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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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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.

Success Skills Library (NCTN)

The Personal & Workplace Success Skills Library is a curated collection of resources to guide the integration of personal and workplace success skills into curriculum and instruction, advising and coaching, assessment, and program design. The library is fully searchable and is an excellent resource for those who want to embed more transferable skills into their ABE instruction. This resource touches on all 6 of the TIF categories.

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.

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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

May 17, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn with BurlingtonEnglish: The English in America Course

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Registration Deadline: MON. 5/17/21 Join other MN teachers for a noontime discussion about our English in America course. This is an old favorite which has been updated. Come see how to use this as a stand-alone or supplemental curriculum. NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for their… Learn More

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May 18, 2021 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Getting Familiar with Google Meet

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/18/21 Are you tutoring or teaching ABE learners on Meet? Are you using Meet for the first time or looking to refresh your memory using its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using the platform on your own and… Learn More

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May 18, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Burlington English
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn: English in America

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/18/21 A Walk Through BE’s ‘English in America’ Course: join us as we take a look at the re-vamped EIA course! NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for their BE account. Learn More

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