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Assessment – Example

This example of course objectives and the assessments used to measure them comes from a job preparation course for personal care assistant jobs.  Note the variety of assessment methods used and how each method matches the objective.

Writing Workshops & Seminars

Do you need to brush up your own writing skills before teaching your students how to write more effectively? This website provides hundreds of free writing resources, columns, and exercises for writers and teachers of writers. Examples include apostrophes, capitalization, commas, editing, hyphens, letter writing, persuasive writing, punctuation, and verbs.

Writing to Read

This 2010 research report builds upon Writing Next and provides evidence for the theory that writing can improve and enhance reading.

Writing Next

This 2007 report identifies 11 elements of current writing instruction found to be effective for helping adolescent students learn to write well and to use writing as a tool for learning.

Write More, Write Now – Sentence/Paragraph Writing

An article summarizing a session called Write More, Write Now, offering a number of strategies related to the differentiation between revising and editing of sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

Write More, Write Now – Essay Writing

An article summarizing a session called Write More, Write Now, offering a number of strategies related to the differentiation between revising and editing of sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

Just Write! Guide

This resource from Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) “aims to help adult education instructors improve the writing instruction they already use in their programs.” It is not a curriculum, but a guide to increase familiarity with evidence-based writing instruction and translate research findings into teaching practices.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Developing Reading and Writing

Presents an overview of what is known about how literacy develops the component skills of reading and writing, and the practices that are effective for developing them. Also describes principles of reading and writing instruction that can guide those who design and administer programs or courses to improve adult literacy skills.

Getting Started, Moving Forward with the CCRS Writing Standards

These two handouts provide nine reading-writing tasks that incorporate close readings of informative or narrative texts and writing production of sentences, paragraphs, or essays.

Common Core State Standards – Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing

The writing samples in this resource reflect the three types of writing required by the standards. Each sample is clearly annotated with descriptors pulled from the language of the standards. These samples were generated from a variety of conditions including in-class or homework tasks, on-demand assessment or research projects. 

What is Evidence-Based Reading Instruction and How Do You Know It When You See It?

A report from the Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) in Los Angeles, CA. Part I defines evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI); Part II offers scenarios of EBRI in ABE; Part III is an EBRI case study; and Part IV makes recommendations for EBRI implementation.

Vocabulary: Research and Teaching Strategies

Research Digest No. 7 defines vocabulary, provides suggestions for assessment and instruction, and lists additional resources and references. 

Vocabulary Instruction for STAR/EBRI Volunteers

This handout describes what STAR/EBRI volunteers “need to know” about evidence-based and explicit vocabulary instruction. It also clarifies how they can build or expand students’ Tier Two or academic vocabulary knowledge and usage.

Vocabulary – Challenges & Possible Solutions

Common vocabulary instructional challenges and solutions developed by Minnesota STARs and Trainers.

The Value of Reading Instructional Routines

This PDF resource describes the value of instructional routines, recognizes their variability, and provides a model for regular, intentional, and effective lessons.

THE SOURCE: A Curriculum Guide for Reading Mentors

This resource from Just Read, Florida! was developed for teachers or volunteers working with children; however, sections of Part 1, Ideas for Building Readers, may be very useful for adult alphabetics instruction.

The Role of Vocabulary Instruction in Adult Basic Education

The author of this chapter analyzes research and theories about vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and their inter-relationship. She presents proven practices for vocabulary instruction and makes other recommendations for research and policy.

Additional Fluency Resources

These Comprehension resources are also useful for Fluency instruction: * Britannica School Elementary offers non-fiction articles related images, videos, maps, and learning games * The Change Agent includes leveled student-written articles, discussion topics, and lesson plans * The Times in Plain English contains free, leveled articles about current world and national news or events * Center for Adult Literacy Text Library offers over 1600 leveled texts on a range of topics

Change Agent

This subscription-based (online and/or print) social justice newspaper is published twice a year (March and September). The Change Agent includes student-written articles (leveled according to readability), discussion topics, and lesson plans. It is useful for Intermediate, Advanced, and Adult Secondary level students.

Technology Mingle Ideas

Technology mingle ideas recommended by Minnesota STAR teachers.

New Resources

Morpheme Matrices Crosswords

These crossword puzzles and answer keys accompany Morpheme Matrices, an ATLAS resource focusing on morphological awareness. Six of puzzles target Latin morphemes (prefixes, roots, suffixes) and two target Greek forms and related suffixes.

Introduction to Child Development

Introduces students to the field of early childhood education and childcare. Students learn about different early childhood settings: centers, schools and family. They learn how to interact with children 0-5 years old and their parents. Major topics include developmental milestones, discipline, nutrition, safety and literacy. Introduces vocabulary, concepts and skills used in early childhood education. Class activities include creating and implementing hands-on activities. Also builds students’ reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

2020 Census Resources – NCL

In the spring of 2020, households across the United States will be asked to participate in the census. The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) put together this collection of resources to help Adult Education professionals talk about the census and help learners understand why their participation is vitally important.

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Presenter Information

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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 21, 2019 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Volunteer Navigator Training

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: MON. 10/14/19 The Minnesota Literacy Council has developed and is piloting a new training program to prepare volunteers to be navigators in Adult Basic Education programs. Navigators are a mix of mentor, coach, cheerleader and guidance counselor. As a navigator, you’ll help students one-on-one in a… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
October 22, 2019 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
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Making the Most of Your Edmentum Courseware (webinar)

Online

Registration is now open for Making the Most of Your Edmentum Courseware on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3017778289641834241 Join us for a presentation from Edmentum about how to make the most of your Edmentum courseware. We will discuss finding the… Learn More

Online
October 26, 2019 8:30 am–12:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Open Door Learning Center – Lake Street
2700 E. Lake St., Suite 2500
Minneapolis, 55406

Fall Tutoring Kickoff 2019

Open Door Learning Center – Lake Street
2700 E. Lake St., Suite 2500
Minneapolis, 55406

Registration Deadline: SAT. 10/26/19 Join over 100 other tutors and teachers to share experiences and pick up new ideas for tutoring. This free mini-conference will feature a variety of 50-minute sessions designed to give you practical ideas and activities. The sessions are appropriate for 1-1 tutors, classroom assistants and… Learn More

Open Door Learning Center – Lake Street
2700 E. Lake St., Suite 2500
Minneapolis, 55406