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September 2020

September 28, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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Leading the Way During a Pandemic- How to lead when our world is turned upside down

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Registration Deadline: SAT. 9/27/20 Presented by Indiana state director Marilyn Pitzulo.

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September 29, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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Results Still Matter During a Pandemic: How PD supports local programs during uncertain times

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Registration deadline: MON. 9/28/20 Led by Indiana state director Marilyn Pitzulo, all are welcome.

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September 30, 2020 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
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EdReady New Teacher Training

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Registration Deadline: NONE; please click the Join Zoom Meeting link below to join on the day of the training: JOIN ZOOM MEETING >> This training will provide an orientation to the new Minnesota Adult Education EdReady site. Teachers will learn how to choose courses, help learners enroll, monitor progress and pull distance learning reports. Teacher do not need to register for the session, but anyone who has not yet requested an EdReady teacher account should do so at least 48…

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September 30, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

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Registration deadline: WED. 9/30/20 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 learners experience success. Topics covered include: how to write effective objectives to guide your planning, tried and true planning methods and lesson plan formats, and how to build in comprehension checks throughout…

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October 2020

October 1, 2020 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
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STAR 19/20, Webinar 3

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This event is for STAR 19/20 leaders, trainers, managers, and teachers ONLY. Registration Deadline: THU. 10/1/20 This third, required webinar for the STAR 19/20 cohort will focus on “real” action plan updating, “real” reading routine building, and “real” peer coaching to conclude an extended and challenging training year. STAR trainers and teachers will also share their online teaching experiences, recommendations, and resources to support launching of STAR’s proven practices during school year 2020-2021. If you require ASL Interpretation, please contact…

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October 2, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Practicing Reading Fluency from Afar

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 10/2/20 Come and review the important role of fluency in reading instruction. We will discuss the three key components of reading fluency and look at a variety of activities tutors and teachers can try. We will talk about the mechanics of doing fluency practice via Zoom, Google Meets, Teams or any other remote tutoring tool (including the phone!). Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share resources. This workshop will be most useful for…

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October 6, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 10/6/20 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 errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover language activities that can be done over the phone or on a video call. Can’t wait to “see” you there!

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October 6, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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SiD and the Adult Literacy Hotline Will Include Disability Accommodations

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 10/6/20 Literacy Minnesota, PANDA and Urban Planet are teaming up to co-present a webinar announcing new disability accommodation search options integrated into SiD and the Adult Literacy Hotline. These expanded search options will allow your ABE program to add currently offered accommodations and give adult learners more access to seek available accommodations. New search options include accommodations for blindness or low vision, deafness or hearing loss, learning disabilities, accessible buildings and more. Join us on Tuesday, October…

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October 7, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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Part One: Equity and Access for ALL Learners

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Registration deadline: TUE. 10/6/20 Learn how teacher training has evolved to meet the needs of today’s learners and the innovations used for remote learning during this pandemic, presented by Illinois state director Kathy Olesen-Tracey.

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October 7, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Making It Work: Adapting Materials 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 10/7/20 The transition to remote tutoring offers a variety of rewards and challenges. In this workshop, learn recommendations for adapting materials designed for in-person instruction into a remote teaching format (WhatsApp will be modeled for one-to-one tutoring, Zoom will be modeled for small group instruction). The presenter will demonstrate approaches for introducing reading, writing, and vocabulary on a phone or computer, and will model adaptations for common ESL classroom activities. Participants will receive a handout that includes…

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October 8, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Islamophobia in the United States

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Registration Deadline: THU. 10/8/20 Muslim-Americans have been part of the fabric of the United States for centuries. Yet the religion of Islam and those who identify as Muslim continue to be misunderstood, misrepresented, and targeted. This session will cover some of the core principles of Islam, its geographical impact, and the daily experiences of Muslim-Americans. Common stereotypes of Islam will also be addressed. Our time will also focus on Somali-Americans living in Minnesota, including the results of a qualitative narrative…

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October 8, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
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Part Two: Equity in Instruction Using Universal Design for Learning

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Registration deadline: WED. 10/7/20 Learn how to easily use University Design for Learning to optimize teaching and learning for ALL students, presented by Illinois state director Kathy Olesen-Tracey.

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October 8, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 10/8/20 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 errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover language activities that can be done over the phone or on a video call. Can’t wait to “see” you there!

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October 12, 2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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ABE Foundations at a Distance: Special Pandemic Edition! – Webinar 1

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Registration Deadline: MON. 10/12/20  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 workshop allows you to ask questions, meet key leaders in the field, and build relationships with other colleagues new to ABE.  So to add to the online course experience, we are offering 3 webinars to support your entry…

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October 12, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

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Registration Deadline: MON. 10/12/20 Vocabulary is everyone’s favorite reading component! And helping students master reading vocabulary is a key to helping them master comprehension. But how many words should you teach? And which words are the most important? What strategies are best for helping students learn new words? How do you get students to make new words part of their receptive and productive vocabularies? This webinar will focus on the theory and best practice behind choosing, teaching and reviewing reading…

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October 13, 2020 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Northstar Webinar: Making the Most of NSOL

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Registration Deadline: NONE; simply click the Join GoToMeeting link below to join on the day of the training: Join GoToMeeting Join us and learn how to create NSOL accounts for your learners. We’ll also discuss how to use the assessment results page to target and support instruction using NSOL and the teacher-led curriculum.

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October 14, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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More than Words: Teaching Conversation Remotely with Video Calls

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Registration Deadline: WED. 10/14/20 Schools may be closed, but the learning hasn’t stopped! Adult ESL teachers and tutors are finding creative ways to help learners continue to develop their English skills. In this webinar, learn about the phone app WhatsApp, and explore its advantages and limitations as an instructional platform. Discover a variety of ESL conversation activities that can be effectively used remotely, and learn techniques to increase interactive speaking during one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions.

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October 15, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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More than Words: Teaching Conversation Remotely with Video Calls

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Registration Deadline: THU. 10/15/20 Schools may be closed, but the learning hasn’t stopped! Adult ESL teachers and tutors are finding creative ways to help learners continue to develop their English skills. In this webinar, learn about the phone app WhatsApp, and explore its advantages and limitations as an instructional platform. Discover a variety of ESL conversation activities that can be effectively used remotely, and learn techniques to increase interactive speaking during one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions.

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October 19, 2020 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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ABE Foundations at a Distance: Special Pandemic Edition! – Webinar 2

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Registration Deadline: MON. 10/19/20 (link forthcoming) 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 workshop allows you to ask questions, meet key leaders in the field, and build relationships with other colleagues new to ABE.  So to add to the online course experience, we are offering 3 webinars to support…

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October 21, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Racial Equity 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 10/21/20 Join us for a webinar and virtual conversation on racial equity. During this session, we’ll discuss important terms, including racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. We’ll also practice responding to instances of racism in various scenarios. You’ll leave with resources to address and dismantle racism. This is a great session for those who are newer to conversations on race or those who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with others. All are…

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October 22, 2020 – October 23, 2020 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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North ABE Fall 2020 Regional – Restructured and rescheduled for November 5 and 6, 2020

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Due to Covid-19, the North and South Regional events have been repurposed as the Statewide Fall 2020 Teaching and Learning at a Distance Conference on November 5-6, 2020. This virtual conference will be open to attendees from all regions of Minnesota.

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October 22, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Accent Bias and Discrimination in the United States

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Registration Deadline: THU. 10/22/20 Teachers of adult ESL learners often hear stories of learners trying out their new English skills in the community, and being ignored or rebuffed because of their accent. In this workshop, learn about accent bias research, the politics of accent in the United States, and the ways that accent bias can result in discrimination for non-native speakers of English. Participants will role play ways to interrupt accent bias and advocate for English language learners in their…

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October 23, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 10/23/20 Vocabulary is everyone’s favorite reading component! And helping students master reading vocabulary is a key to helping them master comprehension. But how many words should you teach? And which words are the most important? What strategies are best for helping students learn new words? How do you get students to make new words part of their receptive and productive vocabularies? This webinar will focus on the theory and best practice behind choosing, teaching and reviewing reading…

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

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Registration Deadline: MON. 10/26/20 (link forthcoming) 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 workshop allows you to ask questions, meet key leaders in the field, and build relationships with other colleagues new to ABE.  So to add to the online course experience, we are offering 3 webinars to support…

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October 28, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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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’ intelligibility, and explore activities designed to help learners practice using these features in their daily speech.

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October 29, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Please Say That Again: Virtual Pronunciation Instruction for Adult ESL Learners

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Registration Deadline: THU. 10/29/20 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’ intelligibility, and explore activities designed to help learners practice using these features in their daily speech.

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November 2020

November 3, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/3/20 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 errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover language activities that can be done over the phone or on a video call. Can’t wait to “see” you there!

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November 4, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: WED. 11/4/20 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 errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover language activities that can be done over the phone or on a video call. Can’t wait to “see” you there!

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November 5, 2020 – November 6, 2020 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Statewide Fall 2020 Teaching and Learning at a Distance Conference

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Due to Covid-19, the North and South Regional events have been repurposed as the Statewide Fall 2020 Teaching and Learning at a Distance Conference. This virtual conference will be open to attendees from all regions of Minnesota. Registration Deadline: THU. 11/5/20 * REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 Event Flyer/Schedule: FLYER – forthcoming  

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November 5, 2020 – November 6, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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South ABE Fall 2020 Regional – restructured for same dates

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Due to Covid-19, the North and South Regional events have been repurposed as the Statewide Fall 2020 Teaching & Learning at a Distance Conference on November 5-6, 2020. This virtual conference will be open to attendees from all regions of Minnesota.

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November 10, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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One Step at a Time: Remote Tutoring for Literacy Level Learners

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/10/20 Learners with limited English and literacy skills are proving that they are successful remote learners. In this webinar, learn creative approaches that tutors are taking to support literacy level learners through remote one-on-one tutoring using video calls. Participants will learn best practices, try out alphabetics and vocabulary building exercises, and hear success stories from tutors that are making it work!

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November 11, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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One Step at a Time: Remote Tutoring for Literacy Level Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 11/11/20 Learners with limited English and literacy skills are proving that they are successful remote learners. In this webinar, learn creative approaches that tutors are taking to support literacy level learners through remote one-on-one tutoring using video calls. Participants will learn best practices, try out alphabetics and vocabulary building exercises, and hear success stories from tutors that are making it work!

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November 12, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Racial Equity 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 11/12/20 Join us for a webinar and virtual conversation on racial equity. During this session, we’ll discuss important terms, including racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. We’ll also practice responding to instances of racism in various scenarios. You’ll leave with resources to address and dismantle racism. This is a great session for those who are newer to conversations on race or those who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with others. All are…

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November 12, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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LGBTQIA+ Topics in ABE Spaces

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Registration Deadline: THU. 11/12/20 What do welcoming spaces in adult education look like? How can we make sure LGBTQIA+ learners, volunteers and professionals feel they belong? In this session, ABE professionals in the LGBTQIA+ community will invite participants to reflect on and discuss topics of gender and sexuality in ESL/ABE classrooms and instruction. Participants will brainstorm how to include more queer representation in adult education curricula, program environments and materials. Presenters will provide lesson examples for teaching gender-inclusive language. It…

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November 17, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/17/20 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 learners experience success. Topics covered include: how to write effective objectives to guide your planning, tried and true planning methods and lesson plan formats, and how to build in comprehension checks throughout…

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November 19, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Making It Work: Adapting Materials 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 11/19/20 The transition to remote tutoring offers a variety of rewards and challenges. In this workshop, learn recommendations for adapting materials designed for in-person instruction into a remote teaching format (WhatsApp will be modeled for one-to-one tutoring, Zoom will be modeled for small group instruction). The presenter will demonstrate approaches for introducing reading, writing, and vocabulary on a phone or computer, and will model adaptations for common ESL classroom activities. Participants will receive a handout that includes…

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December 2020

December 3, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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ACP Webinar Series – Webinar 2

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Registration Deadline: THU. 12/3/20 Join us for the second of four Adult Career Pathways (ACP) webinars during the 2020-2021 year.  We’re all in this together! Hear from MDE staff and ACP leaders around the state on important ACP topics. We’ll share current examples of successful ACP collaborative efforts big and small, as well as tools and resources to help move your ACP work forward.

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December 4, 2020 8:30 am – 2:45 pm
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2020 VIRTUAL Literacy Volunteer Management Conference

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 11/27/20 The Volunteer Management Conference (VMC) brings together K-12 and Adult Basic Education staff who work with volunteers: coordinators, teachers, and managers alike. It’s a one-day professional development opportunity focused on working with volunteers. This year, the conference will be virtual, on Zoom. Get Ready To: Learn new strategies and ideas through 12 concurrent session offerings Get practical resources you can use right away Be inspired by this year’s award winners for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement Network and share your professional…

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December 8, 2020 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 12/8/20 Trauma and chronic stress can come in many forms, and impact people’s ability to learn new skills and process information in a variety of different ways. In this webinar, learn how stress and trauma can manifest in the classroom, and learn about trauma-informed teaching practices that can help to support positive learning behaviors and increase retention and learner comfort.

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December 9, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 12/9/20 Trauma and chronic stress can come in many forms, and impact people’s ability to learn new skills and process information in a variety of different ways. In this webinar, learn how stress and trauma can manifest in the classroom, and learn about trauma-informed teaching practices that can help to support positive learning behaviors and increase retention and learner comfort.

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January 2021

January 13, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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Web Chat with MN ABE

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Registration Deadline: WED. 1/13/21 Web Chat with MNABE is a webinar discussion hosted by Literacy Action Network and 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 and provide information to the Minnesota Department of Education.

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February 2021

February 16, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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What Is Ableism Anyway? And What Can We Do About It?

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Registration Deadline: TUES. 2/16/21 Disability is often absent from talks about social justice. Yet, people with disabilities have arguably some of the worst U.S. health, education, housing, employment, and community safety outcomes. Why? One answer is ableism. Ableism shapes both how people with disabilities experience society and how society designs its systems of exclusion. In this session, we’ll first look at the word “normal.” Second, we’ll get a snapshot of disability history and how it intersects with race, language, gender,…

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February 23, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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ACP Webinar Series – Webinar 3

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 2/23/20 Join us for the third of four Adult Career Pathways (ACP) webinars during the 2020-2021 year.  We’re all in this together! Hear from MDE staff and ACP leaders around the state on important ACP topics. We’ll share current examples of successful ACP collaborative efforts big and small, as well as tools and resources to help move your ACP work forward.

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March 2021

March 3, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Islamophobia in the United States

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Registration Deadline: WED. 3/3/21 Muslim-Americans have been part of the fabric of the United States for centuries. Yet the religion of Islam and those who identify as Muslim continue to be misunderstood, misrepresented, and targeted. This session will cover some of the core principles of Islam, its geographical impact, and the daily experiences of Muslim-Americans. Common stereotypes of Islam will also be addressed. Our time will also focus on Somali-Americans living in Minnesota, including the results of a qualitative narrative…

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April 2021

April 14, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Accent Bias and Discrimination in the United States

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/14/21 Teachers of adult ESL learners often hear stories of learners trying out their new English skills in the community, and being ignored or rebuffed because of their accent. In this workshop, learn about accent bias research, the politics of accent in the United States, and the ways that accent bias can result in discrimination for non-native speakers of English. Participants will role play ways to interrupt accent bias and advocate for English language learners in their…

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