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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 includes (see ELA Events for current dates and registration):

  1. Overview of EBRI (online, repeats monthly; see August 2018 for a description)
  2. EBRI: Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (online)
  3. Components of Reading for GLE 0-3: Fluency (online); Alphabetics (online)
  4. Components of Reading for GLE 9-12: Teaching Advanced Readers (F2F with online follow-up; see Lowell and Fall River)
  5. STAR PD is for teachers of reading at GLE 4-8. It includes coaching and technical assistance. STAR registrants who are only teaching GLE 4-8 do not need to enroll in other EBRI PD.
  6. Coaching: Ask Merilee Freeman (mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu) about working with an EBRI coach for post-PD support.
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ABE/Adult Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
Learning Disabilities
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Research/Evidence-Based Practice
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SABES English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction PD Center