During the September ACLS State as Partner meeting, we learned that more than 60% of all classes this fall are being offered through distance and hybrid education models.

To support this transition, we are excited to announce the Expanding Equitable Access through Distance and Hybrid Education series, newly updated to align with the ACLS’ revised August 2021 Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Education.

This series is intended to help your program team, step-by-step, to implement new distance and hybrid classes or continue building your existing program. We will emphasize the many benefits of providing these options to current and potential students, such as helping to meet enrollment targets by expanding access to your program for previously underserved audiences. To maximize the benefits of this PD, you are encouraged (but not required) to participate in program teams.

Please see the Description below and download the attachment for details about the components of this series. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Luanne_teller@worlded.org.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • New and experienced staff who would like to implement high quality, evidence-based distance and hybrid education services
  • New and experienced staff interested in evidence-based ways to strengthen their current distance and hybrid education options

Drawing on the nationally recognized IDEAL Distance and Blended Learning Handbook, as well as research and examples from effective program practices, we address topics fundamental to high quality implementation with strands that are customized for directors, instructors, and staff involved in recruitment, screening, and orientation.

We encourage you to take advantage of all three components of this series and are pleased to offer focused, flexible options for participation:

Online Modules: You will register via this calendar posting for the prerequisite Introduction module that serves as the foundation for all staff. When you complete the Introduction, you will automatically be able to access and may take one or more of the role-specific elective modules in any sequence, which have been customized for directors (on administrative issues), teachers (on instructional issues), and those involved with recruitment, screening, and orientation. 

  • Expanding Equitable Access: An Introduction (Prerequisite for other modules, 2 hours: Open 10/18/21 – 11/16/21)
  • Expanding Equitable Access: For Directors (4 hours: Open 11/1/21 – 1/3/22)
  • Expanding Equitable Access: For Teachers (4 hours: Open 11/1/21 – 1/3/22)
  • Expanding Equitable Access: Recruitment, Screening, and Orientation (4 hours: Open 11/1/21 – 1/3/22)

Community of Practice (CoP): Monthly one-hour meetings, organized according to topic, role, and experience, provide you the opportunity to network and brainstorm with other program colleagues. See the attachment for dates and times.

Customized Program-based Coaching: Customized program-based coaching builds on the knowledge you acquire by completing the online course and participating in the CoPs. It is intended to support your program team in implementing these concepts. Due to the nature of this option, coaching is limited to eight programs.

For more information, contact Luanne_teller@worlded.org

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Please see the attachment for the learning objectives for each component of this PD series.
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
10/18/2021 - 9:00 am
End Date

Online, Facilitated
United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Digital Literacy
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
Education Leadership & Program Management
PDP Eligible