The SABES PD Center for English Language Arts (ELA) is based at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Our center provides high-quality professional development (PD) and support for adult education programs throughout Massachusetts on topics related to ELA instruction, curriculum, and standards, including evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) and Student Achievement in Reading (STAR). Learn about what we offer by exploring the following:

  • PD: Search for scheduled PD opportunities through the Calendar.
  • Resources: Recently posted resources appear below on this page under ELA: Resources, Research, and Curriculum. Find resources by using the search box located at the top of this page, by selecting the Resource Library link at the top of this page, or by going directly to one of our curated collection pages:
  • News: Check for news under ELA: What’s New, and select Sign Up for Notifications to arrange for email alerts about newly posted news, resources, and PD opportunities.
  • Our blog: Reflect & Connect: The Reflective Practitioner is written by practitioners in the field and members of our team.
  • Contact us: Would you like to work with an ELA coach, bring ELA PD to your program, suggest a resource, or ask a question? We’re here! Contact the director of the SABES PD Center for ELA, Merilee Freeman, at 508-854-4296 or, or select the purple “Contact this PD Center” button below.

ELA: Upcoming Events

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and...
This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness...
Gain a practical understanding of the vital role that Building Knowledge (one of the College and career Readiness Standards for...

ELA: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource Reflective Practitioner - Why I Teach - Supplemental Video
This one-minute, 12-second video supplements the Reflective Practitioner blog "Why I Teach," by Joan Schottenfeld, STAR teacher and career/...
Resource Video of an adult education ELA lesson on claims and evidence
This video of one adult education class shows both a lesson and instruction that are aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Teaching Adults to Read: A Summary of Scientifically Based Principles (2005)
Given the complexity of teaching reading to adult learners—who have limited time available, can be at any level in their reading development, and are...

ELA: Our Team