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CCRS for Adult Education

The College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) is the document that lays out the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills. CCRS is one of the three components - along with the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards - of the Minnesota ABE content standards.

Levels of Learning Mathematics

Developed by Appalachian State University, this resource outlines the levels of learning math proposed by Mahesh C. Sharma: intuitive, concrete/experiential, pictorial/representational, abstract, applications, and communication. The chart explains each level and gives an example of what that level would look like in the classroom.

Stress Reduction in the Adult Basic Education Classroom

Teachers recognize the value of their classrooms as safe venues for adults to practice healthy coping skills and to develop supports, but they are not always comfortable knowing how to respond to the emotional needs of students. While teachers are not therapists, they can be educated in approaches that promote emotional and psychological well-being, and incorporate strategies into the classroom that help students to learn more efficiently.

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.

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.

e-Advanced Alphabetics

NEW SLIDES RECENTLY ADDED! This electronic, screen-shareable resource includes Google slide sets (in PDF format) for remotely teaching compound words, common suffixes, common prefixes, and related word families.

Trello

Trello is an app used for collaboration and project management, allowing users to create virtual boards to manage their workflow, and then customize those boards by adding lists and cards. Users can also attach files, checklists, and comments to the cards, as well as sharing their boards. A student working on her Adult Diploma, for example, could create a board and share it with her teachers in order to get virtual feedback and support.

Teaching with Current Events in Your Classroom

The Current Events Teacher Checklist from Facing History and Ourselves provides a step-by-step guide for teachers looking to incorporate reading and discussion about current events into their classroom. This website also offers a variety of accompanying activity suggestions and a moderated list of online news sources. Appropriate for intermediate level ESL and up.

Great Writing 3: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Great Writing 3: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays from Cengage/National Geographic Learning. This Resource Evaluation was originally completed by a participant in the 2018/19 CCRS Implementation Cohort.

USA LEARNS English Course 1 – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is USA LEARNS English Course 1.

Ventures 1 Workbook – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Ventures 1 Workbook by Cambridge University Press.

Grammar and Beyond, Level 1 – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Grammar and Beyond, Level 1 by Cambridge University Press.

The Guardian Newsletter – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is The Guardian Newsletter.

All Star 2 – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is McGraw-Hill's All Star 2.

We the People – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is We the People by the Center for Civic Education.

College Reading Essentials – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is College Reading Essentials from Townsend Press.

Common Lit Website – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is the website Common Lit.

Six-Way Paragraphs in the Content Areas Intro Level – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is Six-Way Paragraphs in the Content Areas Introductory Level.

Reading Vine Website – Evaluation

The resource evaluated here for ELA CCRS alignment is the website Reading Vine.

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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.

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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

September 21, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Burlington English
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MN Lunch & Learn: Using Progress to Engage Students

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 9/21/21 In this session, we will have an overview of how to use Progress and also go over the reports feature. We will go through helpful tips on how to increase student usage. NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for their BE account. Learn More

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September 22, 2021 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Minnesota Department of Education
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Web Chat with MNABE

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Registration Deadline: WED. 9/22/21 Web Chat with MNABE is a webinar discussion led by state ABE staff from the Minnesota Department of Education. Web Chat webinars provide updates from the state ABE office on new and emerging issues and an opportunity for local ABE staff to ask questions… Learn More

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September 22, 2021 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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I Hear You! Effective Listening Instruction for English Language Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 9/22/21 Learn how explicit listening instruction builds a foundation for literacy skills and fosters independence for language learners. This workshop will identify authentic learning tasks that English learners encounter daily, try out a variety of listening activities across multiple levels, and discuss which explicit listening… Learn More

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