Brooke Machado teaches a remote high school level Social Studies/ELA class on the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, using close reading strategies to
Welcome to the SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction Professional Development Center (ELA PD Center)
The SABES ELA PD Center provides ELA professional development and support including self-paced modules, recorded webinars, live sessions, multi-layered courses, coaching, consulting, and resources related to curriculum and instruction. Based at World Education in Boston, MA, we serve adult education programs throughout Massachusetts.
Have a question or idea? Need a coach? Write to us!
See ALL currently scheduled ELA PD (including online self-paced courses) or search the SABES PD Calendar. See the SABES ELA PD Year-at-a-Glance to help plan your ELA professional development for the year. Note that participants from MA ACLS-funded programs have priority for event registration, but others are welcome as space allows.
Coaching and program-based PD are available to ACLS-funded programs on request. Please write to us to request specific PD or coaching.
Find all ELA resources at ELA: Resources, Research, and Curriculum, or browse our curated pages:
- Top 10 SABES ELA Resources for Practitioners
- MA ELA Proficiency Guide for Teachers of Adult Basic Education
- ELA Curriculum Hub
- Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
- Priority Lenses: Assessment, CCRSAE& Standards-Based Teaching; Contextualization and Relevance; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Differentiation; Digital Literacy and Technology; Evidence-Based Instruction (incl. STAR)
- SABES Video Gallery
ACLS-funded programs continue to have access to a statewide Newsela account for FY24.
ELA: Upcoming Events
This informative and engaging four-part workshop is designed to increase Adult Basic Education (ABE) teachers’ understanding of the needs of...
This introduction to the Teaching Skills That Matter in Adult Education (TSTM) Toolkit provides an overview of the toolkit framework...
Alphabetics, including phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding, is the process readers use to identify words. Readers must rely on alphabetic...
ELA : Videos
Watch and listen to how the teacher builds background knowledge, then models and scaffolds close reading using a complex, primary-source text—the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Find
From ABE Professional Standards to the ELA Proficiency Guide View the video above to see how the ELA Proficiency Guide is connected to the Massachusetts ABE Professional Standards and why it is an
ELA: Resources, Research and Curriculum
The SABES ELA PD Center has developed three ELA What to Look For guides (a.k.a., "Look-For" guides) in collaboration with ACLS to support teacher...
In September 2020, ProLiteracy released a research brief focused on the importance of contextualizing adult education. Read more to learn about what...
ELA Lens: Assessment Effective ELA instructors include three broad types of assessment in their curriculum and instruction: diagnostic assessments...