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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Healthcare Careers (Metro South)

Provides an overview of entry-level healthcare careers available in four categories – patient care, imaging and diagnostics, administrative and support services, and health information and records – plus an introduction to vocabulary and concepts that are explored more in-depth in higher level career pathways courses.

English for Health, First Aid and CPR Certification

Introduces students to the study of the human body, the healthcare career field and providing first aid and CPR in a health emergency while integrating English, literacy and technology skills.  A licensed CPR trainer will co-teach with an ESL teacher to prepare students to become certified in American Health Association (AHA) CPR, AED & First Aid.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Bridge Course

Prepares students for the Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide course at Saint Paul College. Topics include: Introduction to Healthcare, Basic Human Needs, Communication, Clean Safe Environment, Vital Signs, Personal Care, Activity and Exercise, Food and Fluids, Elimination, Specials Needs, and Orientation to the Workplace.

Healthcare Career Foundations

For students interested in exploring healthcare careers (inc. CNA, health unit coordinator, phlebologist, emergency medical technician).  Students develop vocabulary and pragmatic awareness for appropriate communications with various people within a healthcare setting. Focus also includes reading, language, digital literacy and numeracy skills.

MN Driver’s License Prep

The course focuses on the knowledge and requirements needed to pass the MN driver’s license written exam, based on the MN Driver’s Manual.  Focuses on road knowledge, traffic laws, vehicle operation and signage.

MN Driver’s Permit

This course is written for a wide range of learners who want support studying for the MN Knowledge (Written) Exam.  The course follows the Minnesota Driver’s Manual chapters 1-8.

Minnesota Driver’s License Written Exam Prep

This class is designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with the basic vocabulary, signs and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion for their Minnesota Driver’s License. The course covers most of the topics in the Minnesota driver’s education manual.

Economics and Budget Creation

In this unit, students explore concepts and vocabulary that are important to the study of economics, think critically about wants versus needs, and engage in exercises to help them prioritize spending and make financial decisions. Students also begin to learn about credit and how credit scores are determined.

Contextualized Food Manager Certificate Unit

This contextualized curriculum is designed for students to learn content to obtain the state-issued food safety manager certificate. The course focuses on the areas of basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination & allergens, time and temperature, and cleaning and sanitation.

Vocabulary Workouts

This evidence-based curriculum provides 60 workouts for the most common Tier 2 words from the Academic Word List. Each one-page, vocabulary workout presents a headword (e.g., analyze), 1-2 related words (e.g., analysis), parts of speech, definitions, contexts, conversation practice, and writing prompts.

Vocabulary Units

Tier 2 words are essential for ABE students to know in order to read and understand the academic language used in print or online text. For each Lesson in this curriculum, there are Teacher Notes for modeling, Student Activities for guided practice and application to context, and Teacher Answer Keys for checking. Each Unit also has a Review activity.

Vocabulary Lessons

This online vocabulary curriculum includes 38 lessons. Each lesson is focused on 5 Tier 2 (or academic) words and provides a Knowledge Rating Scale, definitions, synonyms/antonyms, examples, and guided practice activities. It is useful for Intermediate level students.

Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study

This scripted, ready-to-print, curriculum package is designed to improve accurate and fluent word reading and word spelling. It is useful for Intermediate level students.

Burlington English Career Exploration and Soft Skills

Course integrates instruction on career pathways with essential workplace soft skills. Students explore career clusters, plan a possible career pathway, learn about education and training, and master the interpersonal and workplace soft skills they need to ensure success in the workplace.

Manufacturing Careers Bridge

Students become familiar with manufacturing career pathways offered through the local community and technical college. They analyze regional labor market data for the manufacturing industry and identify entry-level manufacturing employment options. Basic manufacturing concepts and terminology are covered.

New Resources

New Academic Word List (NAWL) Finder and Sorter

EAPFoundation.com offers a free electronic tool for finding, highlighting, and sorting academic words within texts. Their word source is the New Academic Word List or NAWL, a recent update of the Academic Word List or AWL. There is also the option of creating a simple, head word, or word family gapfill, where the found academic words become blanks in the text. 

Playing with Text Dependent Questions

Participants in this ELA Teacher Workout strengthen an existing set of text questions to more strongly align to one or more CCR Standards and create questions that inspire readers to engage with text and fellow students.

Supplying the Answer

Participants in this Math Teacher Workout consider how “devaluing the answer” leads to rich mathematical conversations and deeper learning for students as well as gain comfort with Mathematical Practice 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

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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 13, 2019 10:00 am–11:00 am
Minnesota Literacy Council

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment – 11/13/19

Northstar LMS: Let’s talk about the new learner management system (LMS), and how it can be used to support your learners. Learn More

November 14, 2019 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

An Overview of Somali History, Culture and Language

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: THU. 11/14/19 The Somali Museum of Minnesota will bring their expert knowledge of Somali history, culture and language to you at an upcoming event at the Minnesota Literacy Council. Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Adan Dirie, Director of Public Programs at… Learn More

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
November 19, 2019 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Minnesota Department of Education
North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, 55126

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Fall Managers’ Workshop

North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, 55126

Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/19/19 Registration is now open for the Fall ABE Managers’ Workshop. The expectation is that every Minnesota ABE consortium send at least one representative to this workshop. Registration and morning refreshments are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Learn More

North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, 55126