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Build capacity. Invest in new leadership. Host a Minnesota Literacy Leader or Summer Reads!

Build capacity. Invest in new leadership. Host a Minnesota Literacy Leader or Summer Reads!

Hiba, a former adult learner and current Literacy Leader, is working on strategies to increase learner enrollment and retention, diversify the volunteer base and develop pathways for learner leadership at Open Door Learning Center-Arlington Hills. Learn how you can increase organizational capacity at minimal cost, increase your impact, and invest in the next generation of literacy leaders with the Minnesota Literacy Leadership and Summer Reads programs. Read More

Check Out the 2019 Literacy Volunteer Management Conference Sessions!

Check Out the 2019 Literacy Volunteer Management Conference Sessions!

The Literacy Volunteer Management Conference will offer a variety of diversity, equity and inclusion sessions this year. Sessions include: A Conversation on Engaging Volunteers With Disabilities, Reppin' the Rainbow: LGBTQIA+ Topics in ABE, Engaging and Recruiting Volunteers from Communities of Color, Depression and Suicide Prevention and more. View the full session lineup! Read More

Teacher Training Toolkit: Free Resource for Teachers and Volunteers

Teacher Training Toolkit: Free Resource for Teachers and Volunteers

Teachers love to learn! The Minnesota Literacy Council has developed the Teacher Training Toolkit, a series of professional development modules, to help you improve your teaching skills in four different areas: checking comprehension, giving directions, error correction and feedback, and teacher talking time. Read More

Nominate Your Colleague for an Award for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement!

Nominate Your Colleague for an Award for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement!

The Award for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement, given annually by Minnesota Literacy Council, honors a professional in the field of ABE and K-12 who demonstrates vision, diligence, and commitment to integrating volunteers into literacy programs. The award is open to all ABE and K-12 staff: teachers, volunteer coordinators, support staff, program managers or other roles. Read More

Support and Strengthen Volunteers with Training

Support and Strengthen Volunteers with Training

“Great class! I originally wondered what we could possibly do for 12 hours. It turns out I could have enjoyed 12 more! The content was great, and the trainer was outstanding. I learned so much, not only about what and how to teach, but also found the cultural conversations so helpful. I'm looking forward to beginning my volunteering after starting out with such a great foundation. Thank you!” Read More

Pre-Service Trainings for Classroom Assistants, One-on-One Tutors, and Conversation Circle Volunteers are Now Available!

Pre-Service Trainings for Classroom Assistants, One-on-One Tutors, and Conversation Circle Volunteers are Now Available!

No matter what role a volunteer has in an adult ESL program, training will help them to be better prepared to support learners and feel more confident. These new 3-hour ESL trainings are designed to prepare classroom assistants, one-on-one tutors, and conversation circle volunteers for successful interactions with ESL learners and teachers. Read More

Schedule a Fall On-Site Volunteer Training Session Today!

Schedule a Fall On-Site Volunteer Training Session Today!

It’s finally summer in Minnesota, which means that fall is just around the corner! Jump start your fall classes by scheduling an on-site volunteer training to prepare your volunteers to effectively support learners. Read More

Important Changes to Annual Volunteer Information Report

Important Changes to Annual Volunteer Information Report

Learn about important new changes to the Annual Volunteer Information Report, and mark your calendar for the volunteer coordinator webinar on Thursday, June 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. to discuss the report. Read More

Using a Volunteer Force for Fluency

Using a Volunteer Force for Fluency

This collaborative article describes how Minneapolis Adult Education uses a “force” of volunteers to deliver fluency instruction with Beginning/Intermediate ABE and Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced ESL students. Even if you teach in a multi-level class or one-room schoolhouse, their proven success and routine may inspire you to do the same on a smaller… Read More

Free Online Training for ESL Classroom Volunteers

Free Online Training for ESL Classroom Volunteers

To get new classroom volunteers started off on the right foot, Minnesota Literacy Council has updated their free online training course for adult ESL classroom volunteers. The new course, Volunteer in the Adult ESL Classroom provides a clear and engaging introduction to the knowledge and skills that classroom volunteers will… Read More