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USA Learns: A Free Mobile-Friendly Distance Learning Option for ELLs

USA Learns: A Free Mobile-Friendly Distance Learning Option for ELLs

USA Learns is a free website that is approved for distance learning use and proxy hour collection in Minnesota Adult Education. It has recently been overhauled and is now a mobile-optimized site. USA Learns is suitable for ELLs, from beginning to high-intermediate with very basic digital literacy skills. Read More

2022 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration Now Open!

2022 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration Now Open!

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Language & Literacy Institute on January 27-28. If you teach any aspect of language & literacy—at any level—this event is for you! Read More

Updates on the Teacher Verification Model: A New Pathway to Distance Learning

Updates on the Teacher Verification Model: A New Pathway to Distance Learning

The Teacher Verification Model (TVM) was launched in March as a new option for Minnesota ABE teachers and programs to count proxy hours for asynchronous lessons that have been verified by a TVM certified teacher. Over 70 MN adult educators have now completed TVM certification and others are in process. Read on to learn about the basics of TVM and how you can become TVM certified! 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

Increasing Student Persistence and Retention at Adult Education Center-Columbia Heights/Fridley

Increasing Student Persistence and Retention at Adult Education Center-Columbia Heights/Fridley

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adult Education Center-Columbia Heights/Fridley (CHF) was faced with the challenge of pivoting to online classes without any preparation or training. What seemed at first to be a daunting task turned out to be a positive experience after the program decided to adopt and implement BurlingtonEnglish as a core curriculum for lower level ESL classes. Read More

Custom Edmentum Courses for Adult Diploma

Custom Edmentum Courses for Adult Diploma

The adult diploma Edmentum custom courses are updated! In addition to updating to non-Flash, each course was reviewed to ensure it still meets the ADP competencies. While the courses were designed for adult diploma students, they are a great resource for any students wanting to delve more deeply into science and social studies – whether it’s for GED, college prep, or just because they are interested in the subject.  Read More

Teacher Verification Model: A New Pathway to Distance Learning

Teacher Verification Model: A New Pathway to Distance Learning

The Teacher Verification Model (TVM) is a new pathway for Minnesota ABE teachers and programs to count proxy hours for asynchronous lessons that have been verified by a TVM-certified teacher. Read More

Using an LMS to Create Your Own Distance Learning Courses

Using an LMS to Create Your Own Distance Learning Courses

ABE teachers have been writing their own distance learning (DL) courses since well before the pandemic, and now they can apply to get these courses approved for DL proxy hours. A new online PD opportunity called Using an LMS to Build Teacher-Created Distance Learning Courses will teach you the ins and outs of developing DL courses that will both serve your learners well and earn proxy hours for your program. Read More

DL and Virtual Services in Minnesota Adult Education: An Evolving Conversation

DL and Virtual Services in Minnesota Adult Education: An Evolving Conversation

Enhancing the effectiveness of distance learning (DL) will be a primary focus at the Spring 2021 Un-Regional Event this Friday, March 5. The event will include an opening plenary session on DL and Virtual Services in Minnesota Adult Education, as well as workshops on teacher-created online courses, the process for DL platform approval, and the new Teacher Verification Model. Read More

IDEAL Consortium Resources Available to Minnesota Adult Educators

IDEAL Consortium Resources Available to Minnesota Adult Educators

Minnesota Adult Education staff can access many valuable instructional and PD resources via the IDEAL Consortium. This national group helps member states, including Minnesota, establish quality innovative distance and blended learning programs by offering professional development, providing technical support, and facilitating a network of distance education leaders from across the country. Read More