The English Language Arts Proficiency Guide for Teachers of Adult Basic Education, often referred to as the ELA Proficiency Guide, is based on the ABE Professional Standards. It contains ELA-specific supporting explanations, essential concepts, and observable teacher and student behaviors. See the ELA Proficiency Guide (PG) and related resources below. 

To learn more about the purpose and structure of the ELA Proficiency Guide, watch this short video

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Note: the ELA Proficiency Guide, the ABE Professional Standards, and Glossary can all be found at the ACLS Educator Effectiveness webpage.

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Topic Area
Curriculum Development
Professional Standards
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PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center