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With our first-class ELA coaches, you can extend your professional development experience, dig deeper into a topic, receive personalized help and support, or work with colleagues in a facilitated small group at or near your program.

The ELA Center has trained excellent adult educators to support you with Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI), Critical Friends: Standards-Aligned Assignments and Instruction, Curriculum Development and Revision, and Text Sets.

EBRI Coaches provide PD support to help you implement EBRI into classroom practice.

Critical Friends facilitators support groups of teachers over several meetings to analyze assignments and resulting student work in relationship to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE).

“We enjoyed assisting each other in strengthening activities as we deepened our bond . . .The Critical Friends process encourages us to be both student and teacher, which leads to more effective and engaging activities.”

Curriculum Coaches develop partnerships with programs in order to:

  • Help to clarify and prioritize needs as programs develop ELA curriculum
  • Set attainable goals, and follow up on progress as programs work toward goals
  • Extend knowledge about standards-based curriculum development and design
  • Address specific topics of concern
  • Provide ongoing support as needed

“I’m writing on behalf of our staff to thank you for the terrific coaching session on Saturday. The teachers found it very helpful, noting that the coach had a great balance between bringing support materials and letting the teachers move in the directions that worked best for them."

"We very much appreciate the support you have given to us in helping us create/ revise our scope and sequence documents, and inevitably our instruction, to be the best it can be.”

Text Sets are curated collections of resources and suggested activities for students to build knowledge and vocabulary about a specific topic, sequenced to create a coherent and gradual learning process in which students complete readings and tasks with increasing independence. Text Set Coaches support you in using and creating text sets appropriate for your adult students. Coming soon: Text Sets created by MA adult education practitioners!

Book your first-class coach now! Contact Merilee Freeman, director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at 508-854-4296 or

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SABES English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction PD Center