LetrsLogoWhat is LETRS?

Grades: Elementary

Now is the time to bridge professional development for teachers to in-classroom success with this blended literacy and language course of study backed by more than 30 years of evidence-based scientific research, and more than a decade of proven success. New LETRS is online and flexible, and addresses the structures of English language, the cognitive processes of learning to read, and the teaching practices proven to be most effective in preventing and remediating reading difficulties, including dyslexia. No other literacy teacher professional development is as comprehensive or successful in addressing the five essential components of effective reading instruction, plus writing, with a focus on translating research to classroom application.


LETRS is validated by numerous studies that show improvement in instruction and student achievement and has an ESSA evidence level of Promising.

LETRS REL study   LETRS Research Base   LETRS White Paper


What Makes New LETRS a Success? 

With new LETRS, educators receive:

  • Updated information about the brain and learning to read
  • Information about identification and treatment of dyslexia
  • Explicit assignments for teachers to apply what they are learning
  • Embedded videos that connect content to classroom applications
  • Literacy development for English learners
  • Curriculum development of classroom and small-group instruction

Learn how language, reading, and writing are related to one another and other critical elements most effective in improving reading outcomes overall. Teachers learn why, for whom, in what way, and at what point in reading development certain practices are most effective.

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  • Online Assignments
  • Strategies to apply what you learn
  • Is curriculum-agnostic. It improves literacy instruction no matter what curriculum is being used.
  • Video clips that connect for real world application
  • Each step of instruction demonstrated, all connected to the science of reading and writing
  • Comprehensively addresses the five essential components of effective reading instruction, with a focus on translating research to classroom application
  • Independent of any curriculum or intervention program
  • Promotes effective and consistent literacy instruction throughout a school, district, and state
  • Focuses on assessment, English learners, and classroom application in a highly integrated way
  • Uses innovative, collaborative, research-supported practices to deepen knowledge
Comprehensive, Relevant, and Flexible

Not every teacher or district is the same. That’s why new LETRS offers flexible implementation options and can be accomplished regardless of the literacy programs already in use in your school. LETRS professional development can be purchased as:

  • An entire course of study with online and face-to-face instruction (optimal)
  • Blocks of units to create a full-year course of study
  • A blended solution that leverages online coursework, face-to-face workshops, and virtual support
  • Face-to-face instruction only
  • Online instruction only

LETRS allowed us to use a common curriculum and that allowed for the use of common practices. We were able to see gaps in teaching and resources, evaluate what to keep and what to get rid of, and re-evaluate the use of pull-out vs. push-in for Title I services. It gave us the springboard to change our instructional practices.”

—Ann Marie Thigpen
Superintendent of Niles City Schools, Niles, OH


Proven, Research-Based Content

According to the Center for Public Education, “Teachers’ knowledge of the content they teach is a consistently strong predictor of student performance.”

Dr. Louisa C. Moats
Dr. Louisa C. Moats
LETRS and LETRS Classic

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.

Carol Tolman
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.