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NEW! Metro South Employability Skills Resource Collection

This excellent collection of resources was put together by Alison Wilcox and Metro South ABE. It contains videos that help students to understand what is meant by the terms "soft skills" and "transferable skills." It also contains links to other resources, such as a transferable skills checklist, a skills inventory, and a list of verbs that can be used for resumes.

Teaching Skills That Matter – Navigating Systems

The Teaching Skills That Matter initiative provides high-quality teaching materials and instructional videos that highlight 9 skills that are essential for success in work and community life - including Navigating Systems. The lessons are also designed to build knowledge in 5 key content areas: Civics Education, Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Workplace Preparation. The toolkit lessons can be used with both native and non-native English speakers, and they were designed by national experts in each content area.

Teaching Skills That Matter – Critical Thinking

The Teaching Skills That Matter initiative provides high-quality teaching materials and instructional videos that highlight 9 skills that are essential for success in work and community life - including Critical Thinking. The lessons are also designed to build knowledge in 5 key content areas: Civics Education, Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, and Workplace Preparation. The toolkit lessons can be used with both native and non-native English speakers, and they were designed by national experts in each content area.

Anti-Racism Resources

The document is a resource list for white people to deepen their understanding of racism. Included in this list are resources that provide historical as well as the current context of racism in America.

Teaching Tolorance

According to their website, "Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Their program program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. Teachers can search by resource type (lesson plan, student text, teaching strategies, etc.), grade level, subject (ESL, Civics, Language Arts, etc.), and topic (race & ethnicity, gender & sexual identity, class, etc.)."

Justice in June

For those who want to become active anti-racist allies, this list is full of dynamic readings (longer and shorter), podcasts, and various conversations particularly geared toward this goal at this moment. This resource was created for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.

Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Education Project is a vast resource collection that contains a variety of materials for teaching history through a social justice lens. The resources include, among other things, posters, audio clips, film clips, songs and poems, and PDF copies of teaching materials. They are perfect for building the Critical Thinking skill of learning to recognize bias, assumptions and multiple perspectives.

Minnesota Association of Workforce Boards (MAWB) Website

MAWB represents the cooperative efforts of 16 area workforce development boards across the state. The MAWB website is the go-to online source for regional and local workforce development board plans, WIOA resources, the Governor’s workforce development board, and much more.

CollectEdNY.org – ELA

This site hosts resources in all content areas, including English Language Arts. Some of the materials are taken from K-12, but they are all framed and explored in the context of adult education classrooms. The site is divided into four main parts: 1. Resource Reviews Find free, quality teaching resources…

Skillblox

Skillblox is a tool created by CrowdED Learning in response to the question “What if instead of searching various books and sites for quality content, they were all organized in one place?” This database of content streamlines the process of creating targeted and individualized learning plans (online packets, if you will) for adult education students. It is searchable by CCR standards, and soon TABE 11/12 competencies.

CK12.org

This resource contains digital textbooks, interactive exercises, simulations, and more – all openly licensed. Most of their content is for math, science, and social studies, but there is some for English (writing & spelling) as well. They have very good training and support, including a whole series of recorded webinars available on their site. (Just open the “Explore” tab and choose “Webinars.”)

IET-Related Professional Development Video Resources

Nine videos that provide useful guidance in the design and delivery of integrated education and training from the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO).

ACES Resource Library: Critical Thinking

The Critical Thinking page from the ACES resource library contains a wide variety of resources to support teachers looking to incorporate the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) skills into their classroom instruction.

Citizenship Resources

This collection of resources on the ATLAS website provides many resources on teaching citizenship that are relevant to teachers of adult English learners.

Workforce Atlas

Not a course, but a resource that can be used in any career pathways course/program.  Resources include videos, worksheets, templates, and career-specific guides and infographics.  An Implementation Guide is provided for instructors/program staff for effective utilization of the website. || AUTHOR: ProLiteracy and Pearson

Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed

Transparency is an important part of creating equitable learning environments in which all students can find success. The Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed (TILT) website hosts a useful collection of resources to help teachers better understand what transparent assignments look like and how to start creating them.

Refugee and International Health – MN DHS

This MN Department of Health website contains descriptions of trainings on refugee resettlement offered by the MN DHS, as well as links to informational resources on refugee resettlement in Minnesota and the U.S.

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. 

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Disabilities Resources

For resources related to disabilities in ABE, please visit the website of PANDA - Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists: https://pandamn.org/

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Author Peggy McIntosh explains, "I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group." Proceeding from her studies on male privilege, her list outlining the "daily effects of white privilege" is a starting point to help people understand how this dynamic shows up in our lives regardless of intent and without our conscious participation - so that we can begin creating a more equitable society.

NEW! Metro South Employability Skills Resource Collection

This excellent collection of resources was put together by Alison Wilcox and Metro South ABE. It contains videos that help students to understand what is meant by the terms "soft skills" and "transferable skills." It also contains links to other resources, such as a transferable skills checklist, a skills inventory, and a list of verbs that can be used for resumes.

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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

February 2, 2021 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 2/2/21 Join Literacy Minnesota Adult Basic Education and ESL trainers for a virtual workshop on how to be an effective tutor from a distance! Learn best practices for connecting and communicating one-on-one with adult learners on the phone or online, get suggestions for correcting… Learn More

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February 3, 2021 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Making It Work: Adapting Materials 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 2/3/21 The transition to remote tutoring offers a variety of rewards and challenges. In this workshop, learn recommendations for adapting materials designed for in-person instruction into a remote teaching format. (WhatsApp will be modeled for one-to-one tutoring, Zoom will be modeled for small group… Learn More

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February 5, 2021 9:30 am–11:00 am
ATLAS
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EBRI Study Circle – Virtual

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This series of six meetings, facilitated by Marn Frank, ATLAS, from early February through early May will introduce the foundations of and best practices for evidence-based reading instruction (or EBRI). The content will include: the four reading components and their interrelationships, diagnostic reading assessment purposes and processes, explicit instruction for… Learn More

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