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Catch up on the many items posted to the ELA site since the August newsletter, and learn about new and upcoming resources and opportunities. While you are busy teaching, supporting students, and dealing with RFPs, we are supporting you.


New dates and locations of John Strucker's EBRI: Diagnostic Reading Assessment have been added, increasing the opportunities to complete this prerequisite for future PD on EBRI (evidence-based reading instruction).

Each face-to-face session is followed by practice, individual feedback from Dr. Strucker, and a final webinar. Over the next three months, be sure to attend one of these sessions:



Free webinars for educators are hosted by The New York Times Learning Network, Primary Source, and Facing History and Ourselves. While many of this fall's webinars have already taken place, a few are still upcoming.


  • Overview of EBRI: a webinar of less than one hour, open for viewing starting the first of each month—see upcoming ELA events for links to specific months (Note: This webinar is a prerequisite for all other EBRI trainings, unless you are already STAR trained or currently participating in STAR training.)
  • The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA: a lightly facilitated min-course of approximately three hours, starts the second second Tuesday of each month (except December)—see upcoming ELA events for links to specific months
  • The ELA PLC (Professional Learning Community): you may register for this ongoing online forum at any time


BRAND NEW: We've started a blog!

Reflect & Connect: The Reflective Practitioner offers articles from practitioners in the field and on our team. Highlighting the pieces in this way makes it easier for you to respond—and we hope you will respond as you feel moved to do so. Learn more in the article Your Peers' Views on Teaching and Learning.


History Made Memorable Through Multimedia (online, January-February): Learn how to use three multimedia tools to create lessons that engage your students, even if you can’t access the web in your classroom.

Critical Friends is expanding from last year's successful pilot: members of that pilot group will lead new groups. Read about what Critical Friends meant to one of the pilot participants and its potential for all teachers. Interested in participating or learning more? Write to Lakshmi Nayak (lnayak@qcc.mass.edu).

EBRI trainings in the essential components of reading will debut in late winter or spring:

  • Alphabetics, with Sylvia Greene (for GLE 0-3)
  • Fluency, with Meredith Liben (for GLE 0-3)
  • Comprehension and Vocabulary Through Building Knowledge, with Rachel Etienne (for GLE 9-12)
  • Comprehension: Teaching Advanced Readers, with Amy Trawick (for GLE 9-12)

Be sure to keep your SABES account information updated so that you can receive notifications when these upcoming trainings are posted to the website.

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