Literacy foundation courses that are offered include Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) and Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS).
TRE: This course supports A.R.S. 15-701-Move on When Reading, A.R.S. 15-704—AZ READS, and the AZ foundational skills for K-5 ELA standards. The content includes current research and evidence-based practices that are necessary for the development of the technical skills of reading along with academic vocabulary and deep comprehension. Important components of an effective comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers, competent writers, and critical thinkers are included in this material.
LETRS: This course provides the deep foundational knowledge necessary to understand how students learn to read, write, and spell—and why some of them struggle. LETRS provides educators with a core understanding of language structure and helps them gain in-depth instructional information to complement their teaching practices. Rather than replacing the core basal reading program, LETRS brings deeper knowledge of reading instruction by addressing each component (see units below) as well as the foundational concepts that link them.