Laurel Dickey

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Staff, Faculty
Program (What area of CES): 
Professional Development
Literacy Specialist/Reading Recovery Teacher Leader
413.586.4900 x5939

Laurel Dickey has been a teacher leader in the Reading Recovery program at the Collaborative for Educational Services since 1993.

Her long commitment to ensuring that all young children excel as literacy learners has informed her work over the past 25 years with young children who are struggling with literacy learning, and in training teachers who work with these children. Laurel’s primary work has involved the training and ongoing support of early elementary level literacy interventionists who are working within the Reading Recovery program. She has provided training, coaching, and other support to up to 30 to 50 teachers in any single year, and has provided initial training for approximately 150 teachers. She has designed and delivered eight graduate credits of work to newly trained teachers, and each year has typically provided seven to ten half-day sessions, for four groups of an average of fourteen veteran teachers. In addition to professional development sessions, Dickey provides frequent in-school coaching structured both to problem-solve the progress of the most difficult students, and to closely examine and lift the instruction of individual teachers. 

She has presented frequently at regional Reading Recovery conferences on various topics. In addition to her work in Reading Recovery, she also works with candidates seeking Reading licensure, and supports various regional early literacy efforts. Laurel is the author of a number of beginning readers used with primary grade students. Prior to her work in Reading Recovery, Laurel taught first, second, and fourth grades.