About MN ABE Connect

MN ABE Connect is the professional development newsletter for Minnesota Adult Education. Contributors include staff from the Minnesota Adult Education Support Network, Adult Education state staff, and practitioners from across Minnesota. ATLAS coordinates, edits, and distributes the newsletter on a weekly basis (every Tuesday) during the school year, and biweekly during the summer.

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Recent Newsletter Articles

I’m tired!

I’m tired!

How can you and your students manage constantly evolving change in our COVID world? We are grieving loss in our lives as the pandemic continues to threaten people’s lives and we are uncertain about when it will end.  You may feel fatigue, disappointment, sadness, or fear about your district’s decision to teach students virtually, in-person or in a hybrid model.  Your students may be having similar feelings. Read More

Free (To You) Online Testing Administrations – Deadline 9/30/20!

Free (To You) Online Testing Administrations – Deadline 9/30/20!

The Covid-19 pandemic forced our MN Adult Education Support Network to cancel or postpone many events last spring, but we discovered other ways to provide similar services. Unspent funds were used to purchase online test administrations for both CASAS and TABE. To access these online tests, consortium managers must complete the Computer-Based Testing Survey/Sign-up by September 30. Read More

Introducing e-Diagnostic Reading Assessment!

Introducing e-Diagnostic Reading Assessment!

To assist with the challenge of delivering reading instruction during the pandemic, Marn Frank developed electronic documents for testing word reading, phonics, fluency, and comprehension from a distance. Despite the unpredictable school year, hopefully these “e-DRA” tools will support more informal testing of struggling adult readers to identify their specific reading needs. Read More

SiD & the Adult Literacy Hotline will Include Disability Accommodations

SiD & the Adult Literacy Hotline will Include Disability Accommodations

Minnesota ABE strives to provide access to everyone who wants to learn, and connecting adult learners with programs has just gotten easier. Literacy Minnesota, PANDA and Urban Planet are teaming up to co-present a webinar announcing new disability accommodation search options integrated into SiD and the Adult Literacy Hotline. 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

Free Online Reading Pre-Assessments on ReadTheory and CommonLit

Free Online Reading Pre-Assessments on ReadTheory and CommonLit

Read a comparison and highlights of two FREE online reading assessments for ReadTheory and CommonLit which are available for you to use with your students for remote assessment. Any kind of formal assessment has definitely been a challenge during the time of COVID-19, but perhaps one of these online tools may help you gather valuable information for your instruction! Read More

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