LETRS

Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

LETRS, Volume 2, Cohort A

LETRS, Third Edition, is being offered during the 2021-2022 School Year for CPE credit or Act 48 Hours. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is ongoing training required to remain certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania. Participants that elect to enroll in the LETRS, Third Edition, for CPE credit or Act 48 Hours will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the science behind teaching literacy through an online course, a printed participant book, and virtual/in-person training with a Certified LETRS Facilitator.

LETRS

LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is an empowering professional development course of study for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills. LETRS creates expert teachers of the English language so teachers can, in turn, give their students a deep understanding of how English works.


LETRS provides knowledge, skill development, and effective application of both knowledge and skill into the classroom setting. Teachers and instructional support personnel are provided with quality training through the application of Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR) to reading instruction, assessment, diagnosis, progress monitoring and intervention, and instructional effectiveness among others. Within the full course, the participants will learn, engage, apply and reflect upon the following essential components:

Three Different Workshop Options to Choose From

Option 1: Act 48 Workshop Only

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Registration for Act 48 Hours Only

To register for Act 48 Hours, click on the button above. Log into EduLink and then re-click the button. First-time users will need to create an account. For virtual events, you'll receive an email with a Zoom registration link several days prior.

Option 2: Act 48 Workshop and Online Sessions

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Registration for Act 48 and Online Sessions

To register for Act 48 Hours, click on the button above. Log into EduLink and then re-click the button. First-time users will need to create an account. For virtual events, you'll receive an email with a Zoom registration link several days prior.

Option 3: CPE Act 48 Registrants

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Requirements for CPE Credit

To earn CPE credits for use in Pennsylvania:


  • You must have an active Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate and a Professional Personnel Identification Number (PPID Number).
  • You must take the LETRS Courses in numerical order.
  • You must take the LETRS Courses in your own IU region unless your IU does not offer it.
  • You must purchase a Volume 2 Participant Book and have online access to the LETRS Learning Platform from Voyager-Sopris Learning.
  • You must complete all online sessions, assigned activities and attend facilitator-led, face-to-face, or synchronous virtual session(s) totaling at least six hours for each unit.
  • All work must be complete by course end dates to pass the course and earn CPE credits.
Registration for CPE Credits

To register for CPE Credits, click on the button above. Log into EduLink and then re-click the button. First-time users will need to create an account. For virtual events, you'll receive an email with a Zoom registration link several days prior.

Training dates below are applicable to all options listed above. Attendance at all sessions is required!

The Mighty Word: Oral Language and Vocabulary

COURSE 3 UNIT 5

September 28, 2021 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Zoom Virtual Training


Vocabulary knowledge is a crucial factor that is necessary for reading comprehension. We will explore how to select words for instruction using a three-tiered model. Also, you will be armed with an effective instructional routine for teaching vocabulary words and instructional activities that you can use with your students to provide opportunities to develop that rich word knowledge and memory for spoken and written words necessary for skilled reading.



Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration end deadline is September 21, 2021


Please note: Participants must have previously attended a Unit 1, LETRS 3rd Edition Training

Digging for Meaning: Understanding Reading Comprehension

COURSE 3 UNIT 6

November 23, 2021 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Zoom Virtual Training


Students need to be equipped with skills that allow them to read a narrative and informational text with a complete understanding of the author's message. Using a comprehension checklist divided into three sections, we will explore the important aspects necessary for comprehension instruction to ensure we are setting our readers up for successful comprehension. During this session, we will focus on the before section of the checklist. The checklist that we will analyze includes how the text structure (informational or narrative), vocabulary and background knowledge, sentence structure, and cohesive ties need to be identified as you prepare your students to read.



Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 21, 2021


Please note: Participants must have previously attended a Unit 1, LETRS 3rd Edition Training.

Text Driven Comprehension Instruction

COURSE 4 UNIT 7

January 25, 2022 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Midwestern Intermediate Unit and/or Zoom Virtual Training


How do you balance your instruction to ensure you provide enough instruction in word recognition and in language comprehension to produce skilled readers? The attention given to both domains changes as the skills are developed and mastered. Ideas on how to balance your reading language arts block of time will be shared. Also, we will continue to analyze how to support the language comprehension domain by using a comprehension checklist to help plan instruction during and after a reading comprehension lesson with effective comprehension strategy instruction. Research-based strategies will be shared to encourage your readers to think aloud with others and the author of the text to better understand the text.



Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 21, 2021


Please note: Participants must have previously attended a Unit 1, LETRS 3rd Edition Training.

The Reading Writing Connection

COURSE 4 UNIT 8

March 29, 2022 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Midwestern Intermediate Unit and/or Zoom Virtual Training


There are two sets of skills needed for writing: foundational skills and composition skills. We will explore how teachers can prepare and support students in writing using a writing planning checklist. Participants will learn strategies for building the foundational and composition skills and will review a writing evaluation checklist. Teachers will learn how to implement teacher-led, direct, cumulative, and explicit writing instruction for narrative and informational writing.



Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 21, 2021


Please note: Participants must have previously attended a Unit 1, LETRS 3rd Edition Training.

Contact Information

Content and Materials Questions:

Linda Delvaux linda.delvaux@miu4.org


Registration Questions:

Jaclyn Underwood jaclyn.underwood@miu4.org

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