The MCAE Network Conference is this week! Are you going? If so, be sure to check out the SABES or SABES-affiliated sessions on the topics of math and numeracy, science and literacy, digital learning, ESOL, standards, and instruction. See the list below for more information. 

Also, come visit us at the SABES table! SABES staff will be on hand to answer questions about SABES (or any of the above topic areas), provide you with resources on our upcoming courses, and hear about PD you’ve found beneficial. We'd also like to know about what PD would be most useful to you. In what areas would you like more guidance and assistance? 

We look forward to meeting you or getting reacquainted. See you soon!

— The SABES Team

Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) NETWORK Conference
Best Western Royal Plaza
181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (The first session starts at 8:30 a.m.)

SABES-Affiliated Sessions

What Can You Do with Halves and Fourths?

This session will connect fraction and geometry concepts without using messy numbers. Through low-floor, high-ceiling activities, every learner can access the activities and stretch their knowledge. Come hear how these language-rich, low-text math activities were used in a math class for English language learners. Workshop Code: A-1 8:30–10 a.m.

Presenter: Connie Rivera, Curriculum Development Specialist, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center

Growing as Problem Solvers with the Mathematical Practices

In this workshop, you will engage in deep problem-solving to discover your own mathematical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Come see how you already use the Standards for Mathematical Practice and how you can model them to help your students grow as mathematical thinkers. Workshop Code: F-1 8:30–10 a.m.

Presenter: Sarah Lonberg-Lew, Training and Curriculum Development Specialist, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center, TERC

Number Lines (Are More Useful Than You Think)

Number lines are not just for beginners. Come to this workshop to learn about an important visual tool that can help all students, beginners through advanced and those with learning disabilities. You will have a chance to try out activities that address math concepts, including fractions, signed numbers, measurement, and proportional reasoning. Workshop Code: B-2 10:30 a.m.–12 noon

Presenter: Melissa Braaten, Training and Curriculum Development Consultant, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center

What Story Does This Graph Tell?

Graphs are not just for math class! Data tell a story in the form of a graph. For math connections to any content area, come experience an instructional strategy to engage your students, and learn to tell the story. Workshop Code: B-3 1:30–3 p.m.

Presenter: Connie Rivera, Curriculum Development Specialist, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center

A CALM Approach to Numeracy

The Curriculum for Adults Learning Mathematics (CALM), developed by TERC, is based on conceptual understanding. This College and Career Readiness Standards-aligned curriculum addresses topics ranging from multiplication to nonlinear equations. In this workshop, you’ll have a chance to try out some activities and learn how CALM works for us and could work for you. Workshop Code: G-3 1:30–3 p.m.

Presenters: Suzanne Caro, HiSET Math Teacher, and Joel Hurwitz, HiSET Teacher, Suffolk County House of Correction

Visualizing Fraction Division

It is possible to make sense of division with fractions in a way that will deepen students’ understanding and number sense. Come explore fraction division with visual tools. You will leave this workshop not only understanding the “why” of “invert and multiply” but also the new ways of thinking flexibly about fraction division. Workshop Code: F-4 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Presenter: Sarah Lonberg-Lew, Training and Curriculum Development Specialist, SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center, TERC

Encouraging a Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Research by Carol Dweck has shown that students’ beliefs about whether they can grow their intelligence has a huge impact on their learning. In this workshop, you will experience an orientation and assessment developed to encourage a growth mindset in math, and see videos of how this played out in an adult education classroom. Workshop Code: H-4 3:15–4:45 p.m.

Presenter: Melissa Braaten, Training and Curriculum Development Consultant, SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy, TERC

Science Processes for All Levels of Literacy

Don’t wait for the ASE level to teach your students science! Incorporate science processes and ways of thinking into your ESOL and ABE classes. Explore activities to identify seven science processes defined by the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Institute for Inquiry. Supplementary handouts will provide connections to the College and Career Readiness Standards and ideas for science literacy. Workshop Code: N-2 10:30 a.m.–12 noon

Presenter: Lakshmi Nayak, SABES ELA Curriculum and Instruction PD Center Coordinator/CCLC Science Teacher

Engaging Projects: Skills for Real Life

With the right activity structure, students can teach and learn many things from one another. Projects are an exciting way to do that! They provide natural ways for folding in language, math, and digital literacy skills, as well as self-efficacy. We will review small and large projects for classes, including between different cities across the world. Workshop Code: I-1 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Presenters: Diana Satin, Educational Consultant, SABES Digital Literacy PD Center; Luanne Teller, Co-Director, SABES Program Support PD Center

Extending and Expanding Access: Distance Learning Models that Work

Have you wondered how to increase access to learning for your busy students? Distance learning (DL) can provide opportunities for busy adults to access and accelerate their learning. In this panel discussion, we will describe multiple models and support for integrating DL into your program, including options for Hub-supported and program-based DL. We will also introduce the updated Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Adult and Community Learning Services DL Guidelines and explain why this option is so important and valuable for our learners. Workshop Code: I-3 1:30–3 p.m.

Presenters: Leslie Baker, Director, Webster ABE Linkages; Diana Satin, Educational Consultant; Luanne Teller, Co-Director, SABES Program Support PD Center

Going Mobile! Tools for ESOL Learning on the Go

Help your ESOL students continue to learn English between classes while waiting for a bus, in line at the store, or just about anywhere! Come try four free mobile apps your students can use to increase their language skills inside and outside of class, and share your own experiences and strategies. Workshop Code: D-1 8:30–10 a.m.

Presenters: Laura Porter and Heidi Larson, SABES Curriculum and Instruction PD Center for ESOL

The Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education

This workshop introduces the new Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (MA ELPS), providing background information about their development, a walk through the standards and benchmarks, and a discussion of how the MA ELPS can support teachers in designing and delivering effective ESOL instruction. Workshop Code: J-3 1:30–3 p.m.

Presenters: Andy Nash, New England Literacy Resource Center Director, World Education; Dori McCormack, Director, SABES Curriculum and Instruction PD Center for ESOL 

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