In July 2020, ACLS joined a team of eight states participating in the Teaching the Skills That Matter (TSTM) in Adult Education project . This project, led by American Institute for Research (AIR) and the Office for Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), trains teachers to integrate the skills that matter to adult students using approaches that work across critical topic areas. Using the project's tools and training, adult education teachers can teach the transferable skills students need in these critical contexts.
5 Topic Areas
See the link below to access the TSTM toolkit, free!
Each participating TSTM state has a team of four teacher leaders and a state adult education representative.
A TSTM Team's Role:
The role of the MA TSTM team is to:
- In collaboration with ACLS and SABES C&I centers,
- develop the TSTM implementation and sustainability plan. ACLS anticipates releasing this plan in early 2021
- train adult education and ESOL teachers in the TSTM teaching practices
- Disseminate TSTM best teaching practices to adult education providers
- Represent Massachusetts at national TSTM events
Massachusetts TSTM pilot teachers:
- Laura Porter, TSTM ESOL Teacher, Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center
- Christa Exter, TSTM Math Teacher, Methuen Public Schools Adult Education
- Brooke Machado, TSTM ELA Teacher, Boston Public Schools Adult Education
- Lena Marecki, TSTM ESOL Teacher, Chelsea Public Schools Adult Education
For questions related to TSTM in Massachusetts, please contact Dana Varzan-Parker, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Policy Coordinator and TSTM Team Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.