Over 1 million adults in Massachusetts lack a high school diploma or need to learn more English to succeed in the workforce. However, many of the adult education practitioners who work with them are new to the field and need support aligning their instruction to the rigorous College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. Adult education programs also need assistance in implementing the priorities of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

EDC is supporting Massachusetts’ efforts to provide high-quality educational opportunities to adult education practitioners and programs through its leadership of the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) Professional Development (PD) Communication Center. A clearinghouse of PD courses, resources, and materials, the Center is helping thousands of adult education practitioners across Massachusetts.

Key Activities

EDC staff supporting the Center are undertaking the following activities:

  • Designing and maintaining an online environment that includes resources and professional learning opportunities offered by the eight SABES PD Centers
  • Producing communication and publicity tools, including videos, print materials, and social media content


  • Over 3,840 adult education practitioners participated in SABES PD training.

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SABES Professional Development Communication Center
Erin Earnst
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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Bristol Community College; Holyoke Community College; Quinsigamond Community College; TERC; World Education, Inc.