Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies: Cohort 4

Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies Cohort 4

This cohort began working on the Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies LETRS program in January 2023 and will conclude in September 2024. 

Suggested Pacing Guide

It is recommended that participants complete the lessons for the online module before the facilitated session for that unit. Unit 1 is the exception as the facilitated training is set up as an introduction to the study. The online modules can be found here: https://letrs.com/login. It is not a requirement that modules are fully completed prior to the session. However, participants who complete all or most of the lessons prior to the discussion will be able to gain more from the session.

Download the Pacing Guide for Cohort 4

Facilitated Sessions

Facilitated sessions occur during each unit. While this 6-hour session provides a brief review of the larger learning targets, the main purpose is to lead small groups of participants through discussion and activities to deepen their understanding of the content in the unit. These are highly interactive sessions that provide participants the opportunity to ask clarifying questions, clear up misconceptions, and collaborate with colleagues across the state.

Cohorts will attend some of these sessions in person, while others will be held virtually. Participants may attend all virtual sessions if they choose to do so. 

In-Person Sessions

These will be held during the school day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (1 hour for lunch) for one 6-hour session. Participants may have to travel to attend a session. It is the responsibility of the participant to either cover any costs associated with travel or communicate with their district to ask for help with those costs. If a substitute is required for the teacher to attend the session, the district will need to cover the cost of the substitute. 

Participants will need to bring their LETRS manual and paper and pen for taking notes. Participants are asked to set electronic devices (e.g., computers, phones, etc.) aside during the session to minimize distractions. Food and drink will not be provided during the session as these are not allowable expenses with federal funds.

Virtual Sessions

These will be held either during the school day (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30), on Saturday mornings (8:30-11:30), or in the evening (5:00-8:00) for two 3-hour sessions. If a substitute is required for the teacher to attend the session, the district will need to cover the cost of the substitute. 

Participants will need to have their LETRS manual and paper and pen for taking notes. Each person will need to log into Zoom on their own device. It is not advisable to have multiple people share a device or watch on a large screen since it is much harder to be engaged and participate in the activities.

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Stipend for Participants of the Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to offer participants of the Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies a stipend of $600 for the completion of the full program. 

To be eligible, participants must have fully completed both volumes of LETRS through the Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies and be currently employed with an Oklahoma public school upon completion. This includes completing all online work for Units 1-8 and attending all facilitated sessions for Units 1-8.

The link to upload documentation for this stipend will be available for Cohort 4 in August 2024. We will notify participants when this link is available via the Oklahoma Science of Reading Cohort 4 newsletter. Specific directions for completing the application and deadlines will be provided for the cohort at that time as well. Participants will need to be able to provide attendance certificates for all facilitated sessions. Payments will be processed through the participant’s district.

Attendance Certificates for Training

When attending training, either in-person or virtual, the LETRS trainer will have a QR code available to all participants. Everyone will need to complete the check-in and check-out surveys using this code. An attendance certificate will automatically be generated upon completion of the surveys and be emailed to the participant.

If a certificate is not received following the training session, LETRS participants can request their certificate by contacting Lexia Learning at support@lexialearning.com and including the following information: First and Last name, Training date and time, Unit and Part number.

Make-up Sessions for Past Units

A special facilitated training make-up group has been added for January for unit 3. This will be the last opportunity to take Unit 3. 

Unit 3 part 1: Tuesday, January 9th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Unit 3 part 2: Thursday, January 11th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

There are no make-up sessions scheduled for units 1-2. 

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Last updated on December 1, 2023