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What’s Trending in Distance Reading Instruction?

This April 2020 MN ABE Connect newsletter article included “trending” ideas, platforms, and resources for distance reading instruction (meaning, recommended more than once). All were collected from MN ABE teachers attending several ELA/STAR/EBRI Virtual Coffee Break webinars or participating in the STAR 19/20 training cohort.

Ideas for Providing Distance STAR Instruction

This March 2020 document provided early ideas from STAR trainers across the country for implementing distance STAR instruction. Not all may be appropriate or reasonable for your ABE program; however, they were intended to inspire creative thinking about how to "carry on" with evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) during the pandemic and school closings.

We Speak NYC

These videos and accompanying materials (including short stories, study guides, and glosses) develop listening and vocabulary skills in a classroom or independent learning setting. Topics include education, health, emergency preparedness, domestic violence, workforce development, adult education, early childhood education, worker rights, mental health, and immigration legal help. Appropriate for high beginning to high intermediate learners.

Carringbush Teacher Training Videos

The videos are a series of teacher training resources developed by Carringbush Adult Education for teachers of foundation level adult EL learners. The videos feature systematic approaches to teaching pronunciation, vocabulary, and text, and include error correction techniques as well as other tips and tricks that are based on research findings.

Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed

Transparency is an important part of creating equitable learning environments in which all students can find success. The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed (TILT) website hosts a useful collection of resources to help teachers better understand what transparent assignments look like and how to start creating them.

Project-Based Learning: The Online Resource for PBL

This website contains links to numerous PBL resources, including guides for designing projects, a project library, teaching and learning online strategies, and articles about PBL.

Project-Based Learning: Explained

This short video explains the essential elements of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and how they enable collaboration, critical thinking, and communication to develop.

Starting Small with Project-Based Learning

This article from Edutopia gives teachers three tips for starting to implement Project-Based Learning (PBL) in their classrooms.

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.

Getting Started with Effective Math Talk in the Classroom

Using mathematical discussions in the classroom is a powerful way to increase our students’ critical thinking and communication skills. This article explores ways to get your students thinking and communicating mathematically from the very first days of school. The article is written for K-12 teachers, but the language and strategies work well with adult learners.

Math Packet for ESOL Teachers

The SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy at TERC has developed a math packet which consists of a series of language lessons that integrate math. The math activities are designed to dig deeper into math topics and provide the building blocks that teach the skills and knowledge our learners need to understand the underlying math concepts.

Translating Word Problems: Keywords

This article offers recommendations for how students should approach word problems, as well as a list of mathematical terms that indicate specific operations.

6 Great Ways to Help ESL Students Achieve Self-Correction

This article from Busy Teacher offers suggestions for ways that teachers can promote self-correction for their ESL learners during classes.

Teaching the Skill of Self-Correction

This article offers several suggestions on how teachers can help students to take ownership of their reading, monitor themselves while they are reading, self-correct when they need to.

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.

The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

TESOL International Association has defined a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners. The 6 Principles are universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory and are applicable across different educational contexts.

Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

This resource repository contains videos, articles, and handouts on the topic of culturally responsive teaching. The executive director of CCRTL, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of culturally responsive education.

Introduction to Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

In this video, education experts Jackie Jordan Irvine, Geneva Gay and Kris Gutierrez explain how to make culturally relevant pedagogy a reality in your classroom.

Curriculum as Encounter: Selves and Shelves

In this article by Emily Jane Style, "a veteran teacher expresses the importance of drawing on the life-texts of students and recognizing the ways that personal experience influences a student’s perception of the world."

Global Oneness Project

According to their website, “We aim to connect, through stories, the local human experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability. Through featuring individuals and communities impacted by these issues, our stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes that emphasize our common humanity... Our lessons facilitate the development of students' critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills."

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Early Childhood Education Bridge Semester 2

Students improve their basic reading and writing skills using materials related to the early childhood education field. Learning is interactive, and students gain experience using computers and develop key employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, dependability, problem-solving, and technology skills. Test-taking skills are emphasized to prepare for TABE tests, HSE tests, and the college entrance exam. || AUTHOR: Stephanie Sommers, for Women Employed

Manufacturing Bridge Semester 2

Students improve their basic reading and writing skills using materials related to the Manufacturing industry. Learning is interactive, and students gain experience using computers and develop key employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, dependability, problem-solving, and technology skills. Test-taking skills are emphasized to prepare for TABE tests, HSE tests, and the college entrance exam. Upon completion, students earn college credit for Machining Processes I course and NIMS Material, Measurement & Safety industry credential. || AUTHOR: Stephanie Sommers, for Women Employed

Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics (TDL) Bridge Semester 1

Students improve their basic reading and writing skills using materials related to the TDL industry. Learning is interactive, and students gain experience using computers and develop key employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, dependability, problem-solving, and technology skills. Exploration of TDL career options is incorporated into personalized career plans.  Test-taking skills are emphasized to prepare for TABE tests, HSE tests, and the college entrance exam. || AUTHOR: Stephanie Sommers, for Women Employed

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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.

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Using WhatsApp for Teaching Conversation to Adult ESL Learners

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Registration Deadline: MON. 7/13/20 Schools may be closed, but the learning hasn’t stopped! Adult ESL teachers and tutors are finding creative ways to help learners continue to develop their English skills. In this webinar, learn about the phone app WhatsApp, and explore its advantages and limitations as… Learn More

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July 14, 2020 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
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Virtual Iced Coffee Break – Mid-summer ABE Check In!

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 7/14/20 So…how’s it going? We miss you! Let’s check in about summer school and how teaching and learning are progressing during these warmer but still distanced months. Got insights or questions about zooming, what’s app-ing, google meets-ing? Join ATLAS staff and consultants to connect across… Learn More

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July 15, 2020 10:00 am–11:00 am
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Assisting Adult Learners with Voter Registration During COVID-19

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Registration Deadline: WED. 7/15/20 Can you talk about the election and voting with learners? YES you can! We have resources to help you start these important conversations and help learners register to vote safely from home with an absentee ballot! Join Literacy Minnesota and Erickson Saye, Voter… Learn More

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