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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.

Newsela – Multilevel

This website provides several “levels” of the same newspaper articles on a wide variety of topics, along with accompanying online quizzes, that students can read and take.

Season 2, Episode 6: Differentiating Math Instruction in Complex Classrooms

Presented by Danielle Legault (Minneapolis Adult Education) and Abby Roza (Hennepin County Corrections)

Teaching in the Multilevel Classroom

This article examines the variety of learner backgrounds that can contribute to a multilevel class; discusses levels of proficiency; and offers concrete instructional recommendations.

Newsela

Newsela is a data base of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading.

Promoting Success of Multilevel ESL Classes: What Teachers and Administrators Can Do

This Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) brief is for teachers, teacher trainers, and program administrators who work with adult ESL learners in mulitlevel classroom settings. The brief covers challenges, instructional strategies, and recommendations for administrator support.

News in Levels: World News for Students of English

This website has articles collected from around the world available in three different levels. Each level has highlighted vocabulary words and a listening track so that readers can hear a native English speaker reading the article.

New American Horizons: Adult ESL Teacher Training Videos – Multilevel

This collection of 12 teacher training videos were filmed in adult ESL classes and feature a variety of teaching strategies and activities. For teachers interested in learning more about multilevel instruction, there are two videos that address this topic.

Ideas for a Multilevel Class

This article includes recommendations for multilevel teaching strategies and classroom management suggestions distilled from an experienced ESL teacher. The article is part of a National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) digest, and includes links to additional articles on the topic of multilevel instruction.

Adapting Materials for Multilevel Classes

This article from the Teaching English website offers some ideas of how you can support your students who are struggling more, and offer extension activities for your stronger students, while using the same materials as the starting point for the class.

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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 17, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn with BurlingtonEnglish: The English in America Course

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Registration Deadline: MON. 5/17/21 Join other MN teachers for a noontime discussion about our English in America course. This is an old favorite which has been updated. Come see how to use this as a stand-alone or supplemental curriculum. NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for their… Learn More

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May 18, 2021 10:00 am–12:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Google Meet

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/18/21 Are you tutoring or teaching ABE learners on Meet? Are you using Meet for the first time or looking to refresh your memory using its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using the platform on your own and… Learn More

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May 18, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn: English in America

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/18/21 A Walk Through BE’s ‘English in America’ Course: join us as we take a look at the re-vamped EIA course! NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for their BE account. Learn More

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