Voyager Sopris Learning introduces new professional development solutions to raise literacy achievement in K-12 classrooms

Posted on May 4, 2017

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DALLAS, May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Voyager Sopris Learning® is providing educators with additional opportunities to raise literacy achievement in the classroom with the introduction of two new professional development solutions: Connecting LETRS to the Classroom (CLTTC) and Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction (FOLI).

Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Voyager Sopris Learning, said the new products—one designed for K–12 classrooms, the other for grades K–3—have the same goal. “Improved literacy translates to lifelong success for students, and these new professional development solutions help deepen educator knowledge," Elliott said. "Both are designed to help educators teach literacy concepts in the classroom and ensure improvement in students’ reading abilities.”

In a related announcement, Elliott said Voyager Sopris Learning will host a webinar at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday (May 9) entitled “Learn the Ropes for Reading and Teach Literacy with Success.”

The webinar will be co-presented by Dr. Caroline Gore, Literacy Coach for Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Toni Backstrom, Director of Strategic Solutions for Voyager Sopris Learning. Caddo Parish is an early adopter of FOLI and a longtime user of Voyager Sopris Learning’s K–12 professional development series LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), which instructs and prepares educators for the challenging work of teaching literacy.

To register for the webinar, which will use information from Dr. Hollis Scarborough’s “Reading Rope,” visit

Here is a closer look at the two new professional development products from Voyager Sopris Learning:

Connecting LETRS to the Classroom is a series of 15 one-hour online sessions that builds on and reinforces the knowledge of effective classroom reading instruction teachers acquired in their LETRS professional development training. The sessions will allow teachers to:

Work at their own pace with time for reflection and to collaborate with colleagues; View modeling of research-proven teacher practices and routines that support effective instruction; Apply and learn strategies while using student work from their own classrooms; and Gain confidence in their ability and knowledge as they progress.

Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction is professional development for K–3 reading teachers who want to implement the components and principles of scientifically based reading instruction. Teachers review the theory and research behind literacy instruction and apply that knowledge to develop explicit, practical lesson plans that can be immediately implemented in their classrooms. FOLI will:

Introduce the science of how children learn to read; Illustrate the importance of oral language, phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in reading instruction; and Demonstrate how to put these concepts to work in the classroom.

About Voyager Sopris Learning
Voyager Sopris Learning® is committed to partnering with school districts to meet and surpass their goals for student achievement. The suite of instructional and service solutions we provide is not only research based, but also evidence based—proven to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness. Our solutions have been fully tested in the classroom, ensuring that they are easy to implement and teacher friendly. They are innovative, both in overall instructional approach and in the strategic use of technology in blended and 100 percent online solutions, and they are supported by an unparalleled commitment to build local capacity for sustained success. With a comprehensive suite of instructional resources, we provide assessments, professional development and literacy and math instructional tools—both comprehensive intervention and supplemental—and resources to build a positive school climate. Voyager Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas.

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About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
Cambium Learning® Group is a leading educational solutions and services company committed to helping all students reach their full potential. Cambium Learning accomplishes this goal by providing evidence-based solutions and expert professional services to empower educators and raise the achievement levels of all students. The company’s award-winning brands include: Learning A-Z® (, ExploreLearning®(, Kurzweil Education® (, and Voyager Sopris Learning® (, which, together, provide breakthrough technology solutions for students and teachers—including best-in-class intervention and supplemental instructional programs; gold-standard professional development; valid and reliable assessments; and products that enable access to learning for all students.  Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCD), is based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit


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