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The Art of Teaching, part of the Foundations for New Staff course, is required for all teachers new to the adult education (AE) field. This two-day, 10-hour course includes 9 hours of face-to-face time and 1 hour of online work. 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, and 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 AE field who have been employed for 12 months or less
  • 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 AE classroom. Instructional and formative assessment strategies are modeled throughout the course, and you are encouraged to share your own best practices. The elements of effective lesson planning will be explored, including:

  • Writing measurable learning objectives that align with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) and the Massachusetts 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 CCRSAE and be able to describe how the standards can help your students be college and career ready. The importance of continual self-reflection for professional growth is discussed and modeled throughout the course. The course uses the Massachusetts Adult Education (MA AE) Educator Growth and Evaluation rubric as its base.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all teaching staff in an ESE-funded AE program to complete 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 Adult Education Field is a prerequisite for this course. 

SNOW DATE: April 7

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Use the MA AE Educator Growth and Evaluation rubric as a tool for self-reflection to strengthen your teaching practice by determining two of your 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 and appropriate instruction 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 the learning and growth of all students
  • Describe four elements of a well-structured instructional unit or lesson to promote the learning and growth of all students and to support college and career readiness as outlined in the MA AE Educator Growth and Evaluation rubric
  • Explain two ways that the CCRSAE 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 Adult Education Field prior to attending this course. A new session of Overview of the Adult Education Field begins on the first of every month, and you can register on the SABES Calendar

The Art of Teaching is designed for people to take both face-to-face sessions with the same cohort of teachers, in the same training, in order to provide the most effective learning situation. Therefore, when you register, we ask that you commit to the Day 1 and Day 2 face-to-face dates for that training.

03/10/2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm
03/24/2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
206 Maple Street
Holyoke, MA
PD Center: 

Program Management and Educational Leadership

SABES Program Support PD Center - Program Management and Educational Leadership
Topic Area: 
Educational Leadership
PDP Eligible: 
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