Reading and Literacy


Judy Cummings
Literacy Coordinator

(405) 521-4096

Melissa Ahlgrim
Director, Reading Sufficiency

(405) 522-1591

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Oklahoma Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (OSRCL) Grant!

Welcome to the Reading and Literacy pages of the SDE! Literacy – the ability to read, write, speak, and listen effectively – is the door to learning, both in school and in life. To experience literature, embrace history, engage in research, or understand the principles of the universe, we must first be literate.

Here you will find information for RSA (Reading Sufficiency Act), Reading Research as well as resources and information for educators, parents, and students.

Professional Development

The Office of Instruction is available to provide additional professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology.

Past Professional Development

Recordings of past video conferences, webinars, and streaming events for Reading and Literacy.

LETRS Training

Language Essentials for the Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) is a comprehensive, professional development that responds to the growing need for high-quality support for literacy educators. More than any other professional development curriculum, LETRS prepares educators for the challenging work of teaching literacy. Beyond the routines and lesson plans of adopted reading programs, it's important that educators understand the language structures they're teaching, how students learn to read and write, and the reasons that some children fail to learn. Oklahoma State Department of Education is hosting several sites for LETRS training late spring and summer. You must attend each day of each session to receive a certificate of completion. Spaces are limited and registration is open until slots are filled. LETRS training honors RSA requirements for teacher literacy professional development.

Description Date Location Registration
Modules 1-3: Challenge of Reading, Phonology, Orthography Oct 8-9, 29-30 (4-day training) Broken Arrow - Education Service Center



Modules 1-3: Challenge of Reading, Phonology, Orthography Oct 10-11,  Nov 4-5 (4-day training) OKC - Metro Technology Center



Early Childhood Nov 11-12 (2-day training) Broken Arrow - Education Service Center



Early Childhood Nov 13-14 (2-day training OKC - Metro Technology Center



Emergency Certified Teachers - LETRS

Some teachers who have emergency certification are required to complete an approved regional training on or before November 15, 2019. The LETRS trainings below can meet that requirement. This requirement applies to teachers who:

  • hold an emergency certificate that expires December 31, 2019.
  • are teaching pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade.
  • do not have a previous year's experience teaching in that grade span.
  • do not have at least 15 hours of course work.

To register, email with the following information:

  • date wanting to attend
  • participant's name and email address
  • name of school and district
  • grade level participant is teaching
  • administrator's name and email address

For information regarding an emergency certificate, please call the Teacher Certification office at (405)521-3337.

Date Location Status
September 23-25 Owasso - Tulsa Tech COMPLETE
October 7-9 OKC - Metro Tech: Economic Development Center FULL
October 23-25 OKC - Department of Human Services Room C48 FULL
November 6-8 Owasso - Tulsa Tech OPEN
November 11-13 OKC - location TBD OPEN

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Last updated on October 4, 2019