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Taking Care of Yourself: A Checklist

This checklist outlines the three basic aspects of self-care – awareness, balance, and connection – and offers a list of ideas for self-care strategies to use after a difficult event. As the resource indicates, "There are several ways you can find balance, be aware of your needs, and make connections. Use this list to help you decide which self-care strategies will work for you."

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.

Building Academic Vocabulary Knowledge with Semantic Maps

Participants in this workout will consider the types of knowledge needed to thoroughly know a word and use semantic maps to build understanding of academic vocabulary.

Finding Academic Vocabulary in a Text

Participants in this workout will analyze vocabulary in a text using 3 different online vocabulary tools, two aligned with the previous and current Academic Word Lists and one aligned with the first 2000 most common written words.

Making Sense of a Standard

Participants in this workout break apart a given standard into meaningful sections, and articulate the relationship between the content of the sections. They then brainstorm strategies, objectives and learning targets for a given standard.

Teaching ABE Students About Mental Health

This virtual workshop is provided by PANDA - Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists. Workshop participants will reflect on questions regarding teaching ABE students of all levels about mental health and common mental health concerns. Participants will also review "What is Mental Health?" and "Common Mental Health Concerns" lesson plans and resources to consider uses within their own contexts.

CCRS in Action PLC (Professional Learning Community)

The CCRS in Action PLC is a "light" version of the CCRS Implementation Cohort that includes a facilitation guide, Google Slides presentations, and all accompanying materials needed to lead the PLC in your program - for ELA, Math, or both. The PLC uses the same tools for instructors to practice analyzing lessons, units, instructional tasks, and resources that are used in CCRS Cohort. There are many opportunities to customize the PLC to fit the needs of your program. It was designed for eight 90-minute meetings, but can be adjusted to fit your needs.

Promoting Collaborative Accountability to Text Evidence

Participants in this workout will collaborate with peers to practice and reflect on a routine to hold learners accountable for supporting text-dependent questions with evidence from the text.

The “Why” Behind Cross-Multiplication

Participants in this workout examine why only teaching the process of “cross-multiplying and dividing” without developing conceptual understanding of this process is detrimental to student learning and will understand the importance of teaching conceptual understanding for commonly used algorithms.

Borrowing/Carrying –> Regrouping

Participants in this workout learn to teach strategies that support conceptual understanding of place value instead of the algorithm.

Let’s Talk About Dots!

Participants in this workout identify a low-risk strategy for students to see math as patterns and practice speaking about patterns,articulate ways to encourage student sharing around math topics, and consider the creativity present in math.

Showing Evidence Using Academic Language with Low Literacy Learners

Participants in this workout practice scaffolding a lesson in which literacy level learners can use academic language to show evidence in a text.

Evaluating Free Text Resources

Participants in this workout evaluate a free online text resource for alignment to the ELA shifts of complexity, evidence and knowledge.

Matching Readers with Texts and Tasks

Participants review how to interpret quantitative Lexile or ATOS scores of text complexity and apply text complexity measures to classroom situations to aid in choosing texts and activities.

Building Conceptual Understanding

Participants in this workout consider the conceptual understanding behind the traditional algorithm for long division and then recognize the importance of building students’ conceptual understanding beyond this example of long division and into every area of math.

Content-Based Language Teaching with Technology

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition provides professional development and online resources that help foreign language and immersion teachers create content-based lessons/units using technology to enhance students' language proficiency and content or cultural knowledge. Includes instructional modules for teacher professional development and lesson plans and modules that can be used in classes.

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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Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture

This site lists characteristics of white supremacy culture that regularly appear in organizations, as well as "antidotes" to combat them. These characteristics are shown as damaging to both people of color and white people because they are "used as norms and standards without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group" and they promote white supremacy thinking.

Sight Words

For teachers serving beginning-level adult readers and working on alphabetics, this website provides a FREE source of sight word flashcards, games, lessons, and activities. All are focused on the Dolch Sight and Fry Instant lists; two collections of words that all beginning readers (at GE K-3) should recognize without sounding out letter by letter.

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.

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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

December 2, 2020 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 12/2/20 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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December 3, 2020 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Welcoming Counter-Stories in the ABE Classroom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 12/3/20 Counter-stories are a tool used by minoritized communities to tell stories that reflect their experiences and knowledge. Counter-stories challenge the grand narratives accepted and advanced by the majority in society. As adult learners are invited to speak openly and share their experiences and… Learn More

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December 3, 2020 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
ATLAS
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Adult Career Pathways Webinar #2 – Collaboration in ACPs: Co-teaching for Student Success!

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Registration Deadline: THU. 12/3/20 Wondering about ways to collaborate and improve co-teaching with Adult Career Pathways (ACP)? We’re all in this together!  Hear from MDE staff and ACP leaders around the state on this important topic. We’ll share current examples of successful ACP collaborative efforts big and small, as… Learn More

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