Great news, New Hampshire!
The New Hampshire Department of Education is excited to announce the launch of its new Leaning Into Literacy initiative, which aims to create literacy champions and advance reading skills among New Hampshire youth.
The purpose of these professional learning opportunities is to increase capacity for providing and overseeing reading instruction and Structured Literacy based on the science of how children learn to read. The ultimate objective is to create improved student outcomes and overall academic achievement through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties, and to identify pupils who struggle to read.
Why is this needed in New Hampshire?
- Although New Hampshire ranks high among students in the United States for reading proficiency on the Nation’s Report Card, there are still about 51% of fourth-grade students in the state who are not reading proficiently.
Who is eligible?
- LETRS® programs are available to New Hampshire residents engaged with young and emerging readers, including parents, caregivers, grandparents, early childhood and elementary educators and administrators, and others working with children enrolled in an approved New Hampshire education program, to include public school (traditional or chartered), non-public school, home education program, or Education Freedom Account program.
- Participation is not required, but certified educators will receive stipends upon completion of the training and passing the corresponding Foundations of Reading Exam.
- Eligible participants may select the program that best fits their individual circumstances.
Cohorts are ongoing, but spaces are limited. The Department of Education aims to support literacy recovery needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. A primary goal of the Leaning Into Literacy initiative is to boost the level of literacy support throughout New Hampshire by providing the opportunity for individuals to participate in one of three LETRS literacy professional learning courses.
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.
Encouraging children to have a healthy passion for reading will help them excel in school, support other areas of their learning, and set them up for future success. Strong literacy skills are vital for children, and are skills that are applicable throughout their entire lifetimes.
Carol Tolman, Ed. D.
Well-Informed with a penchant for high standards and a conviction for all students' success, Ms. Cote continually led her young scholars to high levels of literacy achievement. For many, including me, she singlehandedly set in motion the love of reading, writing, and the exploration of all learning. Informed teachers have this precise superpower: the ability to shape our futures, creating endless opportunities. Their ripple effects are boundless.
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.