The Clemson University Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina received InnoVision’s 2015 Innovation in Education Award. The InnoVision award recognized the Record of Reading app developed by C.C. Bates, the center’s director, and Clemson computer science Ph.D. graduate Sam Bryfczynski.

InnoVision uses the Innovation in Education Award to recognize an organization for the development or innovative application of technology that improves education in South Carolina.

The Record of Reading app provides an electronic form for taking a running record, a method for observing and assessing a child’s oral reading. The app provides embedded formulas for the accuracy and self-correction rate while the teacher completes coding and analysis. Additionally, the app records the student’s voice while the teacher simultaneously takes the record. The voice and record are synced when replaying the running record.

The Clemson University Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Training Center for South Carolina serves the state by providing training and professional development for Reading Recovery and primary grade classroom teachers in the area of early literacy assessment and instructional strategies and the teaching of struggling readers and writers. Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention for first graders having difficulty with early reading and writing. Specially trained teachers work individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks.

Bates also serves as an assistant professor of reading education for Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, which houses the Clemson Reading Recovery program. In 2010, Bates completed a year of postdoctoral study at Ohio State University in preparation for serving as Clemson’s Reading Recovery university trainer. Her study involved coursework in reading theory, leadership and teaching.

The InnoVision Awards Program is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to advancing technology in the state through communication, education and recognition of the spirit of innovation and technological progress.