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“Minds On” Project-Based Learning in Adult Career Pathways: Designing Well-Balanced Career-Based Lessons for Low-Literacy English Language Learners

In project-based learning (PBL) students pose an important problem or issue, identify how to respond, and present results to a wider audience.  Using PBL in adult career pathway (ACP) courses can develop mastery of academic and occupational content, help master transitions skills, and promotes equity.  This PowerPoint slide set outlines the components of PBL as implemented in an ACP course, research about the effectiveness of PBL, and concrete examples of PBL used with low-literacy ELLs.

Using Graphic Organizers to Develop Academic Writing

This PowerPoint covers topics such as academic writing skills adult learners need; teacher and learner challenges related to academic writing; strategies or supports that make academic writing possible for adult learners; and how teaching graphic organizers can be effective with adult learners at different levels.

Teaching Academic Writing to Adult English Learners

This PowerPoint shares the importance of teaching academic writing in the 21st century; reports on a 2014-2015 survey of adult ESL writing instruction; briefly describes ten approaches that are better aligned with academic writing skill development; and concludes with references for exploration by ABE/ESL writing teachers.

In Their Own Words: Reading and Understanding Through Paraphrasing

Effective paraphrasing builds students' reading and writing skills and boosts comprehension of complex texts. Summarized here are materials and techniques for teaching paraphrasing in various ABE contexts, including addressing paraphrasing for the GED 2014 Extended Response.

Skills Commons

Skills Commons is a collection of Workforce Training-related open educational resources (OERs). The website is fully searchable, enabling users to look for materials by material type, institution, credential type, industry or occupation.

Reaching into Rigor

From 2015-2016 ABE Regionals and 2016 Summer Institute - Rebecca Strom, Nadine Holthaus, Amber Delliger; Andy Albee

Introduction to Minnesota’s ABE Content Standards

From 2016 Summer Institute - Astrid Liden & Patsy Egan

Coherence in Our Classrooms

From 2015-2016 ABE Regionals and 2016 Summer Institute - Rebecca Strom, Abby Roza

Sounds of English

Sounds of English is a collaboration by Holly Gray and Sharon Widmayer that they started to help their ESL students develop their pronunciation and speaking skills. The site has been expanded to include information about their past research and presentations, lessons and activities for ESL teachers, and more.

Incorporating Goal-Setting in Adult ESL Classrooms

This PowerPoint outlines goal-setting projects and their results in beginning level adult ESL classrooms. Images of handouts and descriptions of activities are provided.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Self-Management (SM)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

Using ACES to Plan, Implement, and Evaluate Transitions-Minded Instruction

From 2016 ABE Summer Institute - Stephanie Sommers, Heather Turngren

What are the CCRS and Why Should I Care?

From 2014 ABE Summer Institute - Patsy Vinogradov, Lia Conklin Olson, Astrid Liden, Kristine Kelly, Amber Delliger

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Critical Thinking (CT)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Developing a Future Pathway (DFP)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Effective Communication (EC)

TIF-Lens Webinars and Workshops provide hands-on practice using the A-C-E-S process to integrate TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) skills from the targeted category.

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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."

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

The authors explain, "The purpose of this paper is to develop a working concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach and to develop a shared understanding of these concepts that would be acceptable and appropriate across an array of service systems and stakeholder groups.... The desired goal is to build a framework that helps systems 'talk' to each other, to understand better the connections between trauma and behavioral health issues, and to guide systems to become trauma-informed."

Call to Mind: Spotlight on Childhood Trauma

According to the website, Call to Mind is an initiative by MPR to inform and generate conversations about mental health. This podcast explores the impact of childhood trauma on mental health and suggests ways to build resilience in children. The impact of childhood trauma on adults is applicable to ABE practitioners.

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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

October 26, 2020 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
ATLAS
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ABE Foundations at a Distance: Special Pandemic Edition! – Webinar 3

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Registration Deadline: MON. 10/26/20 This fall, due to the inability to hold the in-person ABE Foundations Workshop, the online course is a great option for those new to ABE!  However, it’s a lot of information, and we recognize that having the in-person… Learn More

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October 27, 2020 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
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CCRS at a Distance: Seriously?!

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 10/27/20 Implementing CCRS is challenging enough in the best of circumstances, and 2020 has been anything but typical.  How can we do standards-based education (math and ELA) when we can’t even see our students in person?!  Join CCRS leaders Kristine Kelly and Lindsey Pust… Learn More

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October 28, 2020 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Please Say That Again: Virtual Pronunciation Instruction for Adult ESL Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 10/28/20 It can be challenging to make yourself understood over the phone, even for native English speakers! In this webinar, learn about three different pronunciation features that can be taught and practiced during virtual video instruction. Participants will learn how the three features impact speakers’… Learn More

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