Dedication - In Memory of Ruth E. Derfler

NETWORK 2017 is dedicated to the memory of Ruth E. Derfler, the Director of High School Equivalency for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a Past President of the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education.  Ruth was a beloved colleague, co-worker, friend and advocate to countless ABE staff and students for more than forty years.


Friday, May 12, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:45 PM EDT
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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel 
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752

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Julie Buckley
Conference Coordinator 

Join us for another stimulating conference featuring high quality workshops that give you the tools you need to meet your on-the-job challenges.

There is something new each year at NETWORK, no matter what you teach or what your role is at your program. Choose from more than 50 workshop sessions and learn from experts in the fields of ESOL, Adult Basic Education, Technology, HiSET, Math, College and Career Readiness, Curriculum Development, Public Policy and more. Celebrate with award winners who are leaders in the field of ABE. Meet with exhibitors and preview exciting new products and services.

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NETWORK Sponsors (to date):

 Silver Sponsor

                   Bronze Sponsor


NETWORK Exhibitors (to date):

Adult Literacy Hotline (World Education Inc.)

Aztec Software       

Cambridge University Press

Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE)

Crabtree Publishing Company



GED® Testing Service

Gemma Open Door for Literacy

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Mass Literacy

MCAE Public Policy

National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning

New Readers Press

Pearson ELT

Perfection Learning

ProLingua Associates


Townsend Press

World Education