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Email: ndseec.info@k12.nd.us

3170 43rd St. S. #103
Fargo, ND 58104

Phone: 701.997.2210

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LETRS® Training

LETRS® provides K-12 educators with an in-depth understanding of the science behind teaching literacy and gives them the background and depth of knowledge to teach language and literacy skills to every student. Designed to be the cornerstone of a multiyear, systemic literacy improvement initiative, LETRS® is the most respected comprehensive professional development course for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills.

LETRS® for K-12 Educators

2022-2023 LETRS Cohorts Open for registration (Fall and Spring kickoffs + multiple locations).
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What is LETRS®:

  • LETRS® is a professional development that provides teachers with an understanding of scientifically-based best practices for instructional routines, activities, and approaches.
  • LETRS® is NOT a reading program.
  • LETRS® is NOT a curriculum
  • Instead, LETRS® is KNOWLEDGE

How it works:

  • Leaders select staff to join the 2-year LETRS® cohort in North Dakota
  • Staff complete Units 1-4 in year one and Units 5-8 in year two through both online and face-to-face training
  • LETRS requirements for EACH volume:
    1. Complete four asynchronous online modules (time commitments listed below):
      • Volume 1: Unit 1 (12-16hrs) | Unit 2 (12-16hrs) | Unit 3 (12-17hrs) | Unit 4 (14-19hrs)
      • Volume 2: Unit 5 (10-14hrs) | Unit 6 (10-14hrs) | Unit 7 (10-15hrs) | Unit 8 (12-18hrs)
    2. Attend four, one-hour synchronous professional learning community (PLC) meetups [3:30-4:30pm]
    3. Attend four face-to-face sessions in Fargo, ND [9:00am - 4:30pm]
  • $550 per person
  • Subsidized through NDDPI funding
  • Includes all PD and materials

Interested in LETRS?

LETRS for Administrators

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) for Administrators is a course of study that combines A Principal’s Primer for Raising Reading Achievement with an online component and optional face-to-face training to help instructional leaders create the systems and structures needed to improve overall literacy instruction.

LETRS® for Administrators helps literacy leaders:

  • Create efficient methods of analyzing student data
  • Establish effective instructional blocks in literacy
  • Examine resources for all tiers of instruction
  • Support their LETRS® professional development participants

The research-based course complements LETRS® and guides state, district, or building leaders in implementing research-based, multitiered instruction. Administrators are provided specific steps for facilitating change, developing a comprehensive assessment plan, managing resources, assembling a school leadership team, and making data-based decisions.

An overview of all 8 units of LETRS® will be provided in this course. Current LETRS educators are finishing units 1-4 this year and will start on units 5-8 next year. This course will allow administrators to preview the content for all units.

DELIVERY: This multi-session series will be delivered over 1 online webinar and 2 face-to-face sessions throughout the year.

CREDIT: Two graduate credits will be available for participants who complete all sessions and required assignments.

Interested in LETRS for Administrators?