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Featured Story: 100% of Peshastin-Dryden Kindergarten Students Read At or Above Proficient

Since 2003, every Peshastin-Dryden teacher has been LETRS® trained, which has greatly enhanced their ability to understand the process of learning to read. Students in grades K–2 at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary have seen more growth in literacy over the past two years than any students have in the history of Cascade School District.

My initial reaction to it was, ‘Why didn’t I learn this in college?’

—Melissa Carvitto


LETRS professional development gives educators the knowledge to refine literacy instruction.

Thank you for providing the most valuable training I’ve received in my entire educational career. I now have the knowledge, backed by research, to support my teachers as they create reading success for all students!

—Gary Robinson, Principal, Indiana

LETRS is a well-developed, step-by-step program that takes teachers through knowledge of reading, scope, and sequence with the best strategies and the best research to support it. … LETRS has empowered our teachers to do their best for kids.

—Linda Flint, Reading Coordinator, Kansas

LETRS is a turning point in getting the core of how to teach kids to read.

—Heidi Zollman, District Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coach, New Hampshire

The LETRS training effectively connected current research to explicit instruction and gave all participants meaningful content and strategies to implement in classrooms immediately! … The LETRS modules rank among the most extensive and in-depth training I have ever received in reading.

—Pamela Herrera, Supervisor of Title I, Delaware


LETRS is educator ‘brain food’ that takes thinking to the next level. It provides teachers with the best tools research can provide to get students moving. When we first started training our teachers in LETRS, 46 percent of our students going into the middle schools were proficient readers. This last year, 71 percent were proficient. It’s just been amazing!

—Melody Ilk, Literacy Coordinator, Colorado, and Coauthor of A Principal’s Primer for Raising Reading Achievement