ATLAS

ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System

Accessibility Toolbar

Text size:

Color selector:

MN ABE News

A place to get ABE news from across Minnesota.


CCRS Cohort Applications due June 9! - By Astrid Liden, ABE Professional Development Specialist

Been wondering about the CCRS cohort? Considering it for next year? If your program ready to really dig into implementing CCRS, don’t miss the application deadline - coming up June 9! This opportunity is for a team of teachers and an administrator from your site to work together throughout the year with face-to-face workshops on English Language Arts and Math, focused time to plan together, and technical assistance from CCRS specialists.

Here’s what some of this past year’s participants have to say about the CCRS Implementation Cohort:

My students are bored with old textbook story texts now. They are far more engaged with nonfiction texts in content areas now.
- Erin Cary, Lyndale Education Program

It [CCRS implementation] is giving us the opportunity to evaluate what we have been doing for years and determine if is the best way to continue or should we be thinking of new ways of doing programming. - Nadine Holthaus, Rochester ABE

Teachers are less fearful. They are beginning with small changes. Currently, they are focusing on Math Practices... I think it will result in much better instruction for learners! - Kirsten Fugleseth, Northwest Service Cooperative

Impact of standards-based education? This is creating the opportunity for teachers to reflect on their units/lessons and evaluate the effectiveness of our program as a whole. - Chelsea Ritland, Adult Options in Education, Hopkins

Seeing more text complexity and academic vocabulary in ESL classes. ESL students are engaging in more high interest texts and are able to refer to evidence in the text. I've seen more close readings taking place during my observations and it's great to see students struggle through it, but lots of light bulbs! - Kathleen Moriarty, Metro North

This CCRS Implementation Cohort is an intensive, long-term professional development activity from ATLAS. Participation in this training will prepare program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR standards and develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program.

Please note the following important details when considering whether or not to apply as a program:

  • Prerequisite = CCRS Foundations training (online or in person)
  • All future Adult Diploma programs need to go through CCRS cohort training prior to launch
  • Program application: 3-5 individuals (at least 1 administrator, 1 ELA teacher, 1 math teacher). There is an opportunity to add more later, if space is available.

Consider applying for the CCRS cohort beginning fall 2017!

More details about next year’s cohort can be found in the application, due June 9. Questions regarding the application can be directed to Kristine Kelly, ATLAS ELA Coordinator.

Email link not working? >>

Additional details:

Important Dates and Activities

  • Kick-off webinar on September 13, 2017 from 2:00-3:30pm.
  • CCRS Institute I on October 5-6, 2017 in Burnsville.
  • December webinars:
    • ELA content group: Monday, December 11, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 
    • Administrators: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 10:30-12:00 
    • Math content group: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 
  • CCRS Institute II on February 22-23 2018 in Burnsville.
  • March webinars:
    • ELA content group: Monday, March 19, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 
    • Administrators: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 10:30-12:00
    • Math content group: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 
  • Ongoing, active, and thoughtful participation in our online cohort community via Schoology.
  • Participation in team meetings and completion of implementation tasks throughout the year at your site.
  • Phone calls and written correspondence with an assigned CCRS coach throughout the year as needed.

Supports for Participants

  • Travel costs (hotel and mileage) for participants traveling more than 100 miles round trip to the in-person workshops will be reimbursed by ATLAS. 
  • In order to support participation, programs will receive a stipend of $400 per team member upon their completion of all required cohort activities.

What will you learn by being in this cohort?

Program teams will be able to:

  • Articulate the benefits of standards-based education for their students, program, & staff
  • Align materials and resources used regularly in ABE instruction
  • Articulate which standards are being addressed in courses and instruction
  • Improve instruction and courses to incorporate shifts and standards appropriate to student levels
  • Develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their local program

Administrators will be able to:

  • Conduct standards-focused classroom observations and teacher feedback sessions to support implementation and improve instruction
  • Identify supports and resources instructors may need to implement standards-based instruction

Instructors will be able to:

  • Improve units, lesson plans, and student tasks to incorporate shifts and standards appropriate to student levels
  • Participate in standards-focused classroom observations and teacher feedback sessions to support implementation and improve instruction

Application for the CCRS Implementation Cohort is due June 9, and programs will be notified by June 23 of their acceptance.

More details about next year’s cohort can be found in the application. Questions regarding the application can be directed to Kristine Kelly, ATLAS ELA Coordinator.

Email link not working? >>