LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling)

Authors: Susan L. Hall, Deborah Glaser, Scott K. Baker, Marcia Davidson, Carrie Hancock, J. Ron Nelson, Antonio Fierro, Nancy Hennessy, Carol Tolman, María Elena Argüelles, Ph.D., Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., Lucy Hart Paulson, Ph.D.

Grades: All

What is LETRS?

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

In-person: Face-to-face training is at the core of the LETRS professional development model. Teachers learn explicit best practices to put into use immediately in their classrooms.

Connecting LETRS to the Classroom

Online: 15 one-hour supplemental sessions connect LETRS to the classroom. This option is self-paced with time for reflection and discussion; modeling of good teacher practices; and strategies to support instruction.

Who benefits from  LETRS?

LETRS is for educators striving to raise literacy achievement for all learners in grades K–12.


  • Deepens educator knowledge—includes the “what,” “why,” and “how” of literacy instruction
  • Works with educators to develop a road map for meeting the Common Core State Standards
  • Sharpens educators’ ability to diagnose why students are struggling and how to provide proven intervention
  • Offers more than a decade of demonstrated success in schools and districts across the United States
  • Provides real-world professional development that is relevant, timely and actionable
  • Focuses on raising preK–12 literacy achievement for all learners

In this video, Author Louisa Moats, Ed.D., walks through LETRS, describing the features, purpose, and expectations of the program.

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The Results are Impressive

LETRS Results from REL Study

View report to examine how educators’ knowledge and classroom practices changed with the implementation of LETRS.

The People Behind LETRS

LETRS author Louisa Moats

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.

Meet the Authors and Trainers of LETRS.

Implemented Nationwide

Learn about LETRS implementation and success stories across the country.

Nation LETRS Implementation

“The LETRS training effectively connected current research to explicit instruction and gave all participants meaningful content and strategies to implement in classrooms immediately! … The LETRS modules rank among the most extensive and in-depth training I have ever received in reading.”