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Would you like to learn more about using Newsela with your English language learners (ELLs)? In this self-paced, online course, you will learn to use Newsela content and features to engage ELLs using multiple learning modalities as they access rigorous texts and academic language. Please note that this course was also offered in the fall.


About this course:

  • In order to attend this course, you must create a Newsela account. If you need assistance, please contact
  • Once you register, we will send you a follow-up confirmation email with instructions on when and how you can access the online course.
  • Please see the "Description" below for more information about how we will support this learning cohort.

The SABES Program Support PD Center (PSPDC) is collaborating with ACLS and Newsela to coordinate support for Newsela users. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact our PSPDC Liaison Kathleen O'Connell at 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Both new and experienced adult education program administrators and teachers who use Newsela to support multilingual learners

This PD has two components: an online course and a follow-up Sharing and Learning session. 

Part 1: Online, Self-Paced Course (3/13–4/3)

In this Newsela course, you will explore resources, tools, and strategies for supporting language learners in accessing Newsela content to develop literacy and language skills.

We will look at how you can supplement a lesson, support differentiation, and reinforce skills using strategic Newsela selections. We will examine and build learning experiences using Newsela content and annotations. You will practice and create customized writing prompts that support language practice and application with scaffolds for speaking, reading, and writing.

It will take most people 1.5 hours to complete this course, but individual times may vary. Certificates will be available upon completion of the course. While you may access this course at any time, we encourage you to participate as part of this cohort to maximize your opportunities for shared learning.

Part 2: Sharing Group Session (4/3, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.)

We encourage you to attend this optional follow-up session, which will provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Newsela users to share ideas, questions, and effective practices. PSPDC Liaison Kathleen O'Connell will facilitate this discussion. 

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Use Newsela features to scaffold student access to complex texts and concepts
  • Explore strategies to promote language practice and application through speaking and listening
  • Examine approaches to leverage content as the foundation for explicit language instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

You must have a Newsela account to attend this training.

03/13/2023 - 8:00 am
04/03/2023 - 1:00 pm to 04/03/2023 - 2:00 pm
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Team - Digital Literacy
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
ESOL/English Learners
PDP Eligible