MVP: People may not have the skill we assume they have.
The teacher is resisting the LETTERS program because the content is over their head. They began the program, but they have had very little training on literacy. The program also has components that require kids to work on their own while the teacher conducts small-group instruction, and the teacher is struggling with classroom management.
In this case, the teacher does not have the prerequisite skills to make the program work. We could reasonably assume that an elementary teacher would have received substantial training in literacy and would be able to mange a classroom effectively, but in this case it isn’t true.
The state has decided that all elementary school teachers must learn a science-based reading technique and structure their lessons and teach in a specific format defined by the program. Let’s be creative and call the program LETTERS.
The training requires teachers to spend 2-3 hours a week outside of the school day. As compensation the state is providing a monthly stipend of $200.
While some teachers are embracing the program, many are not.