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One of the most challenging tasks adult education teachers face is identifying texts that align with both their learners’ reading abilities and adult interests. In this two-part series, learn to identify appropriately complex texts for your learners and explore evidence-based practices to make complex texts accessible to all readers.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE teachers of all levels and experience
  • ABE instructional leaders

Studies tell us that the texts we use with developing readers matter—not only in their development of reading proficiency, but also in their motivation and engagement to learn and in their knowledge of the world around them. Moreover, studies tell us that even emerging and developing readers can read and learn from complex texts if teachers know and use evidence-based strategies to bring such texts into their learners’ range of reading abilities.

In session 1 of this two-part series, learn why using complex texts is important and how using evidence-based teaching practices helps make complex texts accessible to every reader. At the end of the first session, you will be assigned a practicum activity to guide implementation of recommended teaching practices in your classroom settings. In session 2, you will share your practicum experiences and observations of the effects of the teaching practices on your students. You will receive feedback on your practicums to help resolve challenges or obstacles to effective implementation.

Massachusetts Professional Standards for Adult Basic Education addressed in this course: K1, P1, C1, and C2 

Attendance at both sessions and submission of practicum activity is required to receive course credit of 4 PD hours.

Please note: You cannot access this session from the SABES website. You will receive an email from Zoe Reinecke of the ELA PD Center 1–2 days before the session with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. 

For more information, please contact Zoe Reinecke at

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify appropriate, complex texts for use with your students
  • Select and implement appropriate strategies to mediate text complexity
  • Assess and, if necessary, remediate students’ understanding of complex texts
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
10/11/2023 - 1:00 pm to 10/11/2023 - 2:30 pm
11/01/2023 - 1:00 pm to 11/01/2023 - 2:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
PDP Eligible
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