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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
Early Childhood Jan 27-28 (2-day training) Putnam City Administration Center



Early Childhood Jan 27-28 (2-day training)

Lawton - CETES Conference Center



Early Childhood Feb 3-4 (2-day training) Sand Springs High School Sandite Room



Early Childhood Feb 3-4 (2-day training) Atoka - Kiamichi Tech Center


Early Childhood Feb 4-5 (2-day training) Oklahoma City Metro Tech




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Last updated on January 22, 2020