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April 2021

April 20, 2021 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn: Student Progress in BE – What’s New?

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/20/21 So much has changed! Join us for this session where you will learn what’s new with locating and using the Student Progress component in BE. NOTE: A BurlingtonEnglish account is required to register. For account setup, contact JennaRose Dahl at: jennarose.d@burlingtonenglish.com

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April 20, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Building Up to Student-Facilitated Conversations

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/20/21 Learn about three essential skills students need in order to join a conversation and keep it going. This webinar will demonstrate how to introduce those strategies and get students talking in small groups online. Come ready to participate in your own small groups and try out the techniques yourself!

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April 20, 2021 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Smashing the Model Minority Myth through a Celebration with Minnesota AAPI Leaders

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/20/21 Join Literacy Minnesota and special guests for a Zoom celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander lives in Minnesota! Come and learn about AAPI representation in education and the arts from Dr. Rose Chu, Senior Policy Fellow at MNEEP and Professor Emerita at Metro State; politics and policy from State House Representative Samantha Vang; diversity and equity in volunteerism from Wendy Vang Roberts, Training Manager at MAVA; and local organizing from MK Nguyen from St. Paul Promise…

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April 21, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Google Meet

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/21/21 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 with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most valuable features of Google Meet from…

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April 21, 2021 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
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Using ACES/TIF to Develop Workplace Preparation Activities

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/21/21 In this webinar we will look at the connection between ACES/TIF and the Workplace Preparation requirement that is a component of both Integrated Education and Training (IET) and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) instruction. We will hear from a panel of teachers who have experience planning workforce preparation activities, and we will explicitly identify how the activities support the development of ACES/TIF skills. Webinar participants will leave with a better understanding of this requirement…

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April 21, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/21/21 Research shows that explicitly teaching a set of comprehension strategies is a great way to help intermediate-level readers maximize their understanding of texts. Come learn a handful of great comprehension tools that will help students develop critical thinking skills and comprehension skills.

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April 22, 2021 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. 4/22/21 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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April 23, 2021 9:30 am – 11:00 am
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EBRI Study Circle – Virtual

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This series of six meetings, facilitated by Marn Frank, ATLAS, from early February through early May will introduce the foundations of and best practices for evidence-based reading instruction (or EBRI). The content will include: the four reading components and their interrelationships, diagnostic reading assessment purposes and processes, explicit instruction for word skills (alphabetics and vocabulary) and text skills (fluency and comprehension), and teacher-recommended print or online teaching resources. Along with full meeting attendance, participants will be expected to complete short…

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April 23, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Racial Equity 101

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 4/23/21 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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April 23, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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MCTM Follow-Up Webinar

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 4/23/21 Let’s share our key takeaways and ideas from the MCTM Spring Conference 2021! Facilitated by Andy Albee, Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program instructor, and Lindsey Pust, ATLAS Numeracy Coordinator.  

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April 26, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Northstar Digital Literacy: Getting started with Northstar

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Registration Deadline: MON. 4/26/21 Are you just getting started with Northstar? Have you been using Northstar for a while but would like a refresher on available resources? Join us for a tour of the features on your Northstar Admin Portal, learn how to add users to Northstar Online Learning, report time on task, track completed assessments by learner, run reports, access curriculum, and find answers to your Northstar questions. The new method of remote proctoring will also be covered. We…

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April 27, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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I Hear You! Effective Listening Instruction for English Language Learners

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/27/21 Come learn how explicit listening instruction builds a foundation for literacy skills and fosters independence for language learners. This workshop will identify authentic learning tasks that English learners encounter daily, try out a variety of listening activities across multiple levels, and discuss which explicit listening strategies are used for each one. Participants will leave with ideas for listening tasks that can be used in remote or in-person instruction.

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April 27, 2021 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
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Close Reading & CCRS – Unpacking a Visual Text

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/27/21 Incorporating a close reading strategy into our instruction is a common best practice. However, how often do we extend that same strategy to visual texts? Can we? During this webinar, you will get an opportunity to experience a close reading activity of a visual text as if you were a student. You will also hear from and collaborate with colleagues to explore the power of pairing visual texts with a close reading routine and reflect on…

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April 27, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
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Tutoring with Northstar Digital Literacy

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/27/21 The last year has shown just how vital digital literacy skills are in society. Northstar Digital Literacy provides a wide-range of tools and resources to help learners develop their digital literacy skills. In the webinar, participants will learn: The features of Northstar Digital Literacy How to set up and proctor a Northstar assessment How to access and use the Northstar Proctor Portal How find assessments and learner information How to access the Northstar Online Learning Portal…

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April 28, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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How Adult Brains Learn Languages

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/28/21 Learn what research has to say about how adult brains learn a new language, how trauma and stress impact learning, and how this influences the teaching practices that we use in the language classroom. Participants will leave the webinar with suggestions for ways teachers and tutors can apply brain-based teaching practices as we are helping adult ESL students develop their language skills.

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April 29, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
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TechChat: Using Classkick in the Virtual Classroom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 4/29/21 Classkick is an ed tech tool that allows an instructor to build web-based slides that can be presentations, assessments, interactive assignments, or all three at once. An instructor can show the presentation to students via projector or screen sharing. Simultaneously or later as homework, the instructor can provide a single URL to all students. Students access the presentation via a browser, and each gets their own set of slides for interactive work. Slides can include images,…

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April 29, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Zoom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 4/29/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

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April 30, 2021 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
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PELSB Cultural Competency Training

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Registration Deadline: THU. 4/8/21 (This registration is for BOTH April 16 and April 30; you do not need to submit a separate registration for each meeting.) Eligibility: Minnesota adult education practitioners only This Cultural Competency training is only open to Minnesota adult educators. Our apologies if you are located outside of Minnesota! Please note that you are welcome to access our Cultural Competency resource library. There is a great deal more to cultural competency than using the right words or choosing…

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April 30, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 4/30/21 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 Meet, 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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May 2021

May 4, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/4/21 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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May 4, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Math Webinar: Exploring Proportions Conceptually Using Desmos

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/4/21 Join us as we explore conceptual understanding of proportions using a Desmos activity we created using “Three-Act Math.” We will explore how we can develop proportional reasoning and how ratios are part of larger patterns. No prior knowledge of Desmos required! Presented by Rebecca Strom, Mankato ABE, and Marcie Vaiphei, Hubbs Center.  

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May 5, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

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Registration Deadline: WED. 5/5/21 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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May 5, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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Web Chat with MN ABE

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Registration Deadline: WED. 5/5/21 Web Chat with MN ABE is a quarterly 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. For those unable to participate, Web Chats are recorded and posted on the Literacy Action…

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May 7, 2021 9:30 am – 11:00 am
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EBRI Study Circle – Virtual

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This series of six meetings, facilitated by Marn Frank, ATLAS, from early February through early May will introduce the foundations of and best practices for evidence-based reading instruction (or EBRI). The content will include: the four reading components and their interrelationships, diagnostic reading assessment purposes and processes, explicit instruction for word skills (alphabetics and vocabulary) and text skills (fluency and comprehension), and teacher-recommended print or online teaching resources. Along with full meeting attendance, participants will be expected to complete short…

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May 11, 2021 10:00 am – 11:45 am
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Tutoring with Northstar Digital Literacy

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/11/21 The last year has shown just how vital digital literacy skills are in society. Northstar Digital Literacy provides a wide-range of tools and resources to help learners develop their digital literacy skills. In the webinar, participants will learn: The features of Northstar Digital Literacy How to set up and proctor a Northstar assessment How to access and use the Northstar Proctor Portal How find assessments and learner information How to access the Northstar Online Learning Portal…

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May 12, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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I Hear You! Effective Listening Instruction for English Language Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 5/12/21 Come learn how explicit listening instruction builds a foundation for literacy skills and fosters independence for language learners. This workshop will identify authentic learning tasks that English learners encounter daily, try out a variety of listening activities across multiple levels, and discuss which explicit listening strategies are used for each one. Participants will leave with ideas for listening tasks that can be used in remote or in-person instruction.

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May 13, 2021 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 5/13/21 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 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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May 13, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Integrated Education and Training (IET) 101

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Registration Deadline: THU. 5/13/21 Join us to learn more about the basic components of IETs! This webinar will focus on the key components of IETs, articulate the value of an IET delivery model, discuss resources to support the development of an IET, and outline the process for IET approval in Minnesota. We’ll also share some best practices and approaches from your Minnesota IET colleagues, and you’ll receive useful IET curriculum planning tools and resources. This webinar is for program administrators,…

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May 13, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Zoom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 5/13/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

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May 14, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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LGBTQIA+ Topics in ABE Spaces

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Registration Deadline: FRI. 5/14/21 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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May 19, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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ACP Career Pathways Webinar #4: Manufacturing Careers Pathway Networking

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Registration Deadline: WED. 5/19/21 Do you currently offer or are planning to focus on manufacturing career pathway programming? Come to this networking session to: Share locations and deliveries of manufacturing instruction across MN ABE to avoid duplication of services and allow for collaboration across regions. Share curriculum and materials for manufacturing ACPs to lessen the burden on individual teachers and programs. Share ways to complete the practical skills portion of the training including partnerships with current manufacturing instructors and professionals.…

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May 19, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 5/19/21 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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May 24, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

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Registration Deadline: MON. 5/24/21 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 Meet, Teams or any other remote tutoring tool (including the phone!). Participants will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share resources.

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May 25, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Zoom

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/25/21 Are you tutoring learners on Zoom? Are you using Zoom for the first time or looking to refresh your memory on how to use its common features? If so, this training will help you become more confident using Zoom on your own and with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most useful features of Zoom from the perspective…

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May 25, 2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Remote Tutoring 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 5/25/21 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 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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May 27, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
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TechChat: Using Padlet in the Virtual Classroom

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Registration Deadline: THU. 5/27/21  Padlet is a web-based digital application where students and teachers and collaborate, share notes, pictures, links, and documents synchronously or asynchronously. It provides an easy and effective way for learners to do group work or work individually. Since it is compatible with a variety of devices, it makes it an efficient way to keep class notes, do projects, and group assignments. Please join ABE teacher Rallou Rice for an overview of Padlet. She will talk about how she…

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June 2021

June 1, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Google Meet

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 6/1/21 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 with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most valuable features of Google Meet from…

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June 3, 2021 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers

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Registration Deadline: THU. 6/3/21 Research shows that explicitly teaching a set of comprehension strategies is a great way to help intermediate-level readers maximize their understanding of texts. Come learn a handful of great comprehension tools that will help students develop critical thinking skills and comprehension skills.

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June 3, 2021 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Taking is SLOW with SSLOs

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Registration Deadline: THU 6/3/21 Join us to learn more about the basic components of IETs! This webinar will focus on an overview of the IET design process and creating standards-based IET curricula with a Single Set of Learning Objectives (SSLO). Guest presenters KayLynn Hamilton, M.Ed. and Blaire Wilson Toso, Ph.D. will guide us through the process of creating SSLOs for your IET. This webinar is for program administrators, curriculum developers, IELCE grant writers and grantees, RTCs, and anyone working with…

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June 14, 2021 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Cultural Perspectives for Diverse Adult Learners

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Registration Deadline: MON. 6/14/21 Anaïs Nin, author of Little Birds, was quoted as saying, “We don’t see people as they are.” Cultural differences can promote diversity in thought and enrichment in a learning environment. These differences can also serve as barriers to student success which is the antithesis of what ought to occur in educational communities. This presentation will cover topics ranging from cultural perspectives and cultural humility to implicit bias in Adult Basic Education. Participants will explore cultural perspectives and…

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June 15, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Google Meet

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 6/15/21 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 with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most valuable features of Google Meet from…

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June 29, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Getting Familiar with Google Meet

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 6/29/21 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 with your learners! Literacy Minnesota recognizes that using new technology can be challenging and confusing, so we created a concise step-by-step training to address the most valuable features of Google Meet from…

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