"Don't believe everything you read." This reminder is truer today than ever! Adult Basic Education can take the lead by promoting instructional strategies to make ABE students at all levels into more critical readers, listeners, and thinkers in this age of mass information. Here are some specific resources you can use to do exactly that. Read More
- Key Activities
- CCR Standards
Minnesota ABE Content Standards
As part of our transition to a standards-based system and in order to comply with WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) requirements, Minnesota has adopted the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS), along with the ACES Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards, as our content standards for ABE. (Visit https://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/ for more information on Northstar.)
As seen in the visual above, the business of Adult Basic Education is helping students attain basic skills, professional/soft skills, and digital literacy skills in order to transition into whatever is next for them. This is the “what” of instruction in ABE.
All of these skills are taught against a backdrop (here in blue) of content, the subject matter being taught. This backdrop might be life skills, if teachers are working with new arrivals to the US for example, or it may be occupational in nature, or focused on science or social studies if preparing students for GED or a secondary diploma. Content might also include civics, citizenship, or family literacy, depending on the program and context.
CCRS for Adult Education
The College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) is the document that lays out the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills. It forms the foundation of the CCRS Implementation Cohort, a year-long MN ABE professional development activity that prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR Standards and develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program (see more information below).
The CCRS document itself is divided into two sections:
- English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA): found on pages 9-43
- Mathematics: found on pages 44-84
These face-to-face workshops engage participants in a guided exploration of the CCR standards for ELA (English Language Arts/Literacy) or Mathematics.
These workshops meet the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort and Adult Diploma Training.
This free online Schoology course provides an introduction to the CCR standards for English Language Arts/Literacy or Mathematics in a self-paced format. Participants can complete the entire course for ELA and/or Mathematics, or access specific topics for a refresher or further practice.
This course meets the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort.
The CCRS Implementation Cohort is a year-long, intensive professional development activity. It prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR standards, develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program, and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes for students. Participation in the cohort is done at the program level; individuals do not apply, but rather their programs do.
The Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort is a 4-month professional development activity designed to help instructors build confidence and familiarity with integrating all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards into their curriculum and instruction. Unlike the CCRS Implementation Cohort, for which programs apply, individuals may apply to participate in CSI.
New CCR Standards Resources
Are you tired of taking the time to search the internet for the perfect resources to accompany your math instruction? Do you wish there was a searchable database organized by CCR standards and TABE 11/12 competencies to make lesson planning and packet compilation easier? You are in luck! Let me introduce you to Skillblox! Read More
Registration Deadline: WED. 6/23/21 Join the Minnesota TVM Team for an overview of the key components and requirements of the Minnesota Teacher Verification Model. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a facilitated discussion with other managers regarding TVM implementation considerations. In order… Learn More
Registration Deadline: THU. 6/24/21 Learn about three essential skills students need in order to join a conversation and keep it going. This webinar will demonstrate how to introduce those strategies and get students talking in small groups online. Come ready to participate in your own small groups and… Learn More
Registration Deadline: THU. 6/24/21 Wakelet is a free web-based platform where students and teachers can save, organize and share visually-engaging collections. Wakelet integrates with a growing number of platforms such as: Flipgrid, Google Drive, YouTube, OneDrive and Twitter. Class wakelets are a simple way to share… Learn More