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No two adult learners are alike. They arrive in our classrooms with different personalities and interests, styles of learning and working, strengths and weaknesses. Learn how to use Newsela's accessible content, instructional supports, and interactive tools to lay the foundation for lessons and learning activities that offer multiple means of expression and engagement for your adult learners.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers and tutors of adults reading at GLE 3–12

SABES and Newsela are partnering to provide five online trainings this year, supporting practitioners in using the statewide license available to ACLS-funded programs. Training #2 is Differentiating Instruction with Newsela.

Differentiation is about meeting the diverse needs of our students—and it's also about celebrating the range of skills and passions each one of them brings. In this second training, explore:

  • Leveraging Newsela Resources and Tools to Promote Access for All
  • Engaging All Learners In Making Meaning and Building Knowledge
  • Building Differentiated Opportunities to Express New Knowledge

Register directly for Differentiating Instruction with Newsela.

Please note: You cannot access this online course from the SABES website.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Design learning experiences within Newsela that promote choice in reading, response, or action
  • Craft differentiated annotations on Newsela texts of your choosing
  • Compare and contrast the different levels of a single core reading
  • Use Newsela features that promote access, such as the Level Toggle and Read Aloud Tool

You must already have access to your Newsela account, which you can set up using one of these methods at

  • Create a username and password using your agency email.
  • If you have a Gmail address provided by the institution where you work, log in using your agency Gmail address.
  • If you have a Microsoft address provided by the institution where you work, log in using your agency Microsoft email address.

Any program that wishes to use Newsela but has difficulty creating accounts should contact Paula Jurigian, ACLS Distance Education and Digital Literacy Specialist, at


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