Facilitated by Maria Ortiz-Smith, SWPRSC Education Consultant and Certified LETRS Trainer
TIME FRAME: 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 26, 2022!
WHAT IS LETRS®?
LETRS® stands for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling. LETRS® is a professional learning course from Lexia for instructors of reading, spelling, and related skills. It provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language. This experience strengthens teachers’ knowledge of language structure, the development of the reading brain, and how to nurture the development of foundational literacy skills. LETRS® is not a curriculum, nor a program used to provide instruction; it builds the knowledge and skills so that teachers can be more successful with locally selected curriculum and interventions.
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. LETRS® addresses four critical outcomes for effective literacy instruction: 1) understanding the science of reading, 2) converting research into practice, 3) enhancing teacher effectiveness, and 4) transforming instruction. By understanding the "why" behind science and evidence-based research, educators can effectively (know how to) aid students in learning to read. Ultimately, teachers will learn how to incorporate all the areas of reading and literacy, as detailed in Scarborough’s rope, including oral language and writing.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Teachers who plan, design, and deliver direct instruction to students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 which includes: general education, special education, title, ESOL, and At-Risk, as well as reading specialists/interventionists and instructional coaches providing instruction to students struggling to read at any grade level.
AUGUST 26, 2022: DEADLINE TO SIGN UP (Group size limited to 25)
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022: ATTEND Virtual Orientation (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
BY NOVEMBER 9, 2022: COMPLETE Unit 5 online courses.
NOVEMBER 14, 2022: ATTEND Unit 5 face-to-face implementation support (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
BY JANUARY 25, 2023: COMPLETE unit 6 online courses
JANUARY 30, 2023: ATTEND Unit 6 face-to-face implementation support (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
BY MARCH 8, 2023: COMPLETE Unit 7 online courses
MARCH 10, 2023: ATTEND Unit 7 face-to-face implementation support (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
BY MAY 10, 2023: COMPLETE Unit 8 online courses
MAY 12, 2023: ATTEND Unit 8 face-to-face implementation support (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
Dedicate approximately 16 hours/unit of independent study to complete online modules, required reading from LETRS® manual and Bridge-to-Practice tasks.
Complete each of the 4 units by stated deadlines.
Participate in virtual orientation and four face-to-face sessions at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center.
Commit to course completion and implementation.
Provide classroom coverage and travel expense for participant(s) to attend required training dates
Each of the 4 units require approximately 16 hours to complete the online module, including a pre- and post- assessment (with a score minimum) as well as classroom application tasks. Your district may arrange to compensate the teacher(s) for this independent learning time via stipend, the use of a substitute, and/or other local arrangements.
TRAINING COSTS:FREE OF CHARGE FOR ALL K-3 EDUCATORS IN ELIGIBLE POSITIONS
(courtesy of KSDE ESSER Funds)
Funding covers the cost of the online courses, materials and trainer.
Contact SWPRSC if you have other grade level interests.
- 0.5 graduate-level credit from MNU is available for each face-to-face session
- 1.0 graduate-level credit from MNU is available for the independent study for each unit.
- Details for enrollment will be shared after each completed event.