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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

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.

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.

TIF-Lens Series: “Zoom In” on Navigating Systems (NS)

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.

A New Opportunity: Using Standards to Enhance Speaking and Listening Instruction in ESL

This session grappled with how content standards help us to teach the vital speaking and listening skills our learners need; identified ways in which the CCRS Speaking and Listening standards and the TIF Effective Communication skills are already being addressed in ESL classrooms; and identified the ways we can use content standards to boost rigor in our classes and improve the oral language demanded of our learners in today’s world.

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FAQs: Volunteers

What role do volunteers play in adult education? What benefits could volunteers have on my adult education programming? Learn answers to these questions and more here!

FAQs: Adult Ed Model & Delivery System

Where can I find a map of the adult education consortia in MN? How does ABE funding work? Who works at the state ABE office? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

FAQs: MN Adult Secondary Credentials

What is a secondary credential? What are the 3 options for earning a secondary credential in MN? What is the Standard Adult High School Diploma? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

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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.

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February 1, 2023 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
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WebChat with MN ABE

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Registration Deadline:  WED. 2/1/23 If you need ASL interpretation for this event, please contact Wendy Her at info@literacyactionnetwork.org by Monday, January 23rd, 2023. Web Chat with MN ABE is a webinar discussion led by state ABE staff from the Minnesota Department of Education. Web Chat webinars provide updates… Learn More

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MobyMax Webinar #4: Progress Monitoring

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Registration Deadline: WED. 2/1/23 In this session, we will discuss how teachers can review learner progress and results. We will also examine specific reports that allow teachers to track learners’ time on task as well as standards and skills mastered. Learn More

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February 2, 2023 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
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TABE Online Review and Technology Discussion

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Registration Deadline: NONE; just click the Join Meeting link below Please join us virtually on Thursday, February 2 – 1:00-2:30 pm, for an overview of TABE Online. TABE representatives will provide a review of using the DRC Insight portal to administer tests. General information, user management, and setting… Learn More

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