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network 2019 - save the datE: MAY 10

It’s back!  MCAE’s signature professional development event – its annual NETWORK Conference – will be held Friday, May 10, 2019. Mark your calendars and get ready to learn and to celebrate alongside 500 adult education professionals from across Massachusetts and beyond!

NETWORK 2019 will be held at the Best Western Royal Plaza at 181 Boston Post Road West in Marlborough, MA.

Be sure to watch this space for more details as 2019 approaches!



One of the hallmarks of MCAE's NETWORK Conference is the quality and the variety of the workshops it offers.  In keeping with that tradition, MCAE welcomes workshop proposals on a wide range of topics, from administration and advising to workforce development and workplace education.  So, if you have an amazing new concept or practice you want to share with your peers, here’s your chance!  Simply click on the link to download and complete the NETWORK 2019 Presentation Proposal Form.  The deadline for submission is February 20, 2019.

NETWORK 2019 Call for Proposals and Presentation Proposal Form



Over 500 teachers, community leaders, and program administrators came together for NETWORK 2018 to exchange new ideas for instruction and engagement, to celebrate the passion and commitment of their colleagues and peers, and to underscore the importance of adult education to the Commonwealth’s shared future.

Among the workshops available were:

  • Immigration One Year into a Trump Administration
  • Starting or Improving Blended Learning
  • Creative Classroom Management
  • Linking Geometry to Algebraic Reasoning
  • Getting Started with Employer Engagement
  • English to Grow Immigrant Small Businesses
  • Using Debate Strategies to Increase Student Voice
  • View from the Hill
  • Election 2018: Protecting and Exercising Our Rights
  • State Policy on College and Career Readiness

During the conference’s luncheon, MCAE presented its annual Ruth E. Derfler Memorial Scholarship to Lydia Hernandez, a graduate of the Holyoke Public Schools Success Program and the Holyoke Community College Transitions to College Program, and honored the late Zöe Rosenthal with its 2018 Outstanding Educator award. MCAE also named Bester Terrero of the Abisi Adult Education Center in Lowell as its Outstanding Student of 2018. Bester was subsequently profiled in the Lowell Sun; you can read the story, which underscores her incredible perseverance, here.

For more, visit our Photo Gallery or review select presentations from the event.


What does it take to be an ABE leader?

Leadership can sometimes be a complicated art, sometimes it’s a simple act.

MCAE is asking you to be a leader - by joining us and by combining your voice with ours on behalf of adult educators and students here in Massachusetts.  For more than two decades, in collaboration with ABE leaders across the Commonwealth, MCAE has sought to promote public policies that provide the resources necessary to deliver high-quality educational services, that improve working conditions for program staff, and that enhance the quality of life for adult learners and their families.

Our work can only continue with your support, however. So, please, join MCAE and the organizations listed below by clicking here now. 


MCAE Leadership Circle

Abisi Adult Education Center

Boston Education, Skills, & Training Corporation

Cambridge Community Learning Center

Catholic Charities - El Centro del Cardenal

Framingham Adult ESL Plus

JVS Boston

Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts

Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center

Massasoit Community College

Methuen Adult Learning Center

Mount Wachusett Community College

Notre Dame Education Center

Valley Opportunity Council

World Education


MCAE Organizational Members

Action for Boston Community Development

Adult Education Center of Cape Cod Community College

Brockton Adult Learning Center

Clinton Adult Learning Center

International Institute of New England

International Language Institute

North Shore Community Action Programs

Southeastern MA SER - Jobs for Progress

Webster Adult Education


Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education

The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) champions the right of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy, English language and numeracy skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities. MCAE provides leadership, professional development, communication and advocacy to advance quality adult basic education.


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Register Today!

Join your colleagues from neighboring adult education programs and members of the MCAE staff and Board of Directors for a thoughtful discussion of the challenges confronting adult students and educators here in the Commonwealth and the ways we could partner to begin to meet them. 

Membership luncheons will be held in five locations across Massachusetts throughout August.  Simply click on the location you wish to attend to begin the registration process.


Worcester - Thursday, August 16

Danvers - Tuesday, August 21

New Bedford - Thursday, August 23

Springfield - Tuesday, August 28

Boston - Thursday, August 30


​All luncheons will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  Registration is free of charge; however, as space in each location is limited, we ask that only one person per program attend. 

Questions?  Please contact Jeff McLynch at 617-482-6223.    



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