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Marn Frank

Literacy & STAR Coordinator

ATLAS offers various professional development (PD) activities focused on reading instruction for adults. Our professional development offerings are based on Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI), described in more detail below.

Language & Literacy Institute

One of our primary activities for improving reading instruction is hosting the Language & Literacy Institute, a two-day, intensive training that takes place in late January each year. The large event brings together reading, writing, and ESL educators in ABE to collaborate with and learn from one another. The Language & Literacy Institute is organized by the Language & Literacy Advisory Team, and we offer an array of  workshops on reading and literacy instruction topics that have emerged as priorities in the state.s In addition, we offer the CCR (College & Career Readiness) English Language Arts (ELA) Foundation workshop in conjunction with this event each year.

Reading Standards

Are you looking for more information about the College & Career Readiness (CCR) reading standards?

  • Visit the CCR Standards page to find out about professional development around the CCR Standards
  • Visit the CCR Standards library to find resources for implementing the ELA (English Language Arts) Standards, including reading

STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading)

STAR is a national project from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) that provides research- and expert-proven practices for teaching adults the four major components of reading instruction: alphabeticsfluencyvocabulary, and comprehension. STAR specifically targets adult students reading at grade level equivalents (GLE) 4.0-8.9 – Low/High Intermediate Basic Education (and in Minnesota ABE, Advanced ESL) – which are large and complex populations across the nation.

It is not a reading curriculum, but rather a program-wide reading reform initiative that includes professional development, tools, and resources that expand participants’ knowledge of effective reading instruction. STAR improves the ability of participating practitioners to build local and state systems that support reading improvement.

Cohorts

STAR Cohort

The goal of the STAR Cohort is to implement organized reading routines addressing the needs and priorities of NRS ABE levels 2-4 (Beginning Basic ABE, Low-Intermediate, High-Intermediate) and/or NRS ESL 6 (Advanced). ATLAS conducts a STAR Cohort every other year, beginning in odd-numbered years and finishing in even-numbered years. Participation in STAR is done at the program level; individuals do not apply, but rather their programs do.

Contact Us

Marn Frank

Literacy & STAR Coordinator

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction or EBRI is a set of practices proven to increase the reading achievement of a particular student population (including children, adolescents, and adults).

STAR has been very successful across Minnesota, but not all programs are able to implement the reforms necessary – for example, programs serving numerous Beginning level (or pre-STAR) students, the Department of Corrections, and less-populated rural areas.

In an effort to find alternative ways of promoting the integration of EBRI more broadly across the state, in 2012 the Minnesota STAR Leadership Team studied the similarities and differences between STAR and EBRI. They concluded that EBRI practices are broader than STAR and relevant for (most) “EBRIbody” in MN ABE. This means that these practices are appropriate for all program managers and reading teachers committed to increasing the reading achievement of Beginning ABE and ESL Literacy, Beginning Basic Education, Low/High Intermediate Basic Education, Low/High Intermediate ESL, and Advanced ESL students.

STAR and EBRI Practices

  1. Conduct diagnostic reading assessments and use results to plan reading instruction.
  2. Provide direct and explicit instruction in the reading components of need.
  3. Maximize learner (or student) engagement in reading instruction.
  4. Select relevant reading materials and teaching activities.
  5. Organize reading routines based on need(s), monitor their effectiveness, and adjust as needed.

Study Circles

EBRI Study Circle

ATLAS developed EBRI Study Circles (along with companion training material and resources) for Minnesota ABE programs to improve reading instruction.. They are intended to expand implementation of EBRI practices one step at a time – beginning with one reading group, component, diagnostic assessment, and instructional plan.

Online Groups

Reading Practitioner Group - Schoology

Join this online networking community of practice on the Schoology platform! The group is open to all MN ABE program managers, teachers, and support staff who want to expand their knowledge and use of Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (or EBRI).

Online Courses

EBRI Online Courses

ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coordinator Marn Frank facilitates three online EBRI-related courses that you can browse or take to earn CEUs:

  • Reading Assessments for ABE
  • Explicit Instruction for ABE
  • Teaching CCRS Reading Foundational Skills 1-4

Advisory Teams

Language & Literacy Advisory Team

The Language & Literacy Advisory Team (LLATé) is an ATLAS-sponsored team designed to strengthen language, reading, and writing instruction in Minnesota through relevant, meaningful, and effective professional development for practitioners.

The Advisory Team is responsible for visioning and the creating a long-term strategic plan for language & literacy PD in Minnesota, as well as specific tasks yearly to support established PD efforts, such as the January Language & Literacy Institute.

New Reading Resources

Additional Comprehension Resources

ESL Literacy Readers offers 40 theme-based stories, a learner page, and a teacher's guide with ideas for reading activities and extensions. ESL Yes! offers 1600 stories intended for Beginning and Intermediate level ESL students, supplemented with audios and various kinds of exercises.

ESL and Reading Instruction

Check out the Reading in L2 section of the ESL Resource Library for information on reading instruction specifically targeted at ELLs (English Language Learners).

Center for Adult Literacy Text Library

An electronic library of over 1600 texts at grade levels 3.0-7.9. Users (teachers or learners) select from “easier, medium, or harder” stories and topics such as Health, Food, Babies, Children, Teenagers, Families, Advice, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Jobs & Work, Money, History, and Science.
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Latest Reading Articles

MN ABE Reading Practitioners Schoology Group

Join an online discussion about Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)! The new Reading Practitioner Group is open to all MN ABE program managers, teachers, and support staff who want to expand their knowledge and use of EBRI. Read More

The Launch of the New STAR Training

ATLAS is launching the new STAR hybrid training in 2019-2020! New participants learn about evidence-based reading instruction from online modules, submit assignments to an online portfolio, receive ongoing support from STAR trainers and their cohort, and action plan guidance from their STAR team. Read More

Upcoming ABE Events

August 1, 2019 1:00 pm–12:00 pm
ATLAS
Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, 56601

NW EBRI Training: Bridging Alphabetics and Fluency Across Levels

Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, 56601

Registration Deadline: MON. 7/15/19 Presented by Marn Frank, ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coordinator: Thursday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. AND Friday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon This afternoon and morning training over two days is focused on alphabetics and fluency, also known… Learn More

Northwest Technical College
905 Grant Ave SE
Bemidji, 56601
August 1, 2019 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

An Overview of Karen History, Culture and Language

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: THU. 8/1/19 The Karen are an ethnic group from the mountainous border regions of Burma and Thailand. They have long been subject to persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government, leading to their resettlement to Minnesota. There are approximately 17,000 Karen living in Minnesota, and… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
August 14, 2019 12:00 am–11:59 pm
Literacy Action Network
St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 - 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States

2019 ABE Summer Institute

St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 - 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States

Registration Deadline: WED. 8/14/19 (NOTE: Registrations after July 19 will incur a $25 late fee. Cancellations will not be accepted after July 26; no refunds will be granted after this deadline.) ABE Summer Institute is Minnesota’s annual statewide Adult Basic Education conference. The Institute is co-sponsored by Literacy Action Network… Learn More

St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center
10 - 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States