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The Joy of ESL with Teacher Kelly

Find great examples of lower level assessment tools, including needs assessments, rubrics and checklists, and self-assessment resources that can be adapted for various topics and content.

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

This article from Educational Leadership describes seven elements the authors have found every meaningful project needs to have: (1) A "need to know," (2) a driving question, (3) student voice and choice, (4) 21st century skills, (5) inquiry and innovation, (6) feedback and revision, and (7) a publicly presented product.

Differentiated Comprehension Checks

This article explains how using differentiated comprehension checks is a way to reach all students in your classroom. It helps students understand grammatical features by asking a quick series of tiered questions during a story or conversation. This is a meaning-based technique that promotes comprehension.

Conservation: The More Things Change The More They Stay the Same

This blog post describes a lesson with kindergarteners where they observe very short videos (linked from the posting) and discuss what they notice and wonder. These videos could be great for discussion for learners at many levels of math and language.

ReadWorks.org

ReadWorks provides a large, high-quality library of curated nonfiction and literary articles, along with reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. Through this website teachers can access curriculum, lesson plans, and free training.

Supporting ELLs in PBL Projects

This article from Edutopia outlines how Project-Based Learning (PBL) is valuable for English Language Learners (ELLs) when it teaches academic vocabulary, encourages collaboration, scaffolds structure and function, allows assessment and differentiation, and leverages their native language.

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How to Be a Successful Online Student

ESL instructor Dan Bruski describes how he led his low-intermediate ESL students through a project-based learning activity around composing a list of rules and expectations for their online class. The culmination of the lesson was the creation of a video on "How to be a successful online student," which has an authentic use for orienting new students.

Integrated Education and Training Design Toolkit (Initial Release)

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) supported development of this Integrated Education and Training (IET) Toolkit to assist state and local adult education staff to plan, design, implement, and evaluate effective IET programs that are responsive to state and local labor market demands and fulfill the requirements…

ABE Acronyms

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is chock-full is acronyms! There’s one right there! But fear not; we have compiled this list of the most common acronyms that apply to Minnesota Adult Education and/or our learners. ABE Acronyms…

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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

December 8, 2021 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
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Making the Most of Your Edmentum Courseware

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Registration Deadline: WED. 12/8/21 This session is for experienced Edmentum Courseware users who would like to learn about new features and strategies for making the most effective use of the system. Learn More

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December 8, 2021 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
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Volunteer Foundations Training – Core Training Module 2: Understanding Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 12/8/21 Participants develop their personal cultural awareness and learn how expectations around school culture shape how people teach and learn. Motivations and barriers to learning are also covered, as well as guiding principles for effectively delivering instruction to adults. Participants also increase their sensitivity to… Learn More

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December 9, 2021 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Volunteer Foundations Training – Core Training Module 2: Understanding Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: THU. 12/9/21 Participants develop their personal cultural awareness and learn how expectations around school culture shape how people teach and learn. Motivations and barriers to learning are also covered, as well as guiding principles for effectively delivering instruction to adults. Participants also increase their sensitivity to… Learn More

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