ERIC Number: ED329923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-5
Reference Count: N/A
Sustaining Improvement: The Teacher's Role in Helping School Systems Learn.
Wayson, William W.
One of the few efforts that arose in the 1980s that has much to teach the American educational system is Reading Recovery. Its contribution depends wholly upon what teachers do to make it work and what they do as professional educators to improve schooling for all America's children. Reading Recovery faces a variety of threats: it is educating children who were not supposed to be educated; it often is required to pass severe experimental requirements, yet the old programs were never tested; and it can be undermined by the desire to find shortcuts in implementing it. Teachers can do much to sustain improvements, if they: (1) adopt a "can-do" attitude; (2) do not wait for someone else to do it for them; (3) keep their enemies out in the open; (4) do not expect to win them all or for any to be won easily; (5) teach all those who have ears to hear and eyes to see; (6) build a constituency; (7) nurture a corps of friends; and (8) know that what Reading Recovery teachers are doing is important. Reading Recovery will not reach every child; it has never claimed to do so. What it does claim to do, and it does it very well in the hands of well-trained and dedicated teachers, is to teach a greater proportion of the historically neglected children of the world than any other previous method has ever done, and it does it more efficiently and effectively. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio Reading Recovery Program; Reading Recovery Projects
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Reading Recovery Program (Columbus, OH, February 5, 1990).