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Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

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Contact and lead agency

Marie Narvaez
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/ACLS

75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Phone: (781) 338-3847
Fax: (781) 338-3394

Professional development system

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education invests federal and state funding toward the continuous improvement of Adult Basic Education (ABE) services through a variety of program and professional development initiatives. The largest of these is the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES). Since 1990, the SABES program has provided training and technical assistance for ABE providers. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2015, SABES will provide state-wide professional development, focusing on the College and Career Readiness Standards for ABE programs through contracts with several educational research and professional development agencies and area community colleges.

STAR implementation

In 2010, Massachusetts began its commitment to STAR. Eight Adult Basic Education programs were selected through a competitive RFP process open to Community Adult Learning Centers and Adult Basic Education for Incarcerated Adults Programs with at least one Pre-ASE class. Conditions for eligibility included the Program Director and Pre-ASE level reading teacher(s) attending all three two-day trainings.

Today, we are well on our way to having STAR be present in all ABE programs with the continued involvement of both Program Director and Pre-ASE level Reading Teacher. Programs are supported with ongoing technical assistance via observation/feedback from the STAR Trainers.

Since the inception of STAR in Massachusetts, quarterly support meetings have been held with directors and teachers, focusing on topics (e.g., grouping students, resource review) that have surfaced during observations or have been requested, to help strengthen the implementation of STAR. The opportunity for all STAR providers to come together to share, under the leadership of the Adult and Community Learning Services STAR Team and certified trainers, has been a highlight of our support.

As our involvement in STAR has grown, so has the need for a STAR Coordinator to oversee the many facets of STAR in Massachusetts. We are pleased to have the opportunity for one of our STAR Trainers, Merilee Freeman, to become the new STAR Coordinator for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts is committed to funding replacement STAR teachers and STAR directors as staff move on. And, as STAR continues to grow in Massachusetts, we are anticipating that two additional trainers will be trained in Fiscal Year 2016.

To date, 151 Teachers and Program Directors have been trained in STAR, representing 29 Community Adult Learning Centers and 5 County Houses of Correction.

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