Program Support Offerings: April 2022

Today we are sending out a list of open Program Support offerings through April. On 4/1/2022 look for a combined list of courses across centers. Check out the Program Support Upcoming Events Calendar tab anytime! Scroll down for Sharing Groups, LACES Trainings, and Self-Paced offerings.

Facilitated / Online Blended

Strategies for Addressing Racial Inequity in our Programs and the Field

In this self-paced, online PD course, you will explore strategies for how to create more equitable learning opportunities for all students. You will engage with the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they play out in programs and in the field of adult education. The four course modules include Welcome and Orientation, Social and Cultural Norms, Data Collection and Use, and Establishing Program-Wide DEI Practices. You will engage by watching videos, reviewing resources, and reflecting upon and writing answers to discussion prompts in each module’s discussion forum, where you will have the chance to connect with peers. 

This series will be facilitated by the Change Agent Editor, Cynthia Peters. She has presented regionally and nationally on addressing bias in the adult education classroom, program, and field. 

  • Module #1:  Welcome and Orientation

  • Module #2:  Social and Cultural Norms

  • Module #3:  Data collection

  • Module #4:  Establishing Program-Wide DEI Strategies

Starts: 04/04/2022

Ends:  04/29/2022

Expanding Equitable Access Through Distance and Hybrid Education Sharing Group: Recruitment, Intake, and Orientation Module

Participants in the online Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation module of the Expanding Equitable Access through Distance and Hybrid Education (EEA) series are encouraged to join us for this one-hour Sharing Group. Those not participating in the course are welcome as well.

04/08/2022 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Module 4)

Foundations for New Staff

If you’re new to working in adult education, you may have heard someone say that people enter the field of adult education “sideways,” meaning they often begin in other careers and then “find their way” to adult education.  Even though adult educators tend to have rich and varied backgrounds, they need and benefit from an orientation to our field, a common vocabulary, and a shared understanding of the work we do.  The Foundations for New Staff (FNS) course comprises five modules that together will provide you with that orientation.

Starts: 04/11/2022

Ends:  05/06/2022

Basic Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of empathic dialogue for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change that can be used in adult education advising and coaching. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation to meet their goals by eliciting and exploring reasons for change and unpacking the resistance that arises in the process. This four-part interactive offering gives participants an opportunity to learn the central concepts of MI and practice MI skills.

Note: When registering for April 15, you will automatically be registered for all four dates. Please note that attendance at all four sessions, as well as independent work, is required for completion.

04/15/2022 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

04/22/2022 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

05/06/2022 - 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

05/13/2022 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Mental Health First Aid


Mental Health First Aid is a standardized 8-hour training course designed to give you key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual experiencing a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.


04/29/2022 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sharing Groups

Director Sharing and Learning Group Meetings

Please join us for the next in our series of meetings that provide you with the opportunity to network, discuss how your year is going, and raise issues for discussion with your director colleagues.

Advisor Sharing and Learning Group Meeting-Boston Region

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.

04/15/2022 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

LACES Trainings

LACES for MassSTEP Programs

LiteracyPro System's Shannon Stangis will facilitate this session and provide an overview of LACES data entry related to MassSTEP Programs, formerly known as Integrated Education and Training (IET)/Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE). Representatives from ACLS will also be in attendance to answer questions.

04/06/2022 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm

LACES Close Out Training

These sessions will review the processes and procedures around closing out the data for the fiscal year.

Part 1:  04/12/2022 – 10:00 – 11:30 am

Part 2:  04/13/2022 – 10:00 – 11:30 am

Online Self-Paced

Program Support PD Center: Professional Development “On Demand” When Your Schedule Allows!

The Program Support PD Center (PSPDC) team is excited to launch our new online repository of asynchronous, “On-Demand” PD. 

We know that different times work best for busy adult educators to attend PD. Are you an early riser? Do you have time in the evening after you’ve tucked kids into bed? Is lunchtime best for you? Now, you can design your own flexible PD plan by accessing offerings when it’s most convenient for you! 


To review a catalogue of these and other courses offered by this center, see:   Program Support: SABES Program Support PD Center - FY22 PD Catalog

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