We’ve come a long way since 2013 when ACLS began a long-range plan to support all programs in fully integrating the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) into curriculum and instruction. Over the last four years we saw impressive results:

  • 4 CCRSAE curriculum conferences featuring national ESOL, ELA, and Math experts
  • 90% of ESE-funded programs attended each year 
  • 1,500 Massachusetts teachers, advisors, and directors unpacking the CCRSAE
  • 10,000+ hours spent learning to develop curriculum aligned to the CCRSAE

Annual conferences helped practitioners begin building their capacity to implement the CCRSAE. Now, having met our initial goal of unpacking the CCRSAE and beginning to integrate them into curriculum and instruction, Massachusetts is ready for its next step towards full CCRSAE implementation. Full CCRSAE integration is essential to programs’ ability to help students complete EFLs, achieve their high school equivalency credentials, and transition to postsecondary education and training. Beginning in FY18, ACLS and SABES will discontinue offering an annual CCRSAE conference. In its place, we will put greater emphasis on a more customized approach to PD that is responsive to programs’ individual strengths and needs including program-based PD. To continue this evolution, ACLS encourages all programs to:

  • Reach out to the appropriate SABES PD center director(s) to explore how SABES can help meet the specific PD needs of your staff and program. 
  • Visit the SABES calendar to locate PD that addresses your program’s staff needs and goals. While there, visit the SABES PD Center web pages regularly for updates and newly posted research and other resources.
  • Ensure that all staff have viewed the CCRSAE online tutorials for the content areas they teach as they are a helpful starting point before participating in PD: MathELAESOL
  • Encourage all staff who haven’t yet done so to create a SABES account so they can get notifications when new resources and PD activities related to their personal areas of interest are posted.

An effort of the magnitude of four consecutive annual curriculum conferences doesn’t come without a lot of hard work done by a lot of individuals. ACLS wishes to recognize and thank SABES for the expertise and excellence it demonstrated in the development and implementation of the four exceptional conferences. ACLS looks forward to our continued partnership with SABES—and programs—in order to make the very best possible learning opportunities available for every adult learner. 

(This announcement is taken from the ACLS April Monthly Mailing.)

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