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The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

College & Career (and Community) Readiness Standards are very much in play right now as we all help our students to navigate this landscape of COVID-19. This article has links to several MN-created math and ELA instructional activities and ideas for how to use them with your own students! Read More

We Can Do Hard Things! Sharing Resources and Information in the Time of COVID-19

We Can Do Hard Things! Sharing Resources and Information in the Time of COVID-19

School may not be in session, but learning is! This is information you need right now. Keep reading to learn about a new central resource hub for all things related to Minnesota Adult Education during the current public health crisis. Read More

Preparing for Potential Program Closures due to COVID 19: Expanding Distance Learning in Minnesota ABE

Preparing for Potential Program Closures due to COVID 19: Expanding Distance Learning in Minnesota ABE

The continued expansion of the COVID 19 pandemic makes it likely that many ABE programs will need to close for periods of time. Please consider strengthening and expanding Distance Learning (DL) services so you can continue serving your students in case of closure. Read More

Northstar Introduces Online Learning!

Northstar Introduces Online Learning!

Northstar Digital Literacy, a program of Literacy Minnesota, is releasing a new online learning platform, Northstar Online Learning. NSOL provides online instruction and practice exercises for independent distance learning. Read More

Blending Technology into Reading Instruction

Blending Technology into Reading Instruction

Find out how one instructor blends technology with reading instruction – including alphabetics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension – and successfully engages adult readers with words, texts, and each other. Read More

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons: Part 2

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons: Part 2

Problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios give students relevant, meaningful situations to read, write, think, and talk about, thus keeping them engaged and motivated. This allows for combining basic skills, soft skills, and digital literacy - the focus of our MN ABE Content Standards - into one lesson or unit. Learn more about PBL and the new Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort - APPLICATIONS DUE FRI. DEC. 6! Read More

Solving the Case of the Missing Content Standards

Solving the Case of the Missing Content Standards

Looking for ways to integrate all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards (CCRS, ACES/TIF, Northstar Digital Literacy Standards) into your instruction? Join us for an exciting new Cohort experience where you will adapt and create student tasks, lesson plans, and units aligned to the three sets of standards! Read More

Become a Technology Leader with TLA

Become a Technology Leader with TLA

Participants in the Technology Leadership Academy (TLA) last year accomplished amazing things: they created distance learning orientation videos for students; embedded digital literacy into curriculum; rolled out systems for learners to track their distance learning work and get feedback from their teachers; and more. You, too, can do amazing things; apply for TLA by November 8, 2019! Read More

Northstar Releases New Digital Literacy Curricula

Northstar Releases New Digital Literacy Curricula

Last week, Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment announced the release of new curriculum focused on teaching adult students on the three most used modules. The curriculum is included with a low-cost subscription to Northstar and is comprised of three units. Read More

Recapping the Technology Integration Initiative

Recapping the Technology Integration Initiative

The Technology Integration Initiative wrapped up this month. We’ll hear from a participant about her biggest takeaways from this 5-month professional development cohort – such as using common, non-educational apps for educational purposes!… Read More