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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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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

January 19, 2021 10:00 am–11:30 am
Literacy Minnesota
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 1/19/21 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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January 19, 2021 12:30 pm–12:45 pm
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn: Getting to Know the Teacher’s Zone

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 1/19/21 Join your MN BurlingtonEnglish Customer Rep, Angela Donlon for a quick tour of the BE TZ! Learn about the latest updates and enjoy a general time for Q/A. Invite a colleague for this MN Lunch & Learn meeting. Learn More

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January 20, 2021 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
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A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 1/20/21 Whether you are teaching one learner on WhatsApp or a large group on Zoom, lesson planning is a critical part of ensuring learner success with virtual instruction. During this webinar, you will learn how to design lessons so that both the teacher and the… Learn More

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