The content of LETRS focuses on essential literacy concepts and instructional practices.

LETRS® professional development is designed as a course of study and/or series of workshops that connects research to practice, while using accessible language and interactive exercises. The following describes each LETRS module.

LETRS Foundations: An Introduction to Language and Literacy (All Grades)

LETRS Foundations

LETRS Foundations is a teacher’s first step into the deeper, more comprehensive content of the core modules. LETRS Foundations is professional development for teachers of reading who are beginning to implement the components and principles of scientifically based reading instruction. This module introduces the science of how children learn to read; the importance of oral language, phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in reading instruction; and how to put LETRS concepts to work in the classroom.

LETRS Second Edition—Modules 1–3 (All Grades)

LETRS Module 1

Module 1—The Challenge of Learning to Read
Explores the reasons why many students have reading difficulties, the ways children learn to read, and the components of effective reading instruction.

LETRS Module 2

Module 2—The Speech Sounds of English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Phoneme Awareness
Introduces phonemes, discusses the importance of phonological awareness to instruction, and addresses some of the challenges of young English learners.

LETRS Module 3

Module 3—Spellography for Teachers: How English Spelling Works
Explores the structure and history of English from several angles and provides teachers with the content they need to approach phonics, spelling, and word study with confidence.

LETRS Second Edition—Modules 4–6 (All Grades)

LETRS Module 4

Module 4—The Mighty Word: Building Vocabulary and Oral Language
Addresses approaches to vocabulary instruction and stresses techniques for fostering word use, relationships, and structure. Applies lessons learned in Modules 1–3.

LETRS Module 5

Module 5—Getting up to Speed: Developing Fluency
Reviews the rationale for a fluency component in lesson design. Participants learn and practice techniques for classroom reading exercises and charting results.

LETRS Module 6

Module 6—Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension
Addresses the research base for teaching comprehension, as well as approaches for teaching comprehension at the phrase, sentence, paragraph, and passage levels.

LETRS Second Edition—Modules 7–9 (Grades K–3)

LETRS Module 7

Module 7—Teaching Phonics, Word Study, and the Alphabetic Principle
Focuses on the practice of effective, systematic phonics instruction and the importance of applying learned skills to reading and writing.

LETRS Module 8

Module 8—Assessment for Prevention and Early Intervention
Reviews the rationale for effective early screening with fluency-based measures and the importance of valid, reliable, and efficient assessment tools.

LETRS Module 9

Module 9—Teaching Beginning Spelling and Writing
Addresses writing instruction for children in early grades who need to be taught the component skills that underlie composition.

LETRS Second Edition—Module 10 (Grades 3–Adult)

LETRS Module 10

Module 10—Reading Big Words: Syllabication and Advanced Decoding
Addresses the instructional needs of students in third grade and above who inaccurately and/or slowly read and spell multisyllabic words. An advanced decoding survey is included.

Supplementary Modules

Building on the gold standard of LETRS professional development, the LETRS supplementary modules address specific areas of need within reading instruction.

LETRS Teaching ELL

Teaching English Learners

Provides instructional leaders with in-depth professional development that addresses critical components of effective instruction for English Learners

Teaching English Learners addresses the key principles of effective instruction for students whose first language is not English. This manual provides a framework for understanding critical components of EL/ELL reading instruction that link directly to observable instructional behaviors in the classroom. Teaching English Learners is for instructional leaders who have a responsibility to establish policies involving effective instruction for these students.

LETRS for Early Childhood

LETRS for Early Childhood Educators

Provides quality professional development designed to help young children build a strong early literacy foundation

Designed specifically for early childhood educators, this interactive module prepares teachers to provide instruction that is proven to build a strong foundation in early literacy skills. The program explores language and literacy in ways that create a deeper understanding of these important processes. This module is for educators working with preschool and kindergarten children or early elementary children who are experiencing difficulty with the literacy process.

LETRS ParaReading


Training guide for tutors

ParaReading prepares today’s paraprofessionals for the increasing demands placed on them in the reading classroom. To be effective, para-educators and reading tutors need training that incorporates current, scientifically based research on student learning. This is the single best resource available to any potential tutor who wants to become an integral part of the reading instruction process. Based on key LETRS concepts, ParaReading not only increases the effectiveness of reading tutors, but also grounds them in a proven, research-based system of teaching.