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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

Construction Trades Bridge Course

Designed for use in a correctional facility. Students in the course obtain an OSHA 10 certification, obtain an NCCER Introductory Craft Skills certification, and complete the mathematics Number Sense and Geometry components of the ADP.  Improved literacy skills are a primary focus throughout.

Introduction to Healthcare Careers (Metro South)

Provides an overview of entry-level healthcare careers available in four categories – patient care, imaging and diagnostics, administrative and support services, and health information and records – plus an introduction to vocabulary and concepts that are explored more in-depth in higher level career pathways courses.

English for Health, First Aid and CPR Certification

Introduces students to the study of the human body, the healthcare career field and providing first aid and CPR in a health emergency while integrating English, literacy and technology skills.  A licensed CPR trainer will co-teach with an ESL teacher to prepare students to become certified in American Health Association (AHA) CPR, AED & First Aid.

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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

September 12, 2019 8:00 am–4:00 pm
ATLAS
Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

STAR 20 Cohort – Meeting 1

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

A training by Marn Frank, ATLAS, for participants accepted through an application process. Thursday – 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday – 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.  … Learn More

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States
September 19, 2019 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Teaching Multi-Level Adult ESL Classes

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

Registration Deadline: THU. 9/19/19 Multi-level groups in the ESL classroom offer their own rewards and challenges! In this workshop we will look at low prep differentiated instructional strategies that support the whole class, ones for students who are struggling, and ways to challenge higher level students. Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
September 20, 2019 8:00 am–3:30 pm
ATLAS
Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

2019 Math Institute

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

Registration Deadline: FRI. 9/13/19 (NOTE: Registrations after 9/13/19 will incur a $15 late fee) This is a Math Institute you won’t want to miss! We have the opportunity to learn from THREE renowned local and national math experts: Sara Van Der Werf, nationally board-certified teacher and… Learn More

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States