Clemson, OSU: Orange Bowl foes, but partners in education
CLEMSON — Teams from Clemson University and Ohio State University will compete in the Orange Bowl, but faculty and staff from the two institutions are working together to help train 3,750 teachers nationwide and bring individual instruction to 90,000 struggling readers.
These highly trained teachers also will serve an additional 405,000 struggling readers in small groups and classroom settings.
Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention for first-grade students who have difficulty learning to read and write. Clemson’s Reading Recovery Training Center works collaboratively with Ohio State to provide training and professional development to teachers who work with struggling readers, dramatically reduce the number of first-graders who can’t read and write and lessen the burden on the education system.
“We are currently in year four of a five-year Investing in Innovation Fund grant with 19 other institutions of higher education and lead applicant The Ohio State University,” said Celeste Bates, assistant professor and director of the Clemson Reading Recovery Training Center. “The grant has enabled to us to scale up Reading Recovery in South Carolina and pay for teacher tuition, supplies and materials, and professional development costs.”
Clemson trains at least 50 new Reading Recovery teachers during each year of the grant and will continue expanding its use of technology to support teachers in the field.
“Initially, we partnered with the National Guard’s Virtual Training Classroom to provide support in key geographic areas across South Carolina and offer a method of blended virtual professional development, which has now evolved into online modules where teachers can access at their convenience,” said Bates.
South Carolina has exceeded the national Reading Recovery results for six consecutive years and 81 percent of all children who received a complete intervention successfully completed Reading Recovery on or above their grade levels and need no additional services.
Because of the program, 227 teachers in 23 South Carolina school systems taught 2,057 students in Reading Recovery. And 160 participating schools were supported by 14 teacher-leaders with three additional teacher-leaders in training at Clemson University and 46 teachers training in districts around the state.
“Over the years, Reading Recovery interventionists have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children statewide,” said Bates. “I’m proud that the teachers’ everyday work with students continues to be successful and recognized as part of a nationwide effort to close the achievement gap early by improving reading and writing outcomes.”
Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center
The Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center is an official partner with 19 other institutions of higher education and lead applicant Ohio State University in the Investing in Innovation Fund grant, Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works. The total grant worth $54.7 million includes $45.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education and a $9.1 million match of private funds. Clemson’s sub-award amount is $3,038,731.
Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.