Welcome to the SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction Professional Development Center (ELA C&I PD Center). What's New?

A few of the many PD opportunities taking place in the next few weeks...

Broaden your toolkit of practical strategies and resources to better address the needs of English language learners in ABE (non-ESOL) classes. (begins 10/26) Learn how one practitioner creates short vocabulary videos, posting them within her Google Classroom. Hear about how her students have used them. Share ideas, questions, and possible solutions around making videos for ELA instruction. (11/05)
Difficult Conversations: In this two-part series with Facing History and Ourselves, we will consider why we teach in order to set intentions around how we teach, and apply these understandings to the challenging arena of talking about issues that matter. (11/9 & 18) Support readers in making measurable gains with STAR training, which includes diagnostic assessments of reading, differentiation, and specific strategies for teaching the four components of reading—alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. (begins 10/29)

    See all currently scheduled upcoming ELA PD, search the SABES Calendar, and check out our Year at a Glance and PD Pathways for 2021-22. (All PD will be delivered online until further notice.)

    Please note the series of PD supporting the statewide Newsela account for Massachusetts adult educators.

    Resources: Scroll through ELA: Resources, Research, and Curriculum, notice the three resources highlighted lower down this page, and explore our curated collection pages:

    ELA logo: booksThe SABES ELA C&I PD Center provides ELA PD and support for adult education programs, including self-paced modules, recorded webinars, live sessions, multi-layered courses, coaching, consulting, and resources related to curriculum and instruction. Based at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA, we serve programs throughout the state.

    Have a question or idea? Need a coach? Want to request specific PD? Please write to us.

    ELA: Upcoming Events


    CANCELED - Online ELA Instruction: Learner Readiness (Online Facilitated)

    What digital skills do our adult learners need to be successful in an online ELA class or tutoring session? How...


    Engaging and Supporting English Learners in Adult Education Classes (Online Blended)

    This informative and engaging multi-part workshop is designed to increase Adult Education (AE) teachers’ understanding of the needs of English...


    FULL - Scaffolded Writing Strategies: From Sentences to Paragraphs (Online Facilitated)

    Learn specific instructional strategies for teaching basic writing skills to struggling writers, particularly students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD), such...

    ELA: Videos

    ELA: Resources, Research and Curriculum


    There are many standards, frameworks, and guidelines to mine for useful information and guidance. Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of...


    Determining the Complexity of Texts In addition to finding a text worth reading (see the links below), choosing a text means determining its...


    Lens: Contextualization & Relevance As you create or revise your curriculum, think about your adult learners: What will they be learning along with...

    ELA: Our Team

    Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Assessment
    Administrative Support