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The Massachusetts ABE Leadership Academy will provide a sustained, in-depth professional learning opportunity to build and refine ABE administrators' leadership practice. The academy will provide new and experienced leaders with the skills and knowledge to establish a strong, cohesive program team that works together to ensure that adult learners in ABE programs obtain the skills and knowledge needed for employment and self-sufficiency.

The academy will extend over 16 months to provide ample time for the integration of new skills and knowledge to strengthen participants' ABE programs. 

The first cohort starts in January 2016 and finishes in May 2017. The time commitment is: 

January-May 2016 - coursework of 16.5 hours

June-August 2016 - coursework of 9.5 hours

September 2016-May 2017 - coursework of 7.5 hours

The academy is designed to support the application of new knowledge and skills by emphasizing ongoing self-reflection through a cohort model which links all assignments to the ABE administrators' day-to-day work responsibilities and deadlines and the state's ABE program requirements and priorities; places an emphasis on peer discussion during the course sessions, in webinars, and online; provides ongoing coaching to all participants delivered by experienced ABE directors (via telephone, online and face-to-face) who are also the presenters.

Eligibility Criteria:

-New and experienced ABE administrators with supervisory responsibility (directors, assistant directors, coordinators, managers)

-Completion of the New Directors' Orientation

-Up to 15 participants will be selected for each cohort each year, with a maximum of three people from the same ABE program



Face-to-face courses for FY16:

Leadership for ABE Directors and their Teams - Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (Snow date January 27, 2016)

Instructional Leadership Part I: Leading and Evaluating Curriculum and Instruction - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (Snow date March 23, 2016)

Instructional Leadership Part II: Helping All Educators Get to Great - Wednesday, April 13, 2016


01/20/2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
03/16/2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
04/13/2016 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Quinsigamond Community College - Ahlfors Building - Room 111ALF
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
PD Center: 

Program Management and Educational Leadership

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