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March 2021

March 1, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Northstar Digital Literacy: Getting started with Northstar

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Registration Deadline: MON. 3/1/21 Note: This webinar is intended for individuals at Northstar subscriber sites only. Are you just getting started with Northstar? Have you been using Northstar for a while but would like a refresher on available resources? Join us for a tour of the features on your Northstar Admin Portal, learn how to add users to Northstar Online learning, report time on task, track completed assessments by learner, run reports, access curriculum, and find answers to your Northstar questions.…

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March 2, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 3/2/21 Vocabulary is everyone’s favorite reading component! And helping students master reading vocabulary is a key to helping them master comprehension. But how many words should you teach? And which words are the most important? What strategies are best for helping students learn new words? How do you get students to make new words part of their receptive and productive vocabularies? This webinar will focus on the theory and best practice behind choosing, teaching and reviewing reading…

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March 3, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 3/3/21 Join Literacy Minnesota Adult Basic Education and ESL trainers for a virtual workshop on how to be an effective tutor from a distance! Learn best practices for connecting and communicating one-on-one with adult learners on the phone or online, get suggestions for correcting errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover language activities that can be done over the phone or on a video call. Can’t wait to “see” you there!

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March 3, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Islamophobia in the United States

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Registration Deadline: WED. 3/3/21 Muslim-Americans have been part of the fabric of the United States for centuries. Yet the religion of Islam and those who identify as Muslim continue to be misunderstood, misrepresented, and targeted. This session will cover some of the core principles of Islam, its geographical impact, and the daily experiences of Muslim-Americans. Common stereotypes of Islam will also be addressed. Our time will also focus on Somali-Americans living in Minnesota, including the results of a qualitative narrative…

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March 4, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Zoom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/4/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

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March 9, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Tutoring with Northstar Digital Literacy

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 3/9/21 The last year has shown just how vital digital literacy skills are in society. Northstar Digital Literacy provides a wide-range of tools and resources to help learners develop their digital literacy skills. In the webinar, participants will learn: The features of Northstar Digital Literacy How to set up and proctor a Northstar assessment How to access and use the Northstar Proctor Portal How find assessments and learner information How to access the Northstar Online Learning Portal…

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March 10, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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Making It Work: Adapting Materials 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 3/10/21 The transition to remote tutoring offers a variety of rewards and challenges. In this workshop, learn recommendations for adapting materials designed for in-person instruction into a remote teaching format. (WhatsApp will be modeled for one-to-one tutoring, Zoom will be modeled for small group instruction.) The presenter will demonstrate approaches for introducing reading, writing, and vocabulary on a phone or computer and will model adaptations for common ESL classroom activities. Participants will receive a handout that includes recommendations…

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March 11, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/11/21 Whether you are teaching one learner on WhatsApp or a large group on Zoom, lesson planning is a critical part of ensuring learner success with virtual instruction. During this webinar, you will learn how to design lessons so that both the teacher and the learners experience success. Topics covered include: how to write effective objectives to guide your planning, tried and true planning methods and lesson plan formats, and how to build in comprehension checks throughout…

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March 15, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Racial Equity 101

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Registration Deadline: MON. 3/15/21 Join us for a webinar and virtual conversation on racial equity. During this session, we’ll discuss important terms, including racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. We’ll also practice responding to instances of racism in various scenarios. You’ll leave with resources to address and dismantle racism. This is a great session for those who are newer to conversations on race or those who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with others. All are…

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March 16, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Zoom

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 3/16/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

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March 16, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Teaching Phonics Virtually to Adult ESL Learners

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 3/16/21 Phonics is a crucial part of becoming a reader, yet many adult ESL learners lack sufficient decoding skills to be able to sound out and recognize new words, and don’t get adequate phonics instruction in their beginning level classes. In this webinar, you’ll learn phonics activities to help learners with blending, segmenting, and developing phonemic awareness skills. Participants will leave with multiple activities they can use in one-on-one virtual tutoring or online classes, as well as…

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March 19, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 3/19/21 Research shows that explicitly teaching a set of comprehension strategies is a great way to help intermediate-level readers maximize their understanding of texts. Come learn a handful of great comprehension tools that will help students develop critical thinking skills and comprehension skills.

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March 23, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Facilitating Positive Experiences during Remote Learning 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 3/23/21 In this webinar, Literacy Minnesota teachers will share some of their favorite virtual routines that promote successful learning. Discover tried and true practices for creating interactive and engaging small group and large group virtual activities, and learn tricks and explore free tools to make virtual lessons go smoothly. Participants will leave with ideas and classroom management practices that can be put into practice immediately.

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March 24, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 3/24/21 Join Literacy Minnesota Adult Basic Education and ESL trainers for a virtual workshop on how to be an effective tutor from a distance! Learn best practices for connecting and communicating one-on-one with adult learners on the phone or online, get suggestions for correcting errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover language activities that can be done over the phone or on a video call. Can’t wait to “see” you there!

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March 25, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
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TechChat: Using Flipgrid in the Virtual Classroom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/25/21 Flipgrid is a great free website that allows teachers and students to interact by creating and sharing short videos. The session will be facilitated by ABE teacher Chrysti Nielson and Literacy Minnesota’s Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt. Come join Chrysti and Susan as they give an overview of Jamboard, talk about how they’ve used it in their classroom, and provide an opportunity for practice and questions.

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March 25, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/25/21 Come and review the important role of fluency in reading instruction. We will discuss the three key components of reading fluency and look at a variety of activities tutors and teachers can try. We will talk about the mechanics of doing fluency practice via Zoom, Google Meet, Teams or any other remote tutoring tool (including the phone!). Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share resources. This workshop will be most useful for…

Online
March 30, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online

Getting Familiar with Zoom

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 3/30/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

Online
March 31, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Online

Teaching Phonics Virtually to Adult ESL Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: WED. 3/31/21 Phonics is a crucial part of becoming a reader, yet many adult ESL learners lack sufficient decoding skills to be able to sound out and recognize new words, and don’t get adequate phonics instruction in their beginning level classes. In this webinar, you’ll learn phonics activities to help learners with blending, segmenting, and developing phonemic awareness skills. Participants will leave with multiple activities they can use in one-on-one virtual tutoring or online classes, as well as suggestions…

Online

April 2021

April 1, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Building Up to Student-Facilitated Conversations

Online

Registration Deadline: THU. 4/1/21 Learn about three essential skills students need in order to join a conversation and keep it going. This webinar will demonstrate how to introduce those strategies and get students talking in small groups online. Come ready to participate in your own small groups and try out the techniques yourself!

Online
April 5, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Online

Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

Online

Registration Deadline: MON. 4/5/21 Vocabulary is everyone’s favorite reading component! And helping students master reading vocabulary is a key to helping them master comprehension. But how many words should you teach? And which words are the most important? What strategies are best for helping students learn new words? How do you get students to make new words part of their receptive and productive vocabularies? This webinar will focus on the theory and best practice behind choosing, teaching and reviewing reading…

Online
April 6, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Online

Please Say That Again: Virtual Pronunciation Instruction for Adult ESL Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/6/21 It can be challenging to make yourself understood over the phone, even for native English speakers! In this webinar, learn about three different pronunciation features that can be taught and practiced during virtual video instruction. Participants will learn how the three features impact speakers’ intelligibility, and explore activities designed to help learners practice using these features in their daily speech.

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April 8, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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How Adult Brains Learn Languages

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Registration Deadline: THU. 4/8/21 Learn what research has to say about how adult brains learn a new language, how trauma and stress impact learning, and how this influences the teaching practices that we use in the language classroom. Participants will leave the webinar with suggestions for ways teachers and tutors can apply brain-based teaching practices as we are helping adult ESL students develop their language skills.

Online
April 13, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Online

A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/13/21 Whether you are teaching one learner on WhatsApp or a large group on Zoom, lesson planning is a critical part of ensuring learner success with virtual instruction. During this webinar, you will learn how to design lessons so that both the teacher and the learners experience success. Topics covered include: how to write effective objectives to guide your planning, tried and true planning methods and lesson plan formats, and how to build in comprehension checks throughout…

Online
April 14, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Accent Bias and Discrimination in the United States

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/14/21 Teachers of adult ESL learners often hear stories of learners trying out their new English skills in the community, and being ignored or rebuffed because of their accent. In this workshop, learn about accent bias research, the politics of accent in the United States, and the ways that accent bias can result in discrimination for non-native speakers of English. Participants will role play ways to interrupt accent bias and advocate for English language learners in their…

Online
April 15, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Zoom

Online

Registration Deadline: THU. 4/15/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

Online
April 20, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Online

Talk Amongst Yourselves: Building Up to Student-Facilitated Conversations

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/20/21 Learn about three essential skills students need in order to join a conversation and keep it going. This webinar will demonstrate how to introduce those strategies and get students talking in small groups online. Come ready to participate in your own small groups and try out the techniques yourself!

Online
April 21, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Online

Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers

Online

Registration Deadline: WED. 4/21/21 Research shows that explicitly teaching a set of comprehension strategies is a great way to help intermediate-level readers maximize their understanding of texts. Come learn a handful of great comprehension tools that will help students develop critical thinking skills and comprehension skills.

Online
April 22, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Online

Please Say That Again: Virtual Pronunciation Instruction for Adult ESL Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: THU. 4/22/21 It can be challenging to make yourself understood over the phone, even for native English speakers! In this webinar, learn about three different pronunciation features that can be taught and practiced during virtual video instruction. Participants will learn how the three features impact speakers’ intelligibility, and explore activities designed to help learners practice using these features in their daily speech.

Online
April 23, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online

Racial Equity 101

Online

Registration Deadline: FRI. 4/23/21 Join us for a webinar and virtual conversation on racial equity. During this session, we’ll discuss important terms, including racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. We’ll also practice responding to instances of racism in various scenarios. You’ll leave with resources to address and dismantle racism. This is a great session for those who are newer to conversations on race or those who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with others. All are…

Online
April 27, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Online

I Hear You! Effective Listening Instruction for English Language Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/27/21 Come learn how explicit listening instruction builds a foundation for literacy skills and fosters independence for language learners. This workshop will identify authentic learning tasks that English learners encounter daily, try out a variety of listening activities across multiple levels, and discuss which explicit listening strategies are used for each one. Participants will leave with ideas for listening tasks that can be used in remote or in-person instruction.

Online
April 28, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Online

How Adult Brains Learn Languages

Online

Registration Deadline: WED. 4/28/21 Learn what research has to say about how adult brains learn a new language, how trauma and stress impact learning, and how this influences the teaching practices that we use in the language classroom. Participants will leave the webinar with suggestions for ways teachers and tutors can apply brain-based teaching practices as we are helping adult ESL students develop their language skills.

Online
April 29, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online

Getting Familiar with Zoom

Online

Registration Deadline: THU. 4/29/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

Online
April 30, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Online

Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

Online

Registration Deadline: FRI. 4/30/21 Come and review the important role of fluency in reading instruction. We will discuss the three key components of reading fluency and look at a variety of activities tutors and teachers can try. We will talk about the mechanics of doing fluency practice via Zoom, Google Meet, Teams or any other remote tutoring tool (including the phone!). Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share resources. This workshop will be most useful for…

Online

May 2021

May 4, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online

Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/4/21 Trauma and chronic stress can come in many forms, and impact people’s ability to learn new skills and process information in a variety of different ways. In this webinar, learn how stress and trauma can manifest in the classroom, and learn about trauma-informed teaching practices that can help to support positive learning behaviors and increase retention and learner comfort.

Online
May 12, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Online

I Hear You! Effective Listening Instruction for English Language Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: WED. 5/12/21 Come learn how explicit listening instruction builds a foundation for literacy skills and fosters independence for language learners. This workshop will identify authentic learning tasks that English learners encounter daily, try out a variety of listening activities across multiple levels, and discuss which explicit listening strategies are used for each one. Participants will leave with ideas for listening tasks that can be used in remote or in-person instruction.

Online
May 13, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online

Getting Familiar with Zoom

Online

Registration Deadline: THU. 5/13/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

Online
May 14, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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LGBTQIA+ Topics in ABE Spaces

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 5/14/21 What do welcoming spaces in adult education look like? How can we make sure LGBTQIA+ learners, volunteers and professionals feel they belong? In this session, ABE professionals in the LGBTQIA+ community will invite participants to reflect on and discuss topics of gender and sexuality in ESL/ABE classrooms and instruction. Participants will brainstorm how to include more queer representation in adult education curricula, program environments and materials. Presenters will provide lesson examples for teaching gender-inclusive language. It…

Online
May 19, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

Online

Registration Deadline: WED. 5/19/21 Trauma and chronic stress can come in many forms, and impact people’s ability to learn new skills and process information in a variety of different ways. In this webinar, learn how stress and trauma can manifest in the classroom, and learn about trauma-informed teaching practices that can help to support positive learning behaviors and increase retention and learner comfort.

Online
May 25, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online

Getting Familiar with Zoom

Online

Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/25/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

Online

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