Why, and how, do building knowledge and developing vocabulary play a vital role in reading comprehension success? Learn concrete steps to implement in your classroom.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers of students who read at GLE 9-12

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 the reading achievement of adult learners. One of the key advances prompted by the CCRS is "Building Knowledge through Content-Rich Nonfiction". This session is designed to connect the principles of EBRI to this important key advance.  
In the initial 4-hour online classroom (Monday, April 30th), participants will:

  1. Engage in a variety of exercises and activities to develop an understanding of the critical role building knowledge and vocabulary plays in the CCRS and in students' ability to read and communicate proficiently, even at the GLE 9–12 range
  2. Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, and consider implications for classroom instruction, and
  3. Learn how to identify strong writing and speaking activities that will help students collect and articulate their learning through authentic evidence-based experiences.

Over the month of May, participants will create a text set, sharing drafts with the presenter and receiving guidance and feedback. She will be available during two online office hours, May 14 & 21, 10 AM–11 AM, as well as by e-mail.

The final session, June 7, 10 AM–12 noon, will be a live online forum for sharing the final text sets, considering EBRI strategies in the context of using the text sets, and answering lingering questions.

Note: Completion of all three parts is required.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the role of vocabulary and knowledge in preparing students for college and careers
  • Access a variety of instruction and materials that will engage learners and support their intentional vocabulary and knowledge building
  • Design a text set and plan to implement direct and explicit instruction, using the most relevant EBRI techniques suited to the specific levels of instruction for advanced-level students to strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary across content areas
  • Discuss strategies to continually gauge the effectiveness of your instruction using formative assessment and other means to monitor your students' progress
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/30/2018 - 9:00 am to 04/30/2018 - 1:00 pm
06/07/2018 - 10:00 am to 06/07/2018 - 12:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
Social Studies