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This two day, ten hour course, nine hours face-to-face with one hour of follow-up, is required of all teaching staff new to ABE. During this course, practitioners will explore many facets of teaching in adult education programs funded by DESE such as: who are our adult learners and what are their goals and challenges, how to foster a critically reflective practice, effective teaching approaches, and adult learning theories. We will also review the five elements of lesson planning required by ACLS, including how to write learning objectives that align with the CCRSAE and MA ESOL Curriculum Frameworks, planning for a variety of classroom activities and teaching strategies, and incorporating a variety of assessments.

Day One is April 9 and Day Two has been changed to May 7. Attendance at all days is required, and participants must have successfully completed the online course "Overview of the ABE Field” to register for this course.


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all teaching staff in an ESE-funded ABE program to complete the SABES Foundations for New Staff: The Art of Teaching course in 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 Foundation’s course or from its' predecessor, the New Staff Orientation.

After you register for this course, you will receive a reading assignment and pre-self-assessment via email to be completed prior to the first day of the course. During the course, you will develop a sample lesson plan which incorporates the ideas and components that are explored throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to share your classroom experience with colleagues, and discuss critical aspects of teaching in the ABE/ESOL classroom. At the end of the course, you will complete an evaluation and post-self-assessment.

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 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 practices
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

Must have successfully completed the online course "Overview of the ABE Field” to register for this course. A new session of Overview of the ABE Field begins the first of every month.

04/09/2016 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
05/07/2016 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
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
Educational Leadership
New Staff
PDP Eligible: 
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