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ABE Practitioner Survey 2015

At the beginning of 2015, ATLAS again worked with the Minnesota Department of Education to conduct an annual survey of all ABE practitioners.

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ABE Practitioner Survey 2014

At the beginning of 2014, and following from the survey conducted in 2009, ATLAS teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to conduct a survey of all ABE practitioners. The goal was to identify the backgrounds and needs of our state’s ABE professionals in order to plan and provide more relevant and appropriate professional development (PD) activities.

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ABE Practitioner Survey 2009

At the beginning of 2009, ATLAS collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Education to conduct a survey of all ABE practitioners. The goal was to identify the backgrounds and needs of our state’s ABE professionals in order to plan and provide more relevant and appropriate professional development (PD) activities.

A Snapshot of Minnesota ABE Practitioners

The data from the first part of the survey provides an overall picture of who our Minnesota ABE practitioners are:

  • Almost 60% of ABE practitioners are part-time and hourly.
  • Nearly all have a Bachelor’s degree, and over 40% have a Master’s degree.
  • About 80% have current teaching licenses, a significant portion of those being in elementary education.
  • About one-third have experience teaching for a post-secondary institution.
  • About one-third plan to retire from ABE in the next 5 years.
  • Over half have 5 years of experience or less teaching ABE/adult ESL.

Key Professional Development Priorities

The second part of the survey focused on the professional development needs of ABE practitioners. In our preliminary analysis, some key priorities have emerged, including:

  • Multi-level and multi-subject instruction
  • Low-literacy ESL/ELL
  • Technology
  • Writing (all levels)
  • Curriculum
  • Learners with disabilities
  • Math (advanced/transitions/GED levels)
  • Retention/persistence

These priority areas will continue to guide our work to design and deliver relevant professional development to Minnesota ABE.

Survey Design and Data

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View the Results

View the reports by ATLAS consultant Kelly Marchwick: