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Special Funding Provides Opportunity to Enhance Distance and Online Learning

Special Funding Provides Opportunity to Enhance Distance and Online Learning

The one-time Minnesota Adult Education allocation of $10 M for FY 22 offers a great opportunity for long-term planning and capacity building. As programs continually adjust to the unfolding aftermath of the pandemic and a rapidly changing labor market, this funding can help Minnesota respond creatively to the shifting landscape. Read More

Using Padlet in the Virtual Classroom

Using Padlet in the Virtual Classroom

Padlet is a digital application that lets users post notes on a digital wall. It is web-based, easy to create and use, and works well both synchronously and asynchronously. It is also well suited for collaborative work. There are multiple ways to use Padlet with your students; find out how! Read More

Watch Literacy Minnesota’s Awards Ceremony and Journeys Readings and Order Journeys Today!

Watch Literacy Minnesota’s Awards Ceremony and Journeys Readings and Order Journeys Today!

Congratulations to the inspiring award winners and student authors who made this year’s Awards Ceremony and Journeys Readings event on June 4 one of the highlights of the year! Watch a recording of the event and order your copies of the 2021 edition of the Journeys anthology. Read More

Join the ACP PD Advisory Team and Help Guide Professional Development in MN Adult Ed!

Join the ACP PD Advisory Team and Help Guide Professional Development in MN Adult Ed!

We are currently seeking applications for ABE teachers and administrators to serve on the Adult Career Pathway (ACP) Professional Development (PD) Advisory Team. This team is tasked with designing relevant, meaningful, and effective PD for practitioners around career-related programming, with a focus on Integrated Education & Training (IET) in the coming year. We need representatives who are both new AND experienced with IET to make the advisory team as effective as possible! Read More

Updates on the Teacher Verification Model: A New Pathway to Distance Learning

Updates on the Teacher Verification Model: A New Pathway to Distance Learning

The Teacher Verification Model (TVM) was launched in March as a new option for Minnesota ABE teachers and programs to count proxy hours for asynchronous lessons that have been verified by a TVM certified teacher. Over 70 MN adult educators have now completed TVM certification and others are in process. Read on to learn about the basics of TVM and how you can become TVM certified! Read More

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

As we grieve the loss of our colleague and previous MDE State Director of ABE, Todd Wagner, this is a time to raise awareness about suicide, become knowledgeable about mental health resources, and reduce stigma about this topic that is often seen as taboo by many. Read More

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) in the 2021-2022 School Year

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) in the 2021-2022 School Year

While ATLAS will not be running a STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) cohort in the upcoming school year, there will be a variety of regional, program, and statewide trainings on Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) that cover the essential components of reading. Check out what's in store! Read More

Summer Institute 2021: We Need YOU!

Summer Institute 2021: We Need YOU!

Preparations for Summer Institute 2021 are in high gear, and now is your opportunity jump on board! You can now register, submit a workshop proposal (due May 31) or poster session proposal (due August 5), and sign up to provide some tech co-hosting at the virtual Institute. Get a brief preview of what's in store, and find out how to contribute YOUR expertise to make it another great conference this year! Read More

Join an Advisory Team and Help Guide Professional Development in MN Adult Ed!

Join an Advisory Team and Help Guide Professional Development in MN Adult Ed!

Do you like thinking about how we grow as professional educators in ABE? Interested in helping design workshops, study circles, job-embedded cohort-experiences, conferences, and other professional development (PD) events? Five advisory teams are assembling now, and YOUR expertise may be just what we need! Read More

Using Classkick in the Virtual ABE Classroom

Using Classkick in the Virtual ABE Classroom

Classkick is an ed tech tool that allows an instructor to build web-based slides that can be presentations, assessments, interactive assignments, or all three at once. Classkick has proven to be extremely helpful for introducing many of the digital skills that are so critical for teaching and learning during the pandemic. Read More