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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.

EBRI: Alphabetics (online) Mon, 12/02/2019 - 8:00am

Alphabetics is one of “the essential components of reading instruction” that WIOA requires be incorporated into instruction. In this 6-hour online course, learn about effective, appropriate instructional strategies and activities and create a short alphabetics lesson that corresponds to your learners’ decoding levels. (Note: STAR training includes Alphabetics, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this course, but can choose do to so as a refresher or to extend their practice to this GLE range.)

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

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

Overview of EBRI - January (Online) Thu, 01/02/2020 - 8:00am

This brief webinar is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings. (Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

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

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

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction. 

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics. 

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Malden) Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center hosts 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 Sandy Goodman will be joining us to help you explore a topic that has surfaced in previous sessions: the advising work and models in your programs.

In response to requests, we will introduce a new option for those interested to stay after the general meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet with Program Support PD Center Co-Director Luanne Teller, who will be available to respond to individual questions or needs.

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

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

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

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

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

Based on research from the Center for Applied Linguistics, this workshop focuses on the four recommended elements of vocabulary instruction and how to incorporate them into ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for classrooms.

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

This half-day face-to-face workshop provides an overview of the integration of family literacy themes in the adult ESOL classroom, with an emphasis on helping parents support children's learning. It includes a face-to-face session, and follow-up emails with the instructor. 

CALM Support Session (Cambridge) Fri, 01/24/2020 - 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.

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

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

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

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

Going Further with Google Classroom (Worcester/Blended) Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Do you have some basic or intermediate-level experience with Google Classroom? Do you want to know more about how to use the tools and settings in effective and creative ways with your students or staff? If you’ve ever tried to use Google Classroom as a tool and would benefit from more constructive guidance based on your specific interests and needs, then this session is designed for you!

Join us for an in-person, hands-on session to: 

  • Talk with a teacher experienced in successfully using Google Classroom for a range of purposes. 
  • Review and dive more deeply into using Stream (discussion), Assignments, Topics, Adding Multimedia Materials and other features, plus, as an added bonus, the Google Applied Digital Skills courses. Ask questions and get real-time, hands-on support while you try out authentic tasks. 
  • Exchange implementation ideas with colleagues.

Our goal is to help you come away with:

  • The knowledge you need to effectively navigate Google Classroom technology, and new ideas for how to use this tool to enhance your teaching
Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Holyoke) Mon, 01/27/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center hosts 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 Sandy Goodman will be joining us to help you explore a topic that has surfaced in previous sessions: the advising work and models in your programs.

In response to requests, we will introduce a new option for those interested to stay after the general meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet with Program Support PD Center Co-Director Luanne Teller, who will be available to respond to individual questions or needs.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Worcester): Rescheduled to 2/4 Tue, 01/28/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Please note: When we learned that there was also a Directors' Council meeting scheduled on this date, we rescheduled our Directors' Sharing Group in Worcester for the snow date, February 4, with fingers crossed that we won't end up needing a snow date. Please register via the link on the calendar for February 4. Thanks, Luanne

The SABES Program Support PD Center hosts 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 Sandy Goodman will be joining us to help you explore a topic that has surfaced in previous sessions: the advising work and models in your programs.

In response to requests, we will introduce a new option for those interested to stay after the general meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet with Program Support PD Center Co-Director Luanne Teller, who will be available to respond to individual questions or needs.

Census 2020 Activities for Adult Education Classrooms and Programs (Webinar) Tue, 01/28/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

The decennial US census data collection will begin in March 2020. It will determine the resources and representation your community will receive for the next decade. Consequently, building awareness about the value of full census counting is critically important for our learners, programs, and communities. To promote understanding and build student leadership opportunities within adult education programs, the SABES Program Support PD Center is pleased to offer this webinar through our state's partnership with the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC). 

During this 75 minute webinar, you will hear about resources and activities aimed at mobilizing adult education students and their communities to get out the census count! Presenters from several adult education programs will share their experiences developing initiatives that engage students in this effort by cultivating their civic and leadership skills.

Please note: Please register through this partner registration page, not via the SABES Calendar. If you are unable to attend this webinar live, you will be able to view the recording as long as you register. 

Introduction to Blended Learning: Maximizing Impact through Online and In-Person Learning (Online) Wed, 01/29/2020 - 9:00am

In this facilitated online course, you will be introduced to essential and foundational information about blended learning. We will share key definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for you to have a basic understanding of the different forms of blended learning and how you might integrate them into your coursework.

SABES Tech and Tell: Developing Individual Student Digital Literacy Learning Plans (Webinar) Wed, 01/29/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Students have individual learning plans, but how do their digital literacy plans fit in? In this professional development offering, we will discuss a system for setting up such a plan. We will look at tools for figuring out how to match their work, education, or other goals to the relevant digital literacy skills they need to reach them, as well as learning resources to help them develop those skills.

Unable to attend? We record the Tech and Tell webinars. If you are interested in this topic but cannot attend the live webinar on January 29, you may register and receive the webinar recording to review, along with the instructions for the follow-up assignment, which needs to be completed by February 12.

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.

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. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Worcester) Thu, 01/30/2020 - 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.

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

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

Integrating Math into ESOL Units: Health (Ludlow) Fri, 01/31/2020 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

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

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

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

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. (Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

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

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

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction. 

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics. 

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

TABE 11/12 Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 02/03/2020 - 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.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Mon, 02/03/2020 - 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, 02/03/2020 - 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, 02/03/2020 - 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, 02/03/2020 - 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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 02/03/2020 - 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.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Worcester): Rescheduled from 1/28 Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Please note: When we learned that there was also a Directors' Council meeting scheduled on 1/28, we rescheduled our Directors' Sharing Group in Worcester for this snow date, with fingers crossed that we won't end up needing a snow date. Thanks, Luanne

The SABES Program Support PD Center hosts 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 Sandy Goodman will be joining us to help you explore a topic that has surfaced in previous sessions: the advising work and models in your programs.

In response to requests, we will introduce a new option for those interested to stay after the general meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet with Program Support PD Center Co-Director Luanne Teller, who will be available to respond to individual questions or needs.

Tech Tools for Advising and Coaching (Boston/Blended) Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Learn how to use tech tools to increase student motivation and persistence in reaching their education and career goals. In addition to enhancing motivation, these tools can help students gain fluency in digital literacy skills that will serve them at school and at work. This workshop will introduce tech tools you can use to keep in touch with students, access education and career planning information, and help students organize shared resources and assignments.

STAR FY20 (Blended/QCC) Wed, 02/05/2020 - 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

Tech Tools for Advising and Coaching (Worcester/Blended) Wed, 02/05/2020 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Learn how to use tech tools to increase student motivation and persistence in reaching their education and career goals. In addition to enhancing motivation, these tools can help students gain fluency in digital literacy skills that will serve them at school and at work. This workshop will introduce tech tools you can use to keep in touch with students, access education and career planning information, and help students organize shared resources and assignments.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Devens) Thu, 02/06/2020 - 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.

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

Registration closed, this session is FULL: Few spaces are available for this training offered in Brockton, https://www.sabes.org/event/15956

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

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

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

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Chelsea) Fri, 02/07/2020 - 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.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Brockton) Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center hosts 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 Sandy Goodman will be joining us to help you explore a topic that has surfaced in previous sessions: the advising work and models in your programs.

In response to requests, we will introduce a new option for those interested to stay after the general meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet with Program Support PD Center Co-Director Luanne Teller, who will be available to respond to individual questions or needs.

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

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

Integrating Math into ESOL Units: Shopping (Bedford) Mon, 02/10/2020 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Successfully integrating math into an ESOL class does not have to interfere with your language objectives or cause you to stress over how to design meaningful math activities. The Integrating Math into ESOL Units series consists of short workshops designed to familiarize ESOL teachers with ready-to-go math activities that can be integrated into the units and contexts you already teach. At the completion of the workshop, you will receive a packet of materials created by a team of math and ESOL teachers at the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center.

Introduction to the ELA Proficiency Guide (Worcester) Mon, 02/10/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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

Snow date is Friday, February 28th. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Wed, 02/12/2020 - 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.

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. 

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group (Boston) Thu, 02/13/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

The SABES Program Support PD Center hosts 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 Sandy Goodman will be joining us to help you explore a topic that has surfaced in previous sessions: the advising work and models in your programs.

In response to requests, we will introduce a new option for those interested to stay after the general meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet with Program Support PD Center Co-Director Luanne Teller, who will be available to respond to individual questions or needs.

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

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

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (Chelsea) Fri, 02/14/2020 - 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.

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 02/14/2020 - 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.

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Orientation and Support (Cambridge) Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

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. 

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Boston) Tue, 02/18/2020 - 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.

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Lynn/Blended) Wed, 02/19/2020 - 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.

Introduction to the Mathematics Proficiency Guide (Cambridge) Fri, 02/21/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Do you wish you had a clear idea of what an effective math instructor looks like? If so, we have just the thing for you. We have created the Mathematics Proficiency Guide for Teachers of Adult Education as a companion document to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education. This proficiency guide provides concrete ideas on how to interpret and apply the MA Professional Standards for Teachers in the content areas of math. Together, the MA Professional Standards for Teachers and the Math Proficiency Guide provide a coherent picture of what effective teaching in an adult education classroom looks like. 

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning (Cambridge/Blended) Fri, 02/21/2020 - 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.

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.

Multi-level Math Classroom Strategies: Parallel Tasks (Worcester) Wed, 02/26/2020 - 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.)

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. 

Making Sense of Fractions (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 02/28/2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Screenshot from a video on making sense of fractions

Both teachers and students often report that the hardest thing to teach and learn is FRACTIONS. There are so many rules to remember and none of them seem to make sense. By building a solid conceptual understanding of fractions, teachers and students can understand those rules instead of memorizing them. Fractions don’t have to be a source of frustration and anxiety!

Researchers interviewing community college students found that they had a lack of conceptual understanding that had "by the time they entered developmental math classes, significantly impeded the effectiveness of their application of procedures. And application of procedures is, without concepts and a disposition to reason with them, all that students have left to go on” [Givvin, Stigler, & Thompson, 2011, p. 14]. While this research was conducted with students in developmental math classes, this same issue applies to learners in our programs.

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

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

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

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

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

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

Overview of EBRI - March (Online) Sun, 03/01/2020 - 8:00am

This brief webinar is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings. (Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

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

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

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): What ESOL Instructors Need to Know and Be Able to Do. The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction. 

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period will close the week before the start of the course, to allow for enrollment logistics. 

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 

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

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

TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration (Online) Mon, 03/02/2020 - 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, 03/02/2020 - 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, 03/02/2020 - 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, 03/02/2020 - 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.

TABE Level L Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 03/02/2020 - 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.

TABE 11/12 Administration and Scoring (Online) Mon, 03/02/2020 - 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.

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.

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

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

CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) Support Session for County Houses of Correction (Worcester) Thu, 03/05/2020 - 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.

The Professional Adult Educator (Online) Thu, 03/05/2020 - 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.

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

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

CALM Support Session (Fall River) Fri, 03/06/2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

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

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

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

Multi-level Math Classroom Strategies: Open Questions (Cambridge) Fri, 03/06/2020 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

"It is the job of teachers to help students see that mathematics is multifaceted. . . .Open questions provide the opportunity to demonstrate this." 

— Marian Small, Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction, 2012

Come and learn about the power of using open math questions (questions with more than one mathematically correct answer) in your classroom. Open questions are a way to encourage students to think more deeply — a valuable tool for differentiation — and a way for the teacher to gain insight into students’ reasoning. This insight can be used as formative assessment: assessment that occurs during the teaching of a unit or a concept that allows the teacher to make responsive and adaptive instructional decisions. Formative assessment that allows teachers to make changes to instruction on a day-to-day basis has been shown to improve student outcomes (NCTM, Benefits of Formative Assessment).

In this course, you will have the opportunity to try out and participate in discussions based on open math questions. You will also learn strategies for creating open questions, and will have the opportunity to prepare an open question for an upcoming lesson or unit.

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.

Making Sense of Fractions (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 03/13/2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Screenshot from a video on making sense of fractions

Both teachers and students often report that the hardest thing to teach and learn is FRACTIONS. There are so many rules to remember and none of them seem to make sense. By building a solid conceptual understanding of fractions, teachers and students can understand those rules instead of memorizing them. Fractions don’t have to be a source of frustration and anxiety!

Researchers interviewing community college students found that they had a lack of conceptual understanding that had "by the time they entered developmental math classes, significantly impeded the effectiveness of their application of procedures. And application of procedures is, without concepts and a disposition to reason with them, all that students have left to go on” [Givvin, Stigler, & Thompson, 2011, p. 14]. While this research was conducted with students in developmental math classes, this same issue applies to learners in our programs.

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

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS), and clearly articulated learner goals and outcomes. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out this approach as you plan your instruction and receive professional development support while doing so.

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

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 03/13/2020 - 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. 

Career Fair Preparation for English Language Learners (Worcester/Blended) Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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

The Professional Adult Educator (Online) Thu, 03/19/2020 - 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.

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Lynn/Blended) Wed, 03/25/2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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.

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. 

Exploring Linear Equations (Cambridge) Fri, 03/27/2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

According to the report Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (Ginsburg, 2010), workplace skills demand workers who are “comfortable with ideas and abstractions, can adapt flexibly to changes, and can generalize and synthesize” information. Per the report, to prepare our adult education students for these workplace skills, one focus of algebraic thinking should involve exploring representations and relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

The report further suggests that algebra instruction should emphasize mathematical modeling that involves analyzing and representing real situations, using mathematical structures that can be applied to both workplace and every day life problems. In fact, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Math's Mathematical Practice 4 addresses mathematical modeling, and states that mathematically proficient students should be able to represent situations using tables, graphs and equations and analyze these “models” to make decisions.

Integrating Math into ESOL Units: Health (Cambridge) Fri, 03/27/2020 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

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

Distance, Blended, and Hybrid Learning Kickoff: Integrating Services at Your Program Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

SAVE THE DATE: On Friday, March 27th, this kickoff will provide a series of topics and activities to help programs begin envisioning how they might fully integrate distance and blended learning services as part of their planning for the upcoming fiscal or program year. 

Look for future announcements with more details.

The Components of Language (Worcester/Blended) Sat, 03/28/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

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

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

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

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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).

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.)

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.

Principles of Second Language Acquisition (Holyoke/Blended) Fri, 04/03/2020 - 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.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Boston) Fri, 04/03/2020 - 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.

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

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Malden) Thu, 04/09/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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

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.

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

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS), and clearly articulated learner goals and outcomes. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out this approach as you plan your instruction and receive professional development support while doing so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (Worcester) Tue, 04/21/2020 - 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.

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).

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.)

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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!

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Malden) Thu, 05/07/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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

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.

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

 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

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.

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

 

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).

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.)

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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.

Study Circle on Teaching Basic Literacy to English Language Learners (Malden) Thu, 06/04/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

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

ESOL 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.