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EBRI: Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (Online) Tue, 10/09/2018 - 8:00am

WIOA specifies that “the essential components of reading instruction” be incorporated into instruction. Learn 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 evidence-based reading instruction.

FULL-Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom (Online) Wed, 10/17/2018 - 9:00am

This six-week online course provides hands-on activities to prepare instructors and advisors to incorporate lessons from the Integrating Career Awareness (ICA) curriculum guide into classroom instruction and advising to assist students with education and career planning.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - November (Online) Thu, 11/01/2018 - 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. 

Overview of EBRI - November (Online) Thu, 11/01/2018 - 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.

Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Fractions, Percentages, and Decimals - Fall 2018 (Online) Mon, 11/05/2018 - 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 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. 

Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition - Join the Team! Fri, 11/09/2018 - 9:00am

World Education, Inc. is coordinating a consortium of adult literacy programs and organizations to participate in the national Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition, designed to “tackle the problem of adult low-literacy by putting free learning tools in the hands of those who need them the most, so learning can happen anytime, anywhere.” Read on to see how you and your organization can join, download the flyer for more information and to spread the word, or sign up now! 

Deadline to join the team: 11/26/2018, 5:00 p.m. 


The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - November (Online) Tue, 11/13/2018 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

FULL-The Art of Advising—Part I (Boston) Tue, 11/27/2018 - 9:45am to 3:30pm

Full-Registration Closed

The Art of Advising introduces practical tools, strategies, and approaches to staff whose primary function is education and career advising that you can use to help students plan their next steps. While this course is geared towards staff who are new to the advising role, it can also benefit experienced advisors seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Engaging and Supporting English Language Learners in ABE Classes (Boston/Blended) Wed, 11/28/2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

This engaging three-part workshop is designed to increase Adult Education teachers' understanding of the needs of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom and to provide practical strategies and resources to better meet these needs. 

Can a Miniature Horse Be a Service Animal and Other ADA Basics, Part 2 (Online) Wed, 11/28/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In the second of this two-part webinar series you will learn about the administrative requirements of the ADA so that students with disabilities know the process for requesting reasonable modifications and auxiliary aids and also what to do if things don’t go quite right.

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning (Devens/Blended) Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

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. Proportional reasoning can be supported early on by having students explore proportional situations in a variety of contexts using concrete materials or through data collection activities. [National Research Council, p.417]. Both of these strategies also align with strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities. This course will introduce you, through hands-on exploration, both to the concepts of proportional reasoning and to concrete strategies to help students reason through ratios.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - December (Online) Sat, 12/01/2018 - 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. 

Overview of EBRI - December (Online) Sat, 12/01/2018 - 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.

EBRI: Alphabetics (online) Mon, 12/03/2018 - 8:00am

Alphabetics is one of “the essential components of reading instruction” that WIOA requires be incorporated into instruction. In this 6-hour online course, learn about effective, appropriate instructional strategies and activities and create a short alphabetics lesson that corresponds to your learners’ decoding levels.

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Orientation and Support (Worcester) Mon, 12/03/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Adult learners often have large gaps in their conceptual understanding of math that prevent them from being college-ready. CALM is a math curriculum developed by the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC that is designed to address those gaps and give adults a strong conceptual foundation that will prepare them to not only earn a high school credential, but to be truly ready for higher education. CALM teaches math concepts using real-world contexts and is appropriate for all adult learners. Lessons focus on explorations so students can build conceptual understanding in a spiral approach that helps connects many math concepts.

CALM is aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Math, including both the instructional shifts and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Carefully selected, quality resources are used in CALM, including the EMPower series, which is referenced extensively. Each CALM unit includes individual lessons (or references to resources), formative assessments for each lesson, and an end-of-unit performance-based assessment. 

Leading for Equity across Sectors and WIOA Partners (Boston) Tue, 12/04/2018 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

Dr. Johan Uvin, president of the Institute for Educational Leadership and former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), will present this four-hour workshop that focuses on cross-sector leadership, including the challenges and benefits of leading with WIOA and other core partners. You will learn about equity improvement processes to help position yourself as an influential partner across WIOA partnerships and beyond.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Wed, 12/05/2018 - 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.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Boston) Thu, 12/06/2018 - 9:30am

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.

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

There is an online prerequisite for this training. See below for more information.

The Components of Language (Quincy/Blended) Fri, 12/07/2018 - 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.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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

ESOL for Parents and Caregivers (Malden/Blended) Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part, blended workshop provides an overview of the integration of family literacy themes in the adult ESOL classroom, with an emphasis on supporting children's learning. It includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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. 

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning (Devens/Blended) Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

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. Proportional reasoning can be supported early on by having students explore proportional situations in a variety of contexts using concrete materials or through data collection activities. [National Research Council, p.417]. Both of these strategies also align with strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities. This course will introduce you, through hands-on exploration, both to the concepts of proportional reasoning and to concrete strategies to help students reason through ratios.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke) Fri, 12/07/2018 - 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.

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Plymouth/Blended) Sat, 12/08/2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

This three-part, blended workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three sessions, you will have opportunities to try out new formative and summative assessment tools and techniques in your practice and receive professional development support while doing so. 

This workshop is one of six that were developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 12/12/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online 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. 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. 

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

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Boston) Thu, 12/13/2018 - 9:30am

 The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Expository Writing test. Before attending this training, practitioners must complete an Assessment Basics webinar (pre-recorded) and also an online, self-paced TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration training.

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

FULL-The Art of Advising—Part II (Boston) Thu, 12/13/2018 - 9:45am to 3:30pm

Full-Registration Closed

The Art of Advising introduces practical tools, strategies, and approaches to staff whose primary function is education and career advising that you can use to help students plan their next steps. While this course is geared towards staff who are new to the advising role, it can also benefit experienced advisors seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Worcester) Fri, 12/14/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading, reflective classroom tasks, and collegial discussions that inform and deepen maximum professional growth.

Developing Workplace Education Curriculum (Boston) Fri, 12/14/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this workshop, you will collaborate with your peers from workplace education programs to explore how to create curricula and learning opportunities that meet the needs, goals, and aspirations of students, as well as those of the employer.

Overview of EBRI - January (Online) Wed, 01/02/2019 - 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - January (Online) Wed, 01/02/2019 - 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. 

ELA PD at Your Program (and Coaching, too!) Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:00am

The ELA C&I PD Center will come to you! In addition to our highly accessible online offerings, we offer ELA coaches for curriculum and EBRI (by June we will also offer writing coaches) and ELA facilitators, who will provide PD at your program location on:

  • Critical Friends (several shorter sessions over weeks or months)
  • MESCA—Making the ELA Standards Come Alive
  • Using Text Sets to Build Knowledge: Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, consider implications for classroom instruction, and explore sources for text sets to use with your class
  • Science Skills for All Levels of Literacy: Reflect on and analyze the role of science process skills in your teaching and in your students’ learning as you both explore different activities and discuss which activities align with the seven science process skills. Appropriate for ELA and ESOL teachers of all levels of learners.

These are not regularly posted on the calendar; they are available to programs on request with enough advance notice.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to engage in face-to-face PD and coaching at times and locations that work for your program.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu or 508-854-4296.

Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations - Winter 2019 (Online) Mon, 01/07/2019 - 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.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - January (Online) Tue, 01/08/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

Career Exploration and Planning for English Language Learners (Boston/Blended) Thu, 01/10/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Much information is available on career development, but ESOL teachers may find it challenging to choose appropriate, comprehensible materials and use them to create effective language lessons. This three-part workshop will provide opportunities to explore resources and apply them in the classroom.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Worcester) Fri, 01/11/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading, reflective classroom tasks, and collegial discussions that inform and deepen maximum professional growth.

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Plymouth/Blended) Sat, 01/12/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

This three-part, blended workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three sessions, you will have opportunities to try out new formative and summative assessment tools and techniques in your practice and receive professional development support while doing so. 

This workshop is one of six that were developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Using Visuals to Develop Conceptual Understanding: Singapore strips (Fall River) Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Singapore strips—also called bar models or tape diagrams—are a powerful tool for visualizing a wide variety of mathematical situations. Tape diagrams are explicitly mentioned in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) as a tool for reasoning with ratios, and they can be used for so much more. Through using them, students can improve their number sense, problem-solving skills, and confidence. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Tue, 01/15/2019 - 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. 

Career Exploration and Planning for English Language Learners (Boston/Blended) Thu, 01/24/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Much information is available on career development, but ESOL teachers may find it challenging to choose appropriate, comprehensible materials and use them to create effective language lessons. This three-part workshop will provide opportunities to explore resources and apply them in the classroom.

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Worcester / Blended) Fri, 01/25/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop provides you with an overview of second language acquisition theories and principles, with a focus on their applications 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 and is a suggested prerequisite to the others.

ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Methuen/Blended) Sat, 01/26/2019 - 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. 

Overview of EBRI - February (Online) Fri, 02/01/2019 - 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - February (Online) Fri, 02/01/2019 - 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. 

ELA PD at Your Program (and Coaching, too!) Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:00am

The ELA C&I PD Center will come to you! In addition to our highly accessible online offerings, we offer ELA coaches for curriculum and EBRI (by June we will also offer writing coaches) and ELA facilitators, who will provide PD at your program location on:

  • Critical Friends (several shorter sessions over weeks or months)
  • MESCA—Making the ELA Standards Come Alive
  • Using Text Sets to Build Knowledge: Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, consider implications for classroom instruction, and explore sources for text sets to use with your class
  • Science Skills for All Levels of Literacy: Reflect on and analyze the role of science process skills in your teaching and in your students’ learning as you both explore different activities and discuss which activities align with the seven science process skills. Appropriate for ELA and ESOL teachers of all levels of learners.

These are not regularly posted on the calendar; they are available to programs on request with enough advance notice.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to engage in face-to-face PD and coaching at times and locations that work for your program.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu or 508-854-4296.

STAR (Blended/QCC) Mon, 02/04/2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

In this blended training, learn STAR/EBRI strategies and practices that will enable you to support intermediate readers in making measurable gains.

STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) focuses on building the reading skills for adult learners at the intermediate level grade level equivalents (GLE 4-8.9). National student outcome data shows that pre-adult secondary education (ASE) students make measurable gains in reading achievement when STAR’s structures and practices are implemented.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Worcester) Fri, 02/08/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading, reflective classroom tasks, and collegial discussions that inform and deepen maximum professional growth.

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Holyoke/Blended) Sat, 02/09/2019 - 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.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - February (Online) Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

Employment Options for All (Online) Tue, 02/12/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This one-hour webinar presents a range of nontraditional training and employment options for English language learners. In the online discussion following the webinar, participants will suggest additional resources and share ideas for presenting this information to learners.

The Components of Language (Fall River/Blended) Thu, 02/28/2019 - 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.

Overview of EBRI - March (Online) Fri, 03/01/2019 - 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - March (Online) Fri, 03/01/2019 - 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. 

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Worcester / Blended) Fri, 03/01/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop provides you with an overview of second language acquisition theories and principles, with a focus on their applications 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 and is a suggested prerequisite to the others.

ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Methuen/Blended) Sat, 03/02/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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. 

ELA PD at Your Program (and Coaching, too!) Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:00am

The ELA C&I PD Center will come to you! In addition to our highly accessible online offerings, we offer ELA coaches for curriculum and EBRI (by June we will also offer writing coaches) and ELA facilitators, who will provide PD at your program location on:

  • Critical Friends (several shorter sessions over weeks or months)
  • MESCA—Making the ELA Standards Come Alive
  • Using Text Sets to Build Knowledge: Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, consider implications for classroom instruction, and explore sources for text sets to use with your class
  • Science Skills for All Levels of Literacy: Reflect on and analyze the role of science process skills in your teaching and in your students’ learning as you both explore different activities and discuss which activities align with the seven science process skills. Appropriate for ELA and ESOL teachers of all levels of learners.

These are not regularly posted on the calendar; they are available to programs on request with enough advance notice.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to engage in face-to-face PD and coaching at times and locations that work for your program.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu or 508-854-4296.

English for Entrepreneurship (Malden/Blended) Mon, 03/04/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Entrepreneurship can be a viable option for English language learners seeking successful employment. However, to succeed they need knowledge about legal and business issues as well as language, digital-literacy, and intercultural skills. This three-part workshop will guide you in developing lessons that integrate all key elements.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - March (Online) Tue, 03/12/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Holyoke/Blended) Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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.

English for Entrepreneurship (Malden/Blended) Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Entrepreneurship can be a viable option for English language learners seeking successful employment. However, to succeed they need knowledge about legal and business issues as well as language, digital-literacy, and intercultural skills. This three-part workshop will guide you in developing lessons that integrate all key elements.

The Components of Language (Fall River/Blended) Thu, 03/28/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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.

Overview of EBRI - April (Online) Mon, 04/01/2019 - 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - April (Online) Mon, 04/01/2019 - 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. 

ELA PD at Your Program (and Coaching, too!) Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:00am

The ELA C&I PD Center will come to you! In addition to our highly accessible online offerings, we offer ELA coaches for curriculum and EBRI (by June we will also offer writing coaches) and ELA facilitators, who will provide PD at your program location on:

  • Critical Friends (several shorter sessions over weeks or months)
  • MESCA—Making the ELA Standards Come Alive
  • Using Text Sets to Build Knowledge: Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, consider implications for classroom instruction, and explore sources for text sets to use with your class
  • Science Skills for All Levels of Literacy: Reflect on and analyze the role of science process skills in your teaching and in your students’ learning as you both explore different activities and discuss which activities align with the seven science process skills. Appropriate for ELA and ESOL teachers of all levels of learners.

These are not regularly posted on the calendar; they are available to programs on request with enough advance notice.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to engage in face-to-face PD and coaching at times and locations that work for your program.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu or 508-854-4296.

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Plymouth/Blended) Fri, 04/05/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part, blended workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three sessions, you will have opportunities to try out new formative and summative assessment tools and techniques in your practice and receive professional development support while doing so. 

This workshop is one of six that were developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - April (Online) Tue, 04/09/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning - Spring 2019 (Online) Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:00am

A headline reads, “Two out of three Americans owned a smartphone in 2015.” Does that mean two out of every group of three Americans? Is it possible to have a group of Americans who all own smartphones?  Adults encounter ratios and proportions all the time in news or media statistics, estimates of risk, shopping for the best deal, creating mixtures and recipes, and countless other daily activities. The ability to reason about these numerical relationships develops over a long period of time and through deliberate exploration of the mathematics involved. Language teachers can provide opportunities for students to encounter and expand their ability to reason with ratios in real life contexts.

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning is a course for English language teachers who want to deepen their own conceptual understanding of ratios and proportions and to learn strategies for helping students build ratio reasoning skills. This course is for participants who have successfully completed Mathematizing ESOL I and Mathematizing ESOL II

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 04/24/2019 - 9:00am

This online 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. 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. 

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

Career Fair Preparation for English Language Learners (Boston/Blended) Thu, 04/25/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Career fairs offer English language learners at all proficiency levels opportunities for authentic, real-life language practice, whether they are seeking employment at the time or not. This three-part workshop will provide strategies for helping learners get the most out of career fairs.

Intercultural Awareness (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 04/27/2019 - 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

 

Overview of EBRI - May (Online) Wed, 05/01/2019 - 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - May (Online) Wed, 05/01/2019 - 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. 

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 05/01/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online 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. 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. 

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

ELA PD at Your Program (and Coaching, too!) Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:00am

The ELA C&I PD Center will come to you! In addition to our highly accessible online offerings, we offer ELA coaches for curriculum and EBRI (by June we will also offer writing coaches) and ELA facilitators, who will provide PD at your program location on:

  • Critical Friends (several shorter sessions over weeks or months)
  • MESCA—Making the ELA Standards Come Alive
  • Using Text Sets to Build Knowledge: Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, consider implications for classroom instruction, and explore sources for text sets to use with your class
  • Science Skills for All Levels of Literacy: Reflect on and analyze the role of science process skills in your teaching and in your students’ learning as you both explore different activities and discuss which activities align with the seven science process skills. Appropriate for ELA and ESOL teachers of all levels of learners.

These are not regularly posted on the calendar; they are available to programs on request with enough advance notice.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to engage in face-to-face PD and coaching at times and locations that work for your program.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu or 508-854-4296.

STAR (Blended/QCC) Fri, 05/03/2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

In this blended training, learn STAR/EBRI strategies and practices that will enable you to support intermediate readers in making measurable gains.

STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) focuses on building the reading skills for adult learners at the intermediate level grade level equivalents (GLE 4-8.9). National student outcome data shows that pre-adult secondary education (ASE) students make measurable gains in reading achievement when STAR’s structures and practices are implemented.

Career Fair Preparation for English Language Learners (Boston/Blended) Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Career fairs offer English language learners at all proficiency levels opportunities for authentic, real-life language practice, whether they are seeking employment at the time or not. This three-part workshop will provide strategies for helping learners get the most out of career fairs.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - May (Online) Tue, 05/14/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 05/15/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online 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. 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. 

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

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Plymouth/Blended) Fri, 05/17/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part, blended workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three sessions, you will have opportunities to try out new formative and summative assessment tools and techniques in your practice and receive professional development support while doing so. 

This workshop is one of six that were developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Directors’ Meeting Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:00am

The one-day ABE Directors’ Meeting will be held at the Devens Common Center and Hilton Garden Inn, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens MA 01434 on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Overview of EBRI - June (Online) Sat, 06/01/2019 - 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.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - June (Online) Sat, 06/01/2019 - 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. 

Intercultural Awareness (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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

 

ELA PD at Your Program (and Coaching, too!) Sun, 06/02/2019 - 12:00am

The ELA C&I PD Center will come to you! In addition to our highly accessible online offerings, we offer ELA coaches for curriculum and EBRI (by June we will also offer writing coaches) and ELA facilitators, who will provide PD at your program location on:

  • Critical Friends (several shorter sessions over weeks or months)
  • MESCA—Making the ELA Standards Come Alive
  • Using Text Sets to Build Knowledge: Examine a text set, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, consider implications for classroom instruction, and explore sources for text sets to use with your class
  • Science Skills for All Levels of Literacy: Reflect on and analyze the role of science process skills in your teaching and in your students’ learning as you both explore different activities and discuss which activities align with the seven science process skills. Appropriate for ELA and ESOL teachers of all levels of learners.

These are not regularly posted on the calendar; they are available to programs on request with enough advance notice.

Take advantage of this terrific opportunity to engage in face-to-face PD and coaching at times and locations that work for your program.

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director of the ELA C&I PD Center, at mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu or 508-854-4296.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 06/05/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online 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. 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. 

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

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - June (Online) Tue, 06/11/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, useful, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!