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A Resource for “Staying Wealthy and Wise”

A Resource for “Staying Wealthy and Wise”

The Federal Reserve Education website is a searchable collection of materials that includes lesson plans, videos, and infographics for learners from elementary school age through adult. The materials are fantastic for teaching financial literacy and provide an engaging way to bring Critical Thinking and Navigating Systems skills into your ABE classroom. Read More

Classroom Resource: The New York Times Learning Network

Classroom Resource: The New York Times Learning Network

The New York Times Learning Network offers a variety of learning activities that are relevant to adult education learners – from reading, writing, and discussion to geography and current events. Consider these resources to supplement your current instruction. Read More

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

Believe It or Not! Information Literacy and Adult Learners: Part 1

Believe It or Not! Information Literacy and Adult Learners: Part 1

"Don't believe everything you read." This reminder is truer today than ever! With this in mind, 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. Read More

Election Lessons Shouldn’t (and Don’t) End on November 3rd! – Part 2

Election Lessons Shouldn’t (and Don’t) End on November 3rd! – Part 2

While teachers often pivot away from political themes after an election, we have a great opportunity to continue the discussion and teach some of those often overlooked topics that correspond to events that start happening on November 4 - such as the Electoral College, transition of power, the first 100 days, and the presidency. Read More

Election Lessons Shouldn’t (and Don’t) End on November 3rd! – Part 1

Election Lessons Shouldn’t (and Don’t) End on November 3rd! – Part 1

While teachers often pivot away from political themes after an election, we have a great opportunity to continue the discussion and teach some of those often overlooked topics that correspond to events that start happening on November 4 - such as the Electoral College, transition of power, the first 100 days, and the presidency. Read More

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