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Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning (Online) Mon, 03/19/2018 - 9:00am

A headline reads, “Two out of three Americans owned a smartphone in 2015.” Does that mean two out of every group of three Americans? Is it possible to have a group of Americans who all own smartphones?  Adults encounter ratios and proportions all the time in news or media statistics, estimates of risk, shopping for the best deal, creating mixtures and recipes, and countless other daily activities. The ability to reason about these numerical relationships develops over a long period of time and through deliberate exploration of the mathematics involved. Language teachers can provide opportunities for students to encounter and expand their ability to reason with ratios in real life contexts.

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning is a course for English language teachers who want to deepen their own conceptual understanding of ratios and proportions and to learn strategies for helping students build ratio reasoning skills. This course is for participants who have successfully completed Mathematizing ESOL I and Mathematizing ESOL II

Foundations for New Staff: Overview of the Adult Education Field—April (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 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 Adult Education (AE) Field and the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. 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

Overview of the AE Field is the first component and a 5-hour online course. A new cohort for this online  course begins the first of every month.  This month’s course will run between April 1 and April 30, 2018. 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 AE 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 AE Field online course before attending the Art of Teaching or the Art of Advising. However, practitioners are encouraged to register for these courses before completing the Overview of the AE Field course to ensure there is space.

Overview of EBRI—April (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—April (Online) Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:45am

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 will close the week before the start of the course, to allow 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 instructions on how to access the course. 

Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tool Tutorials (Online) Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:00am

As educators, we know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology. The end of the school year is upon us, with only two months left before the summer break. If you have not already had the opportunity to explore an Atomic Learning Tech Tutorial, this is your last chance for the FY18 school year.

The Art of Hiring and Parting Ways (Online) Mon, 04/09/2018 - 8:00am

The online course The Art of Hiring and Parting Ways focuses on the importance of hiring the "right" employee by establishing a process of competency-based hiring within your program. This self-paced, five-hour course is accessed through the Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) Blackboard learning management system. 

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—April (Online) Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

Pathways of Persistence: A Roadmap to Student Success (Online) Wed, 04/11/2018 - 8:00am

This five-hour, self-paced course will explore data-driven research on distance learner (DL) persistence and the support that student pathways can provide. Administrators and practitioners will learn how research-based screening tools, developed by the UMass Center of Social Policy, can help practitioners maximize learner persistence by directing students to appropriate services and supports along their path. 

Introduction to Blended Learning in Massachusetts (Online) Wed, 04/11/2018 - 8:00am

This seven-hour, two-part course presents foundational information about blended learning and includes definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities presented in a multimedia format.

SMARTT New User (Online) Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:00am

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.

Contextualized Instruction (Online) Mon, 04/16/2018 - 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.

Exploring Linear Equations and Inequalities Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

According to the report Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (Ginsburg, 2010), workplace skills demand workers who are “comfortable with ideas and abstractions, can adapt flexibly to changes, and can generalize and synthesize” information. Per the report, to prepare our adult education students for these workplace skills, one focus of algebraic thinking should involve exploring representations and relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

The report further suggests that algebra instruction should emphasize mathematical modeling that involves analyzing and representing real situations, using mathematical structures that can be applied to both workplace and every day life problems. In fact, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) Mathematical Practice 4 addresses mathematical modeling, and states that mathematically proficient students should be able to represent situations using tables, graphs and equations and analyze these “models” to make decisions.

Art of Teaching (Devens) Tue, 04/24/2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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.

BEST Plus 2.0 Computer-Adaptive Test Administrator Training (Boston) Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The BEST Plus 2.0 six and one half hour 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 the DVD in the BEST Plus Scoring Refresher Toolkit

*** Participants must arrive on time and attend the entire session. Also, please remember to bring a lunch.

TABE CLAS-E Writing Scoring Assessment Training (Worcester) Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:30am 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. 

Introduction to the SMARTT "Cohort Follow Up" Screen Thu, 04/26/2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This online session serves as Q&A for the video tutorial Introduction to Cohort Follow Up.  Participants are asked to view that tutorial, linked below, and do some follow up in SMARTT before attending.

Teaching Pronunciation in the ESOL Classroom (Boston/Blended) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This two-part workshop focuses on effective techniques and strategies for teaching pronunciation in the ESOL classroom and on best practices for correcting students’ pronunciation errors.

Number Line Concepts (Cambridge) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Number Line Concepts is a half-day, face-to-face workshop designed to help adult numeracy teachers appreciate how number lines are important visual representations, spanning levels and domains in the College and Career Ready Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE). In addition, teachers will look at student work and discuss ways to integrate number lines into the classroom.

ESOL Curriculum and Instructional Design (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Framework, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, and clearly articulated learner goals and outcomes. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out this approach as you plan your instruction and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Intercultural Awareness (Brockton/Blended) Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

In this three-part workshop, we look at ESOL instruction through the lens of intercultural awareness to identify beliefs about language learning and teaching, the roles of the teacher and student in the classroom, and the cultural backgrounds and educational goals of our learners.  The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new ways to integrate intercultural awareness into your teaching practice and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in WIOA Era (Boston/Hybrid) Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:00am

This hybrid training introduces participants to key Excel features that can be used to analyze WIOA-related data found in SMARTT and Cognos.

EBRI: Comprehension and Vocabulary Through Building Knowledge (GLE 9-12) (online) Mon, 04/30/2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Why, and how, do building knowledge and developing vocabulary play a vital role in reading comprehension success? Learn concrete steps to implement in your classroom.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Mon, 04/30/2018 - 5:00pm

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Continuous Improvement Planning: An Overview (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

Continuous Improvement Planning: An Overview focuses on the use of a systematic process of program assessment, goal setting, plan development, and evaluation to maximize program outcomes. This self-paced, five-hour course is available through the Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) Blackboard learning management system.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Welcome to Atomic Learning: Tech Tools Tutorials (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

As educators, we know that there is never enough time in the school year to search for and review new technology. The end of the school year is upon us, with only two months left before the summer break. If you have not already had the opportunity to explore an Atomic Learning Tech Tutorial, this is your last chance for the FY18 school year.

Overview of EBRI—May (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview is the first step on your evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) journey, providing an introduction to and overview of EBRI. It is a prerequisite for all other EBRI offerings.
NOTE: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—May (Online) Tue, 05/01/2018 - 8:45am

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 will close the week before the start of the course, to allow 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 instructions on how to access the course.

Get Smart: Integrating Smartphone Technology (Online/Self-Paced) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 8:00am

How do you use that miraculously tiny computer you have in your pocket? Do you keep a shopping list on a smartphone app, or schedule meetings on a calendar that synchronizes with your smartphone? Do you photograph important notices, or use the voice memo to remind yourself about your aunt’s birthday next Sunday? Email, texting, Google Apps, VoiceThread, Voxer, WhatsApp, mobile banking, Quizlet, counting calories and steps—the possibilities for using your smartphone are endless!  

Many apps and features on your phone are applicable to the classroom and to your students’ work readiness. This self-paced, lightly facilitated course will help you develop strategies for using smartphones and apps in your classroom.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Worcester) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

POSTPONED - Helping Your Program SOAR (Supporting Observation and Reflection) (Online) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

This webinar will provide support to program directors and members of their leadership teams to observe and provide feedback to educators at their programs.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This blended webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

From Class to Classify: Effective Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners, (Quincy/Blended) Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Based on research from the Center for Applied Linguistics, this workshop focuses on the four recommended elements of vocabulary instruction and how to incorporate them into our ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for our classrooms.

Excel for SMARTT/Cognos in WIOA Era (Boston/Hybrid) Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

This hybrid training introduces participants to key Excel features that can be used to analyze WIOA-related data found in SMARTT and Cognos.

Exploring Pathways to Careers in IT (Worcester/Blended) Fri, 05/04/2018 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop explores methods educators can use in their classrooms and programs to engage ESOL and AE students in several areas of the Information Technology (IT) field. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online component, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to plan and implement a hands-on lesson or project that will support your learners’ exploration of the IT field.

No Books, No Problem: Free and Open Access to Learning Resources (Online/Self-Paced) Mon, 05/07/2018 - 8:00am

Do you want help finding free and open-access textbooks, lessons, quizzes, videos, activities, and articles to make your lessons more engaging? In this self-paced, lightly facilitated online course, you will have opportunities to explore and use fresh, relevant, and cost-effective teaching materials for your adult learners. Build on others’ ideas, and discover shared education resources that you can use as they are or adapt for your class.

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—May (Online) Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

Art of Teaching (Devens) Tue, 05/08/2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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.

Designing Integrated Education and Training: Tips and Tools for Success (Worcester/Hybrid) Wed, 05/09/2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

This is Part 2 of a two-part (blended) PD session that provides you with guidance and tools you can use to conduct labor market research, develop partnerships, and design a curriculum for a comprehensive Integrated Education and Training (IET) program.

Part 1:  Listen to 75 minute webinar recording (from 4/10/18) and complete a prep activity prior to 5/9.  (If you missed the 4/10 webinar, you can still register for Part 2. Once you register, we will send you a recording of the webinar so that you can complete the prep activity prior to 5/9.)

To register, open  Part 1 and use the “Register” tab at the top of the SABES Calendar. 

Part 2: May 9, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m: Quinsigamond Community College

Questioning Techniques in the Math Classroom (Blended, Holyoke) Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Teachers are often skilled at asking open questions in content areas such as Exploring Linear Equations; however, in math class, too often teachers only look for the ‘right answer’. Questions that encourage students to do more than recall formulas or set processes may stimulate deeper thinking and reasoning. Good questioning strategies also allow teachers to differentiate instruction. [Small, 2009]. In this course, Questioning Techniques in the Math Classroom, you will learn about the craft of fostering productive student dialogue in the math classroom as a way to improve learning outcomes. 

The Components of Language (Lawrence/Blended) Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Framingham/Blended) Sat, 05/12/2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

This three-part workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three sessions, you will have opportunities to try out new formative and summative assessment tools and techniques in your practice and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six that were developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

TABE 9/10 - Administering the TABE Assessment (Worcester) Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:00am

TABE 9/10 training prepares participants to administer and score the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Forms 9/10.  The training includes a presentation, direct practice with the test, and a review of ESE-ACLS policies and procedures. To be certified in the TABE 9/10 administration and scoring, participants must pass a competency quiz. 

TABE LEVEL L - Administering the TABE Assessment (Worcester) Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:00pm

Practitioners who work with ABE students at low reading levels will want to use this test as a pre- and post-test, a diagnostic tool, or both. After completing this training, practitioners will be certified to administer the TABE Level L reading test.

Practitioners must complete training for TABE 9/10 prior to this training. Both trainings may be taken on the same day.

Questioning Techniques in the Math Classroom (Blended, Holyoke) Fri, 05/18/2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Teachers are often skilled at asking open questions in content areas such as Exploring Linear Equations; however, in math class, too often teachers only look for the ‘right answer’. Questions that encourage students to do more than recall formulas or set processes may stimulate deeper thinking and reasoning. Good questioning strategies also allow teachers to differentiate instruction. [Small, 2009]. In this course, Questioning Techniques in the Math Classroom, you will learn about the craft of fostering productive student dialogue in the math classroom as a way to improve learning outcomes. 

Using Formative Assessment in ESOL Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester)- CANCELED Fri, 05/18/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This new two-part training on formative assessment, developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Boston) Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting. The May meeting will feature three college admissions counselors.

Civics in a Digital World (Online) Fri, 05/18/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Hosted by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), this online professional development opportunity is for you, as teachers, to learn and practice new ways of integrating Digital Literacy and Civics into your instruction to develop your students’ (and your own) capacity to engage civically in the 21st century. It offers an opportunity to practice skills for varied purposes and to demonstrate how skills transfer across contexts. There will be an overview webinar followed by practice, with additional PD activities and sharing through Facebook, Google Drive, and follow-up webinars. The first webinar, on April 13, 2018, is a prerequisite for attending other activities. 

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting (Holyoke) Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This offering is a facilitated regional sharing and learning group for new and experienced advisors. Agenda topics are selected based on the interests and needs of attendees and emerging issues in the field, and they are posted two weeks before the meeting.

Adult Education Directors’ Meeting (tentative date) Wed, 05/23/2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

One-day Adult Education Directors’ Meeting hosted by ACLS. This date has not been confirmed.

Introduction to the SMARTT "Cohort Follow Up" Screen Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

This online session serves as Q&A for the video tutorial Introduction to Cohort Follow Up.  Participants are asked to view that tutorial, linked below, and do some follow up in SMARTT before attending.

Civics in a Digital World (Online) Thu, 05/24/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Hosted by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), this online professional development opportunity is for you, as teachers, to learn and practice new ways of integrating Digital Literacy and Civics into your instruction to develop your students’ (and your own) capacity to engage civically in the 21st century. It offers an opportunity to practice skills for varied purposes and to demonstrate how skills transfer across contexts. There will be an overview webinar followed by practice, with additional PD activities and sharing through Facebook, Google Drive, and follow-up webinars. The first webinar, on April 13, 2018, is a prerequisite for attending other activities. 

Using Formative Assessment in Math Standards-Based Instruction: Part 2 (Worcester)- CANCELED Fri, 05/25/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This is Part 2 of a new two-part training on formative assessment. Developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, this training prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction.

Exploring Linear Equations and Inequalities Tue, 05/29/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

According to the report Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (Ginsburg, 2010), workplace skills demand workers who are “comfortable with ideas and abstractions, can adapt flexibly to changes, and can generalize and synthesize” information. Per the report, to prepare our adult education students for these workplace skills, one focus of algebraic thinking should involve exploring representations and relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

The report further suggests that algebra instruction should emphasize mathematical modeling that involves analyzing and representing real situations, using mathematical structures that can be applied to both workplace and every day life problems. In fact, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) Mathematical Practice 4 addresses mathematical modeling, and states that mathematically proficient students should be able to represent situations using tables, graphs and equations and analyze these “models” to make decisions.

How Do Adults Learn English? An Exploration of Second Language Acquisition Principles (Online) Wed, 05/30/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This blended webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus on their application in the adult ESOL classroom. The series includes three facilitated webinars and three self-directed interim activities, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the interim activities is required.

Upon registration, you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard and will receive instructions on how to access it before it begins.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Thu, 05/31/2018 - 5:00pm

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

MAPT Administration Training (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:00am

In this online training, you will learn how to accurately administer both the reading and mathematics assessments of the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) so that students’ learning gains are reported accurately.

Overview of EBRI—June (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:00am

This brief video overview 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: Previous completion of or current enrollment in STAR trainings fulfills this requirement.

ESOL Professional Standards: An Introduction—June (Online) Fri, 06/01/2018 - 8:45am

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 will close the week before the start of the course, to allow 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 instructions on how to access the course. 

The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts for ELA—June (Online) Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:15am

This online, self-paced mini-course provides an introduction to or review of the instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCRSAE for ELA).

EBRI: Comprehension and Vocabulary Through Building Knowledge (GLE 9-12) (online) Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Why, and how, do building knowledge and developing vocabulary play a vital role in reading comprehension success? Learn concrete steps to implement in your classroom.

How Do You Know Your Learners Are Learning? Assessment in the ESOL Classroom (Framingham/Blended) Sat, 06/09/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop looks at various reasons and ways to assess ESOL learners’ language learning, such as determining their class level and learning needs, monitoring and acknowledging their progress, and informing instructional plans. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three sessions, you will have opportunities to try out new formative and summative assessment tools and techniques in your practice and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six that were developed to support ESOL teachers in gaining proficiency in and mastery of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.

SMARTT New User (Online) Mon, 06/11/2018 - 5:00am

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.

The Components of Language (Lawrence/Blended) Fri, 06/15/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This three-part workshop explores the basic building blocks of English from the point of view of an English language learner, and offers strategies and activities for the English language teacher. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

SMARTT /Cognos Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Wed, 06/20/2018 - 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. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Fri, 06/22/2018 - 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. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.

SMARTT Update: Ending the Fiscal Year/Rollover (Online) Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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. The live webinar will cover recent updates to SMARTT and other important news.