Teaching Skills That Matter

This introduction to the Teaching Skills That Matter in Adult Education (TSTM) toolkit provides an overview of the toolkit framework, materials, and guidance to train teachers to incorporate the skills that matter into adult education programming by using instructional approaches that work across relevant topic focus areas that address key topics connected to student needs. Using the TSTM project’s tools and training, adult education teachers can teach the transferable skills students need in these critical contexts. 

**This event is open to Massachusetts teachers only.**


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers new to Public Adult Education of MA, who are seeking effective strategies to teach adult learners meaningful skills and knowledge
  • Adult education practitioners interested in integrating TSTM into their curriculum planning and instruction
  • Alumni of the MA TSTM Train-the-Trainer and Customized Approach Academies who can use this as a resource to help train their peers in the TSTM framework and sustain TSTM implementation at their program

This self-paced asynchronous course will introduce participants to the components of TSTM and its guiding principles, and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The content is presented using a variety of formats, including text and video, as well as interactive tasks.  

The course presents information about the purpose and components of TSTM, explains how to connect the nine central skills to student goals, describes how TSTM expands and deepens instructional content within the five focus areas, details the benefits and elements of the three instructional approaches, and provides strategies to anticipate and address implementation challenges. The last section of the course explains where to access the TSTM Toolkit and how it is organized and provides information about additional resources. 

This course can also be used for group training purposes and for programs wishing to introduce TSTM to returning and new instructors to facilitate shared curriculum planning and instruction. 

Please note: On the course start date, registrants will receive an email from sherry_soares@terc.edu from the SABES Math Team at TERC with instructions on how to access the course.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify how the TSTM framework addresses adult learners’ real-life needs
  • Describe the components of the TSTM framework
  • Connect the nine central skills to student personal, academic, and professional goals
  • Expand and deepen instructional content within the five topic focus areas
  • Identify the benefits and the essential elements of the three TSTM instructional approaches
  • Describe strategies to implement TSTM in your classroom
  • Access the TSTM Toolkit and other resources
07/24/2023 - 8:00 am to 07/24/2023 - 11:59 pm
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PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Learners
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
New Staff
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