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Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—February (Online) Thu, 02/01/2018 - 8:00am

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all new staff to complete the 15-hour Foundations for New Staff (FNS) course in the first 12 months of employment.The FNS has two components: Overview of the Adult Education (AE) Field and the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. Educators do not need to take this course if they already possess a certificate of completion from the FNS or its predecessor New Staff Orientation

Overview of the AE Field is the first component and a 5-hour online course. A new cohort for this online  course begins the first of every month.  This month’s course will run between February 1 and February 28, 2018. The registration period for each month’s course closes one week prior to the end of the previous month to allow for enrollment logistics.

Upon completing the Overview of the AE Field online course, teachers are required to take the 10-hour Art of Teaching course, and advisors are required to take the 10-hour Art of Advising course. 

Note: All staff must successfully complete the Overview of the AE Field online course before attending the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. However, practitioners are encouraged to register for these courses before completing the Overview of the AE Field course to ensure there is space.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—February (Online) Thu, 02/01/2018 - 8:00am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.

Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tool Tutorials (Online) Thu, 02/01/2018 - 8:00am

As educators, we know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology, but the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning (DL) and Technology Support is here to help. Every quarter, we will showcase tech tutorials from Atomic Learning for you to try in your classroom. Atomic Learning is an online training resource that houses hundreds of free professional development (PD) video tutorials for educators. 

Overview of EBRI—February (Online) Thu, 02/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Adult students, even at the lowest levels, have some experience with and intuition about proportional reasoning—the ability to compare two things using multiplicative thinking and then apply the comparison to a new situation. By integrating proportional reasoning throughout the curriculum, you can help your students develop important life and career skills and prepare them to tackle algebra with understanding and confidence.

SMARTT New User (Online) Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:00am

The SMARTT New User online course is a self-paced, moderated training designed to give you a hands-on experience using SMARTT. It trains SMARTT data entry staff to navigate and do key forms of data entry in the system. All participants who complete this training will be certified.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—February (Online) Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to—or review of—the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Adult students, even at the lowest levels, have some experience with and intuition about proportional reasoning—the ability to compare two things using multiplicative thinking and then apply the comparison to a new situation. By integrating proportional reasoning throughout the curriculum, you can help your students develop important life and career skills and prepare them to tackle algebra with understanding and confidence.

Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports (Online) Mon, 02/19/2018 - 9:00am

Navigating Pathways to Opportunity prepares advisors, coaches, and college and career navigators to provide the comprehensive supports students need to successfully transition to career pathways, integrated education and training, and postsecondary education. In this course, you will learn strategies for identifying and engaging your adult learners’ aspirations, addressing barriers, and building a comprehensive network of support to promote persistence. 

Making Sense of Fractions Tue, 02/20/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Screenshot from a video on Making Sense of Fractions

Both teachers and students often report that the hardest thing to teach and learn is fractions. There are so many rules to remember and none of it seems to make sense. By building a solid conceptual understanding of fractions, teachers and students can understand those rules instead of memorizing them. Fractions don’t have to be a source of frustration and anxiety!

Researchers interviewing community college students found that they had a lack of conceptual understanding that had "by the time they entered developmental math classes, significantly impeded the effectiveness of their application of procedures. And application of procedures is, without concepts and a disposition to reason with them, all that students have left to go on.” [Givvins, p. 14] While this research was conducted with students in developmental math classes, this same issue applies to learners in our programs.

The Real Deal: Integrating Authentic Workplace Materials and Skills into ESOL Instruction (Online) Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Effectively preparing your learners for “good” jobs means not only ascertaining their career interests, needs, and goals, but also integrating specific workplace skills into your teaching. This three-part webinar series will guide you in planning rigorous language instruction in the context of regional high-growth workplaces and industries.

Teaching College and Career Readiness to Beginning English Learners—Can We Do It? Yes, We Can! (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm

In this hands-on workshop, we explore the relevance and applicability of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) to adult beginning-level English learners (ELs), and integrate the standards into ESOL instruction for beginners.

Introduction to the SMARTT "Cohort Follow Up" Screen Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This online session serves as Q&A for the video tutorial Introduction to Cohort Follow Up.  Participants are asked to view that tutorial, linked below, and do some follow up in SMARTT before attending.

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—March (Online) Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:00am

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all new staff to complete the 15-hour Foundations for New Staff (FNS) course in the first 12 months of employment.The FNS has two components: Overview of the Adult Education (AE) Field and the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. Educators do not need to take this course if they already possess a certificate of completion from the FNS or its predecessor New Staff Orientation

Overview of the AE Field is the first component and a 5-hour online course. A new cohort for this online  course begins the first of every month.  This month’s course will run between March 1 and March 31, 2018. The registration period for each month’s course closes one week prior to the end of the previous month to allow for enrollment logistics.

Upon completing the Overview of the AE Field online course, teachers are required to take the 10-hour Art of Teaching course, and advisors are required to take the 10-hour Art of Advising course. 

Note: All staff must successfully complete the Overview of the AE Field online course before attending the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. However, practitioners are encouraged to register for these courses before completing the Overview of the AE Field course to ensure there is space.

Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tool Tutorials (Online) Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:00am

As educators, we know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology, but the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning (DL) and Technology Support is here to help. Every quarter, we will showcase tech tutorials from Atomic Learning for you to try in your classroom. Atomic Learning is an online training resource that houses hundreds of free professional development (PD) video tutorials for educators. 

Overview of EBRI—March (Online) Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—March (Online) Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:45am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

Math Concepts (Great Barrington) Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

This course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation course. You must have completed Building a Solid Foundation to enroll in Math Concepts.

NOTE: You must commit to all four sessions. This registration will enroll you in all four sessions.

Making Sense of Fractions Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Screenshot from a video on Making Sense of Fractions

Both teachers and students often report that the hardest thing to teach and learn is fractions. There are so many rules to remember and none of it seems to make sense. By building a solid conceptual understanding of fractions, teachers and students can understand those rules instead of memorizing them. Fractions don’t have to be a source of frustration and anxiety!

Researchers interviewing community college students found that they had a lack of conceptual understanding that had "by the time they entered developmental math classes, significantly impeded the effectiveness of their application of procedures. And application of procedures is, without concepts and a disposition to reason with them, all that students have left to go on.” [Givvins, p. 14] While this research was conducted with students in developmental math classes, this same issue applies to learners in our programs.

Using Formative Assessment in ESOL Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) CANCELLED Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This new two-part training on formative assessment, developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction.

Art of Teaching (Worcester) Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. During the course, you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality, engaging, and coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.

Introduction to the SMARTT "Cohort Follow Up" Screen Fri, 03/02/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This online session serves as Q&A for the video tutorial Introduction to Cohort Follow Up.  Participants are asked to view that tutorial, linked below, and do some follow up in SMARTT before attending.

History Made Memorable Through Multimedia (Online) Fri, 03/02/2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

This course offers multimedia approaches for bringing history to life through websites and audiovisual tools that engage students in an effective and comprehensive way and help them gain a deeper understanding of what they are studying.

NOTE: If you register within a few days of the event, you must already have a QCC BlackBoard account.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 03/03/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This two-part workshop focuses on effective techniques and strategies for teaching pronunciation in the ESOL classroom and on best practices for correcting students’ pronunciation errors.

ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Malden/Blended) Sat, 03/03/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop explores ESOL instructional practices that maximize learner interaction and communication at all levels of language proficiency. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

EBRI: Reading Fluency for GLE 0-3 (Boston) Mon, 03/05/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Gain an understanding of reading fluency and its vital role in reading comprehension through one face-to-face session and two online sessions.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Springfield) Tue, 03/06/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

Transforming Your Program Culture to Support the Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) and WIOA (Online) Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

This two-part webinar, which also includes two hours of homework for a total of six hours of professional development (PD), will help you begin to transform your program culture. It will use videos and case studies to discuss changing your program culture to support the Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) and WIOA. You will be provided with strategies to help you lead your program's transformation. 

Using Formative Assessment in Math Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) CANCELLED Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This new two-part training on formative assessment, developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction.

Addressing the Needs of High-Skilled Immigrants and Refugees (Boston) Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This workshop will explore the needs of immigrants and refugees with high skills and education and the strategies adult ESOL programs can use to address these needs.

Intercultural Awareness (Brockton/Blended) Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

In this three-part workshop, we look at ESOL instruction through the lens of intercultural awareness to identify beliefs about language learning and teaching, the roles of the teacher and student in the classroom, and the cultural backgrounds and educational goals of our learners.  The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new ways to integrate intercultural awareness into your teaching practice and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Moving Workplace Education Forward Learning and Sharing Group Meeting (Quincy) Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

This is the first in a series of structured, peer-led, and facilitated sharing meetings designed specifically for workplace education staff. Each meeting will focus on one or more topics identified as priorities through a survey of workplace education staff.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adapted Test Administrator Training (Fall River) Sat, 03/10/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The BEST Plus 2.0 six and one half hour training is the first of three steps to become certified to administer the BEST Plus 2.0 test.

The other two steps, which must be completed within 3 weeks of the training, are to:

  1. Complete 10 practice test administrations
  2. Pass a Scoring Activity using the DVD in the BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Toolkit

*** Participants must arrive on time and attend the entire session. Also, please remember to bring a lunch.

The snow date is March 17, 2018.

Art of Teaching (Holyoke) Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. During the course, you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality, engaging, and coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.

Introduction to Cognos (Online) Mon, 03/12/2018 - 5:00am

This online course is a moderated, self-paced introduction to Cognos. You will learn about key features and areas in Cognos, as well as how to access, create, save, print, and manage essential performance data reports.

Stop, Think, Click (Online/Self-Paced) Mon, 03/12/2018 - 8:00am

The anonymity afforded by the Internet can help online scammers, hackers, and identity thieves more easily access your students’ computers, personal information, finances, and more. Help your students learn how to “fasten their seatbelts” before deciding to venture online, or at least take some precautions to ensure a safe trip.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—March (Online) Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

Exploring Linear Equations and Inequalities Tue, 03/13/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

According to the report Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (Ginsburg, 2010), workplace skills demand workers who are “comfortable with ideas and abstractions, can adapt flexibly to changes, and can generalize and synthesize” information. Per the report, to prepare our adult education students for these workplace skills, one focus of algebraic thinking should involve exploring representations and relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

The report further suggests that algebra instruction should emphasize mathematical modeling that involves analyzing and representing real situations, using mathematical structures that can be applied to both workplace and every day life problems. In fact, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) Mathematical Practice 4 addresses mathematical modeling, and states that mathematically proficient students should be able to represent situations using tables, graphs and equations and analyze these “models” to make decisions.

Using Formative Assessment in Reading Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) CANCELLED Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This new two-part training on formative assessment, developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction.

Math Concepts (Great Barrington) Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

This course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation course. You must have completed Building a Solid Foundation to enroll in Math Concepts.

NOTE: You must commit to all four sessions. This registration will enroll you in all four sessions.

The Components of Language (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising – Part I (Holyoke) Fri, 03/16/2018 - 9:45am to 3:30pm

Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising introduces new advisors to tools, strategies, and concepts they can apply directly to the education and career planning process to help students plan their next steps. While this course is geared towards new advisors, it can also benefit experienced advisors seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills.

EBRI: Teaching Advanced Readers (Worcester) Mon, 03/19/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Explore ways to support adult learners who read at GLE 9–12 through evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI).

EBRI: Teaching Advanced Readers (Holyoke) Tue, 03/20/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Explore ways to support adult learners who read at GLE 9–12 through evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI).

Teaching College and Career Readiness to Beginning English Learners—Can We Do It? Yes, We Can! (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 03/23/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

In this hands-on workshop, we explore the relevance and applicability of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) to adult beginning-level English learners (ELs), and integrate the standards into ESOL instruction for beginners.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 03/24/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This two-part workshop focuses on effective techniques and strategies for teaching pronunciation in the ESOL classroom and on best practices for correcting students’ pronunciation errors.

Art of Teaching (Holyoke) Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. During the course, you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality, engaging, and coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.

National Conference: COABE Conference (Phoenix, AZ) Sun, 03/25/2018 - 9:00am to Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00pm

Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference 2018
"Expanding Your Horizons and Soaring to New Heights"

Contact: COABE, 888-442-6223, Website: http://www.coabe.org/conference-2018
#COABE18

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in the WIOA Era (Worcester/Blended) Mon, 03/26/2018 - 5:00am

This hybrid training introduces participants to key Excel features that can be used to analyze WIOA-related data found in SMARTT and Cognos.

National Conference: TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo (Chicago, IL) Tue, 03/27/2018 - 9:00am to Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:00pm

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: TESOL, 703-836-0774, Website: http://www.tesol.org/attend-and-learn/international-convention

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 03/30/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Framework, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, and clearly articulated learner goals and outcomes. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out this approach as you plan your instruction and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in the WIOA Era (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

This hybrid training introduces participants to key Excel features that can be used to analyze WIOA-related data found in SMARTT and Cognos.

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—April (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:00am

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all new staff to complete the 15-hour Foundations for New Staff (FNS) course in the first 12 months of employment.The FNS has two components: Overview of the Adult Education (AE) Field and the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. Educators do not need to take this course if they already possess a certificate of completion from the FNS or its predecessor New Staff Orientation

Overview of the AE Field is the first component and a 5-hour online course. A new cohort for this online  course begins the first of every month.  This month’s course will run between April 1 and April 30, 2018. The registration period for each month’s course closes one week prior to the end of the previous month to allow for enrollment logistics.

Upon completing the Overview of the AE Field online course, teachers are required to take the 10-hour Art of Teaching course, and advisors are required to take the 10-hour Art of Advising course. 

Note: All staff must successfully complete the Overview of the AE Field online course before attending the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. However, practitioners are encouraged to register for these courses before completing the Overview of the AE Field course to ensure there is space.

Overview of EBRI—April (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—April (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:45am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

Volunteer Profiles: A New Lens on Volunteer Management (Online) Thu, 04/05/2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

These online learning sessions will look at the importance of understanding why people volunteer in adult education. This is a two-part series, with one hour of work on participants’ own time in-between the two online sessions.

State Conference: MCAE Network Conference (Marlborough) Fri, 04/06/2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

NETWORK 2018, the signature professional development event sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE), is on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Best Western Royal Plaza hotel in Marlborough, MA. For more details, visit: http://www.mcae.net.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Boston/Blended) Fri, 04/06/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

This two-part workshop focuses on effective techniques and strategies for teaching pronunciation in the ESOL classroom and on best practices for correcting students’ pronunciation errors.

Intermediate Cognos (Online) Mon, 04/09/2018 - 5:00am

This online course is a moderated, self-paced training to help you further develop your skills using Cognos.

The Art of Hiring and Parting Ways (Online) Mon, 04/09/2018 - 8:00am

The online course The Art of Hiring and Parting Ways focuses on the importance of hiring the "right" employee by establishing a process of competency-based hiring within your program. This self-paced, five-hour course is accessed through the Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) Blackboard learning management system. 

Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising – Part II (Holyoke) Mon, 04/09/2018 - 9:45am to 3:30pm

This is Part II of Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising. This course introduces new advisors to tools, strategies, and concepts they can apply directly to the education and career planning process to help students plan their next steps. While this course is geared towards new advisors, it can also benefit experienced advisors seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills. 

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—April (Online) Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

Art of Teaching (Devens) Tue, 04/10/2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. During the course, you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality, engaging, and coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 04/11/2018 - 9:00am

This blended webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

TABE CLAS-E Consolidated Reading and Writing Administration Assessment Training (Worcester) Wed, 04/11/2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

This offering will train practitioners to administer and score the TABE CLAS-E Interview and Locator test, administer and score the TABE CLAS-E Reading test (upon completion of an open book test), and administer (but not score) the two TABE CLAS-E Writing components.

To become certified to ADMINISTER AND SCORE the expository writing component of the TABE CLAS-E Writing test, you MUST ATTEND this training AND the TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring offering (scheduled 04/25/2018), AND complete the scoring activity.

***Lunch is scheduled for 30 minutes. Please bring your own.

Transforming Your Program Culture to Support the Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) and WIOA (Online) Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

This two-part webinar, which also includes two hours of homework for a total of six hours of professional development (PD), will help you begin to transform your program culture. It will use videos and case studies to discuss changing your program culture to support the Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality (IPQs) and WIOA. You will be provided with strategies to help you lead your program's transformation. 

Math Concepts (Great Barrington) Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

This course builds on the Building a Solid Foundation course. You must have completed Building a Solid Foundation to enroll in Math Concepts.

NOTE: You must commit to all four sessions. This registration will enroll you in all four sessions.

From Class to Classify: Effective Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners, Part I (Quincy/Blended) Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Based on research from the Center for Applied Linguistics, this workshop focuses on the four recommended elements of vocabulary instruction and how to incorporate them into our ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for our classrooms.

SMARTT New User (Online) Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:00am

The SMARTT New User online course is a self-paced, moderated training designed to give you a hands-on experience using SMARTT. It trains SMARTT data entry staff to navigate and do key forms of data entry in the system. All participants who complete this training will be certified.

TABE 9/10 - Administering the TABE Assessment (Worcester) Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:00am

TABE 9/10 training prepares participants to administer and score the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Forms 9/10.  The training includes a presentation, direct practice with the test, and a review of ESE-ACLS policies and procedures. To be certified in the TABE 9/10 administration and scoring, participants must pass a competency quiz. 

TABE LEVEL L - Administering the TABE Assessment (Worcester) Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00pm

Practitioners who work with ABE students at low reading levels will want to use this test as a pre- and post-test, a diagnostic tool, or both. After completing this training, practitioners will be certified to administer the TABE Level L reading test.

Practitioners must complete training for TABE 9/10 prior to this training. Both trainings may be taken on the same day.

The Components of Language (Worcester/Blended) Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This blended webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Exploring Linear Equations and Inequalities Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

According to the report Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (Ginsburg, 2010), workplace skills demand workers who are “comfortable with ideas and abstractions, can adapt flexibly to changes, and can generalize and synthesize” information. Per the report, to prepare our adult education students for these workplace skills, one focus of algebraic thinking should involve exploring representations and relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

The report further suggests that algebra instruction should emphasize mathematical modeling that involves analyzing and representing real situations, using mathematical structures that can be applied to both workplace and every day life problems. In fact, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) Mathematical Practice 4 addresses mathematical modeling, and states that mathematically proficient students should be able to represent situations using tables, graphs and equations and analyze these “models” to make decisions.

Art of Teaching (Devens) Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. During the course, you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality, engaging, and coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administrator Training (Boston) Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The BEST Plus 2.0 six and one half hour training is the first of three steps to become certified to administer the BEST Plus 2.0 test.

The other two steps, which must be completed within 3 weeks of the training, are to:

  1. Complete 10 practice test administrations
  2. Pass a Scoring Activity using the DVD in the BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Toolkit

*** Participants must arrive on time and attend the entire session. Also, please remember to bring a lunch.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring Assessment Training (Worcester) Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring Assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Writing Expository test.  Before attending this training, you need to attend the TABE CLAS-E Reading and Writing Administration training or be previously certified to administer the TABE CLAS-E Writing test.

Within three weeks following the training, you are required to successfully complete a scoring activity. This completes requirements to be certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Writing Expository test. 

EBRI: Comprehension and Vocabulary Through Building Knowledge (GLE 9-12) (Cambridge) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Gain a practical understanding of the vital role that Building Knowledge (one of the College and career Readiness Standards for Adult Education [CCRSAE] instructional shifts) plays in reading comprehension, through one face-to-face session and two online sessions.

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Framework, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, and clearly articulated learner goals and outcomes. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out this approach as you plan your instruction and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Intercultural Awareness (Brockton/Blended) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

In this three-part workshop, we look at ESOL instruction through the lens of intercultural awareness to identify beliefs about language learning and teaching, the roles of the teacher and student in the classroom, and the cultural backgrounds and educational goals of our learners.  The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new ways to integrate intercultural awareness into your teaching practice and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in WIOA Era (Boston/Hybrid) Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:00am

This hybrid training introduces participants to key Excel features that can be used to analyze WIOA-related data found in SMARTT and Cognos.

Overview of EBRI—May (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

Continuous Improvement Planning: An Overview (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

Continuous Improvement Planning: An Overview focuses on the use of a systematic process of program assessment, goal setting, plan development, and evaluation to maximize program outcomes. This self-paced, five-hour course is available through the Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) Blackboard learning management system.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—May (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:45am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.

Get Smart: Integrating Smartphone Technology (Online/Self-Paced) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 8:00am

How do you use that miraculously tiny computer you have in your pocket? Do you keep a shopping list on a smartphone app, or schedule meetings on a calendar that synchronizes with your smartphone? Do you photograph important notices, or use the voice memo to remind yourself about your aunt’s birthday next Sunday? Email, texting, Google Apps, VoiceThread, Voxer, WhatsApp, mobile banking, Quizlet, counting calories and steps—the possibilities for using your smartphone are endless!  

Many apps and features on your phone are applicable to the classroom and to your students’ work readiness. This self-paced, lightly facilitated course will help you develop strategies for using smartphones and apps in your classroom.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This blended webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

From Class to Classify: Effective Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners, Part 3 (Quincy/Blended) Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Based on research from the Center for Applied Linguistics, this workshop focuses on the four recommended elements of vocabulary instruction and how to incorporate them into our ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for our classrooms.

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in WIOA Era (Boston/Hybrid) Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

This hybrid training introduces participants to key Excel features that can be used to analyze WIOA-related data found in SMARTT and Cognos.

No Books, No Problem: Free and Open Access to Learning Resources (Online/Self-Paced) Mon, 05/07/2018 - 8:00am

Do you want help finding free and open-access textbooks, lessons, quizzes, videos, activities, and articles to make your lessons more engaging? In this self-paced, lightly facilitated online course, you will have opportunities to explore and use fresh, relevant, and cost-effective teaching materials for your adult learners. Build on others’ ideas, and discover shared education resources that you can use as they are or adapt for your class.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—May (Online) Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

Art of Teaching (Devens) Tue, 05/08/2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. During the course, you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality, engaging, and coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.

Using Formative Assessment in Standards-Based Instruction: Part 1 (Worcester) Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

This new two-part training on formative assessment, developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, prepares you to create and use formative assessments as part of your daily standards-based instruction. 

The Components of Language (Lawrence/Hybrid) Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke) Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

Adult Education Directors’ Meeting (tentative date) Wed, 05/23/2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

One-day Adult Education Directors’ Meeting hosted by ACLS. This date has not been confirmed.

Using Formative Assessment in Math Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) Fri, 05/25/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This is Part 2 of a new two-part training on formative assessment. Developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, this training prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 05/30/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This blended webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Overview of EBRI—June (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—June (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:45am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—June (Online) Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

SMARTT New User (Online) Mon, 06/11/2018 - 5:00am

The SMARTT New User online course is a self-paced, moderated training designed to give you a hands-on experience using SMARTT. It trains SMARTT data entry staff to navigate and do key forms of data entry in the system. All participants who complete this training will be certified.

The Components of Language (Lawrence/Hybrid) Fri, 06/15/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

SMARTT /Cognos Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

This online training includes two parts: 

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Fri, 06/22/2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

This online training includes two parts: 

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This online training includes two parts: 

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

This online training includes two parts: 

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.