Reading Recovery®
Council of Michigan 2014 Institute

Reading Recovery: Lifting Literacy, Changing Lives

November 20 – 21, 2014
Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan

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Who Should Attend

The Institute is open ONLY to those trained or in-training through Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons or Literacy Support, and administrators who have implemented or are interested in implementing Reading Recovery in their district. Other registrations will not be accepted.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all sessions.

Early Bird sessions on Thursday and Friday are open at no additional charge.  Seating is limited for all sessions and you must register in advance and early to ensure your choices.

*Before Registering

Please download the "Session Descriptions" below before registering:

View Session .PDF

Registration Fees

Administrator Academy - $110


One day academy (Nov. 20th) features sessions designed specifically for administrators, principals, and school board members.

Two-day Institute - $235


Registration includes all Institute materials, and continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday.


To join or renew a membership with RRCNA, please visit


The 2014 Reading Recovery Council of Michigan Institute will be held at the Somerset Inn in Troy, Michigan, November 20-21.

The Institute

This Institute is designed for trained and in-training Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, trainers, superintendents, principals, and school board members. The purpose is to provide in-depth study of issues related to Reading Recovery teaching and training.

Developed by New Zealand educator Dr. Marie M. Clay, Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention for children at risk of failing to learn to read and write in the first grade. Children meet daily in a one-to-one session with a specially trained teacher.

The Objective

The goal of Reading Recovery is for children to develop effective reading and writing strategies that will enable them to make accelerated progress and to work successfully within an average classroom setting. The key to the successful implementation of Reading Recovery resides in the multi-tiered training model. Reading Recovery links universities and schools in a collaborative venture to help children while providing a dynamic and unique staff development model.


This year's institute will once again be held at the Somerset Inn in Troy, Michigan. A block of rooms is being held at a special rate for the institute, starting at $90.00 per night for a single. To reserve a room at this rate please contact the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Michigan Reading Recovery Institute attendee. The cut-off date for the Reading Recovery rate is October 29, 2014. After October 29, reservations will be accepted based on availability.

Call the Somerset Inn Hotel at (248) 643-7800 to reserve your room.

Parking at the Somerset Inn is complementary.

Somerset Inn
2601 W. Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084

Dining & entertainment while in Troy
Dinner and entertainment are not included in the Institute fee. The Somerset Inn has several dining options and is located next door to the Somerset Collection that offers a variety of restaurants.

Hotel Check-out
Hotel check-out is at noon. Luggage storage will be available for Reading Recovery participants on Friday at check-out.


Institute Agenda
The Somerset Inn: Troy, Michigan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4 - 8 pm                     Registration                                                      Grand Foyer

Thursday, November 20, 2014

6:30 am - 5:30 pm     Registration                                                      Grand Foyer
7 am - 5:30 pm          Exhibits                                                             Somerset and Bristol Foyer
7 - 8:15 am                Early Bird Session                                            Bristol
7 - 8:30 am                Continental Breakfast                                       Salon B, C, D
8:30 - 9:15 am           Welcome, Awards and Announcements           Salon B, C, D
9:15 - 10:00 am         Keynote Presentation: Dr. Patricia Scharer      Salon B, C, D
10:00 - 10:30 am       Break
10:30 am - noon        Administrator Academy                                     TBA
10:30 am - noon        Breakout Sessions                                             Various Rooms           
Noon - 1 pm              Luncheon                                                           Salon B, C, D
1:15 - 2:45 pm           Administrator Academy                                     TBA
1:15 - 2:45 pm           Breakout Sessions                                             Various Rooms
2:45 - 3:15 pm           Break
3:15 - 4:45 pm           Breakout Sessions                                             Various Rooms

Friday, November 21, 2014

6:30 am - 3 pm          Registration                                                      Grand Foyer
7 am - 1 pm               Exhibits                                                             Somerset and Bristol Foyer
7 - 8:15 am                Early Bird Session                                            Bristol
7 - 8:30 am                Continental Breakfast                                       Salon B, C, D
8:30 - 10 am              Breakout Sessions                                            Various Rooms
10 - 10:30 am            Break
10:30 - 11 am            Announcements                                                Salon B, C, D
11 am - noon             Keynote Presentation: Dr. Sue Duncan            Salon B, C, D
Noon - 12:45 pm       Luncheon                                                          Salon B, C, D
1 - 2:30 pm                Breakout Sessions                                            Various Rooms
2:30 pm                     Institute Adjourns

2014 Session Descriptions:
Please download and view the Sessions before registering:

View Session .PDF

Institute Information
: The Institute has been approved for a range of .5-1.0 SB-CEUs. Be sure to have your verification sheet signed at each session. The cost of $15.00 is to be paid at the Institute registration desk following completion of your final session. All necessary signatures and paperwork must be complete and submitted with the fee along with your General Evaluation form. A minimum of 5 contact hours is required to qualify for SB-CEUs.

Exhibitors will be displaying products and information at the Institute Thursday and Friday. Exhibits will be open Thursday at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 5:30 p.m. Friday hours will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Literacy Walk 2014
Be sure to check out the wonderful stories of Reading Recovery students.

Dr. Cliff Johnson Presentation
View handouts for Clifford Johnson's session, Alternatives to Saying "Sound it Out."

Keynote Speakers

Patricia Scharer

Patricia L Scharer is a Professor of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She is actively involved in two literacy projects—Literacy Collaborative, a K-8 school reform model training on-site coaches to support teacher professional development, and Reading Recovery, a research-based intervention for first grade students experiencing difficulty learning to read and write.

In 2004, Dr. Scharer collaborated with colleagues at both OSU and the University of Chicago to receive a $3,914,000 Federal Teacher Quality grant to study the impact of Literacy Collaborative professional development on both teachers and student’s literacy achievement. In October, 2010, Dr. Scharer and colleagues Dr. Jerry D’Agostino and Dr. Emily Rodgers, were awarded a $54 million federal i3 grant to scale-up Reading Recovery across the U.S.











Sue Duncan

Sue Duncan is Executive Director of the Reading Recovery Program in the Early Childhood Department at Georgia State University.

Sue taught as a primary teacher and sole-charge principal in a number of different areas in New Zealand before training as a Reading Recovery Tutor in Auckland in 1985. Sue trained as a Trainer in 1989 and has since worked in New Zealand, England, Canada and the U.S.A. Sue is also the only trained Facilitator for the First Chance program in the US. She has also trained as a university trainer for the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy and Comprehensive Intervention Modeling.











Additional Sessions will be conducted by:
MaryAnne Doyle, Salli Forbes, Cliff Johnson, Mary Lose, Lea McGee, Annie Opat, Mary Rosser, Robert Schwartz, Michal Taylor, and Janice Van Dyke.





On behalf of the Reading Recovery Council of Michigan, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2014 Michigan Reading Recovery Institute to take place November 20-21, 2014, at the Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan.

Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, trainers, and administrators will attend the Institute, making this an excellent opportunity to connect with the people who use your products and services directly.

Exhibits will be located in the Ballroom and Bristol foyers. Space will be reserved as applications are received. For the best location, please register early.

If you have any questions regarding the Institute, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

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Contact Program Coordinator
Rachel Zorn- Conference Service Coordinator 

Joanne LeBlanc- Institute Chair

WMU Extended University Programs-Conference Management
Phone- 616.771.4141
Fax- 616.771.4200

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