During the September 2021 ACLS State as Partner meeting, we learned that more than 60% of all classes this fall are being offered through distance and hybrid education models.

To support this transition, we are excited to announce the Expanding Equitable Access through Distance and Hybrid Education series, newly updated to align with the ACLS’ revised August 2021 Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Education.

This series is intended to help your program team, step-by-step, to implement new distance and hybrid classes or continue building your existing program. We will emphasize the many benefits of providing these options to current and potential students, such as helping to meet enrollment targets by expanding access to your program for previously underserved audiences. 

This course presents foundational information about blended learning, including definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for teachers and administrators to have a basic understanding of the different forms of blended learning and how they might integrate these forms into courses for student populations they currently serve as well as those they would like to begin serving. 

This course was initially developed by the IDEAL Consortium, a nationally respected organization that helps member states establish quality, innovative distance education programs.

Note: This course series has been updated to reflect the most recent research-based practices in use during the pandemic.

Navigating Pathways to Opportunity: Comprehensive Student Supports course aims to support coaches, advisors, and navigators to provide the comprehensive supports that enable adults to succeed in an integrated career pathway program. Topics include strategies for identifying and engaging adult learners' aspirations, addressing barriers, and building a comprehensive network of support to promote persistence. Participants identify the key components of a navigator program and explore the skills needed to implement it effectively.

Estimated completion time: 24 hours

To register for this or other facilitated courses or to see a complete course catalog, go to http://elearningpd.worlded.org/

Math encompasses language and gives learners the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workforce and higher education. This is the first of a series of courses designed for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills in their ESOL classrooms. Lessons provide conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation, and offer strategies for making math accessible for all levels of ESOL learners.

A headline reads, “Two out of three Americans owned a smartphone in 2015.” Does that mean two out of every group of three Americans? Is it possible to have a group of Americans who all own smartphones?  Adults encounter ratios and proportions all the time in news or media statistics, estimates of risk, shopping for the best deal, creating mixtures and recipes, and countless other daily activities. The ability to reason about these numerical relationships develops over a long period of time and through deliberate exploration of the mathematics involved. Language teachers can provide opportunities for students to encounter and expand their ability to reason with ratios in real life contexts.

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning is a course for English language teachers who want to deepen their own conceptual understanding of ratios and proportions and to learn strategies for helping students build ratio reasoning skills. This course is for participants who have successfully completed Mathematizing ESOL I and Mathematizing ESOL II. MESOL III is a 6 week, asynchronous, facilitated online course with an additional final project for Massachusetts participants who wish to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs).

Estimated time to complete course: 18 hours, depending on your pace and style of learning

Math encompasses language and gives learners the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workforce and higher education. This is the first of a series of courses designed for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills in their ESOL classrooms. Lessons provide conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation, and offer strategies for making math accessible for all levels of ESOL learners.

Finding True North-Role of the Navigator is a self-paced course designed for coaches, advisors, case-managers--someone who serves as a central point of contact and support for students and coordinates a comprehensive network of services to assist them.These comprehensive supports, sometimes referred to as wrap-around services, might include assisting students in accessing tutors or mentors, childcare, transportation, employment, and income supports.

Estimated completion time: 3 hours

To register for facilitated courses or to see a complete course catalog, go to https://edtech.worlded.org/professional-development/online-courses/

Math encompasses language and gives learners the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workforce and higher education. This is the first of a series of courses designed for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills in their ESOL classrooms. Lessons provide conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation, and offer strategies for making math accessible for all levels of ESOL learners.

A headline reads, “Two out of three Americans owned a smartphone in 2015.” Does that mean two out of every group of three Americans? Is it possible to have a group of Americans who all own smartphones?  Adults encounter ratios and proportions all the time in news or media statistics, estimates of risk, shopping for the best deal, creating mixtures and recipes, and countless other daily activities. The ability to reason about these numerical relationships develops over a long period of time and through deliberate exploration of the mathematics involved. Language teachers can provide opportunities for students to encounter and expand their ability to reason with ratios in real life contexts.

Mathematizing ESOL III: Integrating Ratio Reasoning is a course for English language teachers who want to deepen their own conceptual understanding of ratios and proportions and to learn strategies for helping students build ratio reasoning skills. This course is for participants who have successfully completed Mathematizing ESOL I and Mathematizing ESOL II. MESOL III is a 6 week, asynchronous, facilitated online course with an additional final project for Massachusetts participants who wish to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs).

Estimated time to complete course: 18 hours, depending on your pace and style of learning

The Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Fractions, Percentages, and Decimals course builds upon and extends conceptual understanding of math topics and how they can be integrated into ESOL instruction. In the prerequisite to this course, Mathematizing ESOL I, the focus is on math notation and operations with whole numbers. In this course, we extend that knowledge to include other rational numbers, with an emphasis on percentages and decimals. We will explore these concepts before looking at real life applications of these math skills and strategies to contextualize them in the ESOL classroom.

The Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) for the Massachusetts SABES Program Support PD Center. The statewide VCoP provides Massachusetts practitioners a forum to discuss topics of mutual concern and share ideas, resources, and strategies related to education and career planning, advising, and adult career pathway program design and implementation.