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 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)
Who is eligible to register?
- Pre-K through third grade educator currently teaching in an Alabama public school
- Elementary administrators
- Special education or reading intervention educators
- Other educators who support foundational literacy
Cohort 7 enrollment is now closed.
IMPORTANT: If a participant has registered to enroll in LETRS in the past and did not complete the coursework where the license has now expired, the participant will need to renew the license for the incomplete course by contacting LLETRSorders@lexialearning.com. The participant will not be allowed to register for enrollment in the same platform for a new license in Cohort 7. Further questions can be addressed at AlabamaLETRS@alsde.edu.
Materials Return Policy: Starting on August 1st, 2023, all eligible returns must be completed within 90 days of receipt of material(s).
Extension Fee Update: Starting on July 1st, 2023, the extension price to access the LETRS online platform will be $99 for a one-year subscription.
Access your LETRS Account
For assistance, contact:
LETRS for Elementary Educators users have access to the platform for three years. LETRS for Early Childhood Educators and LETRS for Administrators users have access to the platform for two years. Participants will be responsible for requesting and paying for a one-year subscription beyond the allotted time. Visit the Alabama LETRS FAQ for more information.
Enrolled and ready to get started?
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?
Developed by Dr. Louisa Moats and leaders in the field of literacy, LETRS teaches the skills needed to master the foundation and fundamentals of reading and writing instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and written language.
LETRS professional learning for elementary educators is an investment in teachers’ literacy knowledge and professional practice. Teachers gain essential knowledge to master the fundamentals of literacy instruction required to transform student learning.
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.
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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