K–3 Literacy Success Levels Soar in Louisiana District After Turning to Voyager Sopris Learning’s LETRS Solution
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“Overwhelmingly our fourth-grade teachers are telling us how the kids are coming out of third grade knowing so much more now than before we had LETRS,” Cohen said.
To date, more than 300 teachers from Rapides Parish’s lowest-performing elementary schools have received LETRS training, which offers more than a decade of demonstrated success in improving teacher effectiveness and focuses on raising preK–12 literacy achievement for all learners. LETRS provides teachers the background and depth of knowledge to teach language and literacy skills to every student and helps teachers recognize why some students struggle so that all students can become proficient readers.
“We are so excited to be a part of this,” Cohen said. “On a professional development level, things are clicking, and the results have been incredible.”
“Going through the process, the one question we had to answer was ‘Do our teachers really understand the reading process?’” Bennett said. “For us, LETRS was the missing piece, especially with the shift in education where so many teachers are coming from non-traditional backgrounds to teach. It’s imperative to us—teachers need to know how students learn to read to be able to effectively teach reading.”
“I’ve had a lot of training over the years in phonics and phonemic awareness,” said Moore, in her third year of teaching first grade. “But the LETRS training modules are very helpful and remind me about the importance of doing these drills. Student engagement is more important today than ever before, and the research we’ve learned as part of LETRS about how the brain works helps us know how to keep the kids engaged.”
Cohen echoed Moore’s assessment and said LETRS has not only helped students improve their reading proficiency, but also has dramatically buoyed the confidence of the teachers who have gone through the training.
“For our teachers, true learning is occurring, and the light bulb is being turned on. So many of the teachers have said, ‘How were we not taught these skills in college?’”
“This is the story we're hearing around the country when districts start training with LETRS," said
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