Welcome back - from the ESOL PD Center

As our summer activities wind down and thoughts drift back to our classrooms and students, the SABES ESOL PD Center would like to say "Welcome back!" to our returning teachers, and "Welcome!" to those joining the field of adult ESOL for the first time. We hope you all had the chance to take some time to rest and rejuvenate over the summer and are ready to embark on what is sure to be another interesting year. At the SABES ESOL PD Center, we have been busily planning and designing PD opportunities to support your work that focus on integrating our newly revised ESOL professional standards, heightened awareness and incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, and a continued focus on the use of the appropriate educational technologies necessary to effectively teach ESOL in a remote, in-person, or blended environment. We continue to use your valuable feedback to develop PD that will enrich your work and meet your needs, and encourage you to peruse our website for additional resources and PD. A few items we'd like to highlight include:


  • NEW! Professional Development Menu for MA ESOL Professional Standards: This Google site is a wonderful starting point for your exploration of the newly revised ESOL Professional Standards. With an overall introductory graphic, easy navigation, and page dedicated to each standard (which includes the standard language, introductory video, and upcoming PD), this site will be a useful resource for you to refer back to time and again. Check back regularly as it is a work in progress and we continue to improve it as it grows.

ESOL Standards graphic

Upcoming Professional Development: Our upcoming sessions are sure to pique your interest! For a snapshot of our plans for the year, please review our Year-At-A-Glance -

And for those of you looking for some self-paced options, check out some of our other favorites when you get the chance: The Introduction to the Revised MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Speakers of Other LanguagesThe Learners' View on Zoom - A Collection of Tiny Videos and Viewer's Guide for Smartphone Use on Zoom ESOL Recorded Session Library

All of this to say, we are here for you and excited to launch into a new year of growth and learning with you. Interested in a topic and don't see it here? Reach out and let us know! 

The ESOL PD Center Team:

(A brief and light-hearted video with tips on participating in virtual sessions :).

ESOL: Upcoming Events


Contextualized Communicative Grammar Instruction (Online Facilitated)

In this workshop, participants will learn effective strategies and techniques for teaching English grammar in meaningful communicative contexts. Please note...


Differentiation by Design: Optimizing Learning for All Learners! (Online Facilitated)

Come see how to vary content, instructional processes, and assessments of learning outcomes to ensure success for learners with varying...


WhatsApp for ESOL - Beyond the Basics (Online Facilitated)

Beyond features for sharing texts and basic communication with ESOL students, WhatsApp allows for small group video conferencing, voice recording...

ESOL: Videos

ESOL: Resources, Research and Curriculum


An overview of the ESOL PD Center's offerings for the year, starting in August, to help you plan your professional development.


Within this PDF, you will find links to valuable tips about ESOL teaching best practices by viewing these videos created by the SABES ESOL PD Center...


This resource is comprised of two separate components: the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS) document, and three overview...

ESOL: Our Team

Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Administrative Support