Dr. Louisa Moats

Combatting low reading achievement

American College of Education is collaborating with literacy expert Louisa Moats, Ed.D. to provide accessible, affordable options to enhance literacy teaching and learning. Based on LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), the Concentration in Louisa Moats Literacy Instruction prepares teachers to apply the essential components of vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension to lesson plans, classroom instruction, and critical one-on-one studies.

About Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

Literacy expert Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D is a Consultant Advisor to Sopris for literacy research and professional development. She also serves as Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation.

Dr. Moats's research interests include the language knowledge of teachers, spelling development and instruction, and the implementation of school-wide interventions for improving literacy. She directed the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) Early Reading Interventions Project in Washington, DC from 1997-2001. Prior to that, she worked on the California Reading Initiative from 1996-1997 as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Sacramento County Office of Education.

Dr. Moats began her professional career as a neuropsychology technician and teacher of students with learning disabilities. She earned a master's degree at Peabody College of Vanderbilt and her doctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading & Spelling (LETRS)

LETRS® responds to the need for high-quality literacy educators, providing the deep foundational knowledge necessary to understand how students learn to read, write, and spell—and why some of them struggle.

The LETRS program:

  • Is based on real-world experience and the science of reading
  • Supports Common Core State Standards
  • Prepares educators to diagnose why some students fail to learn to read, spell, or write
  • Provides strategies and activities that can be implemented immediately
  • Increases effectiveness of any core or supplemental program aligned with scientifically-based reading research

About Sopris

The publisher of LETRS, Sopris, has focused exclusively on moving all students to their full academic potential for more than 35 years. With a firm commitment to bridging the gap between research and practice, Sopris supplemental products focus on the full spectrum of academic support—including assessment, supplements, intervention, positive behavior supports, and professional development. Whether implemented in a single classroom or district-wide, Sopris supplements have been proven to strengthen core instruction and to quickly and positively impact the academic achievement of students in literacy, math, and spoken language. Sopris is a business unit of Cambium Learning Group, Inc.