Since 2015, the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) has been comprised of eight statewide PD centers and two statewide PD system support centers responsible for system coordination and communication. The FY19 system, which begins this July, will be streamlined. This new system will consist of three curriculum and instruction PD centers (English Language Arts, ESOL, and Math and Numeracy), a Program Support PD Center, and a PD system Communication Center.
All SABES centers are, and will continue to be, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), with funds managed by the Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) unit of ESE. ACLS’s mission is to provide each and every adult with opportunities to develop literacy skills needed to qualify for further education, job training, better employment, and to reach his/her full potential as a family member, productive worker, and citizen. SABES will assist ABE programs and practitioners in engaging in PD activities that support this mission and better meet the college and career readiness needs of ABE learners throughout the Commonwealth.
ACLS will announce the new SABES service holders as soon as they have been awarded and confirmed, and looks forward to continue serving you.
Image: Many of the SABES PD Center staff in 2016.