Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
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.
The Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages, completed in the spring of 2014, outline what teachers of adult English language learners need to know and be able to do to effectively meet their learners' needs. Specifically, these seven standards address the areas of second language acquisition, components of language, intercultural awareness, curriculum and instructional design, instructional delivery and classroom management, assessment, and professional growth.
Each standard is accompanied by: guiding questions for teachers; a supporting explanation for the standard; practical considerations for putting the standard into practice; essential concepts that teachers should know; and sample applications or observable teaching behaviors for putting knowledge into practice.
In order to support teachers in meeting these standards, professional development offerings have been developed for six of the seven standards. For more information about these offerings, visit the SABES PD Center for ESOL.
Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages
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.
Policy Memorandum 17.01: Change in ABE Teacher Licensure Process
Indicators of Effective Advising
The Indicators 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.