A caring and dedicated staff plays a large role in student success. The Center for Adult Basic Education and Workplace Literacy staff encompasses a variety of roles all in support our mission: to provide each adult with the skills needed to support them in their roles as parents, workers, citizens and lifelong learners.
About the field of ABE
For an overview of Adult Basic Education in Massachusetts, please review the MA Adult Education Fact Sheet.
Program staff can find information about the MA ABE Curriculum Frameworks at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
As a general rule, staff members are required to engage in professional development at 2.5% of their paid hours. The System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) provides a range of professional development options for adult educators and staff, including workshops, study circles, sharing groups, and distance learning. The Southeastern SABES office is located on the Fall River BCC campus and can be reached at (508)678-2811 x 2278. The SABES website provides a calendar of upcoming professional development events.
Adult Basic Education Teacher Certification is a voluntary license for MA adult literacy teachers.
The Massachusetts Coalition of Adult Education is an important resource for Adult Education public policy advocacy and support in MA. ABE staff can get more information about adult education advocacy as well as regional and local statistics by consulting the NCL (National Coalition Literacy) Advocacy Toolkit.
Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate (VALUE)
is a national student advocacy group that adult learners can join to develop student leadership skills. Here at home, MA Alliance for Adult Learners (MassALL) is the state student advocacy group and students can participate in a yearly Adult Literacy Day rally usually held in March at the State House.