Introduction to the ESOL Professional Standards
The online Introduction to the ESOL Professional Standards has been revised and is up and running again! This lightly facilitated, 1.5-hour tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and it is strongly recommended to anyone planning to participate in any of the workshops based on the standards.
The tutorial includes a description of each of the seven standards, some background information about their development, and ideas for how you can use them to improve ESOL instruction. We have added a mechanism through which you will now be able to receive professional development credit for having taken the course: a self-assessment assignment that will also tell you your areas of strength and weakness regarding the standards and help you plan your professional development. The tutorial is available through the SABES Calendar on the first of every month, beginning November 1.
Webinar Series Led by National TESOL Experts
To help you expand your understanding of College and Career Readiness for English Language Learners and implementation of the CCR Standards, we are offering two webinar series to follow up from the CCR Standards Conference in October:
- Make Every Minute Count – Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s English Learner, facilitated by Betsy Parrish
- On Ramps to Career Pathways – Preparing English Language Learners for Work and Careers, facilitated by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
Each webinar series will meet online in early December and again in January and February. Each will use the modules from the LINCS ESLPro Project as a springboard for discussion and exploration. These modules contain readings and activities that can be done between meetings, and they form the basis for professional discussion and intentional exploration.
Teachers coming together for professional learning can be a powerful force for professional growth that ultimately improves student learning.
Using Tablets to Teach—and Learn—in the ESOL Classroom: A Three-Part Hybrid Course Facilitated by Mei Ngo
Part 1: January 6:
This is a 3-hour face-to-face session at World Education in Boston, at which you will explore an assortment of apps and websites to integrate into your teaching.
Part 2: During the month of January:
After the workshop, you’ll have three weeks to prepare and use your ideas with your students before participating in an online discussion forum with your colleagues and the workshop facilitator.
Part 3: February 3:
During this 1-hour webinar, you will share what you implemented, what went well, and what you would do differently.
This course is sponsored by the SABES PD Center for Distance Learning and Technology. You can find more information about it, and register, by visiting: http://sabes.org/event/2991.
Curriculum Feedback and Support
Programs who submitted a scope and sequence and/or unit plans to ACLS will be receiving their feedback from the SABES/ACLS review team in the next couple of weeks. We have several workshops to support your future curriculum development, including the upcoming:
- Refining Your ESOL Scope and Sequence
- ESOL Unit Planning Using Backward Design
In addition, we have several curriculum coaches available to you for individualized support. Contact us for more information.