The SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy is managed by the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our center provides high-quality professional development (PD) so that teachers can better help adult learners understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how learners can use this knowledge to improve their own lives and communities. Check out the following to find out more about what we offer:

  • PD: The SABES Calendar shows our upcoming PD events, and you can read brief descriptions of all our PD offerings here.
  • Resources: Recently posted resources appear on this page under Math: Resources, Research, and Curriculum. Find resources by using the search box located at the top of this page, by selecting the Resource Library link at the top of this page, or by going directly to one of our curated collection pages:
    • Research, including effective teaching practices
    • Standards, including our Overview, which illustrates how standards develop across levels
    • Curriculum, including sample instructional units
    • Instruction, including teaching ideas from New York and lessons from Statistics in Action
  • News: Check for news under Math: What’s New, and select Sign Up for Notifications to arrange for email alerts about newly posted news, resources, and PD opportunities.
  • Our blog: Check out the monthly blogs, written by our team and by teachers who have worked with our PD Center.
  • Contact us: Would you like to bring math PD to your program, suggest a resource, or ask a question? We’re here! Contact our director, Donna Curry, at, or select the purple “Contact This PD Center” button below.

Math: Upcoming Events

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Adult students, even at the lowest levels, have some experience with and intuition about proportional reasoning —the ability to compare...
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Math: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Curriculum Sample Instructional Unit: Area and Perimeter
This sample unit unit for Level A students focuses on students' understanding of area and perimeter in order to compare apartments.
Curriculum Sample Instructional Unit: Ratio and Proportion
This sample unit for Level B students focuses on an understanding of ratios in order to correctly mix medication.
Resource Math Instruction Resources
Resources for math instruction gathered by the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy:Using the PIAAC Numeracy Framework to Guide...