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In this 4-part blended workshop, you will expand your knowledge of the MA ELPS and learn how to apply the standards to your teaching practice.

Please note: You will access this course via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College 1-2 days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Novice and experienced ESOL teachers and program directors who want to build confidence in using the MA ELPS to guide instructional planning and delivery

The MA ELPS integrate English language development and college and career readiness into one comprehensive document. In this in-depth, 4-part interactive workshop, you will gain familiarity with how the MA ELPS are organized in order to easily locate the information you need; identify benchmarks that align with the goals of your students; and use the MA ELPS to help plan rigorous, relevant, and engaging ESOL lessons. 

The workshop begins with a self-directed session of preliminary activities to establish foundational knowledge of the MA ELPS document. The first virtual session focuses on how to plan units and lessons so that learning objectives connect to the MA ELP standards, benchmarks, and threads. In the self-directed session that follows, you will dive deeper into the document and use the MA ELPS to plan your own units and lessons. The final virtual session provides an opportunity to reflect together on the integration of the MA ELPS into the planning and delivery of ESOL instruction, with a discussion of how to use the standards to support remote instruction.

Course opens: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Independent learning session 1: September 7 - September 13, 2021

Virtual facilitated session 1: September 14, 2021 3:00pm-4:30pm

Independent learning session 2:  September 14 - September 20, 2021

Virtual Session 2: September 21, 2021  3:00pm-4:30pm

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Locate relevant information in the MA ELPS with ease
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Curriculum Development
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners
MA ELPS (Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards)