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Student Achievement in Reading (STAR)
STAR is a reading reform initiative of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education. It includes professional development, tools, and resources to promote effective
reading instruction and the development of education systems that support such reading instruction.

STAR is not a reading curriculum. It is a national training package and a related comprehensive tool kit built upon evidence-based reading instructional strategies. STAR will help adult education teachers and administrators improve reading outcomes among intermediate-level learners (TABE grade level equivalency 4.0-8.9) and advanced level English language learners.

Additional information about the national STAR initiative can be found at www.startoolkit.org.

About the Training
In the northern region of Illinois, STAR training is delivered through a six-day workshop series offered by the Adult Learning Resource Center. The six days are configured differently for the different regions in the state.

The first time a program becomes involved in STAR, a program team is required to attend the STAR series. The team is composed of an administrator and one or more teachers. Implementing evidence- based reading instruction may necessitate changes at a program and/or classroom level that teachers alone are unable to carry out.

STAR training includes the following six workshops:

Day 1: Overview and Diagnostic Reading Assessment
Day 2: Reading Assessment (cont.) and Introduction to Fluency)
Day 3: Fluency Instruction and Alphabetics Instruction
Day 4: Alphabetics Instruction (cont.) and Vocabulary Instruction
Day 5: Comprehension Instruction
Day 6: Comprehension (cont.) and Classroom Management

The ALRC also provides site- and classroom-based technical assistance (TA) as needed to help STAR participants carry out evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) in their programs and classrooms.
TA also includes a virtual classroom observation option for EBRI teachers. Click here to get more information and the packet of materials.

For more information on STAR in the northern Illinois region contact:

Laurie Martin Lmartin@cntrmail.org or
Laura Sherwood Lsherwood@cntrmail.org or


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