LetrsLogo_2009What is LETRS?

LETRS comprehensive professional development responds to the growing need for high-quality support for literacy educators. More than any other teacher professional development curriculum, LETRS prepares educators for the challenging work of teaching literacy.


  • It deepens educator knowledge—includes the “what,” “why,” and “how” of literacy instruction
  • It works with educators to develop a roadmap for meeting Common Core and other State Standards
  • It sharpens educators’ ability to diagnose why students are struggling and how to provide proven intervention
  • It offers more than a decade of demonstrated success in schools and districts across the United States
  • It provides real-world professional development that is relevant, timely and actionable
  • It focuses on raising preK-12 literacy achievement for all students
  • It is independently validated by top researchers as positively impacting teacher instruction and student achievement

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The People Behind LETRS

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.


LETRS is a course of study and/or a series of in-person workshops that connects research to practice, while using accessible language and interactive exercises. The program is based on the science behind the best way to teach reading. Key features include:

  • Introducing language and literacy
  • Addressing the challenges associated with learning to read
  • Understanding phonetics, phonology and phoneme awareness
  • Demonstrating how spelling works
  • Building vocabulary and oral language skills
  • Developing fluency
  • Teaching text comprehension
  • Teaching phonics, word study and alphabetic principle
  • Assessing for prevention and early intervention
  • Teaching beginners of spelling and writing
  • Syllabication and Advanced Decoding