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Dr. Laura Kingsley Joins Reading Recovery Council of North America Board of Directors

SARASOTA COUNTY, August 22, 2019 – Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer Dr. Laura Kingsley has been selected for the Reading Recovery Council of North America’s (RRCNA) Board of Directors. She will serve as a Site Coordinator Representative for a three-year term.

The RRCNA is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, advocates and partners. Membership is open to anyone interested in Reading Recovery and early literacy. The RRCNA provides a wide variety of programs and services to its members including publications, annual conferences, advocacy and special institutes, among others. These activities strengthen the practical applications of Reading Recovery and enable Reading Recovery professionals to collaborate with early literacy advocates and other education professionals across the continent.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors for the Reading Recovery Council of North America,” remarked Kingsley. “The RRCNA’s mission aligns beautifully with the heart of our district’s purpose as well as the hearts of many community supporters, including Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation donors, especially Keith and Linda Monda, who inspired our adoption of Reading Recovery in the district. Sarasota County Schools is committed to dedicating time and resources towards meeting the literacy needs of our children, as well as building capacity in our educators to cultivate these crucial skills. I look forward to engaging with national experts who share our passion for reaching every child, every day.”

All elementary schools have at least one Reading Recovery teacher who spends a year participating in six graduate level courses, while teaching one-on-one with our lowest performing first graders and leading professional development in literacy with their colleagues. These dedicated literacy experts also engage in ongoing collaborative learning every year. What Works Clearinghouse gave Reading Recovery their highest rating, making this one of the most effective research-based interventions for struggling first graders. This year, Sarasota County Schools expanded to train eight Literacy Lesson Reading Recovery teachers who work with children in our Exceptional Student Education program and English as a Second Language program.


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