Empowering Pre-K–5 educators and leaders to improve student literacy
Who is eligible?
The state is providing funding for the following staff members to participate in LETRS® professional learning:
- Homeroom classroom teachers working with pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students, including CTE preschool teachers,
- One administrator per school who will support/evaluate for alignment,
- One instructional coach per school (this position is to support the school-wide integration of LETRS into PLCs and PD consistently to increase systematic and sustainable practices)
- Lead teachers working with children in the NC Pre-K program and onsite administrator (including NC Pre-K in child care and Head Start settings)
- Elementary EC Resource Teachers
- Elementary ELL Teachers
During the April 2021 legislative session, North Carolina legislators passed an act to modify the implementation of the Read to Achieve legislation to attain statewide reading proficiency by the third grade. SESSION LAW 2021-8 SENATE BILL 387 identifies educators as pivotal in the role of reading instruction and requires every pre-K–5 teacher to be highly equipped with the knowledge and skills to apply the science of reading. This legislation prioritizes the need for systemic and explicit reading instruction in the early grades and reinforcement of these practices in the higher grades. It also reiterates the need to provide additional support and offer intervention techniques for struggling students.
This student-centered legislation will ensure children develop the skills and techniques needed to become successful readers, through proven, evidence-based practices. North Carolina is writing a new chapter, with a renewed focus on instruction, to create a new future for the state and improve outcomes for all students.
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.
LETRS gives our teachers the tools they need to ensure that the instructional decisions made each day are intentional, based on student need, and grounded in the science of reading. Teaching reading is complex, yet our educators and leaders are prepared to meet that challenge because they will be equipped with evidence-based practices that improve reading outcomes for every student.
In preparation for LETRS in 2019, Wake adjusted our K-2 curriculum to reflect alignment to the science of reading. More specifically, we helped our teachers make connections between specific phonics foundational skills and the integration of decodable texts. Our goal is to ensure that appropriate instructional time and resources lead to all students successfully reading on grade level by the end of third grade.
The science of reading through LETRS training has transformed the reading program at Freedom Trail Elementary. We began SOR implementation last year and have seen tremendous growth in our students' ability to read and comprehend. Our teachers are more confident in their abilities and see firsthand the results of LETRS training and the SOR implementation. The Reading Rope has come to life at Freedom Trail—it has been a game changer for our children and community.
What is the science of reading?
“Science of Reading” (SoR) means evidence-based reading instruction practices that address the acquisition of language, phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling, fluency, vocabulary, oral language, and comprehension that can be differentiated to meet the needs of individual students.
Visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Science of Reading page for more information.Learn More about Learn More
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.