Provide educators with support in the development and implementation of effective instructional methods, assessments, and activities to improve academic performance of students. Focuses on the use of structured, explicit reading instruction that supports the Science of Reading. These concepts include:

  • Phonological/phonemic awareness,
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension

Consultants are available in the following areas:

  • Literacy K-3: Support for teachers in K-3 grade levels
  • Literacy K-12: Support for teachers in K-12 grade levels
  • Literacy Instruction and Intervention
  • Dyslexia
  • LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

Literacy Collaborative Group and Workshops


Date Workshop Title
December 7 Wanted: Better Outcomes for Middle School and High School Struggling Readers
December 14 The Ins and Outs of Interactive Writing! - CANCELED
January 13 Literacy Collaborative Group
March 4 Literacy Collaborative Group
March 23 Wanted: Better Outcomes for Middle School and High School Struggling Readers
March 29 The Three /f/s of Reading: Phonology, Phonics, and Fluency
May 5 Literacy Collaborative Group

Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)

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LETRS is a professional development course that bridges deep, meaningful research into practical classroom success. LETRS provides educators with the background, depth of knowledge, and tools to teach language and literacy skills to every student. LETRS can be used regardless of the literacy program in use. This PD incorporates text, online, and face-to-face processing of the Science of Reading.

LETRS Volume 1 - Cohort 1

Date Workshop Title
August 4, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 1 - Launch
October 6, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 1 - Unit 1
December 1, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 1 - Unit 2
February 1, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 1 - Unit 3
April 6, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 1 - Unit 4

LETRS Volume 1 - Cohort 2

Date Workshop Title
September 1, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 2 - Launch
November 3, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 2 - Unit 1
January 5, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 2 - Unit 2
March 1, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 2 - Unit 3
May 4, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 2 - Unit 4

 LETRS Volume 1 - Cohort 3

Date Workshop Title
August 8, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 3 - Launch
October 19, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 3 - Unit 1
December 7, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 3 - Unit 2
February 7, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 3 - Unit 3
April 4, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 3 - Unit 4

LETRS Volume 1 - Cohort 4

Date Workshop Title
August 8, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 4 - Launch
October 21, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 4 - Unit 1
December 16, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 4 - Unit 2
February 8, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 4 - Unit 3
April 14, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 4 - Unit 4

LETRS Volume 1 - Cohort 5

Date Workshop Title
August 9, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 5 - Launch
October 26, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 5 - Unit 1
December 19, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 5 - Unit 2
February 22, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 5 - Unit 3
April 20, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 5 - Unit 4

LETRS Volume 1 - Cohort 6

Date Workshop Title
August 9, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 6 - Launch
October 27, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 6 - Unit 1
December 21, 2022 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 6 - Unit 2
February 23, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 6 - Unit 3
April 27, 2023 LETRS Volume 1, Cohort 6 - Unit 4

LETRS Volume 2 - Cohort 1

Date Workshop Title
September 6, 2022 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 1 - Unit 5
October 31, 2022 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 1 - Unit 6
January 13, 2023 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 1 - Unit 7
March 2, 2023 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 1 - Unit 8

LETRS Volume 2 - Cohort 2

Date Workshop Title
October 5, 2022 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 2 - Unit 5
November 28, 2022 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 2 - Unit 6
January 31, 2023 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 2 - Unit 7
April 3, 2023 LETRS Volume 2, Cohort 2 - Unit 8

 LETRS for Early Childhood Educators - Cohort 1

Date Workshop Title
Session 1: July 13
Session 2: August 10
Session 3: October 26 LETRS for Early Childhood Educators, Session 3

 LETRS for Early Childhood Educators - Cohort 2

Date Workshop Title
Session 1: January 12 LETRS for Early Childhood Educators, Session 1
Session 2: February 2 LETRS for Early Childhood Educators, Session 2 - CANCELED
Session 3: March 16 LETRS for Early Childhood Educators, Session 3 - CANCELED

Dyslexia

A minimum of 2 hours PD is mandates for K-12 educators each year in the State of Missouri. Administrators and teachers are provided State guidance on the Dyslexia mandate, optimal screeners, characteristics of dyslexia, and evidence-based strategies to accommodate students with dyslexic characteristics. This training could be provided as a series, or a one-time session, and could be K-12, or segmented to diversity elementary and/or secondary.

Date Workshop Title
December 1 Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia -- Part I
January 26 Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia -- Part II
February 15 Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia -- Part III
March 30 Reaching and Teaching Students with Dyslexia -- Part IV
CONTACTS

Karen Engelen
K-3 Literacy Consultant
kengelen@semo.edu   
(573) 986-4992

Shannon Heisserer       
K-12 Literacy Consultant
sheisserer@semo.edu
(573) 651-2001

Cindy Rodgers
Literacy Instruction and Intervention Specialist
crodgers@semo.edu
(573) 651-2083
Phone
Location
Physical Address
920 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Mailing Address
One University Plaza MS 0120
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701