Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)
provides technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices.

LETRS Professional Development Support

Are you interested in support for your LETRS professional development?

LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is professional development that provides teachers the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction - phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and language. LETRS (3rd Edition) is an online professional development experience designed to be supported by a facilitator throughout the course. 

LETRS is a self-directed training that includes an online course, reading, bridge-to-practice activities and after-unit training sessions lead by a Certified LETRS Facilitator. If you want to take a LETRS Courses (LETRS for Early Childhood Educators/LETRS Units 1-4/LETRS Units 5-8) but are in a district that doesn't have a Certified LETRS Facilitator to provide you support TASN can help. TASN provides after-unit trainings each school year for the cohort. These support sessions are provided free of charge and led by Certified LETRS Facilitators. Cohorts begin August of each year and run through May.

To participate in the facilitated support sessions:

1. Purchase the LETRS course from Voyager Sopris Learning (VSL) - paid for locally

Ordering Options
Call Customer Service:  1-800-547-6747
Email Kansas Sales Executive Robyn Rogers Robyn.Rogers@voyagersopris.com
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2. Download the suggested Pacing Guide for completing the LETRS course and dates for all support sessions.

Plans for the 2021-2022 School Year are not finalized and will be posted here when available. 

If you have additional questions or would like to have a discussion the TASN support for the use of LETRS you may contact Kevin Davis (kddavis@pittstate.edu) of the TASN Coordination Project.

Is your district interested in having you as a Certified Local LETRS Facilitator?

The TASN provided facilitated support sessions are for participants of the LETRS online professional development who do not currently have a Certified LETRS Facilitator in district. If your district is interested in building internal capacity to provide ongoing professional development using the LETRS online courses, facilitator training sponsored by TASN is offered annually in Kansas. Facilitator training is only recommended if your district is committed to having additional staff complete the LETRS online professional development, otherwise the LETRS course is sufficient.  

Get more information about the role of a Certified LETRS Facilitator Download the LETRS Facilitator Role flyer here. 

Get more information about the requirements to attend facilitator training and maintain certification  Download Facilitator Training Requirements here

Scholarship Support for Individual Educators

If you are a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Kansas/Missouri you could be eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of the course and materials.  For more information IDA KS/MO visit their website at http://ksmo.dyslexiaida.org 

Additional information about the scholarship they offer can be found at this URL https://ksmo.dyslexiaida.org/scholarship-applications/teacher-scholarships/