ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System), housed in the Hamline University School of Education, is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to provide high-quality, accessible professional development and resources to advance education for adult learners. The work of ATLAS is evidence-based, practitioner-focused, responsive to the needs of the adult education/ABE (Adult Basic Education) field, and designed to cultivate professionalism in Minnesota Adult Education. You can find more information about Minnesota Adult Education below.

In close partnership with MDE Adult Education staff, ATLAS provides a wide range of ABE professional development activities and support:

  • statewide and regional conferences
  • cohort-based training
  • study circles
  • webinars
  • online courses and communities of practice (using the Schoology platform)
  • online resource libraries

2017 Literacy Leadership award

ATLAS was deeply honored to be selected as one of four 2017 Literacy Leadership awardees by the National Coalition for Literacy. Nominated by Silja Kallenbach, Vice President of World Education, ATLAS was recognized for its innovative, practitioner-centered program which provides professional development that trains national leaders in the field of adult education.

Learn more about the Literacy Leadership award!

Minnesota Adult Education

ATLAS is one of several grant-funded programs that support the vibrant Minnesota Adult Education system. Learn about Minnesota Adult Education and the Minnesota Adult Education Support Network.

Minnesota Adult Education

Hamline University School of Education

As part of Hamline’s School of Education – widely recognized as a leader in teacher preparation – ATLAS provides unique access to additional professional development for ABE practitioners. Hamline is the only institution in Minnesota to offer an ABE licensure program, including both initial and additional licenses.

Additional offerings include the Adult Basic Education Certificate, Adult ESL Certificate, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate, and co-sponsored graduate credits for participation in several ATLAS activities.

Find answers to common questions about Adult Basic Education licensure in Minnesota here >>