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.

Registration ends on Nov. 4.

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.

To join or renew a membership with RRCNA, please visit the Reading Recovery website.


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Please send your check or money order to:

Western Michigan University
Extended University Programs
Attn: 2016 RRCM
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5230


The 2016 Reading Recovery Council of Michigan Institute will be held at the Somerset Inn in Troy, Michigan on November 17 and 18.

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.

Other Institue Information

State Continuing Education Clockhours (SCEChs): The Institute are pendding approval for a range of .5-1.0 SB-CEUs. Be sure to sign in and out of each session. The cost of $15 can be paid on-line at the link below or at the 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.

Exhibits: 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 2016: Be sure to check out the wonderful stories of Reading Recovery students.

Dining and 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.


Download the Reading Recovery Council of Michigan (RRCM) Institute program.

Please review session descriptions and information before registering:

Institute Agenda



To make your hotel reservation, please call the Somerset Inn at (269) 643-7800, or (800) 228-8769. When calling, identify yourself as attending the Michigan Reading Recovery Institute to receive the following rates:

Tower Executive Wing
Singles $99.00 Singles $124.00
Double: $99.00 Double: $124.00

Check-in time for the hotel is 2 p.m.
Check-out time for the hotel is noon.

Please make your hotel reservations no later than Oct. 25, 2016.

Saturday Morning Workshop: 9am-12pm

Reading Recovery is pleased to host “Love and Laughter = Two Essential Ingredients” with beloved children's author, Joy Cowley.

This is a hands-on writing workshop in which we write with Joy to remember and evaluate the stories of childhood, those we lived and those we read. What were the stories we loved, the stories that made us laugh? Chances are we won't remember any stories or incidents we found boring. Beginning with our own childhood experiences, we give them a touch of fiction, shape them with love and spice them with laughter. Then we gift them to the child out there, from the child within us. Please bring pads and pens rather than electronic equipment. Our writing will be literally "hand crafted."

About Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley I was born in Levin, New Zealand, 7 August 1936, the eldest daughter of Peter Summers (Scottish/Irish) and Cassia Gedge (mainly Swedish/Danish). I was the eldest of 5 children, four girls and a boy, and because both parents suffered chronic ill health, we were raised on a sickness benefit. This meant that we were financially poor but very rich in family experience.

In the early years at school, I was a slow and struggling student and I could have added to the country's illiteracy statistics. The experience of trying to learn to read with a meaningless system of fragmented language, has made me a passionate advocate for the beginner reader, the slow reader, the reader who has English as a second language. I believe that learning to read must be a pleasurable and meaningful exercise. If it isn't, then we teach children to read and to hate reading at the same time.

When I discovered that reading accessed story, I forgot that I "couldn't read" and delighted in the adventures that could be found in books. By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library and like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.

Please visit Joy’s Website for information about her

Where: Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at Somerset Ballrooms
When: 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Exhibitors open at 7:30a.m.)
Cost: $75.00 per person (includes breakfast)

Register for Saturday Morning

Exhibitors and Sponsorships

On behalf of the Reading Recovery Council of Michigan, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2016 Michigan Reading Recovery Institute to take place Nov. 17-18 at the Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan.

At our Institute, Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, trainers, and administrators will attend the Institute. Each year, we are expecting approximately 350 educators from districts all over Michigan, making this an excellent opportunity to make contact with the people who use your products and services.

Exhibits will be located in the Ballroom and Bristol foyers. Space will be reserved as applications are received, so for the best location, please register early. The Institute will once again provide each paid booth with a coupon to be used at the café for lunch on Thursday and Friday. Also, all exhibitors are invited to attend the continental breakfast Thursday and Friday morning.

Pricing for this year's Institute are as follows:
Exhibitor Booth: $450
      This includes one exhibit table and chair.
Additional tables are available for: $300 each
Saturday 7:30 a.m. - Noon: $75 per booth

New This Year:

Reading Recovery is hosting an optional workshop with keynote speaker and children's author Joy Cowley on Saturday, November 19th, 2016. This hands-on writing workshop on “Love and Laughter = two essential ingredients” is open to all general education, special education and Reading Recovery teachers in the State of Michigan. This workshop will take place at Somerset Ballroom and will be from 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Exhibitors have an option to exhibit from 7:30a.m. to 10:30a.m. for an additional $75.00 per booth.

Reading Recovery of Michigan for 2016 is pleased to offer Sponsorship level packages. Please use the below link to register for your sponsorship level today

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Number of Packages available114
Full Page Color Ad
½ Page Ad in program
¼ Page Ad in program
Company Banner Logo on Website linked back to company website
Recognition during all General Session announcements
Company stand up banner placed on Stage (sponsors provides)
Free Exhibitor Space - (includes total of two tables)
Company Name and Logo on Teacher's Children Bags (avg amt of 400 printed)
Company brochure/flyer added to Children Bags

Other Sponsorships available

Breakfast Sponsorship (Thursday or Friday) $ 500.00 (4 per day available):

  • Signage on the food and beverage tables featuring Company Logo
  • Company logo on website
  • Company logo by Lunch information in program
  • Sponsorship Recognition at Morning Welcome, Award and Announcements

Lunch Sponsorship (Thursday ONLY) $700.00 (6 available):

  • Signage on the guest tables featuring Company Logo
  • Company logo on website
  • Sponsorship Recognition at lunch with time to talk about your company
  • Help RRCM Co-Chairs with Exhibitors Raffle
  • Company logo by Lunch information in program
  • (2) reserved seats with complimentary lunch
  • Able to put company flyers on guest seating before lunch

Register as soon as possible, as spots fill up quickly!

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Michal Taylor, Institute Chair -

Joanne LeBlanc, Institute Co-Chair -

WMU Extended University Programs - Conference Management
Phone - (616) 771-4141
Fax - (616) 771-4200

Please send your check or money order to:

Western Michigan University
Extended University Programs
Attn: 2016 RRCM
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5230