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Grades: K–12

LETRS® Classic is a highly effective, research-based teacher training program that prepares educators for the challenging work of teaching literacy. Teachers trained with LETRS Classic raise literacy achievement for their K–12 learners.

With 35 percent of U.S. students not reading at grade level, students need teachers who are highly skilled at teaching foundational literacy skills. LETRS Classic responds to this more than any other professional development for teachers by utilizing curriculum development and prepares educators to more effectively teach literacy skills.

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

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Teachers Succeed because LETRS Classic:

  • Integrates research-supported practices to deepen educator knowledge
  • Addresses the five essential components of reading instruction
  • Directs and empowers educators as they develop a comprehensive road map for meeting standards-based outcomes
  • Has a proven record of success in schools and districts backed by more than a decade of research
  • Improves literacy instruction no matter what curriculum is being used
LETRS Modules Answer the What, Why, and How

LETRS Foundations: An Introduction to Language and Literacy

1: The Challenge of Learning to Read

2: The Speech Sounds of English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Phoneme Awareness

3: Spellography for Teachers: How English Spelling Works

4: The Mighty Word: Building Vocabulary and Oral Language

5: Getting up to Speed: Developing Fluency

6: Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension

7: Teaching Phonics, Word Study, and the Alphabetic Principle

8: Assessment for Prevention and Early Intervention

9: Teaching Beginning Spelling and Writing

10: Reading Big Words: Syllabication and Advanced Decoding

Why LETRS Classic Works

LETRS Classic is the only 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. No other 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.

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Connect Research to Classroom Practice

With essential literacy concepts and instructional practice at the heart of LETRS Classic, this workshop-based course of study connects research to practice using accessible language, interactive exercises, and a tireless focus on translating knowledge to classroom practice. Administrators choose LETRS Classic due to its:

  • Flexible implementation and scheduling options
  • Ability to partner with schools and districts to customize plans
  • Independently validated approach by researchers
What People are Saying

“I’m filling the holes in the curriculum with my knowledge through LETRS.”

—Melissa Carvitto
Teacher, Peshastin-Dryden Elementary
Cascade School District, Leavenworth, WA

“Thank you for providing the most valuable training I’ve received in my entire educational career. I now have the knowledge, backed by research, to support my teachers as they create reading success for all students.”

—Gary Robinson, Principal, Indiana


Expert Authorship

Lead author Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized authority on literacy education and is widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer. All LETRS trainers are committed to serving teachers and school leaders to achieve unprecedented results.