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Contextualized Instruction (Online) Tue, 04/11/2017 - 9:00am

Contextualized instruction is an effective classroom practice that helps students develop academic skills and career awareness of current industry and sector-focused issues. In this highly participatory, facilitated online course, you will learn about the principles and techniques of contextualized instruction, which will help you achieve your long-term instructional goals.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - May (Online) Mon, 05/01/2017 - 8:00am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period for each month’s course will close 1 week prior to the end of the month for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instruction on how to access the course. 

Stop, Think, Click - 10 Commandments for Internet Safety (Online/Self-Paced) Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:00am

The Internet and the anonymity it affords can give online scammers, hackers, and identity thieves access to your students' computers, personal information, finances, and more. Help your students know how to fasten their seatbelts before deciding to venture online or to at least take these precautions to ensure a safe trip.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring Assessment Training (Quincy) Tue, 05/30/2017 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring Assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Writing Expository test.  Before attending this training, you need to attend the TABE CLAS-E Reading and Writing Administration training or be previously certified to administer the TABE CLAS-E Writing test.

Within three weeks following the training, you are required to successfully complete a scoring activity. This completes requirements to be certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Writing Expository test.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction - June (Online) Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:00am

This online, lightly facilitated tutorial is designed to introduce you to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The tutorial will discuss why the standards were developed, introduce each of the seven standards included in this comprehensive document, and show how each standard can be used to improve ESOL instruction.  

A new cohort will begin on the first of every month. The registration period for each month’s course will close 1 week prior to the end of the month for enrollment logistics.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instruction on how to access the course. 

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the ABE Field - June (Online) Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:00am

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) requires all new staff to complete the 15-hour Foundations for New Staff (FNS) course in the first 12 months of employment. The FNS has two components: Overview of the ABE Field and the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising

Overview of the ABE Field is the first component and a 5-hour online course. Educators do not need to take this course if they already possess a certificate of completion from the FNS or its predecessor New Staff Orientation.

A new cohort for the online Overview of the Field course begins the first of every month.  This month’s course will run between June 1 and June 28, 2017. The registration period for each month’s course closes one week prior to the end of the previous month to allow for enrollment logistics.

Upon completing the Overview of the Field online course, teachers are required to take the 10-hour Art of Teaching course, and advisors are required to take the 10-hour Art of Advising course. 

Note: All staff must successfully complete the Overview of the ABE Field online course before attending the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. However, new practitioners are encouraged to register for these courses before completing the Overview of the ABE Field course.

Why Aren’t My English Learners Learning? Factors That Cause Adult English Learners to Struggle (Brockton) Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

We often assume that the reason some of our adult language learners struggle is that they have a learning disability, but in fact there are several other factors that may be impeding their learning. Known nationally for her research on learning difficulties and English language acquisition, our presenter will share evidence for at least seven other factors and provide classroom strategies for your to deal with them.

NON-Print Literate English Learners: A VERY Special Population (Brockton) Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

In this session, you will learn what research teaches us about how non-literacy affects learning for adults, what non-literate adults lack in the way of learning skills and information processing skills, and what foundation skills must be in place for these learners to be able to move into literacy successfully.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted one month prior to each meeting.

Instructional Shifts for the CCR Standards for Mathematics (Online) Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This series introduces the three key shifts in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics (CCR Standards for Math): focus, coherence, and rigor. No prior knowledge of the instructional shifts and the CCR Standards are required.

SMARTT New User (Online) Mon, 06/05/2017 - 8:00am

The SMARTT New User online course is a self-paced, moderated training designed to give you a hands-on experience using SMARTT. It trains SMARTT data entry staff to navigate and do key forms of data entry in the system. All participants who complete this training will be certified.

Enhancing Student Motivation (Devens) Mon, 06/05/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This event is for teachers and advisors to learn about the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a form of empathic dialogue used to strengthen a student’s motivation and commitment toward a goal by eliciting and exploring their reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

The Recipe for Success: The CCR Standards and Instructional Shifts for ELA - June (Online) Tue, 06/06/2017 - 8:00am

This online self-paced mini-course will help you get to know the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR Standards) for Adult Education for English Language Arts (ELA).

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Lawrence) Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted one month prior to each meeting.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Plymouth) Thu, 06/08/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted one month prior to each meeting.

ESOL Unit Planning Using Backward Design (Holyoke) Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

In this participatory workshop you will develop instructional units using the Backward Design approach, which aligns desired learning outcomes, assessment, and activities.

Moving Workplace Education Forward Sharing Group Meeting #4 (Boston) Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

This is the fourth in a series of structured, facilitated sharing meetings designed specifically for Workplace Education staff.

Instructional Shifts for the CCR Standards for Mathematics (Online) Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This series introduces the three key shifts in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics (CCR Standards for Math): focus, coherence, and rigor. No prior knowledge of the instructional shifts and the CCR Standards are required.

Intermediate Cognos (Online) Mon, 06/12/2017 - 8:00am

This online course is a moderated, self-paced training to help you further develop your skills using Cognos.

Research Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners (Devens) Thu, 06/15/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), this workshop focuses on research-based techniques to vocabulary instruction and how they can be incorporated in activities in a variety of contexts for adult learners.

History Made Memorable through Multimedia (Online) Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Learn three multimedia approaches for teaching memorable history lessons by bringing history to life, through websites and audiovisual tools that engage students and help them to remember and gain a deeper understanding of what they are studying.

Effective Communication Strategies: Promoting Community Awareness and Developing Partnerships (Worcester) Fri, 06/16/2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

The aim of this workshop is to develop a message and strategy fostering an understanding of the integral benefits adult education programs contribute to the community. Customizing the message to specific partnerships is key to this exploration. 

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

This online training includes two parts: 

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar that will be held on June 2,0 2017 at 10 a.m. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

This online training includes two parts:

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.
  • Part 2 is a live webinar that will be held on June 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning: Formative Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Lawrence) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Based on Standard Six of the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL, this workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess your ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. This workshop is one of six that have been developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

This online training includes two parts:

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.
  • Part 2 is a live webinar that will be held on June 23, 2017  at 3 p.m. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Fri, 06/30/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This online training includes two parts:

  • Part 1 is an online asynchronous course done at your own pace. It covers the necessary steps to end the fiscal year in SMARTT as well as data that need to be examined at the end of the year: NRS cohort, assessment reports, and EFL tracking.

  • Part 2 is a live webinar that will be held on June 30, 2017 at 1 pm. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

National Conference: 2017 ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy (Minneapolis, MN) Wed, 09/27/2017 - 9:00am to Sat, 09/30/2017 - 5:00pm

ProLiteracy, 2017 US Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL)

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Contact: ProLiteracy, 888-528-2224, Website: https://www.proliteracy.org/Professional-Development/ProLiteracy-Conference

#ProLitCon 

National Conference: National College Transition Network (NCTN) (Providence, RI) Mon, 11/13/2017 - 9:00am to Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:00pm

The National College Transition Network at World Education tenth annual national conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education
Location: Providence, RI
Website: http://www.collegetransition.org/conferences.overview.html

National Conference: COABE Conference (Phoenix, AZ) Sun, 03/25/2018 - 9:00am to Tue, 03/27/2018 - 5:00pm

Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Conference 2018
"Expanding Your Horizons and Soaring to New Heights"

Contact: COABE, 888-442-6223, Website: http://www.coabe.org/conference-2018
#COABE18

National Conference: TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo (Chicago, IL) Tue, 03/27/2018 - 9:00am to Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:00pm

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: TESOL, 703-836-0774, Website: http://www.tesol.org/attend-and-learn/international-convention

State Conference: MCAE Network Conference (Marlborough) Fri, 04/06/2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

NETWORK 2018, the signature professional development event sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE), is on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Best Western Royal Plaza hotel in Marlborough, MA. For more details, visit: http://www.mcae.net.