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Attention!! Important Changes Coming to Newsela.com

Attention!! Important Changes Coming to Newsela.com

Parts of Newsela are becoming subscription-only, so read on for important information about changes to this popular website! Read More

New Free Resource! Teacher Training Toolkit

New Free Resource! Teacher Training Toolkit

Looking for easy and fast ways to build the teaching skills of ESL teachers and volunteer tutors? The Teacher Training Toolkit being developed by the Minnesota Literacy Council is a great new resource!… Read More

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall Conference for YOU!

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall Conference for YOU!

Do you teach non-native speakers of English?  Interested in connecting with ESL teachers from a variety of contexts statewide?  The MELEd conference in November is attended by over 1200 ESL professionals, and this year ATLAS will be offering scholarships!… Read More

Let’s Talk! Building Conversation into ESL Programming

Let’s Talk! Building Conversation into ESL Programming

Conversation circles are a great way for programs to serve the immediate needs of adult ESL learners and generate more contact hours. And for teachers looking to build more conversation activities into everyday programming, the Minnesota Literacy Council has developed a new Instructional Support Kit that focuses on listening and… Read More

Teacher, Only You Understand Me

Teacher, Only You Understand Me

All adult EL teachers have heard stories from learners of struggling to make themselves understood outside of the classrooms, but it can be difficult to know where to begin to help. Pronunciation is such a large topic; how can a teacher tackle it in a multicultural classroom when there are already a hundred other skills to teach? Read More

Free Training Opportunity: Creating and Maintaining a Comprehensive Adult Citizenship Education Program

Free Training Opportunity: Creating and Maintaining a Comprehensive Adult Citizenship Education Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship is hosting a training opportunity on May 8, 2019, to provide adult educators and program administrators with ideas and best practices for creating a comprehensive adult citizenship education curriculum and program. Read More

TABE 11&12 and CASAS GOALS: Transition FAQs

TABE 11&12 and CASAS GOALS: Transition FAQs

Have you made the transition to the new test series? You still have time, but remember that as of July 1, 2019, all ABE learners must be transitioned to either TABE 11&12 or CASAS GOALS. Check out these FAQs!… Read More

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Does your student show any of the following symptoms: sad, isolating, trouble focusing, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much? If so, they may be struggling with mental health challenges. Read More

Intentional Phonics Magic

Intentional Phonics Magic

This article describes how several Columbia Heights/Fridley teachers and volunteers are working together to provide phonics lessons to small groups of ELLs, resulting in overall reading progress because students are not stalling out due to gaps in their English phonics knowledge. Read More

Strike Lesson Planning Gold with the CareerKit Project

Strike Lesson Planning Gold with the CareerKit Project

The CareerKit Project consists of lessons and materials that introduce learners to careers in ten sectors. The kits were developed to introduce learners to careers in each sector, while also building core reading, writing, research and math skills. Read More