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Please note the following updates to the Summer Directors' Institute. If you have any questions please contact

We are pleased to share the final arraangements for this year's Summer Directors' Institute (SDI). 

  1. The SDI will be held over two days: Wednesday, 71/4 and Thursday, 7/15.
  2. Both days are now for all directors, new and veteran.
  3. The SDI will be held virtually from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day.

The SDI is designed for adult education program directors and members of their leadership teams they designate to attend.

Important note: We strongly encourage you to attend both days. However, we understand that not everyone may be able to, so to help us with our planning, please be sure to register separately for each day.

Register for Day 2 via this calendar posting, and for Day 1 here.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All program directors, new and veteran, and members of their leadership teams

The Summer Directors' Institute (SDI) is designed to provide you with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and questions with other directors as you explore and imagine some aspect of your program in a new and innovative way.

All of this year's SDI sessions will connect to how leaders can use a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to cultivate a culture of ownership in which all stakeholders have a voice and are accountable to each other for educator effectiveness and student success. 

Day 2 sessions build on the activities of Day 1:

Session 3: Meeting Enrollment Targets: Strategies that Promote Recruitment, Onboarding, and Persistence

During this session, you will hear about effective strategies that programs have used to meet their enrollment targets. We will explore specific strategies related to: program design, recruitment, technology (including onboarding tech boot camps), staff, and students. We will also discuss onboarding strategies that can help you promote persistence and retain students to reduce the number of new students you need to recruit.

MA Adult Literacy Hotline Coordinator Ruby Reyes will introduce the "We're Open" summer marketing campaign (free to ESE-funded programs) to help attract potential learners to your program and explain how you can join this statewide effort.

You will have ample opportunities in small group discussions to discuss these ideas, share additional strategies that you have used in your program, and being planning your next steps.

Session 4: Leadership Challenge and Opportunity: Creating Safe Spaces for Staff and Students to Return in the Fall

In response to requests from programs, this session is designed to help you plan for how the myriad of student and staff stresses and challenges during the pandemic will influence your program when you return in the fall. This session addresses the leadership challenges and opportunities for creating safe spaces for staff and students in your program that support a positive transition to a post-pandemic "new normal".

Presenter Stacy Seward will invite us to consider strategies for how to create safe spaces, respect each person's current reality, build trust and create common guidelines that foster meaningful communication, and support check-ins.

During small group discussions, you and colleagues will brainstorm ideas and begin drafting guidelines for how you will create safe spaces for staff and students to return in the fall.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Network and exchange ideas and questions with other adult education director colleagues
  • Explore and imagine some aspect of your program in a new and innovative way
  • Prioritize at least one area that could lead to meaningful change in your program, and identify at least three specific strategies that can be implemented
  • Begin drafting an action plan for engaging staff, students, and other stakeholders to promote that change
PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Program Management and Educational Leadership
Topic Area
Education Leadership / Management