Explore ways to offer evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) to adult learners reading at GLE 9-12. Teaching Advanced Readers targets the vocabulary and comprehension skills of these readers, sharing concrete EBRI techniques that can be used immediately with adult students. Participants will learn approaches for teaching both academic (Tier 2) and content-specific (Tier 3) words as well as how to support learners in building the skills and strategies required to understand, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex content-oriented texts. 


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA and subject-matter teachers (e.g., social studies, science, literature, careers) for GLE 9–12
  • Appropriate for Corrections teachers
  • See prerequisites, below

Teaching Advanced Readers consists of a face-to-face day with online follow-up:

  1. In a full day face-to-face session, explore skills and EBRI strategies for teaching vocabulary and reading comprehension related to understanding, analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing knowledge-building texts emphasized by the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRSAE) for ELA. Take home specific strategies to practice.
  2. Back in your program, implement strategies. Communicate with the facilitator about challenges and questions.
  3. In an online one hour meeting three to four weeks after the initial session, reflect together on your implementation experiences and deepen your understanding of EBRI.

While not eligible for PDPs by itself, this offering can be bundled with other EBRI offerings in order to earn PDPs.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the reading skills needed for success in college and careers
  • Make connections between EBRI and standards-based reading instruction
  • Describe the reading profiles of high-intermediate and secondary-level adult readers and the importance of such profiles for reading instruction
  • Differentiate between Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary and the role that each plays in reading
  • Implement key EBRI approaches for teaching vocabulary and comprehension to high-intermediate and secondary-level adult students
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
  • Required: Complete both the Overview of EBRI and the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading before registering for this PD offering, OR be STAR-trained or currently in the STAR training. See the ELA events page for more information. Questions? Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center (mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu).
  • Recommended: View this 19-minute video introducing the CCRSAE for ELA
  • Recommended: Complete the 3-hour online course: The Recipe for Success: The CCR Standards and Instructional Shifts for ELA.
03/26/2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Quinsigamond Community College, The Harrington Learning Center, Room 109B
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
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