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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EBRI: Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (Online) Wed, 02/26/2020 - 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 (EBRI). Be in compliance with WIOA which specifies that “the essential components of reading instruction” be incorporated into instruction. 

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

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.

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. 

Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports (Online) Mon, 03/02/2020 - 9:00am

Navigating Pathways to Opportunity prepares advisors, coaches, and college and career navigators to provide the comprehensive supports students need to successfully transition to career pathways, integrated education and training, and postsecondary education. In this course, you will learn strategies for identifying and engaging your adult learners’ aspirations, addressing barriers, and building a comprehensive network of support to promote persistence. 

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!

Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations - Spring 2020 (Online) Wed, 03/04/2020 - 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.

Introduction to Learning Disabilities in Adults (Online) Wed, 03/11/2020 - 8:00am

Introduction to Learning Disabilities in Adults is brought to you by the SABES Curriculum & Instructional PD Centers for ELA and Math, in partnership with LINCS. Through self-paced modules, you will explore differences in the definitions of learning disabilities (LD), the ramifications for adults with LD, testing and instructional accommodations appropriate for individuals with LD, and instructional strategies for teaching the "soft skills" needed for workplace success.

Planning Now for Online Classes: Using USA Learns (Webinar) Mon, 03/30/2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Please note: Registration for this webinar is now full, so we are in the process of planning a second session, which will be held in March as soon as we can arrange it. Please check back here; we will update the second date here as soon as possible, hopefully no later than Wednesday or Thursday (3/18 or 3/19). Thank you for your patience. 

Everyone is concerned about the increasing spread of the corona virus and preparing for how this evolving situation may impact our programs, staff, and students. The fear of infection may keep students away, or your agency may decide to ask employees to work from home and temporarily close the program. Decisions about how to proceed may be made by others and beyond our control.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to holding face-to-face classes, but it’s important to prepare now so staff and students will be ready when and if these decisions are made. To help programs prepare for this possibility, the SABES Program Support PD Center (Digital Literacy) is offering this webinar to help teachers prepare to provide instruction online using the free, online USA Learns curriculum. 

In addition to this webinar, our presenter will be available to work with you individually and respond to questions you might have following the webinar as you begin to onboard staff and students.

Please Note:

  1. We are offering a webinar for ABE teachers on Google Classroom on March 23 at 12:00 p.m. 
  2. Importantly, both Google Classroom and USA Learns can be used to complement your face-to-face instruction, regardless of whether or not your program chooses to suspend face-to-face classes.
Instructional Shifts for the CCRSAE for Math (Webinar series) Mon, 03/30/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This series introduces the three key instructional shifts in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for Mathematics (CCRSAE for Math): focus, coherence, and rigor. No prior knowledge of the instructional shifts or the CCRSAE is required.

Teaching the 2020 Census Remotely Using The Change Agent’s Online Resources (Webinar) Tue, 03/31/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

As the launch of the 2020 Census coincides with the need for most adult educators to teach remotely, the Program Support PD Center is pleased to offer this online  workshop, adapted from the one originally planned for the MCAE Network Conference. 

In addition to information about the importance of the census for our communities, you will learn how to access free PDFs of lesson packets for multi-level learners that teach about how the census is a key civics opportunity, how to fill out the census, what laws protect your privacy, how to avoid scams, and how to take information about the census back to families, neighborhoods and communities. 

Given that  classes are suspended due to the Coronavirus, the facilitator will share three strategies for helping students continue their learning remotely: 

  1. Real-time Zoom meetings and/or Google Hangouts, 
  2. Independent study that students can do online, and 
  3. Hard-copy handouts that the students can work on independently at home

Unable to attend? We will record this webinar. If you are interested in this topic but cannot attend the live webinar, you may register and receive the webinar recording to review along with the instructions for the follow-up assignment, which may be completed by April 14 for additional PD hours.

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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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.

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.)

TABE 11/12 Administration and Scoring (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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.

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. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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.

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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).

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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 - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Assessment Basics (Webinar) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 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.

FULL - Tips & Tools for a Smooth Transition to Remote ESOL Instruction (Online) Wed, 04/01/2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

In this 1.5 hour virtual meeting in Blackboard Collaborate, teachers will explore how to transition successfully to remote ESOL instruction that meets the needs of learners at every language proficiency level.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. 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. 

FULL - How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 04/02/2020 - 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. 

Digital Literacy with Desmos: A Math Tool for Teachers and Students (webinar) Thu, 04/02/2020 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

“In light of the rapid and continual development of digital technology, individuals are required to use a growing variety of technical, cognitive, and sociological skills in order to perform tasks and solve problems in digital environments.” Eshet-Alkalai, 2004, p. 93

Are you looking for the right technology tool to support mathematical learning? You’ll want to learn more about Desmos Classroom Activities – a powerful (and free!) digital tool for helping students communicate mathematically.

Alphabetics (online) Fri, 04/03/2020 - 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, but STAR-trained practitioners may choose to take this course as a refresher or to extend their practice to this GLE range.)

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Online) Fri, 04/03/2020 - 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. 

Integrating Data into Content Classes (webinar) Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Bringing data into your science or social studies classroom can deepen and enrich your content teaching and provides students with the opportunity to develop data skills in authentic contexts. In this webinar, you will learn some simple and engaging classroom routines for integrating data into your content classroom.

FULL - Tips & Tools for a Smooth Transition to Remote ESOL Instruction (Online) Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In this 1.5 hour virtual meeting in Blackboard Collaborate, teachers will explore how to transition successfully to remote ESOL instruction that meets the needs of learners at every language proficiency level.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. 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. 

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - May (Online) Mon, 04/06/2020 - 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!

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Online) Wed, 04/08/2020 - 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.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Online) Thu, 04/09/2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

This previously face-to-face study circle has been moved online!  In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading and discussions that inform and deepen professional growth.  Note that our meetings will be online, but the topic is research about low-literacy ESOL; we will discuss applying that research to our current and future practice, including how we're adapting to online teaching.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. 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. 

 

FULL - How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 04/09/2020 - 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. 

POSTPONED - Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 04/10/2020 - 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 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.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Online) Tue, 04/14/2020 - 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. 

POSTPONED - Instructional Strategies/Study Skills for Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities (Worcester) Wed, 04/15/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Designed to enhance direct explicit instruction of students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD).

SABES Tech and Tell: Using Digital Tools to Design Assessments (Webinar) Wed, 04/15/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Assessment is important for both adult learners and their teachers to track progress and levels of mastery. Assessment feedback informs adjustments that teachers need to make in instruction and empowers students to make decisions that can strengthen their learning. In light of recent events, having new ways to virtually assess will assist the transition to teaching and learning remotely.

In this webinar, you will learn about two assessment tools that will allow you to easily add your content: Quizalize and Edpuzzle. You will also look at two user-friendly tools you can use to create customized assessments on your own: Google Forms Quiz and Padlet.

Unable to attend? We record the Tech and Tell webinars. If you are interested in this topic but cannot attend the live webinar on April 15, you may register and receive the webinar recording to review.

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.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Online) Thu, 04/16/2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

This previously face-to-face study circle has been moved online!  In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading and discussions that inform and deepen professional growth.  Note that our meetings will be online, but the topic is research about low-literacy ESOL; we will discuss applying that research to our current and future practice, including how we're adapting to online teaching.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. 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. 

 

The Professional Adult Educator (Online) Thu, 04/16/2020 - 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.

POSTPONED - 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.

POSTPONED - BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Boston) Fri, 04/17/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

*** This training has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. ***

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.

Rethinking Fractions (webinar) Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Do your students struggle with fractions? Do you find students asking to be shown the steps “just one more time”?  In this webinar, we will explore some of the gaps that adult students often have in their foundational number sense around fractions and look at some activities and strategies for helping students develop this number sense so that they can reason and make sense of fractions and fraction procedures.

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.

POSTPONED - BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Worcester) Tue, 04/21/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

*** This training has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. ***

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.

FULL - How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 04/23/2020 - 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. 

POSTPONED Aim High! Using the MA ELPS to Teach Advanced Learners (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 04/24/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

How can teachers help advanced ESOL students develop the language skills they need for college, career, and community involvement? Participants in this two-part workshop will learn how to use the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS) Level Six benchmarks to develop rigorous, content-based units, lessons, and activities, with particular emphasis on evidence-based argumentation skills, digital literacy, and rubric development for assessment. 

Planning for Continuous Improvement, Session 2 (Chicopee) Mon, 04/27/2020 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

This is the second session of the Planning for Continuous Improvement PD series. Participants must complete the series in its entirety, so to register, please visit the the first session posted on the SABES calendar on March 16.

POSTPONED: Cultivating Partnerships for IET/IELCE Programming (Worcester) Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Close working relationships between Integrated Education and Training (IET) and IET for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programs and their employer, workforce, and occupational training partners are key to successful recruiting and post-training transitions. During this three-hour workshop, practitioners and partners will explore and apply strategies for developing relationships and leveraging those relationships for recruitment and job placement. Participants will also develop an action plan for IET implementation that includes partner-related tasks. The focus of this session responds to the PD needs identified from a recent survey of current IET/IELCE program directors.

Exploring Exponents (Online) Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:00am

When encountering exponents, most students try to memorize rules with no conceptual understanding. Research has shown that procedural knowledge of exponents is insufficient for trying to find the value of exponential expressions and requires a deeper understanding of the logic behind the exponent rules and the relationships with symbols, their meanings, and the rules themselves (Ulosoy 2018). Other studies have found that teachers also have difficulty understanding and teaching exponents (Levenson 2012Zazkis & Kontorovich 2016). In this course, you will deepen your conceptual understanding of exponents by exploring the connections among in/out tables, graphs, equations, and verbal expressions. 

POSTPONED: Contextualizing and Integrating Curriculum for IET/IELCE Instruction (Worcester) Tue, 04/28/2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Concurrent and contextualized instruction is a critical IntegratedEducation and Training (IET) and  IET for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) component that requires a basic skills or English language instructor to align lessons and integrate instruction with training providers and occupational skills providers. This workshop will provide hands-on activities to help practitioners develop and implement contextualized curriculum, including providing any needed academic support and high school equivalency (HSE) preparation. The focus of this session responds to the PD needs identified from a recent survey of current IET/IELCE program directors.

POSTPONED: Cultivating Partnerships for IET/IELCE Programming (Lawrence) Wed, 04/29/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Close working relationships between Integrated Education and Training (IET) and IET for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programs and their employer, workforce, and occupational training partners are key to successful recruiting and post-training transitions. During this three-hour workshop, practitioners and partners will explore and apply strategies for developing relationships and leveraging those relationships for recruitment and job placement. Participants will also develop an action plan for IET implementation that includes partner-related tasks. The focus of this session responds to the PD needs identified from a recent survey of current IET/IELCE program directors.

POSTPONED: Contextualizing and Integrating Curriculum for IET/IELCE Instruction (Lawrence) Wed, 04/29/2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Concurrent and contextualized instruction is a critical Integrated Education and Training (IET) and IET for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) component that requires a basic skills or English language instructor to align lessons and integrate instruction with training providers and occupational skills providers. This workshop will provide hands-on activities to help practitioners develop and implement contextualized curriculum, including providing any needed academic support and high school equivalency (HSE) preparation. The focus of this session responds to the PD needs identified from a recent survey of current IET/IELCE program directors.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Online) Thu, 04/30/2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

This previously face-to-face study circle has been moved online!  In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading and discussions that inform and deepen professional growth.  Note that our meetings will be online, but the topic is research about low-literacy ESOL; we will discuss applying that research to our current and future practice, including how we're adapting to online teaching.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. 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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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.

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.)

TABE 11/12 Administration and Scoring (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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.

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. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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.

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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).

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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 - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Assessment Basics Webinar Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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.

POSTPONED How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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.

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 05/01/2020 - 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, to both the concepts of proportional reasoning and to concrete strategies to help students reason through ratios.

Cultural Competence: Putting Equity Front and Center in Our Teaching and Advising (Malden) Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

In this interactive session, you will gain a greater understanding of cultural competence and proficiency—the ability to work effectively across cultures in a way that acknowledges and respects the cultures of the adult learners you serve. By engaging with a variety of small and large group activities and audio-visual resources, you will explore the relationship of culture to the self and others, learn to identify micro- and macro-aggressions and strategies to overcome them, and practice your newly gained knowledge to turn understanding into more effective programs and services.

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Support Session for County Houses of Correction (Worcester) Thu, 05/07/2020 - 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.

FULL - How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 05/07/2020 - 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. 

POSTPONED - Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 05/08/2020 - 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.

POSTPONED Intercultural Awareness (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 05/08/2020 - 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

 

STAR FY20 (Blended/QCC) Fri, 05/08/2020 - 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

Annual Volunteer Coordinator Summit (Worcester) Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 05/08/2020 - 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 (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 05/08/2020 - 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, to both the concepts of proportional reasoning and to concrete strategies to help students reason through ratios.

POSTPONED - Instructional Strategies/Study Skills for Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities (Worcester) Tue, 05/12/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Designed to enhance direct explicit instruction of students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD).

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Online) Thu, 05/14/2020 - 9:30am to 11:00am

This previously face-to-face study circle has been moved online!  In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading and discussions that inform and deepen professional growth.  Note that our meetings will be online, but the topic is research about low-literacy ESOL; we will discuss applying that research to our current and future practice, including how we're adapting to online teaching.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. 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. 

 

Using Visuals to Develop Conceptual Understanding: Singapore strips (Worcester) Fri, 05/15/2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

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. 

POSTPONED Aim High! Using the MA ELPS to Teach Advanced Learners (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 05/15/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

How can teachers help advanced ESOL students develop the language skills they need for college, career, and community involvement? Participants in this two-part workshop will learn how to use the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS) Level Six benchmarks to develop rigorous, content-based units, lessons, and activities, with particular emphasis on evidence-based argumentation skills, digital literacy, and rubric development for assessment. 

POSTPONED ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 05/16/2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

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. 

Planning for Continuous Improvement, Session 3 (Chicopee) Mon, 05/18/2020 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

This is the third session of the Planning for Continuous Improvement PD series. Participants must complete the series in its entirety, so to register, please visit the the first session posted on the SABES calendar on March 16.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke) Mon, 05/18/2020 - 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.

Adult Education Directors' Meeting - Save the Date! Thu, 05/21/2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The one-day Adult Education Directors’ Meeting will be held at the
Devens Common Center
31 Andrews Parkway, Devens MA01434
Thursday, May 21, 2020

POSTPONED How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 05/22/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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.

Rethinking Math Placement: A Growth Mindset Approach to Assessment (Cambridge) Fri, 05/22/2020 - 9:30am to 2:00pm

Mathematical reasoning is an indispensable skill for the digital age, but many adult students fear and avoid math, limiting their future opportunities. According to Jo Boaler, “The fixed mindsets that many people hold about mathematics often combine with other negative beliefs about mathematics, to devastating effect.” (2015, p. ix) In order to change this trajectory, students need to examine these underlying beliefs and develop a growth mindset in mathematics.

In this workshop, you will experience an orientation and initial assessment developed to encourage a growth mindset in math. You will also have a chance to practice evaluating student responses to the tasks, so you will be ready to use or adapt the materials for your own classroom or program.

POSTPONED Intercultural Awareness (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 05/29/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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

 

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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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.

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.)

TABE 11/12 Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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.

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. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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.

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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).

MAPT-CCR Administration (Online) Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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 - College and Career Readiness (MAPT-CCR) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Assessment Basics Webinar Mon, 06/01/2020 - 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.

POSTPONED ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 06/06/2020 - 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. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Tue, 06/09/2020 - 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. 

Summer Directors' Institute Thu, 07/23/2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Save the Date! 

Please save the date for the FY21 Summer Directors' Institute. This special ACLS- and SABES-sponsored one-day institute is intended to provide you with an opportunity to network, learn, and reflect on significant issues that you are currently dealing with in your program. 

This year's Summer Directors' Institute responds to feedback from the February/March online survey that many directors completed. In response to the overwhelming majority  (74%) of first and second choices, the Institute will focus on:

  • To whom you are accountable and for what purposes, and how this should drive your program's vision and mission
  • Effective, evidence-based strategies for recruitment, intake, and orientation and how they contribute to persistence
  • Effective, evidence-based instructional strategies that promote learner persistence

In addition to the opportunity to network, our goal is to provide tangible tools and resources you will be able to use immediately in your program.

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Orientation and Support (Springfield) Mon, 07/27/2020 - 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 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.