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Physical Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Physical Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Nature of Science & Engineering Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Nature of Science & Engineering. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Life Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Life Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Earth & Space Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Earth & Space Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

U.S. Government Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma compentencies in U.S. Government. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Geography Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma compentencies in Geography. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

History Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in History. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Economics Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Economics. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Rubrics for Providing Writing Feedback

These two rubrics were created by Stephanie Sommers, Writing Curriculum Team Lead with Minneapolis Adult Education. They are examples of single point rubrics, a format with "at target" expectations in a middle column, a blank column to the left for "below target," and another blank column to the right for "above target." This provides students with specific and valuable teacher feedback for improving their performance.

Implicit Bias Test

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is an initiative of Project Implicit, an international nonprofit collaborative that researches "thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control." The IAT consists of a series of tests that can be taken to measure personal attitudes on race, religion, gender and sexual identity, ability, age, etc., as a first step towards addressing implicit bias.

Anti-Racist Educator Self-Examination and Questionnaire

This working document is intended be used as a tool for educators to reflect on their own pedagogical assumptions, biases, backgrounds, and preconceived notions, with a view to enabling teachers to intentionally create anti-racist classes.

The Joy of ESL with Teacher Kelly

Find great examples of lower level assessment tools, including needs assessments, rubrics and checklists, and self-assessment resources that can be adapted for various topics and content.

e-Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA) Processes and Scoring for Teachers and Testers

A PDF companion to the other e-DRA slides and documents that: (1) outlines standard testing processes step-by-step, (2) supports accurate scoring and determination of Grade, Mastery, and Instructional Levels, and (3) provides text-dependent comprehension questions.

Comprehension Interview

The Comprehension Interview is an informal tool for asking students about their reading habits, content choices, and use of strategies before, during, or after reading. Although optional, it does inform which strategies need to be taught during limited instructional time.

BADER Comprehension

BADER Comprehension includes graded passages for assessing students’ Mastery Levels (the highest level where they orally answered 75% of text-dependent questions correctly) and determining their Instructional Levels (by adding one).

BADER Fluency

BADER Fluency includes graded passages for assessing and determining students’ Instructional Levels (typically, within a range of two, where they struggled with word accuracy, appropriate rate, and meaningful phrasing).

Sylvia Greene’s Informal Word Analysis Inventory

Sylvia Greene’s Informal Word Analysis Inventory includes sequential word lists for assessing students’ phonics knowledge (not GE or Level). It can be presented as an individual reading test or dictated as a group spelling test. The results determine starting points for teaching the many consonant and vowel patterns used in the English language.

Word Reading Test

The Word Reading Test includes graded word lists for assessing students’ quick and correct word recognition (not perfect pronunciation) and determining Mastery Grade Equivalents (or GE). Generally, Mastery GE 1-3 indicates need for phonics instruction and Mastery GE 4-8 indicates readiness for multisyllable decoding skills.

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Career Conversations from the American School Counselor Association

There are several Career Conversations toolkits, each with a specific focus. Each toolkit is organized around various mind sets and behaviors that are strikingly similar to the categories in the TIF. Learning strategies, self-management skills, and social skills (similar to effective communication) are all represented, and there are questions that align to each area. The toolkit questions are rich and engaging, and they could be used in myriad ways with adult learners.

Physical Science Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Physical Science. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

Nature of Science & Engineering Task

This task provides an opportunity for an adult diploma student to demonstrate diploma competencies in Nature of Science & Engineering. The resource includes teacher-facing instructions, student-facing instructions, and materials needed to complete the entire task. Components of this task are also appropriate for use with GED learners.

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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.

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September 28, 2021 9:00 am–10:30 am
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SiD Fall Focus: Solving Common Data Problems

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 9/28/21 Target audience: data entry staff During the session we plan to cover: the expiring Covid Exemption and how to find students who need an NRS test data cleanup and common problem areas the latest updates and breaking news We’ll take your questions during the… Learn More

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September 28, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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MN Lunch & Learn with Burlington English: Prepare for CASAS Part 1

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 9/28/21 In this session, we will have an overview of the Prepare for CASAS tile and explore the functions of the In-Class Lessons. NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for their BE account. Learn More

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ABE-DevEd Affinity Group

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Registration Deadline: NONE; please click the Join Zoom link below to join on the day of the meeting: JOIN ZOOM (the passcode is Partners!) The ABE-DevEd Affinity Group was established in academic year 2020-21 and will continue in 2021-22, meeting via Zoom.  The… Learn More

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