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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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Journeys 2021: Special Chapter Open to Submissions from ABE Staff and Volunteers!

Journeys 2021: Special Chapter Open to Submissions from ABE Staff and Volunteers!

Literacy Minnesota is excited to announce a special Journeys 2021 chapter, “Teaching and Learning during the Pandemic." We invite anyone affiliated with Minnesota ABE – whether they be learners, teachers, tutors, support professionals, volunteers or interns – to submit a piece for publication. We want to share the stories of challenges, lessons learned and unexpected surprises that you’ve experienced this year. Read More

Re-Imagining Instruction Part 2: Flipping the Classroom

Re-Imagining Instruction Part 2: Flipping the Classroom

As we look to lessons learned from the past 8+ months of Emergency Remote Teaching, now is a great opportunity to reflect on what we’ve learned and how we can continue to innovate our practice to better serve adult learners both within and beyond our classrooms. In Part 2 in this series, Joey Lehrman explores the flipped classroom as a means of enhancing the ways we engage students in meaningful learning. Read More

Speaking and Listening Opportunities for Beginning ESL: Phone Instruction with Worksheets

Speaking and Listening Opportunities for Beginning ESL: Phone Instruction with Worksheets

Remote learning and instruction by telephone automatically lends itself to several rich opportunities for speaking and listening. Using this mode of instruction provides unique learning opportunities to the student that may not be readily available in the traditional classroom setting, and it can be achieved by utilizing the same worksheets already used in class. Read More

An Introduction to Blended Learning with CommonLit: Part 2

An Introduction to Blended Learning with CommonLit: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three-part series introducing Blended Learning using the state-approved platform CommonLit. Part 1 provided practitioners a simple exemplar of what instruction would look like with Blended Learning. In Part 2 we delve more deeply into the "how" and "why" of using CommonLit for Blended Instruction. Read More

Re-Imagining Instruction Part 1: Independent Learning with Technology

Re-Imagining Instruction Part 1: Independent Learning with Technology

As we look to lessons learned from the past 8+ months of Emergency Remote Teaching, now is a great opportunity to reflect as a field about what we’ve learned and how we can continue to innovate our practice to better serve adult learners both within and beyond our classrooms. In this 2-part series, Joey Lehrman proposes a few options for how we might leverage this moment to rethink and enhance the ways we engage students in meaningful learning. Read More

Teaching the Skills that Matter

Teaching the Skills that Matter

Would you like to have access to over 25 free, ready-to-use lessons that were developed by national experts and have been field tested by ABE practitioners in several states? If that sounds good to you, let me introduce you to Teaching Skills That Matter. Read More

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