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The SABES PD System provides PD offerings that are responsive to the Massachusetts ABE Standards for High Quality Professional Development (HQPD). These standards have been informed by the work of the organization Learning Forward and adapted from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and...
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Think number lines are just for kids? Think again! Number lines are a flexible tool that can be used to strengthen students' math comprehension knowledge in several ways.
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Though Massachusetts now uses the CCR Standards in place of the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Frameworks, the "Revised Reading Strand" (2010) of the Frameworks is still a good resource for implementing CCR Standards. Included here are the entire revised Reading Strand (see below), and a few excerpts...
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Following are resources related to creating and adapting ELA curricula, whether for yourself or your program. We will periodically update these links and add new resources. Curriculum Exemplars, Models, and Sources Text Sources and Text Complexity Curriculum Guidance ACLS Curriculum Policy update...
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This video shows how to administer the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading (DAR) to a potential STAR student to determine the appropriate level of instruction for alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Anna Fernandez-Buehrens is the DAR administrator and Rosemarie Cole is the student at...
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This video shows how to administer the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading (DAR) to a non-native English speaking student in order to determine if this student is eligible for the STAR class and also to determine the appropriate instructional level for alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and...
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In this video, Joan Schottenfeld is the teacher and she is joined by her students from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families/Perkins Adult Learning Program. Joan demonstrates on how to teach comprehension using the summarizing strategy, Topic and Main point. Joan uses explicit instruction by...
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The STAR Vocabulary Lesson video demonstrates on how to teach vocabulary to a STAR class using explicit instruction. Joan Schottenfeld is the teacher and also is a certified STAR trainer. She is joined in this video by her students from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families/Perkins Adult...
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This video, developed by SABES, provides a quick overview of the ESOL standards and benchmarks for programs in Massachusetts.
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Chapter 1 of Understanding by Design , by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, neatly summarizes the backward design approach to instructional planning and examines each of its three components: Identifying desired results Determining acceptable evidence Planning learning experiences and activities This...

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