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LETRS® Training

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), developed by Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman, provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.

LETRS® will strengthen teachers’ knowledge of language structure, the development of the reading brain, and how to nurture the development of foundational literacy skills such as decoding and language comprehension. Teachers will help connect that knowledge with their understanding of language development to enable them to more effectively select and implement a high quality literacy curriculum.

LETRS® Training Overview


Early Childhood

LETRS® for Early Childhood Educators provides vital, practical information for building language and cognitive skills through a balance of teacher and student-centered social, emotional, and physical development essential for young children before learning to read and write. Teachers will strengthen their knowledge in early literacy skills and oral language development including phonology, semantics, morphology, syntax, prosody, and the developmental stages of phonological and phonemic awareness.

LETRS® for Early Childhood includes two in-person training days plus four online units (approximately 14 hours), related readings (approximately 4 hours), and time dedicated to applying learned skills in their classrooms as a “Bridge to Practice” (approximately 5 hours).

K-2 Educators

LETRS® provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language. LETRS® will strengthen teachers’ knowledge of language structure, including phonology, syllable types, morphology, spelling generalizations, semantics and syntax and show how each correlates with the development of the reading brain to produce skilled, proficient readers.

LETRS® for K-2 Educators occurs over the course of four semesters. Training includes eight in-person training days plus eight online units (approximately 58 hours), related readings (approximately 26 hours), and time dedicated to applying learned skills in their classrooms as a “Bridge to Practice” (approximately 25 hours).

Administrator Training

LETRS® for Administrators is a literacy professional development opportunity that provides specific steps for facilitating change, developing comprehensive assessment plans, managing resources, assembling a school leadership team, and making data-based decisions.

  • K-2 Administrator training includes two in-person training days plus approximately 16 hours of online learning and 7 hours of related readings (for additional information, see Section 6, Chart A).
  • Early Childhood Administrator training includes one in-person training day.

For additional LETRS® information: https://www.voyagersopris.com/professional-development/letrs/overview.

LETRS® Training Spring 2020


RIDE will be offering LETRS® training beginning Spring 2020. LEAs or Community Based Early Learning Organizations must submit an application demonstrating their commitment to this professional learning opportunity. Please note that if an LEA or Community Based Early Learning Organization is applying for LETRS® training, an administrator must participate in LETRS® Administrator Training.