Science of Reading Professional Learning Course
Empowering pre-K–3 teachers to improve student literacy through evidence-based professional learning
The Kansas Department of Education is offering a comprehensive, no-cost professional learning opportunity to eligible Kansas educators who provide direct instruction to pre-K–3 students.
Why is this needed in Kansas?
- The impact of COVID-19 has been pronounced among early learners, for whom development of reading and writing skills is critical to success in all subjects and later grades. As research indicates, students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to not finish high school.
- Faculty from teacher preparation programs across the state value LETRS®. They are participating and integrating information into their programs.
Who is eligible?
- Any Kansas teacher who provides direct instruction to pre-K–3 students in an accredited public or private school and college/university faculty who teach literacy courses in a KSDE-approved teacher preparation program.
- This includes:
- Preschool-aged at-risk (state pre-K 4-year-old at-risk)
- Kansas Preschool Pilot (KPP)
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Head Start
- District-funded preschool programs
- General education teacher
- Special education teacher
- Title teachers
- ESOL teacher
- At-risk teacher
- Reading specialist/interventionist
- Instructional coaches
For more information and FAQs specific to the Kansas LETRS, visit the TASN web page.
Reserve your spot now: register for LETRS!
Register for LETRS for Elementary Educators
Register for LETRS for Early Childhood Educators
Access your LETRS Account
Cohorts are ongoing, but spaces are limited. The Kansas Science of Reading Professional Learning Courses are part of the state’s comprehensive plan to address potential learning loss that resulted from the shift to emergency remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several colleges and universities have courses that allow individuals to receive college credit for full completion of the professional learning course.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis so reserve your seat now. Participants will earn valuable CEUs or PLUs!
What is LETRS?
Developed by renowned literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman, LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is a flexible literacy professional learning solution based on the science of reading. LETRS provides educators and administrators with deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in the science of reading by teaching the skills needed to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.
Dr. Randy Watson
Building a solid foundation in early literacy skills is critical to a child’s long-term academic success. This is one of the many reasons the Kansas State Board of Education has placed such a high priority on early literacy. By investing in early literacy training for our educators, we are investing in the future success of each Kansas student.
Louisa Moats, Ed. D.
Teachers are the most important factor in student success. Informed teachers can explain language to students, including sounds, spellings, and word meanings that might be confusing. They use lessons based on reading science and understand the process of learning to read and write. Research proves it. Science matters.
Resources for Literacy Learning
A host of resources related to LETRS, the science of reading, and Structured Literacy is available to give you additional insight.