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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Templates and Helpful Resources

The following resources have been found to be very useful in developing curriculum materials and providing instruction that is aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE). Resources are organized in the following content categories of English Language Arts and Literacy, ESOL, and Math.

Questions? Please contact Jane Schwerdtfeger, Curriculum Specialist, in Adult and Community Learning Services at acls@doe.mass.edu.

Additional Resources will be added in the future, so please revisit soon. If you don't find what you are looking for, please contact ACLS at the above email address.

Curriculum Development Planning and Analysis

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Checklist for Assessing a Program ABE/ESOL Scope and Sequence - posted 3/5/2015
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Developing a Curriculum Action Plan - posted 3/5/2015

English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA)

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Two-page Chart of CCRSAE ELA Anchor Standards - posted 6/5/2015
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ELA Scope and Sequence Template - posted 6/2/2016
Note: Programs do not need to re-do scope and sequence work that has already been completed using earlier versions of this template. The format of this template may be adapted to program needs as long as an introduction to the scope and sequence and all of the elements in the left-hand column of the chart are included.
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ELA Scope and Sequence Session Directors' Meeting - posted 7/3/2015
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ELA Instructional Unit Plan Template - posted 6/2/2016
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ELA Lesson Plan Template - posted 4/7/2016
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Companion Document for ELA Lesson Plan Template - posted 4/7/2016
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Describing ABE Level 1 Learners: Supporting Research and Implications for Teaching, by John Strucker, Ed.D. (2012) - posted 2/13/2012

ESOL

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ESOL Scope and Sequence Template - posted 6/2/2016
Note: Programs do not need to re-do scope and sequence work that has already been completed using earlier versions of this template. The format of this template may be adapted to program needs as long as an introduction to the scope and sequence and all of the elements in the left-hand column of the chart are included.
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ESOL Scope and Sequence 2015 Directors' Meeting - posted 6/16/2015
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ESOL Instructional Unit Plan Template - posted 6/2/2016
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ESOL Lesson Plan Template - posted 4/7/2016

Mathematics and Adult Numeracy

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Math Scope and Sequence Template - posted 6/2/2016
Note: Programs do not need to re-do scope and sequence work that has already been completed using earlier versions of this template. The format of this template may be adapted to program needs as long as an introduction to the scope and sequence and all of the elements in the left-hand column of the chart are included.
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Math Instructional Unit Plan Template - posted 6/2/2016
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Math Lesson Plan Template - posted 5/5/2016
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Companion Document for Math Lesson Plan Template - posted 4/7/2016
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Developing Instructional Units: Applying What Students Learn
This document is based on a presentation at the 2015 Fall Curriculum Conference where practitioners explored two methods of building contextualized instructional units.
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CUNY High School Equivalency Curriculum Framework
This resource from the City University of New York (CUNY) offers teachers lessons for standards-based instruction that are designed specifically with adult education students in mind. A well-written overview ties in current research and additional resources are mentioned throughout.
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Overview Grid of CCR Math Standards for Adult Education
The SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy created this handy 4-page grid as a reference for programs as they work on their scope and sequence. It contains a breakdown of the math standards by domain for Levels A through D.
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What Community College Developmental Math Students Understand About Mathematics
This is a must-read for those wondering why they cannot continue to teach as they have in the past. Because the research literature did not cover what mathematical knowledge students have, James Stigler undertook fieldwork to learn more about students' understanding of basic mathematics, and student perceptions of what they believe it means to do mathematics. This essay, by James W. Stigler, Karen B. Givvin, and Belinda J. Thompson, was published in MathAMATYC Educator, Vol. 1, No. 3. May 2010.
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Mathematics Instructional Unit on Ratio and Proportion
This exemplar instructional unit for Level B students focuses on an understanding of ratios in order to correctly mix medication. The unit was developed by Melissa Braaten, teacher at the Women's Learning Center at the St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, Dorchester, MA.
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Mathematics Instructional Unit on Area and Perimeter
This exemplar instructional unit for Level A students focuses on students' understanding of area and perimeter in order to compare apartments. The unit was developed by Melissa Braaten, teacher at the Women's Learning Center at the St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, Dorchester, MA.
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Resources for Mathematics and Numeracy Instruction
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College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards and EMPower Materials Alignment
This document shows links between the CCR Standards and the EMPower math series. If you are already using this series, you might find this document useful as you design lessons and instructional units that align to the CCR Standards. If you have not used the EMPower series, you may want to check out this document to learn just how well the series aligns with the CCR Standards.


Last Updated: October 28, 2016
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