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Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

This publication focuses on the effectiveness of formative writing (teacher feedback, student assessment, and ongoing monitoring) and offers best practices for assessment (allow paper/pencil or word processing, mask student names when scoring, and use multiple samples). Like "Writing Next" and "Writing to Read" - both available in this resource library - it is a meta-analysis of large-scale research studies.

Assessment – Example

This example of course objectives and the assessments used to measure them comes from a job preparation course for personal care assistant jobs.  Note the variety of assessment methods used and how each method matches the objective.

Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments

Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments test oral fluency, or the ability to read text accurately and smoothly, with grade-leveled passages. Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments…

Modified Phonics Assessment and Testing Copies

A modified Minnesota version of Sylvia Greene's Informal Word Analysis Inventory, Levels I and II. It includes processes for conducting as an individual reading test or group spelling test, a Teacher Copy for scoring, and six Student Copies for testing knowledge of sequential phonics patterns.

Diagnostic Reading Assessment – Challenges & Possible Solutions

Common diagnostic reading assessment challenges and solutions developed by Minnesota STARs and Trainers.

Season 1, Episode 1: Exploring the Tools of the Computer-Based Testing Environment

Presented by Amy Vickers (Minneapolis ABE / MN2014 GED® PD Project Coordinator) and Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE)

Season 2, Episode 1: GED® Specific Updates & Test-Taking Strategies

Presented by Amy Vickers (MNI Senior Consultant) and Amber Delliger (Metro North ABE)

Picture Yourself as a Stereotypical Male

How do race, gender, exposure to stereotypes, and classroom demographics impact student performance? Can test anxiety be a result of the experience of bias, and unrelated to actual ability? Can helping students see themselves as "complex, intelligent, talented, individual human selves" impact their academic performance?

Designing Systems of Teacher Learning Around Student Work

Description of this recorded webinar: "How do we develop sustained growth in teacher practice in a department? One way is to design a system of teacher learning based on student artifacts. Join Geoff Krall... as he shares experiences and models of student work analysis that lead to better instructional choices and departmental coherence."

Making It Real: Teaching Pre-Literate Adult Refugee Students

This book is a great place reference for both new and experienced teachers. It covers a variety of effective practices for teaching low-literate adult refugees, and describes techniques and activities that support these practices.

Listening and Speaking Activities for Adult ESL Learners

This packet of listening and speaking activities contains a number of activities that can be used in the ESL classroom. The activities are organized by the three skills of language scored in the BEST Plus assessment: Listening Comprehension, Language Complexity, and Communication.

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CCRS for Adult Education

The College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) is the document that lays out the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills. CCRS is one of the three components - along with the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards - of the Minnesota ABE content standards.

Success Skills Library (NCTN)

The Personal & Workplace Success Skills Library is a curated collection of resources to guide the integration of personal and workplace success skills into curriculum and instruction, advising and coaching, assessment, and program design. The library is fully searchable and is an excellent resource for those who want to embed more transferable skills into their ABE instruction. This resource touches on all 6 of the TIF categories.

Levels of Learning Mathematics

Developed by Appalachian State University, this resource outlines the levels of learning math proposed by Mahesh C. Sharma: intuitive, concrete/experiential, pictorial/representational, abstract, applications, and communication. The chart explains each level and gives an example of what that level would look like in the classroom.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

May 19, 2021 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
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ACP Career Pathways Webinar #4: Manufacturing Careers Pathway Networking

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Registration Deadline: WED. 5/19/21 Do you currently offer or are planning to focus on manufacturing career pathway programming? Come to this networking session to: Share locations and deliveries of manufacturing instruction across MN ABE to avoid duplication of services and allow for collaboration across regions. Share… Learn More

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

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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… Learn More

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May 20, 2021 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
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Responding to Community Trauma in the Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

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Registration Deadline: Part 1 – THU. 5/20/21 | Part 2 – THU. 5/27/21 NOTE: Part 2 of 2 is Thursday, May 27, 2021  The events of the past year have resulted in a rising awareness of the impact of community trauma, and many… Learn More

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