Literacy & STAR Coordinator
Marn Frank coordinates the Minnesota STAR project (STudent Achievement in Reading) and is a reading specialist for ATLAS. A Hamline adjunct faculty member, she holds a BS in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. She has earned additional licensure in Emotional Behavior Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Adult Education. Marn has been involved in Minnesota ABE for over 25 years as a teacher, coordinator, specialist, trainer, and presenter. She has developed multiple resources, including Intermediate Word Study (2010, 2012), Evidence-Based Reading Instruction and Study Circle Guide for Facilitators (2012, 2015), Beginning Alphabetics Tests and Tools (2015), Teaching Analogy Phonics (2015), and Morpheme Matrices (2017, 2018). She also facilitates three online courses for browsing or CEUs at the Literacy Minnesota online training site: Reading Assessments for ABE, Explicit Instruction for ABE, and Teaching CCRS Reading Foundational Skills 1-4.
As a member of the ATLAS team, Marn acts as the reading coordinator for adult literacy and supervises and directs the STAR training across the state. In 2010, she completed a rigorous certification process to become a state and national STAR trainer. Her work with STAR includes coordinating the ATLAS STAR training team and providing oversight and delivery of training for practitioners and administrators. She leads the efforts to provide ongoing support for STAR practitioners following the training year, and co-facilitates training for volunteers in the classroom to support STAR programs. In addition, she provides training and support in Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI), which is the foundation of STAR.