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Believe It or Not! Information Literacy and Adult Learners: Part 2

Believe It or Not! Information Literacy and Adult Learners: Part 2

"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

Special Funding Provides Opportunity to Enhance Distance and Online Learning

Special Funding Provides Opportunity to Enhance Distance and Online Learning

The one-time Minnesota Adult Education allocation of $10 M for FY 22 offers a great opportunity for long-term planning and capacity building. As programs continually adjust to the unfolding aftermath of the pandemic and a rapidly changing labor market, this funding can help Minnesota respond creatively to the shifting landscape. Read More

Digital Navigation Survey Results

Digital Navigation Survey Results

Literacy Minnesota recently conducted a survey to gather information about what digital navigation looks like in adult education programs around the state. The survey was intended to give more of an insight about what digital navigation services are already being provided and where programs may need more assistance. Read More

Eight Components of Digital Navigation

Eight Components of Digital Navigation

Digital navigation provides learners access to devices, affordable internet, and digital literacy skill training. Literacy Minnesota has created a list of what digital navigation looks like in programs and what services could be provided. Here are the eight components of digital navigation and a few helpful resources. Read More

Digital Navigation: A New Way of Supporting Teachers and Students in the Distance Learning Era

Digital Navigation: A New Way of Supporting Teachers and Students in the Distance Learning Era

For many ABE programs, moving to distance learning has created challenges for both teachers and students. To address these challenges, Literacy Minnesota created a new staff position of digital navigator. This person helps learners access devices and assists with technology support and digital literacy skills. Read More

Celebrate National Digital Inclusion Week with Northstar!

Celebrate National Digital Inclusion Week with Northstar!

National Digital Inclusion Week is October 5-9. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. Northstar assessment, classroom curricula, and online individualized instruction and practice provide valuable resources to teachers and learners to enhance inclusion. Read More

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