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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills through a Social Justice Lens

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills through a Social Justice Lens

It is safe to say that 2020 has left us with a lot to unpack as individuals and as educators. As our classes continue to look so different as they take place online, I am thinking about the need to find and use materials that help my students and me to process everything that is going on around us. The resources in the Zinn Education Project are perfect for building the ACES skill of Critical Thinking. 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

COVID-19: ABE Resource Considerations for Today and Beyond

COVID-19: ABE Resource Considerations for Today and Beyond

COVID-19's effect on the ABE community is ever changing and will have a lasting impact. Know that there are plenty of resources and information to help teachers, students and communities to navigate this crisis today and beyond. Read More

Social Studies & Civics Online Resource Library Is Here!

Social Studies & Civics Online Resource Library Is Here!

Just the news you've been waiting for: ATLAS has launched a new Social Studies & Civics online resource library! In the new library, recommended social studies and civics lesson plans, classroom strategies, and related articles that are relevant for all levels of ESL/ABE will be highlighted and summarized. Check it out! Read More

Stand Up and Be Counted

Stand Up and Be Counted

The 2020 Census will take place next spring. We can help our adult learners understand the importance of the census and the negative impact that non-participation will have on their communities. The National Coalition for Literacy has some great resources to help you start this conversation. Read More

New FREE Curriculum Resources Available through the MnPCC

New FREE Curriculum Resources Available through the MnPCC

Thirty (30) FREE complete curricula for math, ELA, social studies, and science are available to ABE teachers through the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. Printable texts, quizzes, and activities – all standards aligned – are waiting for you!… Read More

Addressing the Critical Need for Critical Thinking Skills

Addressing the Critical Need for Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking emerged as an area for which many ABE teachers would like more instructional resources. As a result, a new resource has been added to the Critical Thinking section of the ACES Resource Library. Read on to discover how you can start using it in your classroom today. Read More

With Games, History and Civics Come Alive

With Games, History and Civics Come Alive

Think History and Government are boring? Not when you learn them through interactive online games! Computer games are an effective medium for delivering powerful learning about social studies topics. Try it for yourself!… Read More

18 Complete Curricula are Available to YOU through the MPCC!

18 Complete Curricula are Available to YOU through the MPCC!

MN ABE has joined the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum, giving ABE teachers access to complete digital curricula for core content (ELA, math, science, social studies) for grades 3-12. Read on to find out how to access these FREE materials!… Read More