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Gain an understanding of reading fluency and its vital role in reading comprehension through one face-to-face session and two online sessions.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers of students who read at GLE 0-3

Evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) is a set of practices for teaching the four essential components of reading (alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) that research has proven to increase adult learners' reading achievement.

The three-part professional development (PD) offering focuses on fluency:

  • Part 1 (face-to-face, 5 PD hours): Hear about and experience why fluency is so essential to reading success for adult learners; develop a solid, foundational understanding of how to provide this to students; and leave with concrete next steps.
  • Part 2 and 3 (online, 1.5 PD hours each): Learn further concrete steps and discuss the strategies and practices you have implemented, sharing successes, challenges, and lingering questions with your colleagues in the course.

Note: Completion of all three parts is required in order to earn any PD hours.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Define reading fluency and explain why a lack of it cripples comprehension
  • Access a variety of instructional strategies and materials that are engaging and relevant to learners' needs
  • Plan to implement direct and explicit instruction, using the most relevant EBRI techniques for strengthening the reading fluency of beginner-level students
  • Discuss strategies to continually gauge the effectiveness of your instruction by formatively assessing and monitoring your student's progress
11/09/2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
TERC, Nelson Room
2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Corrections Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
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