ATLAS is pleased to announce a new pilot Writing Study Circle for Adult Education instructors in Minnesota. Participants in this study circle will have the opportunity to dig deeply into some resources related to writing instruction and then implement key strategies with their students. Applications are available now and due by February 1, 2022. Read More
- Key Activities
In Minnesota ABE programs, writing is taught in many different contexts and for many different purposes. One thing is for certain: Teaching writing is complicated! To assist MN ABE practitioners in providing effective writing instruction, ATLAS provides a variety of professional development (PD) activities, including workshops at various regional and statewide conferences, a growing online Writing resource library, and a new writing study circle that is currently under development.
Language & Literacy Institute
One of our primary activities for improving writing 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. In addition, we offer the CCR (College & Career Readiness) English Language Arts (ELA) Foundation workshop in conjunction with this event each year.
Are you looking for more information about the College & Career Readiness (CCR) writing 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 writing
Recommendations about Adult Writing from ATLAS and LLATé
Writing is a way to organize thoughts, deepen understanding, slow down speech, and build language skills. Writing (of both print and electronic texts) is critical for adults in order to fully participate in their communities, engage in postsecondary opportunities, and succeed in the workplace. Developing writing skills also improves problem-solving, critical thinking, and retention of content knowledge.
The Minnesota ABE Language & Literacy Advisory Team (LLATé), synthesizing the research in writing instruction, recommends establishing a “writing culture” across all adult education levels and content areas. This means:
- Students should be composing, editing, and sharing frequently during ABE/ESL instruction.
- Effective writing instruction should focus on clear communication of ideas, sentence structures, usage, organization, and mechanics.
- Writing activities (from student practice to publishing) will look different, and the products will vary depending on proficiency levels.
- Acquiring writing fluency may require extensive teacher modeling, individual or group practice, and teacher or peer feedback.
This new Writing Study Circle is being piloted in February-April 2022. The activity includes 4 face-to-face meetings of 3 hours each plus classroom-based reflection and peer observation.
More information will be available soon!
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.
LLATé is responsible for visioning and implementing a long-term strategic plan for language and literacy professional development (PD) in Minnesota, as well as completing specific tasks yearly to support established PD efforts, such as the January Language & Literacy Institute.
New Writing Resources
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