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ACLS-funded programs have access to a statewide Newsela account for use in their programs in FY22.

What is Newsela?

Newsela takes authentic content from trusted sources and makes it instruction-ready. Each text is published at five reading levels, ranging (roughly) from 3rd to 12th grade. Each leveled text features a quiz and a prompt that asks students to respond in writing to what they've read. With over 14,000 texts across 20+ genres, Newsela enables educators to go deep on any subject they choose.

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Professional Development

SABES and Newsela are partnering to provide five online trainings this year, supporting practitioners in using the statewide license available to ACLS-funded programs.


  1. Discovering Newsela (9/24/21); explore the live agenda
  2. Differentiating Instruction with Newsela (10/8/21); explore the live agenda
  3. Supporting Student Engagement and Guiding Inquiry with Newsela (10/22/21); explore the live agenda


  1. Hybrid Instruction and the Newsela–Massachusetts Custom Collection (12/3)
  2. Analyzing Student Activity in Newsela (Online Facilitated) (1/21)

Newsela Accounts

Set up a Newsela account using either one of these methods at

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

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

Please note that anyone may sign up for a free Newsela account, which gives limited access to articles on current events, their corresponding reading comprehension quizzes and customizable writing prompts, and the ability to annotate these articles. It does not give access to their library of content articles. Signing up through your DESE-funded agency e-mail address will give you access to materials customized for Massachusetts adult education.

Customized Collections

Tentative Rollout of Customized Units:

  1. Literacy Skills Development (9/27/21) 
  2. High School Equivalency Preparation (10/13/21)
  3. Digital Literacy (11/9/21)
  4. Career Exploration Pathways (12/14/21)
  5. Workforce Preparation Activities (1/11/22)
  6. Civics Education (2/8/22)

These units are considered pilots and will be updated and revised based on feedback from the field, gathered through the SABES Newsela coordinator, Mark Russell (

Topic Area
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Learners
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Social Studies
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