AUTHOR

Dr. Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.

Dr. Louisa Cook Moats, Ed.D., spent four years between 1997 and 2001 directing the NICHD Early Reading Interventions Project in Washington, DC. Her interest in spelling began while she was a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught teachers at the Greenwood Institute in Vermont and Simmons College in Boston. Dr. Moats has also been a teacher, school psychologist, and licensed psychologist in private practice. She worked on the California Reading Initiative from 1996-1997 as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Sacramento County Office of Education. Her research interests include the language knowledge of teachers, spelling development and instruction, and the implementation of schoolwide interventions for improving literacy.

Dr. Moats is known for her many publications on reading instruction, the professional development of teachers, and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling. Books include Spelling: Development, Disability and Instruction (York Press), Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers (Brookes), Parenting a Struggling Reader (with Susan L. Hall, Broadway Books), and LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (Sopris West).


Programs by Author
LANGUAGE! Live
Balances mastery of foundational skills through online learning with teacher-directed small- or large-group instruction in more advanced literacy skills, such as close reading, writing, speaking...
LETRS Second Edition
LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development responds to the need for high-quality literacy educators. Developed by literacy...
LETRS Foundations
Introduces educators to the concepts and practices supported by reading science. It also prepares teachers for the more rigorous, in-depth modules of the...

LETRS for Early Childhood Educators
Provides quality professional development for early childhood educators interested in helping young children build a strong foundation in early literacy skills...
A Principal's Primer for Raising Reading Achievement
A “how-to” manual for principals who are dissatisfied with their students’ reading achievement and who want to improve the overall reading performance of an elementary or...
Primary Spelling by Pattern
Spelling by Pattern departs from a traditional emphasis on rote memorization of word lists; instead, students benefit from learning basic spelling patterns…

Colleague in the Classroom - Interventions for DIBELS Users
These 10- to 20-minute lessons can be used as a teacher training tool or watched with students for “real-time” instruction in DIBELS fluencies…
Primary Spelling by Pattern
Spelling by Pattern departs from a traditional emphasis on rote memorization of word lists; instead, students benefit from learning basic spelling patterns…
Spellography
Experience a classroom-tested spelling and wordstudy program that teaches concepts explicitly,systematically, cumulatively—and enjoyably!

Teaching Reading Essentials
Professional development that demonstrates how to teach beginning reading to challenging students, using research-based strategies in a format that provides both guidance and...
Test of Written Spelling (TWS-4) Kit
The TWS-4 uses norm-referenced standards not only to determine how well any student can actually spell words in written form but also to indentify students who need…
The Speech Sounds of English Video
Literacy expert Dr. Louisa C. Moats teaches the phonemic decoding, spelling, and proper pronunciation of phonemes in this 46-minute video…