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Level 1 Interpreter Training Program

Level 1 is an introduction to the terminology used in the Level 2 bridge training called The Community Interpreter (also known in the field as a 40-hour training). Also includes familiarization with technology skills and academic skills that will be used in Level 3 college classes. An additional component is career preparation, including resume development and interview practice. || AUTHOR: Lisa Gibson, Karen Organization of Minnesota

Commercial Driver’s License Exam Prep Course

Students learn the laws, rules and regulations for being a commercial driver. The goal is to pass the state Commercial Driver’s License permit test in order to advance into a career pathway of being a truck or bus driver. || AUTHOR: Elizabeth Harner, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288

Introduction to Health Careers (Adult Options)

Introduces learners to many and varied entry-level and higher-level healthcare positions and builds basic knowledge and skills relevant to any healthcare work.  Topics include hand washing, infection control, basic living needs for humans, and vital signs.  Also covers body systems.  General job-seeking skills are also developed.  Mymncareers.org is used to develop individualized career plans. || AUTHOR: Steve Gernbacher, Adult Options in Education

Creative Job Search Preparation Classes for ABE Students

Three stand-alone sessions: Getting Ready to Find your Job, Job Applications and Resumes, and Interviewing and Keeping a Job. Materials were designed as a lower literacy version of existing Creative Job Search workshops, to better serve ABE-level participants. The course was designed to be given by a team comprised of Workforce Center staff and ABE teacher. || AUTHOR: Donna McLean, Robbinsdale Area Schools, and Irene Connors, Minnesota WorkForce Center - Bloomington

Advanced Child Development

Focuses on stages of development – infant, toddler, preschool and school-age; literacy development; and early childhood education as a profession – careers, roles and responsibilities, ethics and teamwork.  Emphasis is placed on academic and soft skills necessary for ABE and college success; and students are assisted in discerning their own pathway.  In addition to in-class time, there is a volunteer placement at HeadStart, ECFE, day care center or family day care, allowing students to apply what is learned in the classroom into direction action (optional, highly encouraged). || AUTHOR: Jolee Mosher, St. Paul Public Schools

Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Plumbing

Building Basics can be used in a school or community-based program with learners who have expressed a need and desire to learn English in the context of the building trades. The lessons may also be used in instructional settings within the workplace, e.g., contracting or landscaping companies.  Learning activities focus on job-specific vocabulary-building, conversation, workplace skills like schedule-reading, and more. || AUTHOR: Hillary Major, Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

Practicing Speaking & Listening Skills in English in the Workplace: High-Beginning / Low-Intermediate Level

Develops skills and confidence in English speaking and listening, to improve communication in the current workplace.  Topics include time, giving and receiving instructions, asking for clarification, calling in late or sick, safety, and small talk.  Course was designed for and delivered at BIX Produce Co. || AUTHOR: Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, MORE St. Paul

Numeracy Units: Beginning Level

The Hubbs Center has created a series of Beginning Level Numeracy Units based on real-life applications such as consumerism, temperature, time, health, and work. Find lessons and handouts (in Dropbox folders) under the Numeracy Units link on the main webpage.

Immigrant Story Curriculum for English Language Learners

Immigrant Stories is a digital storytelling and archiving project. This curriculum will allow students to create a 3-5 minute digital story about a personal experience using the Immigrant Stories website (https://immigrantstories.umn.edu/). The curriculum includes everything you need to assign the project: a 4-week schedule, lesson plans, a grading rubric, and student handouts.

Immigrant Story Curriculum for English Language Learners

Immigrant Stories is a digital storytelling and archiving project. This curriculum will allow students to create a 3-5 minute digital story about a personal experience using the Immigrant Stories website (https://immigrantstories.umn.edu/). The curriculum includes everything you need to assign the project: a 4-week schedule, lesson plans, a grading rubric, and student handouts.

NYSED/CUNY CareerKits for HSE and ESL Learners

Not a course, but a resource for use in career pathway courses.  Its goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to make informed choices about their career paths.  Each CareerKit activity fulfills a dual purpose – the acquisition of career information and the development of language, literacy and numeracy skills that support achievement on standardized tests.  Units common across all CareerKits: Analyzing the labor market, Knowing myself, Getting prepared (education and experience), In their own voices (workers’ narratives), Technology and society, Choosing a career/finding a job, and Parenting is a job too. || AUTHOR: CUNY Adult Literacy/HSE/ESL Program

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project contains lessons for grades 8 to adult audiences that help students learn about aspects of United States immigration, past and present, through the personal experiences of immigrants and refugees. The lessons highlight digital stories from the Immigrant Stories collection: brief, original videos made by immigrants and refugees.

Introduction to Child Development

Introduces students to the field of early childhood education and childcare. Students learn about different early childhood settings: centers, schools and family. They learn how to interact with children 0-5 years old and their parents. Major topics include developmental milestones, discipline, nutrition, safety and literacy. Introduces vocabulary, concepts and skills used in early childhood education. Class activities include creating and implementing hands-on activities. Also builds students’ reading, writing, math, and computer skills. || AUTHOR: Laura Rutmanis and Laura Kindig Temali, St. Paul ABE

Practicing Reading & Writing Skills in English in the Workplace: High-Intermediate / Advanced Level

Develops skills and confidence in English reading and writing required in the learners’ current workplace. Reading comprehension focuses on charts, memos, and safety signs. Grammar practice includes prepositions, plurals and word order. Writing instruction builds skills in writing 5-sentence paragraphs and if-then statements. || AUTHOR: Mary Ellen Kavanaugh, MORE St. Paul

Pre-CNA

Provides a broad overview on a variety of skills and vocabulary needed to be a CNA. Students learn about various healthcare settings along with important workplace vocabulary, soft skills and potential career pathways. Students explore math necessary to be a CNA and gain knowledge of personal finance math. || AUTHOR: Linnea Lebens, Duluth ABE

Child Development / Health and Safety

Explores the principles and milestones of early child development, emphasizes health and safety information, and introduces early childhood career options.  Learning modes include lecture, discussion, and hands-on experiences. Students also complete CPR/AED/First Aid certification. || AUTHOR: Joyce Evenski, Glacial Lakes ABE

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. || AUTHOR: Adam Kuehnel, Minnesota Department of Corrections

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CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Literacy Level ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 1: Complexity; Reading Anchor 1, Levels A and B; Reading Anchor 2, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchor 2, Level A; and Reading Foundations Anchors 1 and 2. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Ask and answer wh- questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, 3) Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text, 4) Confirm understanding of an oral text by asking and answering questions, and 5) Isolate the initial and final sounds of spoken words. 

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 2: Evidence; Reading Anchors 1, 3, and 7, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchors 1 and 6, Level A; and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Describe the connection between individuals, 3) Use illustrations to describe key ideas, 4) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 5) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 6) Understand and use question words, possessive pronouns, and the progressive verb tense.

CCRS Classroom Videos – ESL

Want to see the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards) in action in an ESL classroom, but don’t have time to get out and observe your colleagues? Look no further than these wonderful classroom videos featuring seasoned instructors from Literacy Minnesota as they expertly implement the…

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

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March 3, 2020 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
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Creating Adult Career Pathways in a One-Room Schoolhouse Setting

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Registration Deadline: TUES. 3/3/20 Career pathways are a key component of MN Adult Education.  All over the state, students are preparing for careers in a wide range of sectors while improving basic skills.  How can we deliver this important instruction in a one-room schoolhouses? Join our… Learn More

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March 5, 2020 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
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Read Theory: Everything you Need to Know to Get Your Learners Reading Online

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/5/20 In this session, Adam Kieffer from the Hubbs Center will provide an overview of the online learning site Read Theory, and how you can begin using it for ABE distance learning. Read Theory is a free, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use reading comprehension… Learn More

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March 6, 2020 8:00 am–3:00 pm
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2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Metro ABE Spring 2020 Regional

Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Registration Deadline: FRI. 2/28/20 (NOTE: Registrations after 2/28/20 will incur a $15 late fee) Event Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville (formerly Radisson Roseville) Event Flyer/Schedule: FLYER Cancellation Policy: Due to non-refundable costs incurred for venue bookings and catering, registrations cancelled less than… Learn More

Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States