Reading Recovery program shares information Susan Gapp and Janet Petersen, teacher leaders from The University of South Dakota Regional Training Center, USD School of Education, presented professional development sessions for Reading Recovery teachers at USD's 10th annual Reading Recovery Regional Conference Oct. 21-22 in Sioux Falls.
Gapp, a resident of Vermillion, presented a workshop titled "Making and Breaking: More Than Just Moving Magnetic Letters," with Jo Syrovatka, teacher leader from Yankton Public Schools. Petersen, also of Vermillion, and Mary Collins, teacher leader from Rapid City, presented "Put Yourself In The Place Of The Child."
Early literacy educators, school administrators, Reading Recovery? professionals and Reading Recovery site coordinators gathered at the Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel and Convention Center to hear prominent speakers share what can be done to help elementary students become better readers and writers. Nearly 450 participants from a 10-state area attended the two-day event hosted by USD's Regional Training Center.
Reading Recovery university trainers shared the newest research on what is being done to assist struggling first-grade readers and writers. Early literacy guest speakers shared their understanding of the need for strong literacy education.
The conference opened Thursday, Oct. 21 with a greeting from Dr. Hank Rubin, joint dean of the Schools of Education at USD and South Dakota State University. Colette Abbott, wife of USD's President James Abbott, welcomed the assembly and spoke of the value of Reading Recovery lessons for first-grade children who encounter difficulty learning to read and write.
Joan Dodds, teacher leader, Sioux City, IA, introduced the morning's keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Lyons, professor emeritus at the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. Lyons spoke on "Learning and the Brain: What Teachers and Parents Need To Know."
On Friday, Oct. 22, Dr. Garreth Zalud, USD 's Reading Recovery Training Center director, introduced Marlys Roskens, Reading Recovery teacher from the Sioux Falls School District. Roskens introduced Roger Schumate, a sixth-grade student at Axtell Middle School, who spoke of his experiences in Reading Recovery as a first grader.
Dr. Diane DeFord, University of South Carolina, shared her message, "A Two-For-One Bargain: Teaching For Reciprocity." Conference participants were introduced to Lyne Legault, Reading Recovery trainer, The Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, Toronto, Canada, who recently joined the staff at USD's Reading Recovery Training Center. Legault presented "The Constructive Writing Process."
This conference is one of the best ever offered, according to Gapp and Peterson.
"The speakers were excellent and the information provided to educators throughout our state and other states was of the very best quality. When teachers want to know how to help children become good readers and writers, this is a conference opportunity we wouldn't want to miss."