See below for upcoming SABES PD events for English Language Arts. Or, check out the ELA Upcoming Events Calendar tab anytime!

Note: you are welcome to request ELA instructional coaching for program staff. If interested, please submit a Contact Us request.

All PD offerings are online and facilitated unless indicated otherwise.

Wednesday, April 10

Problem-Based Learning: An Approach That Works

Addressing complex, real-world problems in class is an authentic and relevant context for ESOL and ABE instruction. It creates opportunities for learners to develop the language that demonstrates their critical thinking. Come explore ways to use problem-based learning with learners at any proficiency level. You will leave with an array of strategies to promote language development and essential skills. 

  • 2:00 - 4:30pm

Thursday, April 11

Cultivating an Equitable Teaching and Learning Environment: Moving to Action

This two-part workshop focuses on equity as it pertains to the adult education classroom. With guidance and facilitation by Dr. Liza Talusan, Associate Instructor at UMass Boston who teaches graduate courses on leadership, equity, and justice, we will build knowledge, refine definitions, explore tools, examine our existing classroom practices, policies, and curricula, and develop action steps to create a more equitable learning environment.

  • Apr 11, 2024 | 1:30 - 3:00pm
  • May 16, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:30am

Wednesday, April 17

Project-Based Learning: An Approach That Works

Navigating twenty-first century life seems to involve one complex project after another! Find out how to transfer this reality to the adult education classroom via meaningful classroom projects. These projects not only draw on and develop an array of language and literacy skills, but also enhance "soft" employability skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, ability to collaborate, and self-management.

  • 2:00 - 4:00pm

Monday, April 22

Using the ELA Proficiency Guide to Enhance Teaching and Learning - April (Self-Paced Modules)

This online, self-paced course introduces ABE/ASE practitioners and instructional leaders to the ELA Proficiency Guide, which applies the Massachusetts ABE Professional Standards specifically to ELA instruction. The course includes self-reflection activities that culminate in the development of a professional learning goal.

  • 8:00am (Self-paced course opens)

Wednesday, April 24

Scaffolded Writing Strategies: From Sentences to Paragraphs

Learn specific instructional strategies for teaching basic writing skills to struggling writers, particularly students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), such as dyslexia.

  • 2:30 - 4:30pm

Thursday, April 25

Assessing Writing: Diagnostic, Formative, and Summative Strategies (Boston)

In this one-day workshop, learn effective strategies for creating diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments of student writing.

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
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