Seton Catholic faculty are training in Reading and Spelling instructional practices using the LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) curriculum, developed by Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman, which provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language.

LETRS® strengthens teachers’ knowledge of language structure, the development of the reading brain, and how to nurture the development of foundational literacy skills such as decoding and language comprehension. Teachers help connect that knowledge with their understanding of language development to enable them to more effectively select and implement a high quality literacy curriculum.

Seton Catholic School teachers are the first in Kentucky to be trained using this literacy program, and the only Catholic School in the diocese in which all Language Arts teachers, PreK-8, are trained using LETRS®. In fact, several faculty members are also being trained as facilitators to assist other schools in the diocese with their LETRS® professional development.