Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES)

Established in 1990 by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) is a comprehensive training and technical assistance initiative for educators and programs. To briefly sketch the background scene, presently one out of three Massachusetts adults—more than one-and-a-half million people representing many diverse groups—are in need of literacy services. These adults are served by a broad spectrum of programs, each with its own philosophy, program design and methodology. SABES came into being chiefly to help Adult Basic Education (ABE) practitioners further develop the skills, talents and knowledge needed to provide exemplary educational services to adult learners.

SABES promotes high quality adult basic education services through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs. We achieve this mission by:

  • providing staff development that stresses participation, reflection, and innovation;
  • discovering and sharing relevant research and effective practices;
  • collaborating with other organizations and agencies; and
  • Remaining responsive to the field and to adult learners.

Through this combination of partnership and leadership, we develop the field's capacity to equip learners to succeed in the economy, contribute more fully to their families and communities, develop leadership skills, and reach personal learning goals.

Find out more about SABES, available training, teacher resources, the SABES web Calendar and much more at SABES.