LANGUAGE! Live offers more for struggling readers than any other product. Proven foundational and advanced reading intervention. Peer-to-peer instruction. Literacy brain science. A captivating modern, digital platform for grades 5–12. All
in one affordable solution. More is possible
Literacy solutions guided by the Science of Reading pedagogy, the Structured Literacy approach, and explicit teaching of sound-letter relationships for effective reading instruction.
Grades K-5 blended literacy intervention
Grades K-5 online reading practice
Grades 4-12 print literacy program
Grades K-12 writing program
Grades 4-12 literacy intervention
TransMath® Third Edition is a comprehensive math intervention curriculum that targets middle and high school students who lack the foundational skills necessary for entry into algebra and/or who are two or more years below grade level in
A targeted math intervention program for struggling students in grades 2–8 that provides additional opportunities to master critical math concepts and skills.
Empowers students in grades K–8 to master math content at their own pace in a motivating online environment.
Inside Algebra engages at-risk students in grades 8–12 through explicit, conceptually based instruction to ensure mastery of algebraic skills.
Developed by renowned literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman,
LETRS® is a flexible literacy professional development solution for preK–5 educators. LETRS earned the International Dyslexia Association's Accreditation and provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals
of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.
NUMBERS is an interactive, hands-on mathematics professional development offering for elementary and middle school math teachers.
Best Behavior Features Elements to Create a Happy, Healthy School Environment
Look to ClearSight to measure student mastery of state standards with items previously used on state high-stakes assessments. ClearSight Interim and Checkpoint Assessments include multiple forms of tests for grades K–high school.
Reliable, Research-Based Assessment Solutions to Support Literacy and Math
Assess essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for kindergarten.
Enhance early reading success and identify students experiencing difficulty acquiring foundational literacy skills.
A universal screening and progress monitoring assessment that measures the acquisition of content-area literacy skills for 7th and 8th grade students.
A companion tool for use with Acadience Reading K–6 to determine instructional level and progress monitoring.
Assess critical reading skills for students in grades K–6 and older students with very low skills.
Predict early mathematics success and identify students experiencing difficulty acquiring foundational math skills.
Give educators a fast and accurate way to enter results online and receive a variety of reports that facilitate instructional decision making.
A brief assessment that can be used with Acadience Reading K–6 to screen students for reading difficulties such as dyslexia.
A new, online touch-enabled test administration and data system that allows educators to assess students and immediately see results, providing robust reporting at the student, class, school, and district levels.
Unparalleled support for our educator partners
We work with schools and districts to customize an implementation and ongoing support plan.
Grades 5-12 blended literacy intervention
Flexible literacy professional development solution for preK–12 educators.
Focused on engaging students with age-appropriate instruction and content that supports and enhances instruction.
Reading intervention for grades K–5.
At Voyager Sopris Learning®, our mission is to work with educators to help them meet and surpass their goals for student achievement.
Step Up to Writing®
by Dr. Julie Klingerman on Apr 29, 2021
Learn More About LETRS®for Administrators
Complete transparency: I do not have an administration certification in an official capacity. However, I do possess a unique perspective on the power and influence of those in educational leadership. Over my 34 years in education, I have worked as an
elementary and secondary classroom teacher, an interventionist, and a literacy coach—and I experienced the effects of leadership decisions every step of the way. I feel immense admiration for today’s school leaders, who must navigate high-stakes
testing, shifting legislation, and, most recently, COVID. There are genuine superheroes in our midst!
Let’s come back to earth for a moment to note that the primary purpose of a school system is to educate children. In fact, students and their families depend on school systems to equip current and future generations with the skills they need to
become literate, contributing members of society. And although every stakeholder has a role to play in this system, it is typically those in positions of leadership who make educational decisions.
Who makes decisions, and how?
Discouraging statistics on national levels of literacy have been significant drivers in improving teacher preparation programs. For example, a 2020 report by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ, 2019) revealed that the number of teacher preparation programs effectively teaching scientifically based reading content to pre-service teachers has risen to more than 50%, compared to only 35% in 2013. To be sure,
a teacher’s skill and knowledge are at the heart of good teaching, but without administrators’ commensurate knowledge, teachers’ efforts to align instruction with the science of reading may be inconsistent, fragmented, and frustrating!
So, just how well are educational leaders prepared to understand and guide excellent literacy practices? Not very, says Gail Lovette, PhD.
According to Dr. Lovette, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, scant expectations exist in educational leadership programs. Indeed, none of the 10 nationally recognized Professional Standards for Educational Leaders mention content knowledge specific to reading and literacy, and state-level licensure requirements fare no better. Among 50 states and the District of Columbia, not one requires knowledge of the science of reading for initial licensure as an administrator (Lovette, 2020).
Now, back to our tireless superheroes. Often, administrators are the primary players in making curriculum choices and subsequent professional development decisions, and they bear sole responsibility for teacher observation and evaluation. School principals
in particular have the unique and powerful authority to guide and inform teachers who are in turn tasked with delivering the most effective literacy practices to their well-deserving students. But to put it simply, one cannot apply what one does not
A “finishing school” for administrators
In order to understand and apply more than 40 years of literacy research, administrators often embark on their own research in a quest to understand how to help all students meet their potential as readers and writers. And Brian Kingsley, chief
academic officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, did just that.
More specifically, while serving as principal of Gulfstream Middle School in Florida’s Broward County, Kingsley transformed a school that was in danger of closing into one of the state’s highest performers. So, how did he do it?
According to Kingsley (2019), “There is no finishing school for chief academic officers, nor is there certification on literacy know-how for district and school leaders.” However, he went on to note that 95% of students are capable of success
as readers, but the initiation and follow-through of the effective practices required to help students realize literacy success are heavily dependent upon administrators’ informed decision-making.
Even with all that educational leaders have on their plates, the literacy learning of future generations clearly cannot be put on the back burner. But where to begin? LETRS® for Administrators is a great starting point. Simply put, LETRS for Administrators gives our school superheroes access to the “finishing school” that Kingsley referred to, providing
administrators the opportunity to learn about the science of reading and how it fits into the realities of implementation within each unique educational context.
Of course, this is just the beginning. How can educational leaders create lasting change and build capacity for the long haul?
Systems change: The key to genuine transformation
At the heart of making a sustainable difference—educational or otherwise—is a process referred to as systems change, and at the very core of systems changing is administrative leadership. Together, systems change and administrative
leadership are the recursive and non-negotiable entities necessary to bring the science of reading to every deserving teacher, student, and community.
Coming soon: How can I get my leadership team on board with the science of reading?
National Assessment of Educational Progress. (n.d.). NAEP report card: Reading. Retrieved from https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading/?grade=4#
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Teacher prep review: Program performance in early reading instruction. Retrieved from https://www.nctq.org/publications/2020-Teacher-Prep-Review:-Program-Performance-in-Early-Reading-Instruction
National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015). Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015. Retrieved from http://www.npbea.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Professional-Standards-for-Educational-Leaders_2015.pdf
Kingsley, B. G., (2019, November). Scaling literacy through reading science. School Administrator, 10(76), 23. http://my.aasa.org/AASA/Resources/SAMag/2019/Nov19/Kingsley.aspx
Lovette, G. E. (2020, October). Instructional leadership counts: Why need to know the science of reading. Invited presentation at the 4th Annual Conference of The Reading League. [Virtual Conference due to COVID-19 pandemic]
Julie Klingerman has worked in education for more than 34 years, during which she has been a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist for primary and secondary students. She earned her doctorate in reading and literacy in 2016 and is
an adjunct instructor of literacy for graduate students at Liberty University and Wilson College. Dr. Klingerman also is a national LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer and an enthusiastic
advocate for research-based professional development for all teachers.
Add your email here to sign up for EDVIEW 360 blogs, webinars, and podcasts. We'll send you an email when new posts and episodes are published.