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The Art of Teaching is a 2-day, 10-hour course (9 hours face-to-face and one hour 1-hour online component) is required for all teachers new to the ABE field. During the course you will explore the latest research and promising practices of teaching while reflecting on your own craft. Topics include: adult learning and development theories, curriculum and planning, formative and summative assessments, and high-quality engaging, coherent instructional practices that reflect high expectations for all students regarding content, quality of effort, and work.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Staff new to the ABE Field who have been employed for 12 months or less and experienced educators who want to review the newest research and promising practices on effective teaching


This course will help you create a vision of effective teaching in the ABE classroom. Instructional and formative assessment strategies are modeled throughout the course, and you are encouraged to share your best practices. The elements of effective lesson planning will be explored, including:

- Writing measurable learning objectives that align with the CCR standards and the MA ESOL Curriculum Frameworks

- Developing appropriate summative and formative assessments

- Developing high-quality engaging, differentiated, and coherent instructional practices to engage all learners

You will become familiar with the CCR standards and be able to describe how the standards can help your students be college and career ready. The importance of continuous self-reflection for professional growth is discussed and modeled throughout the course. 

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all teaching staff in an ESE-funded ABE program to complete the Foundations for New Staff: The Art of Teaching within the first 12 months of employment. Teaching staff do not need to take this course if they were previously employed at an ESE-funded ABE program and already possess a certificate of completion from the foundations course or from its predecessor, New Staff Orientation.

Note: Successful completion of Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the ABE Field is required in order to take this course.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use the Massachusetts' Characteristics of Effective ABE Teaching rubric as a tool for self-reflection to strengthen your teaching practice by determining two professional strengths and two areas for further professional growth
  • Provide an example of how to apply an adult learning theory and an adult development theory when designing effective instruction appropriate for adult learners
  • Describe two classroom strategies teachers can use to support student persistence in their class
  • Explain four instructional practices, methods, or activities that promote learning and growth of all students
  • Describe four elements of a well-structured instructional unit/lesson to promote the learning and growth of all students and to support college and career readiness as outlined in the Massachusetts' Characteristics of Effective ABE Teaching rubric
  • Explain two ways the CCR Standards and/or the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Frameworks can be used to strengthen your classroom practice
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

You must have successfully completed the online course Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the ABE Field to attend this course. A new session of Overview of the ABE Field begins the first of every month.

09/30/2016 - 10:00am to 2:30pm
10/21/2016 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
HCC, Picnelly Adult and Family Education Center, Rooms 402/403
206 Maple St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
PD Center: 

Program Management and Educational Leadership

SABES Program Support PD Center - Program Management and Educational Leadership
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
New Staff
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