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Problematizing Linguistic Integration of Migrants: The Role of Translanguaging and Language Teachers

In this article, Ofelia García defines translanguaging, gives a fascinating example of an adult language classroom, and redefines traditional teacher roles into 4 new roles: the detective, the co-learner, the builder, and the transformer. She gives us real examples to reflect on and to try in our classrooms.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Examples

In response to a question in the ATLAS Antiracist Praxis Study Circle, this document was made as a companion to Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond. Even if you haven’t read the book, hopefully you can still follow along the list to see some examples of Culturally Responsive Teaching in action.

Lifeworks Disability Inclusion Resources

The mission of Lifeworks is to partner with people with disabilities to drive change by increasing opportunity and access in the community. On their website, Lifeworks offers "on-demand, educational resources... that explore and support disability rights, allyship, and building a sense of belonging for all – that we hope help you to activate change in your everyday lives." (Source:

What Does the WIOA State Plan Mean to You?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan is a required component of federal law for every state. This article explains its purpose and relevance to ABE practitioners.

Teaching Skills that Matter Civics Education

The Teaching the Skills That Matter in Adult Education project (TSTM) trains teachers to integrate the skills that matter to adult students using approaches that work across critical topics. This page houses resources specifically related to Civics Education, including an overall Issue Brief, a case study, several lesson plans, an annotated resource and reference list, and a classroom video.

FAQs: MN Adult Education (ABE) Policy & Accountability

What is WIOA, and what is its purpose? How do we measure success with adult education (ABE) students? What is a measurable skill gain (MSG)? What assessments are approved for adult education? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

FAQs: Introduction to MN Content Standards for Adult Education

What are the 3 sets of content standards adopted in MN Adult Education (ABE)? What does ACES/TIF stand for? What skills do the CCR standards define? What is the Northstar Digital Literacy Project? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

FAQs: Introduction to Adult Education Students

Who does MN Adult Education serve? Who is eligible for adult education classes? Why do individuals enroll in adult education classes? What is considered core content in adult education? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

Science News for Students

Science News for Students publishes stories about recent research and current events across the full breadth of STEM fields. Power Words are defined at the end of each article.

Teaching Grammar in Context Using Authentic Resources

This blog post unpacks the "why" and "how" of using authentic texts to teach grammar to learners, providing a variety of teaching approaches for readers to choose from, as well as real-life examples.

Differentiated Instruction from TEAL

This excerpt from the TEAL Just Write! Guide unpacks differentiated instruction in the ABE classroom and provides examples of how it can be used to support learning, particularly writing instruction. Read to the end to find their Differentiated Instruction Fact Sheet!

Levels of Knowing Mathematics

This resource outlines the levels of knowing math proposed by Mahesh C. Sharma: intuitive, concrete/experiential, pictorial/representational, abstract, applications, and communication. The chart explains each level and gives an example of what that level would look like in the classroom.

Integrated Education & Training Design Toolkit

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 of 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.

Refugees in America

This is the official United Nations High Commission for Refugees website, which can serve as a primer for ABE educators who work with refugees to understand who refugees are, where they come from, and relevant statistics and facts about refugees.

Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students

This is a guide for educators on how to work towards creating a more LGBTQ-inclusive school environment. This guide includes four key areas: policy checkup, classroom culture, instruction, and family and community engagement.

Reppin’ the Rainbow: LGBTQIA+ Topics in ABE

ABE professionals can use this presentation to better understand and discuss topics around gender and sexuality in the classroom. Included are materials, discussion questions, resources and research. Scroll down to the second topic listed on the website to find these resources.

CCRS for Adult Education

The College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) is the document that lays out the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills. CCRS is one of the three components - along with the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards - of the Minnesota ABE content standards.

Creating Questions to Engage Critically with Texts

The strategy described in this article provides tools to create questions that help students engage critically with central texts and examine them for issues of power and social inequity. The activities suggested here also encourage readers to bring their knowledge and experiences to the reading of a text.

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.

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Coaching for Equity Tools

This website by equity coach extraordinaire Elena Aguilar and her team at Bright Morning is full of wonderful tools and resources that can help both teachers and education coaches. However, you don't have to have an official job as a coach to use her helpful materials!

Heritage Language Resources Hub

This is a massive collection of resources in many languages around the world, put together by LESLLA (Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults). A huge part of translanguaging (which is included in culturally sustaining teaching practices) is providing literacy resources in learners' home languages. This affirms for students that their languages are an asset on their journey of English learning.

To the girl in English class

Similar to the Karen Leung video in this section of the library, this TikTok video by Hafsat Abdullahi is another unfortunate but great example of an English language learner speaking about their own experience learning English and facing discrimination. This resource provides several ideas for activities you can use with the English learners you work with.

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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

November 28, 2022 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Minnesota Department of Education

HiSET Content Overview Series: Reading Comprehension, Writing and Mathematics


Registration Deadlines: on the day of each webinar in the series Join us for a three-part, hands-on workshop on Language Arts Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Mathematics. This is a “tools you can use” attendee participation presentation with practical examples and strategies for improving test taker pass rates. Part 1… Learn More

November 29, 2022 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Adult Career Pathways / IET Networking Series


Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/29/22 Join ATLAS and ABE professionals around Minnesota for the first of three career-cluster networking sessions. Each webinar will have a primary facilitator to guide discussions and networking in specific career clusters that include: Community Interpreter Training (CIT) Education: ParaPro and Child Development Associate (CDA)… Learn More

November 29, 2022 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota

BASE SEL Courses Overview


Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/29/22 Attend this training to learn about the new BASE SEL (social and emotional learning) courses for Minnesota Adult Education. Courses are available for learners as well as for staff and cover a wide variety of topics, including: Mindfulness Motivation Anxiety LGBTQIA issues Digital Citizenship… Learn More