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Vocabulary is still a major focus of learning for secondary-level readers. Learn evidence-based instructional approaches for teaching both academic (Tier 2) and content-specific (Tier 3) words to learners at GLE 9-12.

Please note: This is an online course in Blackboard that cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA and subject-matter teachers (e.g., social studies, science, workforce prep, etc.)
  • Appropriate for Corrections teachers
  • Aimed at teachers and tutors of GLE 9-12; teachers of intermediate-level readers are welcome to attend as well

Explore evidence-based techniques for teaching Tier 2 (general academic) and Tier 3 (content-specific) words. The session will cover selecting words, designing explicit instruction, providing meaningful practice, and assessing learning.

See also the related webinar on May 12: Morphological Awareness

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Differentiate between Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary and the role that each plays in reading
  • Select words for targeted instruction
  • Implement key EBRI approaches for teaching vocabulary and assessing learning
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

None--To increase access to this course during COVID-19, the usual prerequisites have been waived.

05/05/2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Online (Blackboard)
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
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