At B.T. Bullock Elementary, we understand the importance of using science- and evidence-based practices to teach children to read. Our teachers underwent training in Reading Research to Classroom Practice--a 40 hour course on the science of teaching reading--prior to the pandemic. We are excited to embark on LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training in the Fall of 2022. LETRS® is professional learning that provides educators and administrators with deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in the science of reading from renowned literacy experts: Dr. Louisa Moats, Dr. Carol Tolman, and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson. LETRS teaches the skills needed to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.
We are committed to aligning our instruction to the 5 pillars of reading that were clearly defined in the Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read. In 1997, Congress asked the "Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in consultation with the Secretary of Education, to convene a national panel to assess the status of research-based knowledge, including the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children to read. Those results were published in the aforementioned report. We are committed to using the research published in that report to help frame reading instruction to benefit all learners.