• What is LETRS®?

    LETRS® is not a curriculum.  LETRS® is a professional learning offering that provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language - independent of any curriculum or resource. 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.  The LETRS® Suite is a comprehensive professional learning system that is designed to provide early childhood and elementary educators and administrators with deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in the science of reading. Developed by Dr. Louisa Moats and leaders in the field of literacy, LETRS teaches the skills needed to master the foundational and fundamentals of reading and writing instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and written language.

    How Does LETRS Accelerate Teacher Knowledge?

    LETRS addresses four critical outcomes for effective literacy instruction: understanding the science of reading, converting research to practice, enhancing teacher effectiveness, and transforming instruction. By understanding the “why” behind science and evidence-based research, educators can effectively aid students in learning to read. LETRS professional learning is relevant and applicable and designed to be the cornerstone of a multiyear, systemic literacy improvement initiative.

    Who Qualifies for the 2023 Summer Cohort?

    Due to the stipulations of the funding, K-2 certified teachers are eligible for this cohort.  The session can serve up to 30 teachers.

    What is the Time Commitment?

    There are two volumes for LETRS training.  Each volume takes place over the course of approximately a year.  We are currently offering a cohort for Volume 1 on July 10-11 and 24-25.  Attendance for all four dates is required.  In addition, the approximate time commitment should be expected:

    • Online Modules 40 hours
    • Reading 12 hours
    • Bridge to Practice 6-8 hours

    What is the cost?

    Through a grant from DESE, there is no cost to teachers for the training or materials.  FFSD will provide the following compensation for teachers that are accepted into the cohort:

    • $30/hour for attendance on July 10-11 and 24-25
    • $500 stipend for online modules and reading

    How do I Sign Up?

    If you are interested in being considered for the Summer 2023 LETRS cohort, please indicate your interest by completing this form.  Sign-up will close on March 3 and participants will be contacted the following week.

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