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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Educator Effectiveness

Massachusetts students deserve quality instruction and supports provided by effective educators. This webpage is a resource to help practitioners engage in the work of improving teaching practice and achieving student outcomes.

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Resources for Improving Educator Effectiveness and Student Outcomes

Professional Standards

Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) has established standards for adult education (AE) teachers in Massachusetts. These standards, The Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education, outline what AE teachers of any discipline need to know and be able to do to be effective educators that provide high-quality instruction to adult learners in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education

Proficiency Guides

As a resource, these guides have been developed to help practitioners incorporate the professional standards and engage in the work of improving teaching practice and achieving student outcomes.

Completed in 2014, the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) align with the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Education, but will be reformatted in the future as a Proficiency Guide.

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Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages

When completed, the ELA and Math Proficiency Guides will be posted here.

Educator Growth and Evaluation

Grounded in the MA Professional Standards for Teachers, the Educator Growth and Evaluation System (EGE) is a 5-step process of continuous learning to improve teachers' professional practices. The system includes:

  1. reflecting on strengths and weaknesses
  2. setting goals for improvement
  3. planning for and participating in high-quality professional development
  4. Implementing new practices and applying new knowledge
  5. dialoguing about teaching and learning
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The 5-step EGE cycle
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The EGE at-a-glance

Adult Basic Education Licensure

Adult educators are eligible to seek a provisional license that is valid for five years from the date of issue or a Professional License that is valid for five years and renewable for additional five-year terms.

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Policy Memorandum 17.01: Change in ABE Teacher Licensure Process

Indicators of Effective Advising

The Indicators Download PDF Document  Download Word Document are concise descriptors of effective advising for community adult learning centers. They were developed to help community adult learning programs strengthen their advising component. The Indicators reflect responsibilities of all staff to support the work of the advisor and to meet students' ongoing goal setting needs.



Last Updated: January 22, 2018
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