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Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

This article helps educators understand the role that academic language plays in their classrooms and in ELL student success. The article also includes information on social vs. academic language, as well as numerous examples of the different kinds of academic language needed for all students to fully participate in classroom activities and assignments.

Notice and Wonder about Data: Using Slow Reveal Graphs

Participants in this workout work with slow reveal graphs to notice and wonder about data and experience the activity just as they would present it to students.

The “Why” Behind Cross-Multiplication

Participants in this workout examine why only teaching the process of “cross-multiplying and dividing” without developing conceptual understanding of this process is detrimental to student learning and will understand the importance of teaching conceptual understanding for commonly used algorithms.

Borrowing/Carrying –> Regrouping

Participants in this workout learn to teach strategies that support conceptual understanding of place value instead of the algorithm.

Let’s Talk About Dots!

Participants in this workout identify a low-risk strategy for students to see math as patterns and practice speaking about patterns,articulate ways to encourage student sharing around math topics, and consider the creativity present in math.

Building Conceptual Understanding

Participants in this workout consider the conceptual understanding behind the traditional algorithm for long division and then recognize the importance of building students’ conceptual understanding beyond this example of long division and into every area of math.

Reaching into Rigor

From 2015-2016 ABE Regionals and 2016 Summer Institute - Rebecca Strom, Nadine Holthaus, Amber Delliger; Andy Albee

Why Before How

Teachers can use this book to build the concept of place value, encourage students to consider multiple methods for solving problems, and build real understanding of the meaning behind addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division paving the way to beginning algebra.

Fluency Without Fear

Turns out memorization, timed tests and flash cards are not the most effective ways to learn math facts! This article from Jo Boaler addresses developing students' fluency with math facts (such as times tables), including confidence and how some common approaches to math facts can be related to anxiety and loss of perseverance.

Concept, Method, Procedure (The Secret Formula for Math Success)

Max Ray, of The Math Forum, explores developing procedures from conceptual understanding. His 5-minute video uses dividing by fractions as the topic for instruction.

Achieve the Core – Math Standards

The site describes itself as "full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core and other college and career ready standards." Resources include CCRS-aligned tasks, activities, lessons and more, but also materials to support educators in understanding the standards and the content.

Meeting the Needs of Today’s English Language Learner

In this interactive online module, ABE practitioners explore the need for more rigorous academic instruction in language and literacy skills. The authors highlight specific elements that research has shown to be critical for adult English language learners’ full access to academic and work opportunities.

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

This Edutopia article begins with a definition of academic language, offers some suggestions for where teachers should start with teaching, and provides eight specific strategies for academic language instruction.

Academic Conversations with ELLs Video Series

This 7-part video series developed by the Teaching Channel showcases five tips for engaging students in academic conversations. While the videos were developed for K-12 teachers, the demonstrated techniques and tips easily transfer to a intermediate or advanced adult ESL setting.

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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

October 25, 2021 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
ATLAS
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ABE Foundations at a Distance Webinar (3 consecutive dates)

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Registration Deadline: SEE BELOW Due to the virtual Summer Institute conference this year, we were unable to hold the in-person ABE Foundations Workshop, but the online course is a great option for those new to ABE! It’s a lot of information, and we recognize that having the in-person… Learn More

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October 25, 2021 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Becoming More Culturally Responsive in Rural and Metro Communities

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Registration Deadline: MON. 10/25/21 What are the keys to developing cultural responsiveness and cultural competency? Learn how to identify and be culturally responsive to meaningful cultural differences so that you can make instruction more relevant to learners in adult classrooms. Learn More

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October 26, 2021 9:00 am–11:30 am
Jess Niebuhr
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Convening Focused on College Partnerships

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 10/26/21 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is hosting a convening focused on college partnerships and creating a pathway for underserved learners into college programs. The convening will provide information on college processes, credit for prior learning, as well as be an opportunity for you to… Learn More

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