“Literacy is one of DPSCD’s five pillars in the Academic Plan. We are transforming our academic structure and many changes will be made to move the district closer to its goal of providing excellent education opportunities for all students. Our Reading Recovery program was a tool used for one-on-one intervention for our lowest performing 1st grade students who were identified as having a literacy gap. There is no question regarding the efficacy of the program, however due to our continued vacancy issue, we are forced to make difficult decisions in order to reduce class sizes, which has also been a recent criticism of the district. DPSCD continues to face the national challenge of finding highly-qualified certified teachers for our classrooms. We currently have approximately 160 general education vacancies.
After careful review of situation, it was determined that there was a far greater need for the 23 certified teachers who have been trained in literacy intervention skills to serve a full classroom of students, as opposed to 4 students at a time. In an effort to prevent our students from falling further behind, students who participated in the reading recovery program will now continue to be supported in their 1st grade classroom and through small group instruction.
Additionally, utilizing Reading Recovery teachers in a regular classroom also increases the quality of Tier I instruction, which should also reduce the need for Tier II and Tier III interventions.
The district would prefer that this was a “both/and” situation, so if you know of any certified, qualified teachers who are willing to help fill our 160 vacancies so that we can restore the Reading Recovery program, please send them to detroitk12.org, or call (313) 873-6897. We will work to process them immediately.”