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Emergent Readers

This website contains instructions for scaffolding reading texts and speaking activities for literacy level learners, resource lists, and videos of literacy level classroom instruction.

Work-Based Learning Toolkit

This online tool kit provides state and local program administrators with information regarding the key components of work-based learning (WBL), an instructional strategy that enhances classroom learning by connecting it to the workplace. It offers guidelines and resources related to creating a state WBL strategy, engaging employers, collecting data, and scaling effective programs. 

Foundational Skills in the Service Sector

Across the US, millions of workers with limited reading, math, or digital problem-solving skills hold jobs across the service sector. This report offers a fresh analysis of rigorous data, painting a picture of the approximately 20 million American workers employed in key service-sector industries who lack foundational skills. It highlights promising practices and interventions used by U.S. employers to help their workers to upskill, and details key policy levers that can foster economic mobility for these workers. 

Building Pathways to Success for Low-Skill Adult Students: Lessons for Community College Policy and Practice from a Longitudinal Student Tracking Study (The “Tipping Point” Research)

This report is based on a first-of-its-kind study of the progress and outcomes of low-skill adults in community colleges. Key findings: (1) Attending college for at least a year and earning a credential provides a substantial boost in earnings for adults who begin with a high school diploma or less.  (2) Short-term training, such as that often provided to welfare recipients, may help individuals get into the labor market, but it does not seem to help them advance beyond low-paying jobs.  (3) Neither adult basic skills education by itself nor a limited number of college-level courses provides much benefit in terms of earnings.

Ability to Benefit – Minnesota State Policy

Minnesota State (our community and technical college system) outlines its policies for undergraduate admissions, including Ability to Benefit and eligible career pathway programs. 

Perkins V Issue Brief

This article outlines the clear connections between The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and The Adult Education & Family Literacy Act (WIOA Title II), providing succinct guidance about Perkins V, important issues to consider, questions to ask your Perkins V partners, tips from the field, and a helpful list of additional resources.  The implication is that efforts must be aligned between the career and technical education and adult education systems to provide on-ramps to postsecondary education and training for adult education populations; these pathways should be written into the Perkins V State Plans. 

Ability to Benefit Issue Brief

Ability to Benefit (ATB) allows a student without a high school diploma or equivalency to receive Title IV student federal financial aid to pay for postsecondary education and training if they are enrolled in a Title IV eligible career pathway program that includes a contextualized adult education component and navigation support.  This two-page issue brief provides succinct guidance about ATB in career pathway programming, tips from the field, and a helpful list of additional resources.

College and Career Readiness: A Guide for Navigators

Constancia Warren et. al., FHI 360, September 2018 This guide identifies action steps that learners can take to achieve their college and career goals. The knowledge and skills outlined in it are specific and teachable.  The guide is divided into three sections, each of which corresponds to one of the…

FOOD SAFETY: Ensure you are teaching up-to-date information

Note that the Minnesota Food Code was updated on January 1, 2019.  Some of the curriculum in the ATLAS curriculum resource library may pre-date this updated Code.  Check the major changes to ensure that students are learning current information. For example, the term Certified Food Manager has been changed to Certified Food Protection Manager. 

Interpreter Careers – Training, certification and potential ABE roles

There is much to understand about a career as a language interpreter if an ABE program and partners want to build a career pathway in this area.  This document is a compilation of information about certification, training programs in Minnesota, employment opportunities, potential ABE roles, and critical issues to consider.

Resources for students studying for a MN driver’s license written exam

A useful one-page list of key resources that can be used in a one-room schoolhouse setting to assist students preparing for the driver’s license written exam.  Includes the official MN Driver’s License Manual, several study sites and practice tests.

iPads and Tablets in the LESLLA Classroom

With suggestions of iPad/tablet apps that build reading foundations skills, numeracy, and digital literacy for ESL learners with limited or interrupted formal education, this list can help integrate ABE standards in a targeted, self-paced, and differentiated manner.

ACP Program Development for Managers

Minnesota's ACP Program Development Cohort provides ABE managers with a facilitated, supported, year-long cohort as they work to create or strengthen a career pathway program in collaboration with WIOA partners in their localities. Key features include an experiential learning approach, a mix of face-to-face and online interaction and presentation, peer partners, coaching calls, goal-setting, and local action steps.

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.

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.

Minnesota STAR Project: Meeting the Needs of Struggling Adult Readers

This paper reports on findings and implications from a two-year evaluation of the Minnesota STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) Project. A combined qualitative and quantitative approach to data collection and analysis confirms that participation in STAR positively influences: 1) teacher knowledge and confidence about teaching reading, 2) student confidence in reading skills, 3) student level completion as measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Reading, and 4) student persistence with classes and instruction.

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Showing Evidence Using Academic Language with Low Literacy Learners

Participants in this workout practice scaffolding a lesson in which literacy level learners can use academic language to show evidence in a text.

Evaluating Free Text Resources

Participants in this workout evaluate a free online text resource for alignment to the ELA shifts of complexity, evidence and knowledge.

Workforce Atlas

Not a course, but a resource that can be used in any career pathways course/program.  Resources include videos, worksheets, templates, and career-specific guides and infographics.  An Implementation Guide is provided for instructors/program staff for effective utilization of the website. || AUTHOR: ProLiteracy and Pearson

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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

January 23, 2020 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

2020 Language & Literacy Institute

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020 (NOTE: $15 late fee applied to all registrations made after 1/17/20) NOTE: Guest room reservations must be made no later than THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020 to be guaranteed the discounted rate. Cost:  $35 for one day… Learn More

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
January 24, 2020 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

STAR 20 Cohort – Meeting 2

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States

A training by Marn Frank and Terrisa Fisher, ATLAS, for participants accepted through an application process. This training will be held in conjunction with the Language & Literacy Institute on Friday, January 24, 2020. Learn More

Delta Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
January 27, 2020 1:00 pm–2:15 pm
Burlington English

Prepare for CASAS: Test Practice and Reporting with BurlingtonEnglish


Registration Deadline: MON. 1/27/20 Do you want to help your students improve their performance on their NRS assessments? Join us and other teachers to learn how Test Practice and Progress Reporting within Prepare for CASAS can help your students improve their test-taking skills, achieve higher test scores, and… Learn More