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

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

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.

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 2018-19:

  1. Overview of EBRI (repeats monthly; see August 2018 for a description, and ELA Events to register for the month of your choice)
  2. Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (online, October 9th–November 30th, 2018) (Note: We are only accepting wait list registrations at this time.)
  3. Components of Reading for GLE 0-3: Alphabetics (online, December 3rd, 2018–February 1st, 2019); Fluency (under development)
  4. Components of Reading for GLE 9-12: Teaching Advanced Readers (F2F, Spring 2019)
  5. STAR PD is for teachers of reading at GLE 4-8. This blended year-long training includes face-to-face sessions, webinars, self-paced online modules, an online community of practice, coaching, and technical assistance. STAR registrants who are only teaching GLE 4-8 do not need to enroll in other EBRI PD. All face-to-face sessions will be held at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA:
      1. Day 1: Monday, 11/5/18
      2. Day 2: Monday, 2/4/19 (snow date 2/6/19)
      3. Day 3: Friday, 5/3/19
  6. Coaching: Ask Merilee Freeman (mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu) about working with an EBRI coach for implementation support.
  7. Hosting: Let Merilee know if your program is interested in hosting Teaching Advanced Readers in the Spring of 2019.
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction PD Center