Reading Rescue™ @TCRWP

Reading Rescue™ is a daily, one-on-one, 30-minute literacy intervention for elementary students, and a professional development program for school staff members with a focus on paraprofessionals. Students performing below grade level in first, and in some cases, second and third grade receive additional support in reading, writing, and speaking from Reading Rescue™ tutors.

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project provides a five day cycle of professional development to implement this research-based instruction that helps significantly accelerate struggling readers’ literacy skills. Additional professional days are provided in year two for experienced tutors.

During the first two days of training, tutors are taught to administer an extensive array of assessments that are given during the first week of tutoring. This sets them up for the work they will do with each student when they begin the actual lessons. These daily lessons include sections on fluency, word study, interactive writing, and a new book introduction. Students are assessed on books on their instructional level 3 to 5 times a week.

Reading Rescue™ brings expertise in literacy intervention into schools. The improved pedagogical skills attained by Reading Rescue™ tutors benefit all students creating a sense of shared responsibility and building agency and capacity throughout schools.

Reading Rescue™ @TCRWP is generously funded by The Benedict Silverman Foundation and is available to New York City schools affiliated with Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.