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Fluency is one of the essential components of reading that all readers need to develop. Explore how fluency interacts with alphabetics, vocabulary, and comprehension to impact reading performance and how to provide evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) in fluency to your adult learners at grade level equivalent (GLE) 0–3.9.

Note: Since STAR training includes Fluency, STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course; however, they can choose to do so as a refresher or to extend their practice to this GLE range.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE instructors, tutors, and volunteers of reading at GLE 0-3.9

This facilitated online course incorporates three phases of learning: exploration, practice, and reflection. Participants will work at their own pace through the online modules, though the following schedule is recommended:

  1. Exploration: Spend the first three weeks working through the online modules about fluency strategies, learner motivation, and selection of texts appropriate for adults reading at the GLE 0–3.9 range. The modules are composed of readings, presentations, videos of the strategies being utilized, and knowledge checks. Take notes on this content for a final reflection that will be due to the instructor at the end of the course.
  2. Practice: In the next three weeks, try one or more strategies with adult learners. Strategies will be applicable whether you are teaching remotely or in a physical classroom. Take notes on the implementation and the outcomes from utilizing the strategies with the learners.
  3. Reflection: In the final week, complete and submit a reflection on the outcomes of the new strategy/strategies with your adult learners.

All modules and the reflection must be completed in order to earn 8 PD hours.

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

Please note: This online course runs on the Blackboard platform and 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.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Define reading fluency, explaining how fluency and reading comprehension are interdependent
  • Use diagnostic assessment to inform fluency instruction
  • Choose appropriate evidence-based techniques for teaching fluency to beginning adult readers
  • Access and select appropriate texts for beginning adult readers
  • Design and deliver a fluency lesson
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Overview of EBRI (find and register) OR STAR training

Strongly recommended:

End Date

Online (Blackboard)
United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Distance and Blended Learning
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)