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Contextualizing Adult Education: Learning from Six Decades of Experience and Research

September 2020, ProLiteracy released a research brief focused on the importance of contextualizing adult education. Read more to learn about what research has to say, as well as strategies to contextualize instruction with adult learners.

Promising Practices for IET Pathways to PSE

One of six installments in the IET Strategies in Action series, this nine-page resource from American Institutes for Research highlights four strategies to link Integrated Education and Training (IET) to Postsecondary Education (PSE).

FAQs: ACP, IET and Workplace Literacy

What is an adult career pathway (ACP)? What is Integrated Education & Training (IET)? What is Workplace Literacy? Find answers to these questions here!

FAQs: Distance Learning

What is distance learning? What is the Teacher Verification Model (TVM), and where can I learn more? Who can I contact with questions about DL policies, platforms, PD and technology? Learn answers to these questions and more here!

Minnesota State Requirements for GED®

Get information on the eligibility requirements for taking the GED® Exam in Minnesota, including age, residency, test preparation and instruction, practice testing, and more.

Minnesota State Requirements for HiSET®

Get information on the eligibility requirements for taking the HiSET® Exam in Minnesota, including age, residency, test preparation and instruction, fees, financial assistance, and personal identification.

Accommodations for GED Testing

Get information on accessing the GED® test for anyone with disabilities. Test accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and include things such as extra testing time, extra breaks, and a separate testing room.

GED® FAQs

Find the answers to common test taker questions about the GED®, including free downloadable practice tests and other resources you need to pass the GED® and earn your high school equivalency credential.

HiSET® FAQs

Find the answers to common test taker questions about the HiSET®, including free downloadable practice tests and other resources you need to pass the HiSET® and earn your high school equivalency credential.

Tools for Building Employer-Educator Partnerships

According to the LINCS website: "This website introduces employers and educators to the value of partnering, presents best practices and success stories, and provides links to evidence-based tools for building and sustaining partnerships and creating career pathways. The toolkit is intended to help educators and employers form successful partnerships that will ensure that adult education and career and technical education are truly job-driven. The site presents valuable information in two sections, one tailored for employers and one for educators. Each section includes examples of how partnerships have made a difference as well as links to important resources."

What is Critical Race Theory?

For those looking for more information on Critical Race Theory, especially since it is mentioned in the news daily, take a look at this article. What truly is CRT? The author provides the definition and history of CRT while connecting it to our education system today. They also address myths surrounding CRT which cause many people to misunderstand its purpose in our classrooms.

Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching in Adult ESOL

A helpful resource from our colleagues at SABES in Massachusetts, this video defines Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching (CRST), in conjunction with Massachusetts' ESOL Professional Standard 3. SABES provides a brief overview of the 5 key elements they use to break down CRST in order to assist educators trying to find more specific ways of implementing these practices in their classrooms. There is also a Flipgrid article that gives more classroom examples of these 5 key elements.

MN STAR/EBRI Teacher-Recommended Vocabulary Resources

This collection of instructional resources for the four components of reading is recommended by Minnesota STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) and EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction) teachers. Resources are organized by the four reading components – alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension – and free and pay-for resources are included.

MN STAR/EBRI Teacher-Recommended Fluency Resources

This collection of instructional resources for the four components of reading is recommended by Minnesota STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) and EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction) teachers. Resources are organized by the four reading components – alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension – and free and pay-for resources are included.

MN STAR/EBRI Teacher-Recommended Comprehension Resources

for the four components of reading is recommended by Minnesota STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) and EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction) teachers. Resources are organized by the four reading components – alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension – and free and pay-for resources are included.

MN STAR/EBRI Teacher-Recommended Print and Online Resources

This collection of instructional resources for the four components of reading is recommended by Minnesota STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) and EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction) teachers. Resources are organized by the four reading components – alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension – and free and pay-for resources are included.

MN STAR/EBRI Teacher-Recommended Alphabetics Resources

This collection of instructional resources for the four components of reading is recommended by Minnesota STAR (STudent Achievement in Reading) and EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction) teachers. Resources are organized by the four reading components – alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension – and free and pay-for resources are included.

Social and Emotional Learning for Adult Multilingual Learners Toolkit

The Social and Emotional Learning for Adult Multilingual Learners Toolkit was created to “offer explanations, tips, materials, and links to help ESOL teachers and programs better understand and integrate social-emotional learning [SEL] into the adult English language classroom.” It also helps adult education instructors understand the connections between ABE and SEL. Although this resource was developed to be used with non-native speakers of English, the information and activities could be used with any adult learner.

FAQs: Volunteers

What role do volunteers play in adult education? What benefits could volunteers have on my adult education programming? Learn answers to these questions and more here!

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Certified Nursing Assistant Credential

Resources related to Certified Nursing Assistant have been collected by an ATLAS Credential Specialist experienced in this field. The PDF includes information on the credential including testing, ABE and non-ABE providers that offer training, curriculum links, potential participants, Minnesota wage and outlook information and additional certifications on this career pathway.

Food Protection Manager Credential

Resources related to Food Protection Manager have been collected by an ATLAS Credential Specialist experienced in this field. The PDF includes information on the credential including testing, ABE and non-ABE providers that offer training, curriculum links, potential participants, Minnesota wage and outlook information and additional certifications on this career pathway.

Single Set of Learning Objectives (SSLO) Rubric Used for IET Application Process

When submitting an IET Application, ABE programs complete a grid with four to six Single Set of Learning Objectives (SSLOs) that integrate the three required components of IET; 1) adult basic literacy, 2) workforce preparation, and 3) occupational skills and knowledge. SSLOs will be evaluated by ATLAS staff based on evidence of the required components, clarity and measurable outcomes. View the full rubric to learn more about SSLO criteria.

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Get information about stipends, reimbursements, and other instructions for presenters.

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

April 17, 2024 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Teaching Reading Vocabulary

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/17/24 Vocabulary is everyone’s favorite reading component! And helping students master reading vocabulary is a key to helping them master comprehension. But how many words should you teach? And which words are the most important? What strategies are best for helping students learn new words?… Learn More

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April 18, 2024 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
ATLAS
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CCRS Support Webinar (3 of 3): CCRS + TIF = A match made in heaven! 

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Registration Deadline: THU. 4/18/24 The standards for adult education can be confusing – CCRS, TIF, & Northstar, oh my!  They are all important, of course, and we know students need everything, everything, all at once!  Here’s the truth – the standards all interact, all the time.  Join state… Learn More

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April 19, 2024 9:00 am–1:00 pm
ATLAS
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Adult Career Pathways Institute

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 4/19/24 Join ATLAS for a half day, virtual conference on all things Adult Career Pathway! This year’s ACP Institute will feature a welcome from Minnesota ABE Director, Brad Hasskamp. We will introduce Credential Specialists in the areas of Certified Nursing Assistant, Community Interpreter and… Learn More

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