leadership and professional development.  It is an advocate for Reading Recovery throughout North America.

“Bob has been steadfast in his commitment to the high standards of Reading Recovery,” said colleague Kathleen Brown, a program specialist and Reading Recovery teacher leader who nominated Williams for the honor.  “Under his direction and leadership, the role of the Reading Recovery teacher has been expanded to impact students and teaching in the primary grades.”

Despite limited resources, intensive Reading Recovery intervention has been fully implemented at selected high-need schools, with daily literacy coaching in the primary grades and professional development sessions centered on early literacy teaching and learning.

Williams will accept his award at a June 20-23 Reading Recovery institute in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Learn more at readingrecovery.org.

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