Title Date Overview
FULL-Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education Module 3: In the Class: Instruction and Assessment (Online)

Are you starting up or refining a distance education program, or looking for ways add to structure to your distance teaching and learning process? Would you like to know more about best practices for developing a distance or blended option at your program but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what the differences are between these two models? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then the three online modules that comprise the Expanding Access through Distance and Blended Education series (based on the IDEAL Consortium’s IDEAL 101 course) is for you!

This third module in the series explains how to select online instructional products, where to find the list of state-funded online instructional product licenses, supplemental resources to extend learning, and how to organize them. Options for staying in communication with learners are discussed. It also covers types of assessment, how they support instruction and learning as well as retention, and ways to carry them out in the distance learning environment. It includes a discussion forum to share ideas with colleagues, and time with an experienced coach to think through questions or to get suggestions to your program’s specific context.

Overview of EBRI - August (Online)

The brief webinar is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings. (Note: STAR training also fills this prerequisite, so STAR-trained practitioners do not need to take this Overview.)

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (online) -

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring two-part online assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Expository Writing test. Before attending this training, practitioners must complete an Assessment Basics webinar (pre-recorded) and also an online, self-paced TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration training.

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

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group - Northeast (Webinar) -

As programs plan for reconvening classes in the fall, there are many complex challenges that need to be fully addressed in order to resume instruction that is accessible, safe, and meaningful. Directors must respond to a myriad of staff and student needs, local policies and protocols, and state guidance.

In response to the August 3 Fall Reopening Guidance from ACLS, the SABES Program Support PD Center is hosting a round of Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group meetings to provide you with the opportunity to network and share your challenges, ideas, and strategies for returning to classes in the fall.

We will take some time to discuss opportunities that we are planning to support your work in FY21; however, this meeting will not have a formal agenda. Our purpose is to offer you a platform for coming together and sharing your thoughts.

This session will be facilitated by Luanne Teller and Diana Satin. We encourage you to come with questions and needs that your colleagues can help you think through.

Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group - Central (Webinar) -

As programs plan for reconvening classes in the fall, there are many complex challenges that need to be fully addressed in order to resume instruction that is accessible, safe, and meaningful. Directors must respond to a myriad of staff and student needs, local policies and protocols, and state guidance.

In response to the August 3 Fall Reopening Guidance from ACLS, the SABES Program Support PD Center is hosting a round of Directors’ Sharing and Learning Group meetings to provide you with the opportunity to network and share your challenges, ideas, and strategies for returning to classes in the fall.

We will take some time to discuss opportunities that we are planning to support your work in FY21; however, this meeting will not have a formal agenda. Our purpose is to offer you a platform for coming together and sharing your thoughts.

This session will be facilitated by Luanne Teller and Diana Satin. We encourage you to come with questions and needs that your colleagues can help you think through.

Remotely Administer Diagnostic Reading Assessments (webinar) -

If you have already completed Diagnostic Assessments of Reading with Dr. John Strucker, or completed STAR training, then participate in this session to learn how to diagnostically assess your readers, remotely.

This workshop will cover how to conduct a remote diagnostic reading interview, including the background questionnaire and assessments of Word Reading, Oral Vocabulary, and Oral Reading Fluency.

POSTPONED - Strategies for Remote ELA Instruction (Online)

Is your program continuing remote instruction this fall, or will you have the opportunity for blended learning? Either way, do you have a plan for how you are going to teach ELA remotely? Examine three foundational components of remote ELA instruction--Communication, Structure & Organization, and Delivery--through an online self-paced course plus two live virtual sessions.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (online) -

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring two-part online assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Expository Writing test. Before attending this training, practitioners must complete an Assessment Basics webinar (pre-recorded) and also an online, self-paced TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration training.

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

FULL-Introduction to Blended Learning: Maximizing Impact through Online and In-Person Learning (Online)

This course presents foundational information about blended learning, including definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers and administrators to have a basic understanding of the different forms of blended learning and how they might integrate them into courses they provide to student populations they currently serve as well as those they would like to begin serving.

Note: This course is intended for educators who have either already completed the three IDEAL Expanding Access modules or have experience working in distance education models. It will not be facilitated; however, an end-of-course webinar will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with colleagues and Distance Education PD Specialist Diana Satin.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (online) -

The BEST Plus 2.0 two-part (seven hours total) online training is the first of three steps to become certified to administer the BEST Plus 2.0 test.

The other two steps, which must be completed within 3 weeks of the training, are to:

  1. Complete 10 practice test administrations
  2. Pass a Scoring Activity using a link provided at the end of the training

Please note: Participants are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes early in case of technology issues, but  at a minimum must arrive on time for both sessions and must attend both sessions in their entirety. In addition, participants are expected to complete 1-2 hours of self-study between Day 1 and Day 2 of the training.

There is an online prerequisite for this training. See below for more information.

Introduction to Geometry: Remote Teaching Packet for Learners GLE 2-4 without Tech Access -

This webinar will introduce a remote teaching resource designed for ABE level learners who do not have access to computers or internet. The resource includes a printable student packet, a shape set, and a teacher’s guide. The activities are designed for a teacher to work through together with a student over the phone on an audio call.  Webinar participants will receive electronic copies of all the materials.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA - August (online self-paced)

What: This brief, engaging, online, self-paced mini-course provides an overview of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE-ELA).

Why? For standards-aligned curricula and standards-aligned teaching, you need to know the standards!

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

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (online) -

The BEST Plus 2.0 two-part (seven hours total) online training is the first of three steps to become certified to administer the BEST Plus 2.0 test.

The other two steps, which must be completed within 3 weeks of the training, are to:

  1. Complete 10 practice test administrations
  2. Pass a Scoring Activity using a link provided at the end of the training

Please note: Participants are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes early in case of technology issues, but  at a minimum must arrive on time for both sessions and must attend both sessions in their entirety. In addition, participants are expected to complete 1-2 hours of self-study between Day 1 and Day 2 of the training.

There is an online prerequisite for this training. See below for more information.

CALM Support: Adapting CALM for Remote Teaching (Webinar) -

The CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math) was designed to give adult students a strong conceptual foundation in mathematics. Teachers who have worked with CALM know that it relies heavily on tactile manipulatives, visuals, and student collaboration—so what does that look like in a time of remote learning? This webinar will take teachers through a CALM lesson that has been adapted for remote teaching through a video conferencing app. Afterwards, there will be time to discuss as a group and brainstorm ideas for adapting the CALM materials for remote learning.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (online) -

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring two-part online assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Expository Writing test. Before attending this training, practitioners must complete an Assessment Basics webinar (pre-recorded) and also an online, self-paced TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration training.

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

Three Pillars for Successful Remote ESOL Instruction - August (Online) -

What is the foundation for successful remote instruction? What are the considerations that will help me to reach and teach my ESOL students this fall whether we are remote, in-person, or some combination of the two? If you are preparing for fall ESOL classes amidst ongoing uncertainty, this session will help you to identify the components of an effective communication plan, organize and structure your class, and examine elements of successful course delivery. 

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring (online) -

The TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring two-part online assessment training is the second training in the process to become certified to score the TABE CLAS-E Expository Writing test. Before attending this training, practitioners must complete an Assessment Basics webinar (pre-recorded) and also an online, self-paced TABE CLAS-E Writing Administration training.

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

FULL - Google Drive/Docs for the Virtual ESOL Classroom - Beginner (August) (Online) -

In this session conducted through Zoom, you will learn some practical ways to use Google Docs (part of the Google Suite) for remote ESOL instruction, whether it is to lead a class, small group, or one-on-one tutoring. We will discuss basic features for Google Docs, for example creating folders, creating documents from templates or scratch, and setting, modifying, and editing privileges, and how to instruct English learners on the use of these tools.  

NOTES: 

  • You will need to have access to a Gmail account for this training. If you do not currently have a Google account you can created one for free (https://www.google.com).
  • Although Zoom is mobile friendly, you will greatly enhance your experience by participating on a laptop or desktop computer.

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. 

POSTPONED - Strategies for Remote ELA Instruction (Online) -

Is your program continuing remote instruction this fall, or will you have the opportunity for blended learning? Either way, do you have a plan for how you are going to teach ELA remotely? Examine three foundational components of remote ELA instruction--Communication, Structure & Organization, and Delivery--through an online self-paced course plus two live virtual sessions.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administration (online) -

The BEST Plus 2.0 two-part (seven hours total) online training is the first of three steps to become certified to administer the BEST Plus 2.0 test.

The other two steps, which must be completed within 3 weeks of the training, are to:

  1. Complete 10 practice test administrations
  2. Pass a Scoring Activity using a link provided at the end of the training

Please note: Participants are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes early in case of technology issues, but at a minimum must arrive on time for both sessions and must attend both sessions in their entirety. In addition, participants are expected to complete 1-2 hours of self-study between Day 1 and Day 2 of the training.

There is an online prerequisite for this training. See below for more information.