Notice: Elementary Reading Certificates
Director, Reading and Literacy
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 four-day training on language essentials for teachers of reading and spelling (LETRS) starting in January 2015
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.