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Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tool Tutorials (Online) Sun, 10/01/2017 - 8:00am

Atomic Learning is a collection of hundreds of free online training and professional development video tutorials for educators. As educators, we all know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology. With that in mind, every quarter the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning and Technology Support will showcase five Atomic Learning tutorials for you to try in your classroom. 

Google Certified Educator Fundamentals Course (Online) Mon, 10/23/2017 - 8:00am

In this online course, you will learn how to effectively integrate Google tools into your classroom. This course will also prepare you to become a Google Certified Educator Level One.  If you choose to take the exam there is a $10.00 fee which you are responsible for paying.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—November (Online) Wed, 11/01/2017 - 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. 

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—November (Online) Wed, 11/01/2017 - 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 November 1 and September 30, 2017. 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) Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00am

Atomic Learning is a collection of hundreds of free online training and professional development video tutorials for educators. As educators, we all know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology. With that in mind, every quarter the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning and Technology Support will showcase five Atomic Learning tutorials for you to try in your classroom. 

Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Percentages and Decimals (Online) Mon, 11/06/2017 - 9:00am

Part of learning a new language is learning how to talk about math. Unfortunately, math has not traditionally been a regular part of adult ESOL instruction, and many ESOL teachers are not comfortable teaching it. This self-paced, moderated online course is the second in a series for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills into their ESOL classrooms. 

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—November (Online) Tue, 11/14/2017 - 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 and ELA).

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning: Fall 2017 (Cambridge/Hybrid) Fri, 11/17/2017 - 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.

Redesigning Career Pathways Programs for Adult Student Success (Worcester) Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Building on popular sessions offered by the College & Career Pathways Institute during the Massachusetts Directors meeting in May, this one-day workshop introduces core elements of contextualized and career-focused adult education programs. Considering the vision and performance outcomes delineated in WIOA, this workshop will prepare you to develop a program redesign plan, incorporate explicit career and college readiness activities, and improve the pathways to postsecondary education and career advancement for your students.

Overview of EBRI—November (Online) Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:00pm

This brief webinar 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.

Overview of EBRI—December (Online) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:00am

This brief webinar 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—December (Online) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 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. 

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—December (Online) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 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 December 1 and December 31, 2017. 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.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 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.

Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tool Tutorials (Online) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:00am

Atomic Learning is a collection of hundreds of free online training and professional development video tutorials for educators. As educators, we all know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology. With that in mind, every quarter the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning and Technology Support will showcase five Atomic Learning tutorials for you to try in your classroom. 

ESOL Unit Planning Using Backward Design (Fall River) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

In this participatory workshop, you will develop instructional units using the backward design approach, which aligns learning activities with the desired learning outcomes.

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning: Fall 2017 (Cambridge/Hybrid) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 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.

From Class to Classify: Effective Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners: Part 1 (Boston/Hybrid) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 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.

EBRI: The Diagnostic Reading Assessment (Springfield) Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

This three-part training covers how to administer and interpret diagnostic reading assessments for adult learners, how to build individual reading profiles, and how to use this information to plan effective instruction. 

This training is a prerequisite for all further EBRI (evidence-based reading instruction) trainings. Exception: previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

The face-to-face part of this PD is on December 1, with a snow date of December 8.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke)-POSTPONED Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted one month prior to each meeting.

The meeting will be rescheduled for January, the date will be determined.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adapted Test Administrator Training (Methuen) Sat, 12/02/2017 - 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.

Art of Teaching (Quincy) Sat, 12/02/2017 - 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.

EBRI: Comprehension and Vocabulary Through Building Knowledge (GLE 9-12) (Cambridge) - CANCELED Mon, 12/04/2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

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. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Tue, 12/05/2017 - 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 one month prior to each meeting.

CANCELLED! TABE 9/10 Administering the TABE Assessment (Worcester) Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

TABE 9/10 training prepares participants to administer and score the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Forms 9/10.  The training includes a PowerPoint 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. 

CANCELLED! TABE LEVEL L Administering the TABE Assessment (Worcester) Wed, 12/06/2017 - 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 L reading test.

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

How to be an effective ally to adult students - NELRC Webinar Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Building a Solid Foundation (Cambridge) Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

In this course, you will build your own math content knowledge as you learn strategies for teaching topics conceptually, not just procedurally. This four-session series consists of full-day trainings over several months with homework between sessions. Activities will be hands-on and exploratory.  Teachers must commit to all four sessions. Teachers with students at a variety of levels are encouraged to attend.

ESOL Lesson Planning Using Backward Design (Cambridge) Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

In this participatory workshop, you will apply the backward design approach and use an ESOL lesson plan template to create ESOL lesson plans.

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Brockton/Hybrid) Fri, 12/08/2017 - 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 (CCRSAE), 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.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 12/13/2017 - 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 (Boston/Hybrid) Fri, 12/15/2017 - 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.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Holyoke/Hybrid) Fri, 12/15/2017 - 9:30am

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

Moving Workplace Education Forward Learning and Sharing Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 12/15/2017 - 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.

Overview of EBRI—January (Online) Mon, 01/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief webinar 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.

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—January (Online) Mon, 01/01/2018 - 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 January 1 and January 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—January (Online) Mon, 01/01/2018 - 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. 

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Tue, 01/02/2018 - 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.

EBRI: The Diagnostic Reading Assessment (Danvers) Wed, 01/03/2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

This three-part training covers how to administer and interpret diagnostic reading assessments for adult learners, how to build individual reading profiles, and how to use this information to plan effective instruction. 

This training is a prerequisite for all further EBRI (evidence-based reading instruction) trainings. Exception: previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

The face-to-face part of this PD is on January 3, with a snow date of January 5.

Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations: Winter 2018 (Online) Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:00am

Part of learning a new language is learning how to talk about math. Unfortunately, math has not traditionally been a regular part of adult ESOL instruction, and many ESOL teachers are not comfortable teaching it. This self-paced, moderated online course is the first in a series for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills into their ESOL classrooms.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke) Mon, 01/08/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted one month prior to each meeting.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—January (Online) Tue, 01/09/2018 - 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). 

TABE CLAS-E Consolidated Reading and Writing Administration Assessment Training (Fall River) Tue, 01/09/2018 - 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 01/23/2018), AND complete the scoring activity.

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

Please note that 1/23/2018 is the SNOW DATE for this session should it be called off for SNOW .

Analyzing Student Work to Inform Math Instruction (Cambridge/Hybrid) Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:00am

Analyzing Student Work to Inform Math Instruction is a blended online and face-to-face short course for adult education instructors at all levels (novice, intermediate, and advanced) who are looking to improve their ability to analyze and make use of student work in mathematics. In this course, we will look at both student videos and student written work, with a stronger emphasis on the latter. Participants are encouraged to collect and bring examples of student work from their own classes to the face-to-face session.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Holyoke/Hybrid) Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in WIOA Era (Holyoke/Hybrid) Mon, 01/15/2018 - 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.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted one month prior to each meeting.

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Fall River/Hybrid) Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

This three-part workshop provides you with an overview of second language acquisition theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. It includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Participation in all three components is required.

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

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in WIOA Era (Holyoke/Hybrid) Fri, 01/19/2018 - 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.

Art of Teaching (Quincy) Sat, 01/20/2018 - 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.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring Assessment Training (Fall River) Tue, 01/23/2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

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. 

Please note: To become certified to SCORE the expository writing component of the TABE CLAS-E Writing test, you MUST ATTEND this training AND the TABE CLAS-E Reading & Writing Administration Training (scheduled prior to this training on 01/09/2018) AND successfully complete the scoring certification test.  The scoring certification activity is due within 3 weeks of the training.

Please note: NO LUNCH BREAK!

Please note that 1/30/2018 is the SNOW DATE for this session should it be called off for SNOW or if the session on 1/9/2018 was snowed out and 1/23/2018 was used as the SNOW DATE for that session.

SMARTT New User (Boston) Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

The SMARTT New User course is 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.

History Made Memorable Through Multimedia (Online) Fri, 01/26/2018 - 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.

SMARTT/Cognos Update: Reviewing Midyear Data (Online) Wed, 01/31/2018 - 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 typical data that need to be examined at mid-year: attendance percentage, NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar that is held during the times on the date shown. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

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

This brief webinar 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.

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.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Thu, 02/01/2018 - 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 Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Worcester/Hybrid) Fri, 02/02/2018 - 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.

SMARTT/Cognos Update: Reviewing Midyear Data (Online) Fri, 02/02/2018 - 5:00pm

This online training includes two parts:

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers typical data that need to be examined at mid-year: attendance percentage, NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar that is held during the times on the date shown. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

Art of Teaching (Quincy) Sat, 02/03/2018 - 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.

SMARTT/Cognos Update: Reviewing Midyear Data (Online) Tue, 02/06/2018 - 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 typical data that need to be examined at mid-year: attendance percentage, NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar that is held during the times on the date shown. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT/Cognos Update: Reviewing Midyear Data (Online) Wed, 02/07/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This online training includes two parts:

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers typical data that need to be examined at mid-year: attendance percentage, NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar that is held during the times on the date shown. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

Using Formative Assessment in Standards-Based Instruction: Part 1 (Worcester) Thu, 02/08/2018 - 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. 

Art of Teaching (Worcester) Fri, 02/09/2018 - 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.

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).

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

This brief webinar 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.

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.

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. 

Using Formative Assessment in ESOL Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) 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.

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.

ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Malden/Hybrid) 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.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Quincy/Hybrid) Sat, 03/03/2018 - 9:30am to 2:00pm

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

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.

Using Formative Assessment in Math Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) 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.

Intercultural Awareness (Brockton/Hybrid) 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.

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.

Intro 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.

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).

Using Formative Assessment in Reading Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester) 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.

The Components of Language (Worcester/Hybrid) 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.

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).

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 WIOA Era (Worcester/Hybrid) 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/Hybrid) 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 WIOA Era (Worcester/Hybrid) 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.

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

This brief webinar 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 webinar 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.

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—May (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 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 May 1 and May 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 webinar 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.

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—June (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 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 June 1 and June 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.

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.

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.