The Art of Teaching Adults is a multi-session online course that explores the art of teaching adults through the lens of professional and content standards.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive an email with further instructions as the course date approaches.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • New and experienced ELA, Math, and ESOL adult education teachers interested in learning how to use the CCRSAE, the MA ELPS, the MA Professional Standards for Adult Education, and the ESOL Professional Standards to enhance their teaching practice

This course guides you in connecting the Massachusetts standards for adult education and your teaching practice. You will begin to develop and strengthen your understanding of the College and Career Readiness Standards, the MA English Language Proficiency Standards, and the MA Professional Standards for Adult Education and ESOL. You will also learn to apply these standards to your instructional planning and teaching approaches. Through a combination of self-paced and facilitated virtual sessions, you will engage in reflective exercises, explore instructional strategies, and write a standards-aligned lesson plan.

Before you attend the first webinar, you will be asked to choose a content area (ELA, ESOL, or Math) to focus on for the duration of the course. Content coaches will work with you and your colleagues to apply the standards to your particular teaching contexts.

The course components include:

  • Two 1.5-hour facilitated webinars
  • Two self-paced modules 
  • Time to work on a lesson plan throughout the course plus an additional 1 hour to complete it

Total PD hours: 7

To receive credit or PDPs you must participate in all four components and complete the final lesson plan satisfactorily.

For more information contact Dori McCormack at dmccormack@edc.org for ESOL, Evonne Peters at evonne_peters@worlded.org for ELA, and Heidi Schuler-Jones at Heidi_schuler-jones@terc.edu for Math.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the relevance of the Adult Education and/or ESOL Professional Standards to effective teaching and instructional planning
  • Describe what effective student-centered teaching looks like
  • Create a lesson plan that demonstrates an understanding of Backward Design and includes components of effective teaching:
    - Measurable and observable learning objectives
    - Assessments aligned to learning objectives
    - Activities and materials that are relevant, rigorous, and interactive
  • Begin to engage in a reflective teaching practice

It is recommended that you take the Foundations for New Staff before taking this course.  See the SABES Calendar for more information and to register:   https://sabes.org/event/38526

02/22/2024 - 8:00 am
02/29/2024 - 12:00 pm to 02/29/2024 - 1:30 pm
03/14/2024 - 12:00 pm to 03/14/2024 - 1:30 pm

United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
ESOL/English Learners
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
New Staff
Professional Standards
PDP Eligible
Open Date