2021 Archive

MN 2021 Legislative Session - LETRS

2120 teachers are currently enrolled in LETRS from the 3 million dollar grant from the 2021 legislative session. Training is approximately 144 hours. (Each unit is 12-14 hours plus 6 hours of live, virtual face-to-face training.)
Any new teachers who register are being placed on a waitlist.

State-funded LETRS Training is now available for licensed Minnesota educators. Priority will be given to educators in the following roles:

*MN K-3 classroom teachers
*MN elementary reading specialists and interventionists
*MN elementary literacy coaches
*MN elementary special educators responsible for reading instruction
*Literacy and language professors in MN institutes of higher education
*MN administrators

MN 2021 Legislative Session 


Happy News!
The Governor signed into law our LETRS bill with funding for the next 2 years! It was part of the 2021 Omnibus education policy and finance bill HF2/SF23.

The tide will begin to change on literacy in Minnesota. In 2001, the National Reading Panel appointed by US Congress recommended reading instruction based upon the science of reading. Like Mississippi, Tennessee and a handful of other states, Minnesota is placing a priority on evidence-based literacy instruction. With this bill, over 1,500 MN Educators will now begin to receive critically needed professional development based on the science of reading. We will begin to see equity in education happening within our educational environments as our students will receive evidence-based lessons in literacy within their classrooms.

Thank You to our entire community of support, the board at Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota, our Coalition partners, The Reading Center/Dyslexia Institute of MN, International Dyslexia Association - Upper Midwest Branch, Groves Academy, our lobbyist team at Apparatus, and our legislative champions Senator Roger Chamberlain & State Representative Heather Edelson!

2021 bills:

LETRS grants (SF244 / HF288) $3M was appropriated for LETRS!

Strike "balanced" (SF702 / HF743) This bill was not included in the 2021 education omnibus bill.

DDMN is continuing to build relationships and work towards supporting struggling readers!