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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.

Skillblox

Skillblox is a tool created by CrowdED Learning in response to the question “What if instead of searching various books and sites for quality content, they were all organized in one place?” This database of content streamlines the process of creating targeted and individualized learning plans (online packets, if you will) for adult education students. It is searchable by CCR standards, and soon TABE 11/12 competencies.

PBS Learning Media – ELA

This resource organizes video content from PBS around subjects, grade levels, and standards. You can even search by CCRS standard! This provider integrates with Google Classroom. If you use Google Classroom, connect with the provider to make it easy to share materials with your students.

PBS Learning Media – Math

This resource organizes video content from PBS around subjects, grade levels, and standards. You can even search by CCRS standard! This provider integrates with Google Classroom. If you use Google Classroom, connect with the provider to make it easy to share materials with your students.

CCRS in Action PLC (Professional Learning Community)

The CCRS in Action PLC is a "light" version of the CCRS Implementation Cohort that includes a facilitation guide, Google Slides presentations, and all accompanying materials needed to lead the PLC in your program - for ELA, Math, or both. The PLC uses the same tools for instructors to practice analyzing lessons, units, instructional tasks, and resources that are used in CCRS Cohort. There are many opportunities to customize the PLC to fit the needs of your program. It was designed for eight 90-minute meetings, but can be adjusted to fit your needs.

CCRS Classroom Videos – ESL

Want to see the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards) in action in an ESL classroom, but don’t have time to get out and observe your colleagues? Look no further than these wonderful classroom videos featuring seasoned instructors from Literacy Minnesota as they expertly implement the…

Common Core Sheets

Find hundreds of ready-to-use math worksheets on this website. The worksheets can be searched by grade level, math skill, and type of problem. Math tests and flashcards can also be created.

PowerUp: What Works – English Language Arts Teaching Strategies

This website was built for teachers with a variety of learner levels in their K-12 classes and offers resources, strategies, and practical tips to personalize instruction to meet the needs of struggling students. The teaching suggestions and instructional suggestions can easily be applied to adult ESL classrooms where English Language Arts CCRS are being applied. This page provides information on topics such as teaching context clues, self-questioning, visualizing, and semantic mapping.

New Academic Word List (NAWL) Finder and Sorter

EAPFoundation.com offers a free electronic tool for finding, highlighting, and sorting academic words within texts. Their word source is the New Academic Word List or NAWL, a recent update of the Academic Word List or AWL. There is also the option of creating a simple, head word, or word family gapfill, where the found academic words become blanks in the text. 

Progressions: Illustrative Mathematics

Videos and tasks on math content progressions related to fractions in the Common Core standards.

Math Snacks: Fractions

Online activities and videos for supporting students' understanding of math concepts such as ratios, scale factors, fractions, number lines, and so on. Some activities may need additional language learning supports (i.e. for beginning English learners). Videos are also available in Spanish and in a printable "comic book" form.

Math Snacks: Ratios

Online activities and videos for supporting students' understanding of math concepts such as ratios, scale factors, fractions, number lines, and so on. Some activities may need additional language learning supports (i.e. for beginning English learners). Videos are also available in Spanish and in a printable "comic book" form.

Our School Garden

This project-based unit of instruction leads students through a process of writing, filming, editing, and showcasing their own videos about a community garden they have tended all summer.

Academic Debate Unit

This project-based academic debate unit ends with a service field trip. Over several weeks, students effectively develop and refute arguments; analyze controversial issues; evaluate evidence; and recognize opportunities for leadership.

Getting Started, Moving Forward with the CCRS Writing Standards

These two handouts provide nine reading-writing tasks that incorporate close readings of informative or narrative texts and writing production of sentences, paragraphs, or essays.

Text Structures

Each printable text structure activity provides six short passages and a worksheet for identifying each passage’s text structure (chronological, compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence, problem and solution) and completing a related graphic organizer.

Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers – Fluency

This website provides 175 CNA (certified nursing assistant) and general healthcare passages and audios for adult readers at grade levels 5.5 to 8.5 (Intermediate level). All are CCRS aligned and include pre-reading questions, definitions of healthcare or high-frequency vocabulary, and text-dependent questions.

Newsela – Fluency

From the Newsela homepage, teachers can sign up for FREE and unlimited access to printable news articles, about the same topic but at 5 different lexile scores, and all aligned with CCRS reading anchors. This resource is extremely helpful for fluency instruction!

Newsela – Comprehension

Teachers and students can sign up for FREE and unlimited access to relevant news articles and quizzes, at 5 different lexile scores, all aligned with CCRS reading anchors. This varied and vertical text selection allows an entire class to read, discuss, and comprehend the same non-fiction content!

CCRS Reading Standards: Foundational Skills K-5

Free, reproducible student activities aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Reading Foundational Skills (and other ELA standards). They are organized by grade levels (K-5), provide teacher pages outlining objectives/materials/steps, and include student pages without a childish appearance.

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Coaching for Equity Tools

This website by equity coach extraordinaire Elena Aguilar and her team at Bright Morning is full of wonderful tools and resources that can help both teachers and education coaches. However, you don't have to have an official job as a coach to use her helpful materials!

Heritage Language Resources Hub

This is a massive collection of resources in many languages around the world, put together by LESLLA (Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults). A huge part of translanguaging (which is included in culturally sustaining teaching practices) is providing literacy resources in learners' home languages. This affirms for students that their languages are an asset on their journey of English learning.

To the girl in English class

Similar to the Karen Leung video in this section of the library, this TikTok video by Hafsat Abdullahi is another unfortunate but great example of an English language learner speaking about their own experience learning English and facing discrimination. This resource provides several ideas for activities you can use with the English learners you work with.

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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

November 28, 2022 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Minnesota Department of Education
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HiSET Content Overview Series: Reading Comprehension, Writing and Mathematics

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Registration Deadlines: on the day of each webinar in the series Join us for a three-part, hands-on workshop on Language Arts Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Mathematics. This is a “tools you can use” attendee participation presentation with practical examples and strategies for improving test taker pass rates. Part 1… Learn More

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November 29, 2022 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
ATLAS
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Adult Career Pathways / IET Networking Series

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/29/22 Join ATLAS and ABE professionals around Minnesota for the first of three career-cluster networking sessions. Each webinar will have a primary facilitator to guide discussions and networking in specific career clusters that include: Community Interpreter Training (CIT) Education: ParaPro and Child Development Associate (CDA)… Learn More

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November 29, 2022 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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BASE SEL Courses Overview

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/29/22 Attend this training to learn about the new BASE SEL (social and emotional learning) courses for Minnesota Adult Education. Courses are available for learners as well as for staff and cover a wide variety of topics, including: Mindfulness Motivation Anxiety LGBTQIA issues Digital Citizenship… Learn More

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