Don't wait any longer to sign up for LETRS® Training! Deadline is September 30th to register.

LETRS® Training will be facilitated by Maria Ortiz-Smith, SWPRSC Education Consultant and Certified LETRS Trainer

Time Frame: 2021-2022 School Year


What is LETRS®? 

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) helps teachers apply The Science of Reading research to classroom practice allowing them to teach language and literacy skills to every student, no matter the curriculum or program your district uses. LETRS® is aligned to the International Dyslexia Association’s Structured Literacy Standards and develops teaching practices that prevent and remediate reading difficulties for ALL students. 

Why LETRS®? 

Both teaching reading and learning to read are complex, but failure is unnecessary! LETRS® incorporates decades of research on how students learn to read and how reading should be taught. Teachers will learn how to incorporate all the areas of reading and literacy as detailed in Scarborough’s rope, including oral language and writing.

How does Southwest Plains LETRS® Academy work?  

District responsibilities:

  • Explain and advertise Southwest Plains LETRS® Academy

  • Provide classroom coverage to attend the virtual orientation 

  • Provide a substitute and travel expenses for teachers to attend each of the 4 face-to-face sessions at Southwest Plains

  • Cover the $1,025 fee for each teacher.  The fee includes online materials, books, and face-to-face workshops with lunches

  • To arrange locally- Please note that each of the 4 units requires 16 hours of online module completion including a pre- and post- assessment (with a score minimum) as well as classroom application tasks.  Your district may arrange to compensate the teachers for this independent learning time via stipend, the use of a substitute, or other local arrangements

Teacher responsibilities:

  • Teachers will dedicate 16 hours of independent study including online modules and Bridge-to-Practice tasks per unit.  The Bridge-to-Practice tasks support classroom implementation through the use of a student case study.  

  • Successfully complete each of the 4 units by the deadline. 

  • Attend the virtual orientation and 4 face-to-face sessions at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center.

  • Commitment to implementation.  

Dates to remember: 


  2. Attend the virtual orientation on September 30, 2021 from 9:00-11:00.

  3. Complete unit 1 online courses by November 26, 2021.

  4. Attend Unit 1 face-to-face implementation support on December 6, 2021 at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center from 8:30-3:30.

  5. Complete unit 2 online courses by February 4, 2022.

  6. Attend Unit 2 face-to-face implementation support on February 14, 2022 at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center from 8:30-3:30.

  7. Complete unit 3 online courses by April 22, 2022.

  8. Attend Unit 3 face-to-face implementation support on May 2, 2022 at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center from 8:30-3:30.

  9. Complete unit 4 online courses by June 17, 2022.

  10. Attend Unit 4 face-to-face implementation support on June 27, 2022 at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center from 8:30-3:30.

Participation in the Southwest Plains LETRS Academy is limited to 25 participants. Each interested person should complete the registration as soon as possible indicating their intent to be trained. Additional registration links will be sent out a week before each participation day to provide accountability for required training dates.