Jackson R-2 School District reading teachers recently completed training in regards to scientifically based reading instruction, with a plan to broaden the training to additional classroom educators and other district staff members this upcoming school year. District reading teachers, some classroom teachers and special education teachers started the two-year Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training last academic year and they completed it in March. The LETRS training gives instructional routines and activities to assist students who are struggling to improve in the areas of phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Next month, six more Jackson R-2 staff members will finish their preparation to become LETRS trainers. Officials say they plan to train twenty-eight more classroom teachers over the next year. In addition, the district will implement LETRS training for administrators and for early childhood educators. The Jackson R-2 School Board gave their approval to the District’s Title 1 reading program that assists s 407 struggling readers across the district, during its regular meeting on May 11. The District currently qualifies for Title 1 funding at Orchard Drive, South, Millersville and North elementary schools. This federal funding assists in paying for reading and math intervention for schools with a high number of children from low-income families.