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What is Descubriendo la Lectura?

Descubriendo la Lectura is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first grade students. Descubriendo la Lectura (DLL) is the reconstruction of Reading Recovery for Spanish-speaking students whose literacy instruction is delivered in Spanish. Teachers can be trained in Descubriendo la Lectura for one complete year or can be trained in Reading Recovery and bridged to DLL during the year following the initial Reading Recovery training.

Just as Reading Recovery, Descubriendo la Lectura provides early intervention to help the lowest-achieving first-grade children to develop effective strategies for reading and writing and to reach average levels of classroom performance. Children who receive DLL instruction receive their literacy instruction in Spanish in both the classroom and in DLL.

For those students whose first language is not English, but whose literacy instruction is in English, Reading Recovery has demonstrated effective results.

The goal of both Reading Recovery and Descubriendo la Lectura is to help children become successful readers and writers with internal, self-extending literacy learning systems. The following key elements of Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura operate within educational systems (e.g., districts, consortia):

  1. Intensive daily one-to-one instruction for first-grade children most at risk of reading failure.
  2. A year-long training course and continuing professional development through which educators learn and continue to explore proven, research-based theory and procedures.
  3. Research and evaluation to monitor results and provide support for participating educators and institutions.
  4. A long-range plan to chart the course toward full implementation and literacy for all children.

These key elements are supported by the North American Trainers Group, a network of educators that monitors the integrity of Reading Recovery/ Descubriendo la Lectura, provides professional development, coordinates the collection of research, evaluates data, and disseminates information.