The SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center is managed by the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our center provides high-quality professional development (PD) so that teachers can better help adult learners understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how learners can use this knowledge to improve their own lives and communities. Check out the following to find out more about what we offer:

  • PD: The SABES Calendar shows our upcoming PD events, and you can read brief descriptions of all our PD offerings here.
  • Resources: Recently posted resources appear on this page under Math: Resources, Research, and Curriculum. Find resources by using the search box located at the top of this page, by selecting the Resource Library link at the top of this page, or by going directly to one of our curated collection pages:
    • Research, including effective teaching practices
    • Standards, including our Overview, which illustrates how standards develop across levels
    • Curriculum, including sample instructional units
    • Instruction, including teaching ideas from New York and lessons from Statistics in Action
  • News: Check for news under Math: What’s New, and select Sign Up for Notifications to arrange for email alerts about newly posted news, resources, and PD opportunities.
  • Our blog: Check out the monthly blogs, written by our team and by teachers who have worked with our PD Center.
  • Contact us: Would you like to bring math PD to your program, suggest a resource, or ask a question? We’re here! Contact our director, Donna Curry, at, or select the purple “Contact This PD Center” button below.

Sometimes we teach the same math material over and over and just don't feel that students are getting it. For example, many students struggle with fractions. Why is that? What can we do differently? Our Center can help make sure you have the right tools and support to succeed, including our Making Sense of Fractions course. Watch this short video to get a flavor of the course.

Math and Numeracy: Upcoming Events

08/10/2018 09/07/2018 10/12/2018 11/02/2018
In this course, you will build your own math content knowledge as you learn strategies for teaching topics conceptually, not...
Singapore strips—also called bar models or tape diagrams—are a powerful tool for visualizing a wide variety of mathematical situations. Tape...
Using Visuals to Develop Conceptual Understanding: Area Models is a half-day, face-to-face workshop designed to help adult numeracy teachers understand...

Math and Numeracy: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Curriculum Heat Wave: A math lesson plan exploring climate change
This sample contextualized lesson focuses on using box-and-whisker charts to compare sets of data in the context of exploring climate change. The...
Resource Making Sense of Fractions - Video from the Math and Numeracy PD Center
Math matters to our students. It means much more than just passing a test, so it's important that we help them make sense of whatever math content...
Curriculum Sample Instructional Unit: Area and Perimeter
This sample unit unit for Level A students focuses on students' understanding of area and perimeter in order to compare apartments.