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Work Readiness and Work-Contextualized Curriculum

A compilation of various resources with hyperlinks to websites for work readiness curricula; work-contextualized English and basic skills curricula; and guidance in creating authentic, contextualized or embedded materials. (15 pages)

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) Report

This report includes available data from the first two IELCE program years (2016–17 and 2017–18) through the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS), and sets forth activities of IELCE programs related to funding, enrollment, program design and promising practices. (5 pages)

WIOA Titles I and II Mythbuster: WIOA Youth Program and Adult Education Can Be Used Together to Serve Disconnected Youth

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA) Youth Formula Program (Title I) and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA, Title II) prepare young adults for success in the 21st Century workforce.  This straightforward fact sheet explains how the two programs complement each other, share the same performance indicators, and can be leveraged to support successful career pathway programming.

Integrated Education & Training (IET): Building Career Pathways for Participants at Every Skill Level

This guidance document provides a clear definition of IET in graphic form, its three main components, how those components are aligned with standards, and approaches to IET funding and promotion.  Seven diverse examples are clearly laid out, followed by a template that can be used by your own program to delineate all aspects of your IET. 

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.

Integrated Education and Training: Planning from A to Z

Slides provide a brief overview of the planning and implementation process for an IET; strategies for building partnerships to successfully deliver an IET; and several helpful tools for developing IET components. The resource list includes useful materials on the WIOA definition of IET; contextualized education; career pathways; IET general information; and example IET programs from eight states.

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.

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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.

Upcoming ABE Events

July 13, 2020 6:30 pm–7:45 pm
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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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