Attention Alabama Educators!
During the 2019 legislative session, the Alabama State Legislature passed the Alabama Literacy Act, which was promptly signed into law by the governor. The state is now funding Alabama LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), an investment in teachers’ literacy knowledge and professional practice. Through LETRS teachers gain essential knowledge to master the fundamentals of literacy instruction required to transform student learning.
The LETRS course of study provides preK–third grade educators and administrators with a deeper understanding of the science of reading by covering all layers of language organization (phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, semantics) and their relevance for teaching reading, spelling, and oral language.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis so reserve your seat now. Educators can choose from:
- LETRS for Early Childhood Educators
- LETRS for Elementary
- LETRS for Administrators (Principals and district-level administrators)
The Alabama LETRS Science of Reading Professional Learning Courses are part of the state's comprehensive plan to improve student literacy. The LETRS course of study gives teachers the skills they need to teach language and literacy to every student, even those with reading challenges like dyslexia.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Cohorts are ongoing, but spaces are limited, so reserve your seat now. Participants will earn valuable CEUs or PLUs!
What is LETRS?
LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is comprehensive professional learning designed to provide 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.
LETRS for Early Childhood Educators professional learning provides deep knowledge of literacy instruction for the youngest learners. The more children know about language and literacy before they begin kindergarten and first grade, the better equipped they are to succeed in literacy learning and beyond.
LETRS for Administrators equips instructional leaders to create systems and structures in their schools and districts to achieve high levels of academic performance and growth in literacy.
Barbara Cooper, Ph.D.
The LETRS course is equipping Alabama’s PreK-third grade teachers with background knowledge about the science of reading, in order to fully support literacy instruction and provide individualized support for students who struggle with learning to read. The initial feedback has been extremely positive from LETRS’ participants and we hope to expand this opportunity.
Through collaborative efforts with the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, we can work toward a seamless system of literacy instruction. As the leader for the Alabama Reading Initiative, I am excited to have this opportunity to positively impact student achievement throughout the state. When our teachers and administrators are equipped with increased knowledge in the Science of Reading, our students win!
“A child’s journey to the love of learning and a healthy, happy, and prosperous adulthood starts with learning to read. Early childhood and elementary school teachers understand this concept deeply, and that is why they want to go above and beyond as they help every child learn to read. Alabama’s investment in LETRS ensures competent and confident teachers of reading by strengthening their knowledge of the science of reading and the development of the reading brain. Applying these concepts in the classroom empowers young minds by helping children make the necessary neurological connections. The children may not understand all of the underlying science at their young age but the smile of success on the face of a young reader answers the question about its importance!”
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