Professional Learning for Educators
The Lexia LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Suite is comprehensive professional learning 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, Lexia 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.
Research shows that only 35% of students are reading proficiently, but 95% of students CAN learn to read. And while teachers are the most essential factor in student success, only about half of teaching institutions effectively prepare teachers for literacy instruction. Teaching reading requires a deep understanding of the processes and science behind it. LETRS is the professional learning program rooted in the science of reading that empowers teachers.
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Lexia LETRS provides a professional learning course of study based in the science of reading for elementary educators. The course teaches the how, what, and why of literacy acquisition to improve instructional practice and achieve long-term systemic change in literacy instruction.
LETRS for elementary educators is an investment in teachers' literacy knowledge and professional practice. Teachers gain essential knowledge and skills to master the fundamentals of literacy instruction required to apply and transform student learning.
LETRS® for Early Childhood Educators
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
Lexia LETRS® for Administrators is a professional development course designed specifically for school leadership, coaches, principals, and district administrators. The course defines the systems and infrastructures required to successfully implement a literacy initiative aligned to scientifically based research. Built from the research in implementation science and sustainability, school improvement, and shared leadership, the course provides numerous tools—including an analysis of the current systems required for improved literacy outcomes—for guiding an implementation through various stages.
Lexia LETRS provides a professional learning course of study based in the science of reading for elementary educators which teaches the how, what, and why of literacy acquisition to improve instructional practice and impact long-term systemic change in literacy instruction. 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.
Many educators and education leaders are not well prepared to teach reading, or lead those who teach reading. The Lexia LETRS Suite provides science of reading-based professional learning through three different courses of study designed for elementary educators, education leaders, and early childhood educators. Each course of study teaches the how, what, and why of literacy acquisition to educators to improve literacy instruction and positively impact long-term systemic change in literacy outcomes.
Why even trained teachers need support:
Lexia LETRS empowers educators by going beyond the essential components of literacy. Lexia LETRS gives teachers the skills they need to master how to teach the five essential components of literacy, plus writing, spelling, and oral language.
Lexia LETRS includes five essential elements for literacy success:
- Science of reading based
- Teaches the content of explicit instruction
- Converts research to practice
- Enhances educator and leader effectiveness
- Transforms instruction
Based in the Science of Reading
Lexia LETRS provides an understanding of the language structure of English. Drawing on more than two decades of research in the science of reading, Lexia LETRS is proven to develop more knowledgeable, more skillful, and more effective teachers of reading.
Why every educator needs to understand the science of reading:Learn More about Based in the Science of Reading
Flexible, Self-Paced Learning
Courses are flexible, to accommodate busy schedules, and allow educators to complete their professional learning anytime, anywhere.
Adaptive Blended Learning
The Lexia LETRS course consists of the online learning platform and the print manual which are aligned and work together to deepen educators’ understanding of the concepts. Additionally, professional learning sessions can be purchased.
The Two Broad Categories of Literacy Competencies
LETRS Volume 1 focuses on the Word Recognition strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope model: phonology, basic and advanced phonics, and screening educational and diagnostic assessment.
LETRS Volume 2 focuses on on the Language Comprehension strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope model: vocabulary, language and reading, comprehension, and writing.
Written by leading experts and researchers Drs. Lucy Hart Paulson, Louisa Moats, and Carol Tolman (pictured from left to right).
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Accredited Program
Lexia LETRS meets the knowledge and practice standards for teachers of reading.
Graduate or Transcript Credit Available
Lexia® is excited to partner with the American College of Education (ACE). This partnership allows you to earn graduate or transcript credit for Lexia LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) or Lexia LETRS for Early Childhood Educators.Learn More about Graduate or Transcript Credit Available
What Lexia LETRS participants have to say
"I can't say enough great things about this training! I wish all teachers would take this training. It would make such a huge difference in both students' and teachers' lives."
Gilmer County, GA
What LETRS participants have to say
"I enjoy the way LETRS is structured, especially the length of the videos. It is easy to chunk and return to it with a busy schedule. For my own learning, I like to read it, take notes and then do the videos, etc. before class. It helps solidify the learning for me. Others in my class like to attend online class first and then read."
Flagler County, FL
What LETRS participants have to say
“LETRS transforms how educators think about teaching reading. I know it has really changed my view of it and how I plan instruction.”
Hart County, KY
Proven by Users
Alabama School Goes from ‘Full Support’ to ‘Science of Reading Spotlight School’
By supporting his educators with LETRS professional learning, Principal Jerry Collins saw more than 74% of the school’s kindergarten students become proficient readers. See how this science of reading-based training made a difference for this Alabama school.
"Every grade level made gains for the last two years.” Jerry Collins, Ph.D., principal at Central Elementary School
Proven by Users
Life-Changing Professional Learning District Switches from Balanced Literacy to Proven Science of Reading Instruction
In fall 2018, Dr. Brittney Bills began her tenure as curriculum coordinator at Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) in Nebraska. She was trained with Lexia LETRS® professional learning, and she immediately recognized how Lexia LETRS would be invaluable to teachers and students at Grand Island Public Schools to improve reading instruction.
Proven by Users
Lexia LETRS: Lasting Literacy Professional Learning for Educators and Teachers
Principal Regina Teat of Maryland had years of experience with Lexia LETRS® professional learning. In a previous leadership position, she had provided her teachers with Lexia LETRS and was thrilled with the results. Years later, at a new school, she implemented it again with the same fantastic results.
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