Alabama LETRS Course of Study


Great news for Alabama literacy educators! During its recent session, the Alabama State Legislature passed the Alabama Literacy Act, which was promptly signed into law by the governor. The legislation funds Alabama LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), a course that teaches educators the science of reading and gives them the skills to teach language and literacy to every student, even those with reading challenges like dyslexia.

This professional development course of study is fully funded by the state—your teachers can take the course at no expense to your school or district. Register your teachers today because space is limited for the 2019–2020 school year. Teachers will be accepted into the course on a first-come, first-served basis. Principals also are given the option to take a separate training, LETRS® for Administrators, to learn how to lead the LETRS initiative in their schools—and they can earn valuable PLUs.


See below for more information about LETRS and resources that may be helpful to educators completing the LETRS course of study. Select the Suggested Solutions tab for ideas and solutions that support the concepts taught in LETRS. Select the Resources tab for 2019–2020 cohort scheduling and implementation information, to learn more about the research behind LETRS, and to view a webinar by Dr. Louisa Moats, author of LETRS.

Current Users: Access your LETRS account


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Interested in learning more about the 2019–2020 cohort? Contact Gay Finn or Barbara Cooper

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Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science

Register today for this summer’s premier professional development literacy event. Featuring Dr. Louisa Moats, author of LETRS®, and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, author of LETRS® for Early Childhood Educators, the Alabama LETRS Symposium will explore special topics on the science of reading as we fine tune the challenging work of literacy instruction.

When: June 8–10, 2020

The Lodge at Gulf State Park
21196 E. Beach Boulevard
Gulf Shores, AL 36542


“The most important investment in education is in supporting great teachers. The LETRS opportunity ensures that teachers have the knowledge to effectively support all students with reading instruction.”

— Secretary Jeana Ross
Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education


Research and Resources

Watch the Webinar: Myths Surrounding ELLs and Literacy: Why Student Success Depends on Teachers’ Knowledge Base Antonio Fierro, reading consultant and award-winning educator, shares strategies to work effectively with English language learners to set them on a path of literacy and lifelong success.

Watch the Webinar: The Truth About Dyslexia: Myths vs. Facts
Dr. Louisa Moats, author and nationally recognized literacy expert, addresses issues such as the definition of dyslexia, appropriate criteria for identification, teacher preparation, and selection and use of instructional approaches.

Read the Report: Educator Outcomes Associated with Implementation of Mississippi's K–3 Early Literacy Professional Development Initiative (Folsom, Smith, Burk, & Oakley, 2017) conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory of the Southeast.

LETRS Data Sheet
LETRS Research Base by Dr. Louisa Moats
LETRS Further Study
LETRS for Administrators overview
LETRS Early Childhood overview
LETRS Elementary overview

The LETRS course of study provides preK–third grade educators with a deeper understanding of the science of reading and evidence-based strategies to support all students, particularly those who experience reading challenges. Upon completion of the LETRS coursework, participants will be able to:

  • Identify reading difficulties and differentiate accordingly
  • Articulate the science behind how the brain learns to read
  • Implement research-validated strategies
  • Assess the effectiveness of instructional resources

Those completing the LETRS course of study will be LETRS certified.

Welcome to Alabama LETRS Training
from State Superintendent Eric Mackey

Watch the Kick-off Webinar »

LETRS at Work in Alabama


On Twitter

Holly Mitchell (@hollybmitchell)
12/18/18, 9:12 AM
Excited to participate in LETRS Training today! The focus on the science of reading is amazing! I can’t wait to get back to ECS with this great knowledge! @DDeltonya‬⁩ ⁦‪@EESSanders‬⁩ ⁦‪@emilyb_jackson‬⁩

Julia Wall CALT (@JuliaJwall)
12/17/18, 5:59 AM
Letrs word study progression across the grades. We need to provide professional development, support, and training in how to systematically teach this across the grades. ⁦‪@LCSforKids‬⁩ ⁦‪@BrainspringOG‬⁩

Ken (@Keybo4AU)
12/19/18, 5:20 PM
Incredible day of learning today at #LETRS training with ⁦‪@VoyagerSopris‬⁩ teacher ⁦‪@aa_fierro‬⁩ 👏🏻 Affirmed so much of what we are trying to improve with multisensory instruction in foundational skill acquisition 😄

Nikki Burns (@nikkisburns)
12/19/18, 9:16 PM
Yesterday’s LETRS training still has me talking and thinking. If y’all haven’t had Antonio as an instructor you are missing out! Everyone in education needs this course! 🤩 ⁦‪@VoyagerSopris‬⁩ ⁦‪@AL_DECE‬⁩ ⁦‪@AlabamaDeptofEd‬⁩


“Thank you so much for this opportunity. We hope this training will continue and new cohorts created each year. It would be good if our ARI Regionals could train in this and then use this to create new modules to support the science of reading. The coaching communities have been fabulous. I think this would be a great piece to enhance what they are already doing and would present new reading models to support schools. I know this is probably already in the works, but wanted to let you know that this was new learning for many of my coaches yesterday. They were very excited. We have had wonderful training in my district this year from Tim Cobb. He has gone above and beyond in preparing our coaches in my region. They have a wonderful knowledge base now due to the coaching communities. I think LETRS could be a valuable piece to this puzzle. Ken Kirby and I discussed a need for teachers and coaches to have collaborative PLCs that are going through this training. I think this would be a great plan. I know you all are probably ten steps ahead of me if I know you all! I love and appreciate you all for everything you do for literacy and reading in the state. We are so thankful for all you are doing.”

— Julia Wall

“I have been completely energized by the opportunity for learning that LETRS is providing for my instructional coaches and for me. As a literacy leader and a special education director, I can only say thank you all for the opportunity for professional growth that is being provided. So many connections have already been made for my team in just this short period of time and we cannot wait to continue learning. Because of this, our team has been discussing how powerful it would be to have our foundational special education teachers exposed to this level of professional development focused on the science of reading, now, rather than waiting for an opportunity for turn around as they are in the trenches daily provided specialized interventions for so many general education and special education students in our community.”

— Sherry

“I am so glad that you both were at the training yesterday. I hope you found it as valuable and as fun as I did. I can't remember the last time I attended a training where I wasn't compelled to check my messages and emails every hour. I did not check my phone one time during the training except at lunch!”

— G. Finn

“We THOROUGHLY enjoyed the learning! I have to agree that it is the most engaging instruction I have received as a professional!”

— Cathy

“The LETRS course is equipping Alabama’s PreK-third grade teachers with background knowledge about the science of reading, in order to fully support literacy instruction and provide individualized support for students who struggle with learning to read. The initial feedback has been extremely positive from LETRS’ participants and we hope to expand this opportunity.”

— Barbara Cooper, Ph.D.
Director, Office of School Readiness
Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education

Laura Woolf

Laura Woolf, J.D.

Sales Executive
AL, FL Panhandle, MS


See what Alabama Educators are saying about LETRS: #AlabamaLETRS

Barbara Cooper

Barbara Cooper, Ph.D.

Director, Office of School Readiness
Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education


Gay Finn

Gay Finn

Education Administrator, Instructional Services
Alabama State Department of Education