LETRS

Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

LETRS, Volume 1, Cohort C

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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Option 3: CPE Credit Registrants

Registration for Act 48 and Online Sessions

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.

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Requirements to earn 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 1 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!

LETRS Kick-Off Informational Meeting

August 9, 2021 (9-11 AM) or August 9, 2021 (1- 3 PM)

Zoom Virtual Training


Let's look at the LETRS, Third Edition, printed participant book, and tour the Voyager Sopris online learning platform that you will be using during this course. During this orientation meeting, participants will be provided with a course syllabus and a suggested pacing guide to help manage time throughout the course. Time for questions will be given.

The Challenge of Learning to Read

COURSE 1 UNIT 1

September 14, 2021 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Zoom Virtual Training


Have you ever wondered why reading is difficult for some students and not others? The connection between language and literacy and what the brain does when a person is reading will be explored to learn about the extraordinary process. During training, you will learn about the skills that support proficient reading and spelling. We will look at the major types of reading difficulties and learn how to select assessments for prevention, early intervention, and differentiate instruction.



Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 7, 2021

The Speech Sounds of English

COURSE 1 UNIT 2

November 9, 2021 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Zoom Virtual Training


Learning to read starts with speech. Reading is a “speech-to-print” process. Over this two-day training, we will explore how speech or phonology skills and phonemic awareness are necessary for word reading, spelling, and vocabulary development. Multisensory activities to support the acquisition of these necessary skills during spelling and phonics lessons will be shared and implemented in your instruction.


Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 7, 2021

Teaching Beginning Phonics, Word Recognition and Spelling

COURSE 2 UNIT 3

January 11, 2022 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Midwestern Intermediate Unit and/or Zoom Virtual Training



Are you ready to teach basic phonics skills to your students but aren't sure where to start? We will dig into the why, how, and when to teach phonics and spelling within a comprehensive phonics lesson plan that you can use with your class, small groups, or individuals during this training. Various phonics practice activities and resources will be shared to support your readers on their way to achieve the goal of automatic and accurate reading.


Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 7, 2021

Advanced Decoding, Spelling and Word Recognition

COURSE 2 UNIT 4

March 15, 2022 (8:30 AM-3:30 PM)

Midwestern Intermediate Unit and/or Zoom Virtual Training


Teaching students to decode multisyllabic words can be easy! Be prepared to learn all about advanced word study skills that help students read and study multisyllabic words found across all content areas. We will explore syllable types and morphemes (small meaningful parts of words) that help students unlock word meanings, spelling, and decoding abilities during this training. You will leave this workshop with knowledge of advanced decoding, spelling, and word recognition to enhance your instruction.


Registration begins May 1, 2021

Registration deadline is September 7, 2021

Contact Information

Content and Material Questions:

Linda Delvaux linda.delvaux@miu4.org


Registration Questions:

Jaclyn Underwood jaclyn.underwood@miu4.org

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