The SABES professional development center for English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction (aka ELA C&I PD Center) is based at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Our center provides high-quality professional development (PD) and support for adult education programs throughout Massachusetts on topics related to ELA instruction, curriculum, and standards, including evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) and Student Achievement in Reading (STAR).

Read To the Point: WIOA, EBRI, & STAR.

Download our handy one-page guide to the ELA website, and explore:

  • PD: Search for scheduled PD opportunities through ELA Events, below, or the SABES PD Calendar. See our suggested sequence of PD.
  • Resources: Highlighted resources appear below on this page under ELA: Resources, Research, and Curriculum. Search for resources by using the search box located at the top of this page, by selecting the Resource Library link at the top of this page, or by going directly to one of our curated collection pages:
  • News: Check for news under ELA: What’s New, and select Sign Up for Notifications to receive email alerts about newly posted news, resources, and PD opportunities.
  • Blog: Reflect & Connect: The Reflective Practitioner is written by practitioners in the field and members of our team.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director, to request an ELA coach, bring ELA PD to your program, suggest a resource, or ask a question:

ELA: Upcoming Events

This brief webinar is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction and overview of...
Introduction to Learning Disabilities in Adults is brought to you by the SABES Curriculum & Instructional PD Centers for ELA...
Learn how to administer and interpret diagnostic reading assessments for adult learners, how to build individual reading profiles, and how...

ELA: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource EBRI Observation Form
Use this form to support observations of an EBRI class, whether by peers, coaches, directors, or others.This PDF form can be downloaded and typed...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice STAR Handbook
This is the revised STAR Handbook, updated for FY20.
Research/Evidence-Based Practice STAR Research Review
The annual STAR research review identifies developments in reading research that call for changes in project content, and keeps the STAR team up-to-...

ELA: Our Team

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Assessment
Administrative Support