In Memoriam: Reading Rescue Benefactor and Board Member, Benedict Silverman
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What is Reading Rescue?

Reading Rescue is a literacy intervention for elementary students and a professional development program for school staff members. Grades served include first, and in some schools, second and/or third grade students. Any member of a school’s staff (paraprofessionals, teachers and in some cases CBO partner staff) can be trained to deliver the research based tutoring that helps accelerate struggling readers’ literacy skills. The training prepares staff members to provide one-on-one, skilled intensive intervention. If schedules permit, tutors can serve more than one student per day.

A school’s Reading Rescue trained tutors accelerate literacy in daily 30 minute sessions. The majority of students who receive the intervention accelerate to grade level within a semester, allowing tutors to serve at least two students each year.

Reading Rescue brings expertise in intervention into schools; not only do the students who are tutored excel, but as a result of improved pedagogical skills, a significant collateral benefit is increased achievement among all the students taught by a school’s Reading Rescue-trained tutors.