Notice: Elementary Reading Certificates
Welcome to the Reading and Literacy pages of the SDE! Literacy – the ability to read, write, speak, and listen effectively – is the door to learning, both in school and in life. To experience literature, embrace history, engage in research, or understand the principles of the universe, we must first be literate.
Here you will find information for RSA (Reading Sufficiency Act), Reading Research as well as resources and information for educators, parents, and students.
Regional training is available to language essentials for teachers of reading and spelling (LETRS).
Early Childhood Module- 2 day training
ELL Module- 2 day training
Modules 1-3 -4 day training
Modules 4-6 -4 day training
Language Essentials for the Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) was developed by Dr. Louisa Moats and is published by Sopris West. The goal of the LETRS professional development program is to help teachers from grades K-12 understand the language structures they are teaching, how students learn to read and write, and the best reasons why some children fail to learn. LETRS helps teachers gain in-depth, useful instructional information that complements their everyday teaching practices. It is not a "reading program," nor is it a replacement for core reading programs; rather, it is designed to bring deeper insight and knowledge to reading instruction, provide answers that instructional materials cannot, and allow teachers to reach, through explicit, scientifically-based methods, students who might otherwise fail.
The Office of Instruction also is available to provide additional professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through videoconference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for this additional professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at least five districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 45 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated.