Reading and Literacy


Melissa Ahlgrim
Director, Reading Sufficiency

(405) 522-1591

Deb Wade
Director, Elementary ELA 

(405) 521-3034

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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.

Science of Reading Professional Development

Emergency Certified Teachers

This list of vendors offer possible training options that will fulfill the requirement for pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers. This is not an exhaustive list, and cost and time commitments vary. This list could also be used by other staff seeking additional training on the Science of Reading.

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. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has developed the Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies to provide this comprehensive training to Oklahoma educators at no cost. Spaces are limited and registration is open until slots are filled. LETRS training honors RSA requirements for teacher literacy professional development.

Find out more about the Oklahoma Science of Reading Academies and LETRS at

Past Professional Development

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

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Last updated on February 22, 2023