About MN ABE Connect

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

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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

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons

Problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios give students relevant, meaningful situations to read, write, think, and talk about, thus keeping them engaged and motivated. This allows for combining basic skills, soft skills, and digital literacy - the focus of our MN ABE Content Standards - into one lesson or unit. Learn more about PBL and the new Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort kicking off in January 2020! Read More

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Webinar Training

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Webinar Training

Registration is now open for PANDA’s free Universal Design for Learning webcast training, completed at your convenience during the month of January 2020. Read a testimonial from a previous participant and register today! Read More

Coherence Across Classrooms

Coherence Across Classrooms

In the mathematics section of the CCRS, we are introduced to the 3 Mathematical Shifts before we even see any of the standards or mathematical practices that are now part of our instruction.  Those shifts include Focus, Coherence, and Rigor. But what does it mean to be coherent across classrooms? Read More

Coming to a Computer Near You: Distance Learning Webinar Series!

Coming to a Computer Near You: Distance Learning Webinar Series!

This fall and winter the Distance Learning (DL) Support Service Team is offering a series of webinars aimed at helping ABE teachers get started with DL. The series includes training on a variety of distance learning platforms as well as an introductory session about the basics of DL. Read More

Resources to Support Literacy Level Instruction

Resources to Support Literacy Level Instruction

Adult ESL learners who are learning to read and write for the first time in their lives present a unique challenge in the ESL classroom. However, while literacy level learners may be in the classroom for the first time, they come with a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, as well as a keen understanding of how precious learning is. Literacy level learners “may be beginning learners, but they are not beginning thinkers” (Brod, 1999). Read More

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