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The SABES ESOL Curriculum & Instruction Professional Development Center provides relevant, innovative, high-quality professional development led by local and national subject matter experts and aligned to the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Speakers of Other Languages. Housed at EDC in Waltham, MA, we share their commitment to guiding our work "by evidence, empathy, and experience."

To see dates and register for PD events, visit the SABES Calendar.

Have a question or idea? Need a coach? We would love to hear from you!

What we provide ...

Workshops -  carefully designed by our team of ESOL Subject Matter Experts 

  • Synchronous and asynchronous courses on topics important to ESOL practitioners in the field.
  • For information on our current offerings, visit our SABES Calendar and filter by PD Center: ESOL.

Coaching - provided by our team of trained coaches, highly experienced in ESOL instruction, curriculum development, CRST, and much more

  • Individualized coaching a tailored to you and/ or your program’s needs.
  • Coaching is available to:
    • Individual practitioners
    • Instructional Leaders
    • Program Directors

Program-based PD - provided in-person at your site or remotely

  • Topics can include those in our current list of offerings or designed to fit your specific program needs.

Together, we will develop a plan…

Resources - carefully curated research, resources, and curriculum items can be found on our resources pages

  • For a comprehensive list of resources, click here.
  • Our resources range from Professional Standards to Curriculum Planning Tools, sample Lesson Plans, Instructional Videos, and the latest research. Looking for a topic and can't find a resource? Let us know! We are always happy to assist!

Featured Resources:

  • ESOL PD Menu for ESOL Professional Standards: Visit our Google site to learn more about each standard, including introductory videos. Then, link to the ACLS interactive ESOL Professional Standards website, access the ESOL Professional Standards document, and take the ESOL Self-Assessment to help you determine your next steps. There is so much to see and learn!

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ESOL : Videos

ESOL: Resources, Research and Curriculum


(Length: 12:31) In the video series, From Awareness to Action: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Adult ESOL Classroom, you will see a teacher...


This video viewing guide accompanies the video From Awareness to Action: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Adult ESOL, Standard 3 CRST . It was...


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

ESOL: Our Team

Assistant Director
Adult ESOL and Professional Development Specialist
Administrative Manager