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Overview of EBRI - September (Online) Sun, 09/01/2019 - 8:00am

This brief webinar is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - September (Online) Sun, 09/01/2019 - 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. 

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.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - September (Online) Tue, 09/03/2019 - 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!

The Massachusetts Educator Growth and Evaluation Model: Module 1: Overview and Planning (Online) Wed, 09/18/2019 - 9:00am

Registration closed. For more information, please contact Luanne Teller (lteller@worlded.org).

All adult learners deserve to receive high-quality instruction from effective teachers. There are many factors that impact student learning; however, research has shown that the single most influential school-based factor impacting student achievement is teacher quality and effectiveness. For this reason, ACLS encourages programs to adopt a process that supports effective teacher supervision, growth, and evaluation. Although the Educator Growth and Evaluation (EGE) model is not mandated, ACLS supports its use by programs to address this need.  

Module 1: Overview and Planning is the first of five EGE modules. It is designed to provide you with an understanding of the EGE so that you can begin a dialogue with your colleagues about these questions:

  • What is the EGE model?
  • How can it help our program, teachers, and students?
  • How might it look in the particular context of our program?

Modules 2—5 will be offered throughout the year to help you with each of the six steps within the EGE cycle.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 09/26/2019 - 9:00am

This online webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins. Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

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

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Lowell) Sat, 09/28/2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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.

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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).

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - October (Online) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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.

Overview of EBRI - October (Online) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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.

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.

Assessment Basics Webinar Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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) Tue, 10/01/2019 - 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.

Introduction to Learning Disabilities in Adults (Online) Wed, 10/02/2019 - 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.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 10/03/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins. Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

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

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Orientation and Support (Holyoke) Fri, 10/04/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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

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

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Boston) Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In response to feedback from directors following our FY19 regional Directors’ Sharing and Learning Groups, the SABES Program Support PD Center is continuing to host these sessions, which are designed to provide you with opportunities to meet, network, and share strategies with your director colleagues.

In addition to time for networking and sharing, we are pleased that Andy Nash will once again join us to discuss the new Educator Growth and Evaluation (EGE) model and this year’s plans for PD and program support. Our goal for this portion of the meeting is to help you determine if EGE is a good fit for your program and to consider options for how you might adapt it according to your local resources and needs.

Citizenship: What Teachers Need to Know about the Naturalization Process and Test to Ensure that Students Succeed (Worcester) Fri, 10/04/2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

This workshop offers an overview of the citizenship process, including benefits, eligibility, and the application process.

The Components of Language (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 10/05/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

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.

The Art of Advising—Part I (Worcester) Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

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

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.

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

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

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Malden) Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In response to feedback from directors following our FY19 regional Directors’ Sharing and Learning Groups, the SABES Program Support PD Center is continuing to host these sessions, which are designed to provide you with opportunities to meet, network, and share strategies with your director colleagues.

In addition to time for networking and sharing, we are pleased that Andy Nash will once again join us to discuss the new Educator Growth and Evaluation (EGE) model and this year’s plans for PD and program support. Our goal for this portion of the meeting is to help you determine if EGE is a good fit for your program and to consider options for how you might adapt it according to your local resources and needs.

The ABE License: Information and Support (Holyoke) Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center is offering three identical workshops on ABE Teacher's License requirements and plans to provide direct support to License-seekers through licensure cohorts at three locations in the state.

Mathematizing ESOL I: Integrating Whole Number Operations - Fall 2019 (Online) Wed, 10/16/2019 - 9:00am

Part of learning a new language is learning how to talk about math. Unfortunately, math has not traditionally been a regular part of adult ESOL instruction, and many ESOL teachers are not comfortable teaching it. This self-paced, moderated online course is the first in a series for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills into their ESOL classrooms.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Ludlow) Wed, 10/16/2019 - 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.

SABES Tech and Tell: Developing Your Digital Strategy: Building a Culture of Digital Literacy at Your Program (Webinar) Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

How do programs create a culture of digital literacy? Come hear specific ways many programs have built in access, practice, time, and space for both staff and students to increase their digital literacy.

This webinar will provide you with the opportunity to consider ways to build your program’s capacity to embrace a culture of digital literacy. For the program, this means building in access inside and outside the program space. For staff, this means being supported in developing their capacity to fully integrate digital literacy in their work with learners. For learners, this means being supported in building the digital access and skills they need to fully engage in their communities, careers, and further educational experiences.

Unable to attend? Register and receive the webinar recording and assignment instructions, and complete by October 30.

Note: This is the first 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.

The Professional Adult Educator (Online) Wed, 10/16/2019 - 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.

Distance and Blended Learning Coffee Hour #1 (Webinar) Thu, 10/17/2019 - 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 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.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Holyoke) Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In response to feedback from directors following our FY19 regional Directors’ Sharing and Learning Groups, the SABES Program Support PD Center is continuing to host these sessions, which are designed to provide you with opportunities to meet, network, and share strategies with your director colleagues.

In addition to time for networking and sharing, we are pleased that Andy Nash will once again join us to discuss the new Educator Growth and Evaluation (EGE) model and this year’s plans for PD and program support. Our goal for this portion of the meeting is to help you determine if EGE is a good fit for your program and to consider options for how you might adapt it according to your local resources and needs.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Thu, 10/17/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting. 

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 10/17/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins. Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

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

Intercultural Awareness (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

In this three-part workshop, we look at ESOL instruction through the lens of intercultural awareness to identify beliefs about language learning and teaching, the roles of the teacher and student in the classroom, and the cultural backgrounds and educational goals of our learners. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new ways to integrate intercultural awareness into your teaching practice and receive professional development support while doing so.

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

 

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Orientation and Support (Clinton) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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

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

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Holyoke) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 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.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Worcester) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In response to feedback from directors following our FY19 regional Directors’ Sharing and Learning Groups, the SABES Program Support PD Center is continuing to host these sessions, which are designed to provide you with opportunities to meet, network, and share strategies with your director colleagues.

In addition to time for networking and sharing, we are pleased that Andy Nash will once again join us to discuss the new Educator Growth and Evaluation (EGE) model and this year’s plans for PD and program support. Our goal for this portion of the meeting is to help you determine if EGE is a good fit for your program and to consider options for how you might adapt it according to your local resources and needs.

The ABE License: Information and Support (Boston) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center is offering three identical workshops on ABE Teacher's License requirements and plans to provide direct support to License-seekers through licensure cohorts at three locations in the state.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Quincy) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting. 

CALM Support Session (Haverhill) Fri, 10/18/2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Expanding Access through Distance, Blended, and Hybrid Learning Module 1 - Setting the Stage: Planning for a Strong Foundation (Online) Wed, 10/23/2019 - 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!

This first module in this three-part series reviews various models of distance, blended, and hybrid learning; how they meet learners’ needs; and important information for administrators including hiring, planning, and data reporting. 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.

Multi-level Math Classroom Strategies: Analyzing Student Work (Blended/Worcester) Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:00am

This course is an online and face-to-face blended course is part of a series on multi-level strategies for the math classroom for adult education instructors at all levels. This course is designed to improve your ability to analyze and provide productive feedback on students' work in mathematics. Recent studies have shown that detailed task-specific comments on student work can activate interest in a task (Cimpian et al., 2007) and result in better performance (Lipnevich & Smith, 2008). In addition, clear feedback on tasks helps students develop a growth mindset pathway that enables them to learn at higher levels (Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets, p. 144).

In this course, we will look at both student videos and student written work, with a stronger emphasis on the latter. You are encouraged to collect and bring examples of student work from your own classes to the face-to-face session.

Engaging and Supporting English Learners in AE Classes (Devens/Blended) Fri, 10/25/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This engaging two-part workshop is designed to increase adult education teachers’ understanding of the needs of English learners (ELs) in the classroom and to provide practical strategies and resources to better meet these needs. Co-hosted by the SABES ESOL and ELA PD Centers.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke) Fri, 10/25/2019 - 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.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Brockton) Fri, 10/25/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In response to feedback from directors following our FY19 regional Directors’ Sharing and Learning Groups, the SABES Program Support PD Center is continuing to host these sessions, which are designed to provide you with opportunities to meet, network, and share strategies with your director colleagues.

In addition to time for networking and sharing, we are pleased that Andy Nash will once again join us to discuss the new Educator Growth and Evaluation (EGE) model and this year’s plans for PD and program support. Our goal for this portion of the meeting is to help you determine if EGE is a good fit for your program and to consider options for how you might adapt it according to your local resources and needs.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 10/25/2019 - 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 (Holyoke) Fri, 10/25/2019 - 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.

The ABE License: Information and Support (Worcester) Fri, 10/25/2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center is offering three identical workshops on ABE Teacher's License requirements and plans to provide direct support to License-seekers through licensure cohorts at three locations in the state.

ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Holyoke/Blended) Sat, 10/26/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop explores ESOL instructional practices that maximize learner interaction and communication at all levels of language proficiency. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so. 

STAR FY20 (Blended/QCC) Tue, 10/29/2019 - 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

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Randolph) Wed, 10/30/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

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.

The Professional Adult Educator (Online) Wed, 10/30/2019 - 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.

The Art of Advising—Part II (Worcester) Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

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

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Thu, 10/31/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This online webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins. Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

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

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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).

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. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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.

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.

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.

Assessment Basics Webinar Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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.

Multi-level Math Classroom Strategies: Analyzing Student Work (Blended/Worcester) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

This course is an online and face-to-face blended course is part of a series on multi-level strategies for the math classroom for adult education instructors at all levels. This course is designed to improve your ability to analyze and provide productive feedback on students' work in mathematics. Recent studies have shown that detailed task-specific comments on student work can activate interest in a task (Cimpian et al., 2007) and result in better performance (Lipnevich & Smith, 2008). In addition, clear feedback on tasks helps students develop a growth mindset pathway that enables them to learn at higher levels (Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets, p. 144).

In this course, we will look at both student videos and student written work, with a stronger emphasis on the latter. You are encouraged to collect and bring examples of student work from your own classes to the face-to-face session.

Making Sense of Data (Blended/Cambridge) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Adults encounter statistics in the news, in health care, when making consumer decisions, and in many other contexts. Statistical reasoning helps students build on and develop various mathematical concepts, but its application has relevance beyond the study of mathematics. Data is involved in decision-making at every level of society. Traditionally, data and statistics instruction in math classes has focused on data analysis. This course seeks to expand the focus to the entire cycle and process of doing statistics to answer questions about the world around us. In addition to its real-life applications, the content of this course is relevant for adult students preparing for HSE exams in math, science, and social studies.

Building an Advising Curriculum for Your Program (Malden) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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.

Volunteer Coordinator Sharing Group (Holyoke) Fri, 11/01/2019 - 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.

The Components of Language (Quincy/Blended) Sat, 11/02/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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.

Planning for Continuous Improvement Summit (Worcester) Mon, 11/04/2019 - 9:30am to 2:00pm

All educators who completed the Planning for Continuous Improvement (PCI) series in FY19 should attend the PCI Summit to complete the program.

The SABES Program Support PD Center will be offering the full PCI series in FY20, with location/s to be determined based on interest. If you have not yet attended PCI and are interested in attending the series in your part of the state or hosting it at your program, please contact Luanne_Teller@worlded.org. For full details about the PCI, please see last year’s calendar posting.

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!

Planning for Continuous Improvement Summit (Malden) Tue, 11/05/2019 - 9:30am to 2:00pm

All educators who completed the Planning for Continuous Improvement (PCI) series in FY19 should attend the PCI Summit to complete the program.

The SABES Program Support PD Center will be offering the full PCI series in FY20, with location/s to be determined based on interest. If you have not yet attended PCI and are interested in attending the series in your part of the state or hosting it at your program, please contact Luanne_Teller@worlded.org. For full details about the PCI, please see last year’s calendar posting.

Using The MA ELPS and Backward Design to Foster Learner Success (Cambridge) Tue, 11/05/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

You may know that Backward Design is the instructional-planning approach that focuses on learning outcomes and the alignment of those outcomes to assessments and learning activities. But how do you apply this approach to your own instructional planning and to the learners in your program? This two-day workshop is an exceptional opportunity to learn how from Betsy Parrish and Jayme Adelson Goldstein, two of the most respected national voices in ESOL curriculum and material development.

Using The MA ELPS and Backward Design to Foster Learner Success (Cambridge) Wed, 11/06/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

You may know that Backward Design is the instructional-planning approach that focuses on learning outcomes and the alignment of those outcomes to assessments and learning activities. But how do you apply this approach to your own instructional planning and to the learners in your program? This two-day workshop is an exceptional opportunity to learn how from Betsy Parrish and Jayme Adelson Goldstein, two of the most respected national voices in ESOL curriculum and material development.

Intercultural Awareness (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 11/08/2019 - 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

 

Making Sense of Data (Blended/Cambridge) Fri, 11/08/2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Adults encounter statistics in the news, in health care, when making consumer decisions, and in many other contexts. Statistical reasoning helps students build on and develop various mathematical concepts, but its application has relevance beyond the study of mathematics. Data is involved in decision-making at every level of society. Traditionally, data and statistics instruction in math classes has focused on data analysis. This course seeks to expand the focus to the entire cycle and process of doing statistics to answer questions about the world around us. In addition to its real-life applications, the content of this course is relevant for adult students preparing for HSE exams in math, science, and social studies.

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. 

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge/Blended) Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

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.

Volunteer Coordinator Sharing Group (Cambridge) Fri, 11/15/2019 - 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.

ESOL Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (Holyoke/Blended) Sat, 11/16/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

This three-part workshop explores ESOL instructional practices that maximize learner interaction and communication at all levels of language proficiency. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

TABE CLAS-E Reading Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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.

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.

Assessment Basics Webinar Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 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.

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.

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.

Mental Health First Aid (Holyoke) Fri, 12/06/2019 - 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 (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

Engaging and Supporting English Learners in AE Classes (Devens/Blended) Fri, 01/10/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This engaging two-part workshop is designed to increase adult education teachers’ understanding of the needs of English learners (ELs) in the classroom and to provide practical strategies and resources to better meet these needs. Co-hosted by the SABES ESOL and ELA PD Centers.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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).

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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!

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. 

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

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.

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) 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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.