Voyager Sopris Learning Unveils Dynamic New LETRS Professional Development for Literacy Teachers
Feb 06, 2018
Voyager Sopris Learning President
“This exciting new version of LETRS is very applicable to what teachers do every day, and they can immediately apply what they learn,” Ingold said. “With LETRS now online, it’s a very flexible solution providing multiple delivery methods—online, blended, or in-person—and can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and most significantly, on the teacher’s terms.”
According to Dr.
“The harsh reality, however, is that far too many students are poor readers; by fourth grade, on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, about 31 percent remain ‘below basic’ on the test of reading ability,” Dr. Moats said. “While it is important for classrooms to be well stocked with great books, most students must be taught how to read them. They need teachers who know how to teach the foundational skills of reading (phoneme awareness, phonics, and word reading) as well as vocabulary and language comprehension. Teaching reading is complex and challenging, and most teachers benefit enormously from learning what we teach in LETRS.”
Districts that have trained their teachers using LETRS say their teachers exit the course of study with the background and depth of knowledge to teach language and literacy skills to every student.
“LETRS allowed us to use a common curriculum, and that allowed for the use of common practices,” said
The new, easy-to-implement LETRS is designed as a two-year course. In the first year, areas of study include theoretical models from reading science, phonology, basic and advanced phonics, and screening and educational diagnostic assessment. The second year focuses on teaching vocabulary, language and reading comprehension, and writing.
“LETRS is the answer to helping teachers grow professionally and to empowering them to understand the what, why, and how of scientifically based reading instruction,” Ingold said. “As Dr. Moats often reminds us, ‘informed teachers are our best insurance against reading failure.’”
Widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Dr. Moats co-authored the new LETRS with Dr.
The LETRS family features several other impactful professional development products, including a new version of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators (PreK–K). Also available are LETRS Classic (K–12), Connecting LETRS to the Classroom (K–3), and A Principal’s Primer (K–8). Coming later in 2018 is an administrator’s course for LETRS.
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