BOSTON (August 16, 2021) – Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, announced today that all Alabama schools can now advance literacy through LETRS® (Language Basics for Reading and Spelling Teachers) professional learning. This professional learning experience provides the knowledge and tools to successfully apply the science of reading in the classroom. Funding from the Alabama State Department of Education is to support K-3 teachers in addition to Pre-K, administrators, and other support positions that impact K-3 literacy in the state. Educators can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Learning Units (PLUs).
“This implementation shows Alabama’s commitment to supporting all basic literacy teachers,” said Lexia Learning and Voyager Sopris Learning President Nick Gaehde. “Our LETRS professional learning program has more than a decade of demonstrated success in schools and districts across the United States, and has been demonstrated in Alabama cohorts over the past few years.”
The Alabama State Department of Education adopted the use of LETTERS as part of the Alabama Literacy Act, which in addition to providing critical literacy support, also provides intensive support for the state’s lowest performing elementary schools. Even before the law became law, Alabama was piloting the program with a small cohort during 2018. At that time, 109 participants completed the LETRS for early childhood educators course, and 97.2% showed growth in knowledge. Approximately 200 elementary educators participated in the LETRS Third Edition course during this pilot.
“Alabama is blessed to have a state superintendent, Dr. Eric Mackey, who is committed to providing funding and support for LETRS training to all of our pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers and administrators,” said Bonnie Short, Coordinator of the Alabama Reading Initiative at the Alabama State Department of Education. “Through collaborative efforts with the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, we are able to work toward a uniform system of literacy instruction. As the leader of the Alabama Reading Initiative, I am excited to have this opportunity to positively impact student achievement across the state. When our teachers and administrators are equipped with greater knowledge in the science of reading, our students win! “
LETTERS addresses four critical outcomes for effective literacy instruction: understanding the science of reading, turning research into practice, improving teacher effectiveness, and transforming instruction. Educators can choose from the following courses:
- LETRS for Early Childhood Educators (for Pre and Kindergarten Educators)
- LETRS for the third edition (for basic literacy educators in grade k and up)
- LETRS for Administrators (for principals and administrators at the district level)
Drawing on more than two decades of research, LETTERS It is designed to fill in gaps in language structure and language development that were not historically taught in teacher preparation courses. The program provides hands-on support with tools that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (online, in-print, and in-person consulting services) and ongoing support throughout the school year with specific strategies for instruction.
“The most important factor in student success is the teacher,” Gaehde said. “But studies have shown that only 51 percent of higher education preparation programs include the science of reading. Learning to read is incredibly complex and teaching reading requires a deep understanding of the processes and the science behind it. LETTERS It is an investment in the literacy knowledge and professional practice of teachers, and we are excited to have this opportunity to support Alabama educators and students. “
For more information on the Alabama program or to register, visit our landing page; or for more information on the LETTERS® Suite, visit our website.
About Lexia Learning
Lexia Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, is the expert on structured literacy. For more than 35 years, the company has focused solely on literacy and today offers a full spectrum of solutions for both students and teachers. With strong offerings for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more students read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.
About Cambium Learning Group
Cambium Learning® Group is the basic education company providing award-winning educational technology and services for the K-12 markets. With an intentionally selected portfolio of respected global brands, Cambium serves as a leader in the educational space, helping millions of educators and students feel more universally valued every day. In everything it does, the company focuses on the elements that are most essential to the success of education, providing simpler and safer solutions that make a significant difference right now. For more information, visit www.cambiumlearning.com or follow Cambium on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitterand a half. The Cambium family of companies includes: Cambium Assessment, Lexia® Learning, Learning AZ®, Voyager Sopris Learning®, ExploreLearning®, Time4Learning® and Kurzweil Education®.