Minnesota ABE Supplemental Service Providers
ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System)
ATLAS mission: Providing resources and professional development to advance adult education throughout Minnesota.
ATLAS brings Hamline faculty expertise in adult and ESL teacher education to provide best practice resources and professional development to Adult Basic Education teachers, staff and administrators through regional and statewide activities. Main initiatives include regional events throughout Minnesota, STAR (Student Achievement in Reading), EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction), MNI (MN Numeracy Initiative), professional development in adult ESL including Low-Literacy Adult ESL Study Circles, ACES (Academic, Career, and Employability Skills), and support for implementation of the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education.
Literacy Action Network
Literacy Action Network coordinates statewide activities and professional development focused on program quality, such as the ABE Summer Institute, the PEGASUS (ABE program of excellence) award process, and administrator trainings.
Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC)
The MLC recruits, trains, and supports volunteers in their work with adult learners, provides resources and support to volunteer literacy programs, and provides ABE professionals and volunteers with resources, information, and tools to use technology effectively in the classroom. The MLC also supports the development of and hosts MN ABE online courses.
Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA)
MWCA provides linkages for ABE programs to the MN workforce education and training systems, such as Workforce Centers and post-secondary institutions. Visit http://connected2work.themlc.org for more information.
PANDA - MN ABE Disability Specialists
PANDA equips Minnesota ABE teachers, program managers, and volunteers with training, disability awareness, and resources to positively impact students with disabilities. PANDA also provides professional development presentations on a variety of disability topics for state and national ABE staff. PANDA staff includes Vision Consultants and Hearing Consultants with Communication Service for the Deaf of Minnesota (CSD) www.c-s-d.org. This website offers disability information and resources 24/7. Topics include assistive technology, brain injury, mental health, chemical health, learning disabilities, vision and hearing loss, physical disabilities, ADHD and Disability Awareness and the Law. Adult Basic Education TABE and CASAS testing information is also included as well as GED information.
Saint Paul Adult Basic Education
Saint Paul Adult Basic Education supports ABE managers and instructors in building quality Distance Learning (DL) opportunities for their adult learners based on established best practices. Our professional development initiatives are offered in partnership with Project IDEAL. Saint Paul Adult Basic Education also vets DL platforms for statewide use, coordinates DL policy and procedures, as well as communicates DL information to the ABE field via e-letters and more.
Southwest Adult Basic Education
Southwest ABE provides training to MN ABE staff on ABE assessment tools, supports innovative GED activities, and provides reimbursements for learning disability assessments for ABE students seeking GED accommodations.