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Essential Literacy Professional Development

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is professional development that provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language. Authored by literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman.

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Bridge the Gaps in Literacy Teacher Preparedness

Professional learning that comes from LETRS is relevant and applicable regardless of the literacy programs already in use within your state, district, or school. LETRS is designed to be the cornerstone of a multiyear, systemic literacy improvement initiative—backed by more than 30 years of research and more than a decade of proven success.



Provides a depth of content beyond other literacy professional development solutions—covering all essential components of reading, language, spelling, and writing.



Leverages decades of research including the latest neuroscience that reveals how we learn to read and how to teach reading with effective instruction.



Presents comprehensive and consistent content in flexible, online, and face-to-face delivery models to best meet your schedule and staff development needs.



Translates decades of scientific research and best practice into everyday classroom success in a way that is most relevant and empowering to educators.

Respected Authorship

Authored by renowned literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman, this evidence-based PD for teachers prepares educators with the science of how reading and language work together to build strong literacy skills.

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Dr. Louisa C. Moats

Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized authority on literacy education and is widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer. Dr. Moats received her doctorate in reading and human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is widely published on reading instruction, the professional development of teachers, and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling.

Dr. Carol A. Tolman

Carol A. Tolman, Ed.D., has a doctorate in educational psychology and has been a consultant at the state, district, and school levels for more than 15 years. Dr. Tolman also has more than 25 years of experience in public schools and the juvenile justice system, spending 12 years designing and implementing an innovative reading clinic for academically challenged high school students.

We've Done Our Homework

LETRS is teacher training backed by scientific evidence, research studies, and more than a decade of demonstrated success.

REL Study

This study examines the positive impact LETRS has had on reading teachers who went through the program, boosting their quality of instruction to benefit their students.

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ESSA Evidence

See how LETRS meets the ESSA criteria and the impact it has had on educators who have gone through the program.

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Florida Reading Endorsement Approved

Download the LETRS Florida Reading Endorsement Matrix Alignment that was approved by Just Read, Florida!.

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LETRS Research Base

Get an overview of the LETRS program and the foundational research behind it.

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LETRS White Paper

A detailed report about the research that supports the content and approach of the LETRS program.

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LETRS is teacher training backed by scientific evidence, research studies, and more than a decade of demonstrated success.

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LETRS Success in Wyoming

LETRS Success in Newcastle, WY

Students need teachers who know how to teach the foundational skills of reading. Designed to be the cornerstone of a multiyear, systemic literacy improvement initiative...

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10 Reasons Literacy PD is Essential

The Need for Research-Based Literacy Professional Development

The solution for English Language Learners that provides foundational skills, vocabulary, language, and comprehension instruction.

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LETRS Case Study

Lasting PD for Literacy Educators and Classroom Teachers

LETRS, literacy professional development, focuses on raising literacy achievement for all students.

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Prepare teachers and achieve literacy success today.

LETRS Training & Support Services

We are committed to a long-term partnership with every district that implements our solutions. Each implementation support plan is individually crafted with school and/or district administrators to meet specific needs, including making explicit connections to state standards and/or the CCSS. Districts can choose from a menu of training and support options including in-person, online, or a combination of both.

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LETRS Consulting Services

As participants in LETRS begin to build a foundation in structured literacy, consulting services are offered to help teachers apply what they have learned. Educators benefit from site-based, real-time, actionable support based on specific needs, skills, and strategies for reading instruction and intervention.

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