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SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Sun, 09/01/2019 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

EBRI: Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (Online) Thu, 10/10/2019 - 8:00am

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. Be in compliance with WIOA, which specifies that “the essential components of reading instruction” be incorporated into instruction. 

Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course, but can choose do to so as a refresher.

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom (Online)-FULL Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:00am

FULL-Registration Closed

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) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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. (Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - November (Online) Tue, 11/05/2019 - 8:00am

What: This brief, 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!

Expanding Access through Distance, Blended, and Hybrid Learning Module 2 - Opening Your Doors: Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation (Online) Wed, 11/13/2019 - 9:00am

Are you starting up a distance education program for the first time this year? Are you experienced but haven’t had training, or want a brush-up? Have you considered developing a distance, blended, or hybrid learning option at your program but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what the differences are among these three models? Are you a director or instructor who wants to know more about best practices and how these options can benefit your learners? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then this series of three online modules is for you! 

In this second module in the three-part series, you will consider which learners are promising candidates for your program, how to find them, and how to support those who need preparation in order to be accepted. We will describe ways to check that they have the skills and resources necessary for study via distance, blended, and hybrid learning and how to orient them according to their strengths and gaps so they are set up for success. It includes a discussion forum to share ideas with colleagues and time with an experienced coach to think through questions or to get suggestions to your program’s specific context. 

SABES Tech and Tell: Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment and Curriculum: Building Blocks for Digital Literacy (Webinar) Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment defines the basic skills needed to use a computer and the Internet in daily life, employment, and higher education. It was developed in response to the needs of job seekers who may lack the digital literacy skills needed to seek, obtain, and retain employment, as well as to perform other tasks in daily life.

Northstar’s free, self-guided online modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on digital literacy standards in three main areas:

  • Essential Computer Skills: Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, and MAC Operating System
  • Essential Software Skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Using Technology in Daily Life: Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, and Digital Footprint

This presentation will explain the development, purposes, and functioning of the Northstar program, including assessment and instructional resources. It will include an overview of basic and enhanced features, as well as examples of how it is used in various program settings.

Unable to attend? Register and receive the webinar recording and assignment instructions, and complete by 12/4/19.

Note: This is part of a series of monthly webinars, which are modeled after the effective Tech and Tell series developed by our IDEAL partners and colleagues at TCALL, Texas A&M University. TCALL provides professional development for the Texas adult education system.We are grateful for their collaborative spirit and sharing of successful practices.

Employment Options for All (Online) Wed, 11/20/2019 - 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.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Cambridge) Thu, 11/21/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E 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 - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE - Differentiated Instruction in the ESOL Classroom (Cambridge) Thu, 11/21/2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

How do we engage our diverse spectrum of learners while also supporting and challenging each individual? This hands-on, three-part, face-to-face workshop will explore techniques for differentiating instruction in adult ESOL classes.

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Evening Orientation Series (Randolph) Thu, 11/21/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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 also 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 connect 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. 

Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum in Your Classroom: Let’s Get Started! (Worcester) Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

In this session, you will receive a deep dive professional development training on Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum. Applied Digital Skills is a free, online, video-based curriculum that you can use in the classroom with your students to teach them the basic digital skills needed for today’s evolving job market. Lessons are designed for learners with any level of technology experience and allow students to learn at their own pace. 

This workshop is being offered in partnership with COABE and Google. 

The Professional Adult Educator (Online) Fri, 11/22/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Professional Adult Educator is a six-week, ten-hour online course that explores the art of teaching adults, viewed through the lens of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education.

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Lawrence/Blended) Sat, 11/23/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

This three-part 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 was developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to administer and score Level L (Literacy) of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Forms 11/12, which is the assessment recommended by ACLS for some adult learners at low reading levels.

TABE 11/12 Administration and Scoring (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to administer and score levels E, M, D, and A of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Forms 11/12.

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to administer and score the reading component of the Tests of Adult Basic Education Complete Language Assessment System–English (TABE CLAS-E).

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

In this online training available 24/7, you will learn how to administer the writing component of the Tests of Adult Basic Education Complete Language Assessment System–English (TABE CLAS-E). You will also learn how to score the multiple-choice portion of the assessment. To be certified to fully score the CLAS-E Writing, you must attend a face-to-face CLAS-E Writing Scoring training after completing this online training.

MAPT Administration (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

In this online training available 24/7, 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 - December (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 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. (Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

Assessment Basics Webinar Sun, 12/01/2019 - 8:00am

This online webinar-based training consists of two videos followed by questions. The first video describes what assessment is, how assessment fits into curriculum and instruction, and how to interpret different types of test scores. The second video explains what assessments are required in Massachusetts for NRS reporting purposes and provides an overview of the ACLS assessment policies.

Assessment Basics is available 24/7 and takes 30-40 minutes to complete.

EBRI: Alphabetics (online) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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. (Note: STAR training includes Alphabetics, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course, but can choose do to so as a refresher or to extend their practice to this GLE range.)

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Boston) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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.

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

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

Expanding Access through Distance, Blended, and Hybrid Learning Module 3 - In the Class: Instruction and Assessment (Online) Wed, 12/04/2019 - 9:00am

Are you starting up a distance education program for the first time this year? Are you experienced but haven’t had training, or want a brush-up? Have you considered developing a distance, blended, or hybrid learning option at your program but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what the differences are among these three models? Are you a director or instructor who wants to know more about best practices and how these options can benefit your learners? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then this series of three online modules, “Expanding Access through Distance Education” is for you!

This third module in the series explains where to find the list of state-approved curricula, supplemental resources to extend learning, and how to organize them. Options for staying in communication with learners are discussed. It also covers types of assessment, how they support instruction and learning as well as retention, and ways to carry them out in the distance learning environment. It includes a discussion forum to share ideas with colleagues, and time with an experienced coach to think through questions or to get suggestions to your program’s specific context.

Introduction to the ELA Proficiency Guide (Worcester) Thu, 12/05/2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

The SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center has created an ELA Proficiency Guide as a companion document to the Massachusetts (MA) Professional Standards for Adult Education, providing concrete ideas on how to interpret and apply the Professional Standards in the content area of ELA. Together, the Professional Standards and the ELA Proficiency Guide provide a coherent picture of what effective teaching in an adult education ELA classroom looks like. Go to the ACLS Educator Effectiveness webpage for direct links to both documents.

Introduction to the Mathematics Proficiency Guide (Worcester) Thu, 12/05/2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

The SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center has created the Mathematics Proficiency Guide for Teachers of Adult Education as a companion document to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education. This proficiency guide provides concrete ideas on how to interpret and apply the MA Professional Standards for Teachers in the content areas of math. Together, the MA Professional Standards for Teachers and the Math Proficiency Guide provide a coherent picture of what effective teaching in an adult education classroom looks like. 

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Plymouth/Blended) Thu, 12/05/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS), 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.

FULL - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE - Differentiated Instruction in the ESOL Classroom (Cambridge) Thu, 12/05/2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

How do we engage our diverse spectrum of learners while also supporting and challenging each individual? This hands-on, three-part, face-to-face workshop will explore techniques for differentiating instruction in adult ESOL classes.

FULL-Mental Health First Aid (Holyoke) Fri, 12/06/2019 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Registration closed, this session is FULL: Few spaces are available for this training offered in Brockton, Malden, and Worcester.

Mental Health First Aid is a standardized 8-hour training course designed to give you key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

CALM Support Session (Cambridge) Fri, 12/06/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM) is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) for math. These standards and curriculum require you to teach conceptually. Since many of us were only taught procedurally, it can be challenging to figure out how to teach differently.

These sessions are a way for the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy C&I PD Center to support you as you begin to implement new ways of teaching math.

Registration is required to get a head count for each session. If you have any specific questions regarding CALM implementation, we encourage you to contact us when you register.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 12/06/2019 - 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. 

CALM Support Session (Fall River) Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM) is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) for math. These standards and curriculum require you to teach conceptually. Since many of us were only taught procedurally, it can be challenging to figure out how to teach differently.

These sessions are a way for the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy C&I PD Center to support you as you begin to implement new ways of teaching math.

Registration is required to get a head count for each session. If you have any specific questions regarding CALM implementation, we encourage you to contact us when you register.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Holyoke/Blended) Sat, 12/07/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Holyoke) Mon, 12/09/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E 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.

Multi-level Math Classroom Strategies: Parallel Tasks (Bedford) Mon, 12/09/2019 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

This four-hour face-to-face course is part of a series on multi-level strategies for the math classroom. In this course, you will learn the elements of parallel tasks and how to use them to differentiate math tasks as well as use them for formative assessments. You will also have an opportunity to create your own set of parallel tasks so you can go back to your classroom with a new, ready-to-use tool. This course assumes an understanding of what differentiation implies, as well as an understanding of what formative assessment is and how it differs from summative assessment. (For a review of the difference between the two, we recommend reviewing this fact sheet before attending the course.)

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Springfield) Mon, 12/09/2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

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. Snow date is December 16, 2019.

Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities: Legal and Practical Issues (Webinar) Tue, 12/10/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protections against discrimination for people with disabilities. This webinar will take a look at the responsibilities of both adult education providers and students in applying the ADA within adult education settings.

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge/Blended) Thu, 12/12/2019 - 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 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, and is a suggested prerequisite to the others.

Integrating Math into ESOL Units: Health (New Bedford) Fri, 12/13/2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Adult ESOL learners need math skills to take care of their own and their family’s health. Successfully integrating math into an ESOL class does not have to interfere with your language objectives or cause you to stress over how to design meaningful math activities. The Integrating Math into ESOL series consists of half-day workshops designed to familiarize ESOL teachers with ready-to-go math activities that can be integrated into the units and contexts you already teach. You will receive a packet of materials created by a team of math and ESOL teachers at the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center to take home with you.

From Class to Classify: Effective Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 12/13/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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 ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for classrooms.

Volunteer Coordinator Sharing Group (Brockton) Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

This offering is a facilitated sharing and learning group for new and experienced Volunteer Coordinators and others in adult education programs who work with volunteers. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Quincy) Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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 (Lawrence/Blended) Sat, 12/14/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

This three-part 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 was developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Google Classroom: Organize, Communicate, and Collaborate! (Worcester/Blended) Mon, 12/16/2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Have you heard people talking about Google Classroom and wondered what the buzz was all about? This session is for you! This workshop offers an introduction to Google Classroom, which was designed with teachers to help educators and students organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication. 

This workshop will give you hands-on experience and examples of how other teachers have implemented it. You will leave having set up your own Google Classroom and with ideas on how to use it with your students. It is open to all with a general knowledge of how to access Google Drive and applications such as Google Docs and Google Sheets. Please be sure to see the Prerequisites below for more information and a link to brief tutorials to help prepare you, if needed.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Wed, 12/18/2019 - 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.

SABES Tech and Tell: Making Digital Devices and Materials More Accessible (Webinar) Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Chances are that you have current students, staff, and others who may join your program in the future with hand motor, visual, or auditory difficulties. For this reason, it is good practice to know how to be inclusive so that program and class materials are readable and program digital devices are navigable. It’s also important to understand how to support students’ use of their own devices. Come learn about basic settings and instructions for creating equitable access at your program and in your classes.

This webinar is offered as a collaboration between the SABES Program Support PD Center Digital Literacy and ADA Training and Resources teams.

Unable to attend? Register and receive the webinar recording and assignment instructions, and complete by Wednesday, January 8.

Note: This is part of a series of monthly webinars, which are modeled after the effective Tech and Tell series developed by our IDEAL partners and colleagues at TCALL, Texas A&M University. TCALL provides professional development for the Texas adult education system. We are grateful for their collaborative spirit and sharing of successful practices.

FULL - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE - Differentiated Instruction in the ESOL Classroom (Cambridge) Thu, 12/19/2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

How do we engage our diverse spectrum of learners while also supporting and challenging each individual? This hands-on, three-part, face-to-face workshop will explore techniques for differentiating instruction in adult ESOL classes.

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Wed, 01/01/2020 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

Overview of EBRI - January (Online) Thu, 01/02/2020 - 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: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - January (Online) Thu, 01/02/2020 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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 Disability and Etiquette (Webinar) Tue, 01/07/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

What exactly do we mean by the term disability? And how do we ensure that students with disabilities are made to feel welcome in adult education? This webinar will take a close look at these issues and provide guidance on how to best serve students with disabilities.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 01/08/2020 - 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. 

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Plymouth/Blended) Thu, 01/09/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS), 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.

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Support Session for County Houses of Correction Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:30am to 1:30pm

The Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM) is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics. These standards and curriculum require you to teach conceptually. Since many of us were only taught procedurally, it can be challenging to figure out how to teach differently.

These sessions are a way for the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center to support you as you begin to implement new ways of teaching math. This session is specifically for programs at corrections sites and will provide an opportunity for participants to strategize around issues that are unique to your settings. 

Registration is required to get a head count for each session. If you have any specific questions regarding CALM implementation, we encourage you to contact us when you register.

Mental Health First Aid (Worcester) Fri, 01/10/2020 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Mental Health First Aid is a standardized 8-hour training course designed to give you key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

CALM Support Session (Holyoke) Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

The Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM) is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) for math. These standards and curriculum require you to teach conceptually. Since many of us were only taught procedurally, it can be challenging to figure out how to teach differently.

These sessions are a way for the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy C&I PD Center to support you as you begin to implement new ways of teaching math.

Registration is required to get a head count for each session. If you have any specific questions regarding CALM implementation, we encourage you to contact us when you register.

Selecting Appropriate Texts (Springfield) Mon, 01/13/2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

This practical two-part course will help you choose texts that are at the appropriate level of complexity for your students. The course will also cover strategies for preparing students to tackle complex texts. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Tue, 01/14/2020 - 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 Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 01/15/2020 - 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. 

Going Mobile! Tools for ESOL Learning on the Go (Online PLC) Thu, 01/16/2020 - 8:00am

This three-month online professional learning community (PLC) will explore the power of mobile technology to promote language learning in the classroom and beyond. The series includes a self-paced online introductory module, three facilitated virtual sessions, and three reflective discussions. 

STAR FY20 (Blended/QCC) Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

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.

In this blended training, learn the GLE-appropriate EBRI strategies and practices, structured into a coherent and comprehensive program, that will enable you to support intermediate readers in making measurable gains.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Using the New Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards to Inform Teaching Practice (Plymouth) Fri, 01/17/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This 5.5-hour workshop explores the ways you can use the new Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (MA ELPS) to increase academic rigor in adult ESOL instruction.

Distance and Blended Learning Coffee Hour #2 (Webinar) Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Do you have some experience with distance, blended, or hybrid learning? This sharing group is for you! It is designed to provide a way to connect with others who are doing similar work with the guidance of national expert Jen Vanek as facilitator. The goal is for participants to share their work, ask questions, exchange ideas for strengthening their programs, and discuss research-based successful practices.

Note: This session is for individuals with experience in the type of learning they would like to talk about. Those who are new should consider taking the three modules in the Expanding Access through Distance, Blended, and Hybrid Learning series. They are designed for those starting up a distance education program for the first time, as well as those considering developing a distance, blended, or hybrid learning option, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, what the differences are among these three models, or how these options can benefit learners. (They are also for those with experience who haven’t had training or want a brush-up.)

Module 1: (10/23—11/6) Setting the Stage: Planning for a Strong Foundation

This first module reviews three models of distance education classes and how they meet learners’ needs. It will include important information for administrators regarding hiring, planning, and data reporting.

Module 2: (11/13—11/27) Opening Your Doors: Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation

In this module, you will consider which learners are promising candidates for your program and how to find them. We will describe ways to check that they have the skills and resources necessary for study via distance or blended learning, and how to orient them so they are set up for success.

Module 3: (12/4—12/18) In the Class: Instruction and Assessment

This module explains where to find the list of state-approved curricula and supplemental resources to extend learning; how to organize them; how to use types of assessment to know how your students are doing and what they have achieved; and options for staying in communication with learners.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Holyoke/Blended) Sat, 01/18/2020 - 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.

Principles of Universal Design (Webinar) Wed, 01/22/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

This webinar will take a look at universal design and how it can be applied within adult education to meet the diversity of learner needs. Universal design is the practice of designing  products, buildings, and public spaces to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible.

Going Mobile! Tools for ESOL Learning on the Go (Online PLC) Thu, 01/23/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This three-month online professional learning community (PLC) will explore the power of mobile technology to promote language learning in the classroom and beyond. The series includes a self-paced online introductory module, three facilitated virtual sessions, and three reflective discussions. 

Mental Health First Aid (New Bedford) Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Mental Health First Aid is a standardized 8-hour training course designed to give you key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

From Class to Classify: Effective Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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 ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for classrooms.

ESOL for Parents and Caregivers (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 01/24/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This half-day face-to-face 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. 

CALM Support Session (Haverhill) Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:15pm to 3:15pm

The Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM) is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) for math. These standards and curriculum require you to teach conceptually. Since many of us were only taught procedurally, it can be challenging to figure out how to teach differently.

These sessions are a way for the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy C&I PD Center to support you as you begin to implement new ways of teaching math.

Registration is required to get a head count for each session. If you have any specific questions regarding CALM implementation, we encourage you to contact us when you register.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 01/29/2020 - 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. 

Learning and the Brain: Research-Inspired Classroom Activities (Cambridge) Fri, 01/31/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This three-part workshop will address the learning process from the perspective of research in the cognitive and neural sciences, and explore how educators can apply this knowledge to their own teaching practices. 

Volunteer Coordinator Sharing Group (Holyoke) Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This offering is a facilitated sharing and learning group for new and experienced Volunteer Coordinators and others in adult education programs who work with volunteers. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field.

Overview of EBRI - February (Online) Sat, 02/01/2020 - 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: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - February (Online) Sat, 02/01/2020 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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. 

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Sat, 02/01/2020 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

Mental Health First Aid (Malden) Fri, 02/07/2020 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Mental Health First Aid is a standardized 8-hour training course designed to give you key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

Introduction to Teaching Basic Literacy to English Learners (Quincy/Blended) Fri, 02/07/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This workshop is designed for teachers new to teaching basic literacy to English language learners, i.e., those learners with little or no first-language literacy. Two face-to-face sessions and online discussions provide participants with effective instructional strategies and approaches, with a focus on evidence-based reading and writing instruction.

EBRI: Fluency for Beginning Readers (GLE 0 - 3.9) (Online) Mon, 02/10/2020 - 8:00am

Explore fluency, one of the essential components of reading. Fluency interacts with alphabetics, vocabulary, and comprehension to impact reading, and teachers should provide evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) in fluency to adults who are beginning readers (GLE 0-3.9). (Note: STAR training includes Fluency, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course, but can choose do to so as a refresher or to extend their practice to this GLE range.)

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 02/12/2020 - 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. 

Learning and the Brain: Research-Inspired Classroom Activities (Cambridge) Fri, 02/14/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This three-part workshop will address the learning process from the perspective of research in the cognitive and neural sciences, and explore how educators can apply this knowledge to their own teaching practices. 

Going Mobile! Tools for ESOL Learning on the Go (Online PLC) Thu, 02/27/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This three-month online professional learning community (PLC) will explore the power of mobile technology to promote language learning in the classroom and beyond. The series includes a self-paced online introductory module, three facilitated virtual sessions, and three reflective discussions. 

Building an Advising Curriculum for Your Program (Malden) Fri, 02/28/2020 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

In this workshop, you will learn about an advising curriculum for varied-level, in-class Education and Career Planning workshops that has been successfully implemented at the Immigrant Learning Center (ILC).  You will learn how ILC advisors structure their job duties and curriculum and track and record students’ goals and achievements. You will also have an opportunity to reflect and explore how you might use Education and Career Planning workshops in your program. 

Learning and the Brain: Research-Inspired Classroom Activities (Cambridge) Fri, 02/28/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This three-part workshop will address the learning process from the perspective of research in the cognitive and neural sciences, and explore how educators can apply this knowledge to their own teaching practices. 

The Components of Language (Worcester/Blended) Sat, 02/29/2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

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) Sun, 03/01/2020 - 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: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - March (Online) Sun, 03/01/2020 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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. 

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Sun, 03/01/2020 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - March (Online) Tue, 03/03/2020 - 8:00am

What: This brief, 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 Fair Preparation for English Language Learners (Worcester/Blended) Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Introduction to Teaching Basic Literacy to English Learners (Quincy/Blended) Fri, 03/06/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This workshop is designed for teachers new to teaching basic literacy to English language learners, i.e., those learners with little or no first-language literacy. Two face-to-face sessions and online discussions provide participants with effective instructional strategies and approaches, with a focus on evidence-based reading and writing instruction.

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Lawrence/Blended) Fri, 03/13/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS), 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.

Career Fair Preparation for English Language Learners (Worcester/Blended) Wed, 03/18/2020 - 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.

Going Mobile! Tools for ESOL Learning on the Go (Online PLC) Thu, 03/26/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This three-month online professional learning community (PLC) will explore the power of mobile technology to promote language learning in the classroom and beyond. The series includes a self-paced online introductory module, three facilitated virtual sessions, and three reflective discussions. 

The Components of Language (Worcester/Blended) Sat, 03/28/2020 - 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.

STAR FY20 (Blended/QCC) Tue, 03/31/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

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.

In this blended training, learn the GLE-appropriate EBRI strategies and practices, structured into a coherent and comprehensive program, that will enable you to support intermediate readers in making measurable gains.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - April (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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. 

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

Overview of EBRI - April (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Lawrence/Blended) Fri, 04/17/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS), 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.

Distance and Blended Learning Coffee Hour #3 (Webinar) Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Do you have some experience with distance, blended, or hybrid learning? This sharing group is for you! It is designed to provide a way to connect with others who are doing similar work with the guidance of national expert Jen Vanek as facilitator. The goal is for participants to share their work, ask questions, exchange ideas for strengthening their programs, and discuss research-based successful practices.

Note: This session is for individuals with experience in the type of learning they would like to talk about. Those who are new should consider taking the three modules in the Expanding Access through Distance, Blended, and Hybrid Learning series. They are designed for those starting up a distance education program for the first time, as well as those considering developing a distance, blended, or hybrid learning option but aren’t quite sure where to begin, what the differences are among these three models, or how these options can benefit learners. (They are also for those with experience who haven’t had training or want a brush-up.)

Module 1: (10/23—11/6) Setting the Stage: Planning for a Strong Foundation

This first module reviews three models of distance education classes and how they meet learners’ needs. It also includes important information for administrators including hiring, planning, and data reporting.

Module 2: (11/13—11/27) Opening Your Doors: Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation

In this module, you will consider which learners are promising candidates for your program and how to find them. We will describe ways to check that they have the skills and resources necessary for study via distance or blended learning, and how to orient them so they are set up for success.

Module 3: (12/4—12/18) In the Class: Instruction and Assessment

This module explains where to find the list of state-approved curricula and supplemental resources to extend learning; how to organize them; how to use types of assessment to know how your students are doing and what they have achieved; and options for staying in communication with learners.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - May (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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. 

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

Overview of EBRI - May (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - May (Online) Tue, 05/05/2020 - 8:00am

What: This brief, 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 Professional Standards: An Introduction - June (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 8:00am

This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage for ready access. Stay tuned for an announcement when the move is complete. Thank you!

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): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. 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. 

SABES Blackboard Basics (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 8:00am

SABES Blackboard Basics introduces ELA/ESOL PD participants to the most commonly used Blackboard functions within their PD offerings. Available on an ongoing basis, participants can view and re-view modules on discussion board postings, submitting assignments through Blackboard, accessing and navigating a virtual session/webinar, and more. Videos and printable job aides are available for most functions.

Overview of EBRI - June (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)