Empowering Oklahoma educators to improve student literacy through evidence-based professional learning
Funded through the American Recovery Plan, the Science of Reading Academies provides quality, job-embedded professional learning on the science of reading to Oklahoma elementary educators.
Educators enrolled in Cohorts 1-4 are encouraged to complete LETRS coursework and begin embedding science of reading strategies into their daily instruction.
Cohorts are ongoing, but spaces are limited. The Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies are part of the state’s comprehensive plan to apply approximately $13 million in federal relief to fund the professional development provided through the Academies. The LETRS course of study gives educators 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 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 teachers with the research, depth of knowledge, and skills to make a significant improvement in the literacy and language development of every student. LETRS is not a curriculum for students but is a program designed to help teachers use curriculum resources already available in their districts in a more effective way. LETRS is program agnostic, meaning the knowledge teachers gain can be applied to any evidence-based curriculum resource.
This initiative has the potential to foster reading and writing proficiency for literally millions of children. We have known for the past decade that instruction strategies grounded in brain science are the best way to ensure our youngest learners attain the critical literacy skills needed for future academic success. Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies offer extensive professional learning for our early-grade teachers. The foundation for literacy built from these academies will reap rewards not only for students who have faced disrupted learning due to the pandemic but for every learner in a participating teacher’s classrooms for the entirety of their careers.
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
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