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Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) refers to practices for teaching the components of reading, grounded in research and professional wisdom. STAR is an example of an EBRI initiative created for adult learners at GLE 4-8.

Research has identified that four components—alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension—are essential in how reading develops and in the reading process.

WIOA requires ABE programs to provide explicit and systematic instruction in these four essential components to adult learners of all levels. Explicit and systematic instruction is also good practice for effectively serving our population of students with learning challenges.

For more information, see the Massachusetts STAR overview and links to related resources, the ACLS page for EBRI, and our ELA Research collection page. Here are a few highlights from that research collection:

 Professional Development and Support for EBRI in 2017-18:

  1. Overview of EBRI (repeats monthly; see January 2018 for a description, and ELA Events to register for a month)
  2. EBRI: Diagnostic Assessment of Reading (Face-to-face sessions in September 2017, November 2017, December 2017, and January 2018; online version under development)
  3. Components of Reading for GLE 0-3: FluencyAlphabetics (online under development)
  4. Components of Reading for GLE 9-12: Teaching Advanced Readers in Worcester and Holyoke; Comprehension and Vocabulary Through Building Knowledge
  • Ask Merilee Freeman (mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu) about working with an EBRI coach for post-PD support
  • GLE 4-8: Simultaneous PD track for STAR, including coaching and technical assistance (STAR registrants who are only teaching GLE 4-8 do not need to enroll in other EBRI PD)
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ABE/Adult Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
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Research/Evidence-Based Practice
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