Discussion in 'General Education' started by nstructor, Apr 9, 2016.
Apr 9, 2016
Have any of you taken this training? Is it worth it, especially for a middle school teacher?
Apr 10, 2016
Our staff did this training last year. I think it depends on what your background is and how much training you have in reading to begin with. Honestly, for me it was nothing I hadn't already heard (multiple times) before. If you have no background in phonics or how kids learn to read you may find it helpful. I don't see it being that applicable to middle school teachers unless you're teaching students that are significantly below grade level and still learning to read.
I went theough LETRS training back in 2006 when I first started literacy coaching. It was by far one of the best trainings I've been through, but I had a national literacy expert as a trainer and I'm sure you probably won't be going through the whole training. There are 12 modules, and each module is a full day. The full training took about a year. Modules 1-9 are for primary, and modules 10-12 are for upper elementary (at least that's what I remember). There's also LETRS Foundations, and LETRS Para training. Most teachers I've talked through now who go through the training go through a modified version of the full training. Do you know have any information about which one you are going to? Like Waterfall said, it probably wouldn't benefit you too much as a middle school teacher, unless you had very low students or were taking the later modules. Most of LETRS teaches very basic foundational reading skills.