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Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising introduces new advisors to tools, strategies, and concepts they can apply directly to the education and career planning process to help students plan their next steps. While this course is geared towards new advisors, it can also benefit experienced advisors seeking to refresh their knowledge and skills. 


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Staff who have been employed as ABE advisors for 12 months or less

Participation in this two-session training fulfills the requirement of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) that all advising staff in an ESE-funded ABE program complete the SABES Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising within the first 12 months of employment. 

To earn the Certificate of Completion, you must attend both sessions and spend two hours between each session on homework activities.

PART I: 9/22/2016 from 9:45 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

PART II: 10/13/2016 from 9:45 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

NOTE: When registering for Part  1 (Sep.22), you will automatically be registered for Part 2. To register, use the “Register” tab at the top of the SABES Calendar.

Newly hired advisors 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 Foundation's course or from the New Staff Orientation. 

The prerequisite to this training for new staff is the online course Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the ABE Field. See below for more information about the prerequisite. 

For more information, contact Ruzica Banovic at

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Discuss the role and responsibilities of the education and career advisor, as outlined in the Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Basic Education
  • Describe the eight key components of Education and Career Planning
  • Identify and select tools you can use in your own work to implement the components of Education and Career Planning
  • Use the indicators of effective advising to assess your work
  • Use the principles of at least one career and/or adult development theory to guide your practice
  • Describe the legal obligations and procedures for reporting abuse and neglect
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

In order to attend the Art of Advising course, you must successfully complete Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the ABE Field before you attend the first session of the Foundations for New Staff: Art of Advising course. The overview course is an online, asynchronous (self-paced) course, estimated to take five hours to complete (although it varies by person).  

To register for Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the ABE Field, contact Joanne Harrington at 508-854-4527 or

Note: It may take Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) up to 5 days to fulfill your registration request, so leave yourself enough time to complete the course.

Please print a copy of the email you receive from QCC verifying that you have completed the Overview of the ABE Field course and bring it with you when you attend the Art of Advising.

09/22/2016 - 9:45am to 3:00pm
Springfield Technical Community College, Building 2, Cafe Room 112
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01102
PD Center: 

Career Pathways

SABES Program Support PD Center - Career Pathways
Topic Area: 
Education and Career Planning
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