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At the Beginning & At a Distance: ESL Teachers at Lower Levels Share Virtual Teaching Wisdom

At the Beginning & At a Distance: ESL Teachers at Lower Levels Share Virtual Teaching Wisdom

Literacy and Beginning Level ESL teachers are finding creative ways to continue to deliver high-quality instruction to their learners from a distance! On May 29, 2020, a trio of beginning level teachers ESL shared their approaches to distance education in an ATLAS webinar attended by participants from as far away as Australia! Read More

ParaPro Training through Zoom

ParaPro Training through Zoom

When offering ACP training in remote areas of Southwest Minnesota, it is often a challenge to get enough students to run a class. This spring, Mankato ABE and Glacial Lakes ABE worked cooperatively to pilot a ParaPro course over Zoom. Find out how they make the class a success! Read More

The Sudden Pivot to Move Adult Career Pathways Classes Online

The Sudden Pivot to Move Adult Career Pathways Classes Online

Covid-19 restrictions have caused all of us in Adult Basic Education to suddenly pivot from face-to-face classes to online classes. Although there is so much uncertainty about how we will continue to serve our ABE students in an equitable way through this next year, there remains much promise to continue distance learning options for students. Read More

Recent Updates on Proxy Hours for DL Platforms

Recent Updates on Proxy Hours for DL Platforms

Several important recent updates on proxy hours for Minnesota Adult Education distance learning (DL) platforms are outlined here. These platforms include CommonLit.org, Readworks.org, and Newsela.com. Read More

New Process for Approving Teacher-Created DL Courses Implemented

New Process for Approving Teacher-Created DL Courses Implemented

As always, Minnesota ABE is moving forward rapidly, breaking new ground in developing teacher-created distance learning (DL) courses. The new process for approving such courses is now underway, with three courses already approved, and several others under review! Read More

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month

This is a good time to check in on how you are managing during the pandemic. Are you suffering from virtual fatigue? Are your moods changing daily? Read more to find strategies on how to manage moods and virtual burnout. Read More

Let’s Get Together Sometime! (Online Meetings that Won’t Drive You Nuts)

Let’s Get Together Sometime! (Online Meetings that Won’t Drive You Nuts)

Everyone is Zooming their days away lately, it seems! Regardless of which platform you’re using, there are some ways to have a GREAT online meeting, and ways that online meetings can be truly a waste of time. Read on for tips and resources for making the most of your meetings during these distanced times! Read More

Introducing the New CCRS in Action PLC Facilitation Guide

Introducing the New CCRS in Action PLC Facilitation Guide

Do you have teachers in your program who would benefit from participating in the CCRS Implementation Cohort, but don’t have the time or a schedule that allows for full participation? Has your program already participated in the CCRS Cohort, but you now have new staff you want to get up to speed? The new CCRS in Action PLC might be a good fit for your program! Read More

Remote Testing – Building the Road While Driving on it!

Remote Testing – Building the Road While Driving on it!

As COVID-19 began ravaging portions of the United States and causing schools to close down, adult ed test publishers were jumping into action, developing plans for remote testing to allow programs to maintain their standards. Check out this overview of the pilot plans for CASAS and TABE, as well as information about BEST Plus 2.0. Read More

Teachers Helping Teachers: Visit a Virtual ABE Classroom

Teachers Helping Teachers: Visit a Virtual ABE Classroom

"What we (my students and I) are learning now will make our class stronger in the future. Necessity has pushed us into an educational space we should have already been operating in." In the webinar “Teaching in Real Time: Maximizing Instructional Time Online”, you heard that Minnesota teachers are doing a tremendous job of making online classes happen for their learners. Now you can see them in action! Read More