The online Minnesota Adult Education PD Catalog provides an overview of all MN Adult Ed professional development (PD) activities in one convenient, searchable place. Here you will find brief descriptions of all PD offerings currently provided by the Minnesota Adult Education Support Network.

Note: Not all activities listed here have been scheduled yet, and many can be provided to you by request. Others are available on an ongoing basis. Scheduled activities are linked to the MN Adult Ed Events Calendar or other sites, where you can find more details.

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By Request, Workshop

10 Tips for Tutoring Adult ESL Students

Literacy Minnesota

Whether you tutor one-to-one, help a teacher or lead a class, you can benefit from understanding some of the theory of how adults learn languages. In this workshop, explore ten tips that come out of the theories and try out some hands-on activities that put these tips into practice. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

Literacy Minnesota

Whether you are teaching one learner on WhatsApp or 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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Workshop

A Roadmap to Success: How to Plan Effective Lessons

Literacy Minnesota

Whether you are teaching a small or large class, lesson planning is a critical part of ensuring learner success.  During this workshop, 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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
Online Course

ABE Foundations Online Course

ATLAS

This free online Schoology course provides an introduction to the world of Adult Basic Education. Participants can complete the entire course or access specific topics for a refresher, and can earn 6 CEUs for successful completion of all lesson reviews in the course. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ABE Policy
  • ACES / Transitions
  • CCR Standards
  • Digital Literacy / Northstar
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Program Management
  • SiD Database
  • Support Services
  • Using Volunteers

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
  • Support Staff
  • Volunteer
Workshop

ABE Foundations Workshops

ATLAS

To provide new practitioners with an overview of ABE in Minnesota, ATLAS offers face-to-face ABE Foundations workshops twice a year: As a 9-hour Pre-Conference session at the ABE Summer Institute, hosted by Literacy Action Network each August in St. Cloud. As a shortened 3-hour session at the Support Services Conference,… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ABE Policy
  • ACES / Transitions
  • CCR Standards
  • Digital Literacy / Northstar
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Program Management
  • SiD Database
  • Support Services
  • Using Volunteers

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
  • Support Staff
  • Volunteer
Conference

ABE Summer Institute

Literacy Action Network

ABE Summer Institute is Minnesota’s annual statewide Adult Basic Education conference. The Institute is co-sponsored by Literacy Action Network and the Minnesota Community Education Association. Held every August, the conference brings together more than 500 educators for three days to learn new teaching techniques, discuss policy changes, examine trends in… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ABE Policy
  • ACES / Transitions
  • Adult Career Pathways
  • Assessment
  • CCR Standards
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • Digital Literacy / Northstar
  • Disabilities
  • Distance Learning
  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
  • ESL
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Math / Numeracy
  • Mental Health & Trauma
  • Program Management
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Using Volunteers
  • Writing

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
Online Course

ACES Foundations Online Course

ATLAS

ACES Foundations is a free online course that is hosted on the Schoology platform; the course provides a wonderful overview of ACES and how it can give teachers the tools they need to help students reach their goals. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ACES / Transitions

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
Networking Group

ACES Networking Group

ATLAS

This is an online networking community of practice using the Schoology platform, with a designated facilitator. The group was established as a place to share resources and ideas for integrating ACES/TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) in the classroom. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ACES / Transitions

Audiences:

  • Instructor
By Request

ACES Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

ATLAS

ACES professional learning communities (PLCs) provide teachers with the opportunity to examine their roles as adult educators in a “transitions” landscape; explore and practice integrating transitions (TIF) skills into their lessons, materials and instructional settings; and work collaboratively with colleagues to reflect on and develop their teaching practice. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ACES / Transitions

Audiences:

  • Instructor
Webinar/Webcast

ACP Webinar: Yes, You CAN! Distance Learning in Adult Career Pathways

ATLAS

ABE managers and lead teachers will share their experiences in delivering Adult Career Pathway programming through distance learning. The panel will discuss how they have moved from face-to-face instruction to distance learning; changes they have made in delivery, content, and mindset; and what is next for ACP programming at a… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Adult Career Pathways

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
By Request, Workshop

Activities for Building Reading Fluency

Literacy Minnesota

Limited reading fluency often holds students back from comprehending what they are reading. Learn about the key aspects of reading fluency (accuracy, rate, prosody) and practice a variety of strategies you can use to help learners build this important literacy skill. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
Networking Group

Adult Career Pathways (ACP) Networking Group

ATLAS

This is an online networking community of practice using the Schoology platform, with a designated facilitator. The group was established to connect administrators and instructors working on adult career pathways, and it serves as a forum for discussion among those working with Adult Career Pathways (ACP) statewide, as well as… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Adult Career Pathways

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
By Request, Conference

CASAS and TABE Administration Recertification

Southwest ABE

Is it time for your 5-year recertification as a test administrator? Come to this session to hear the latest on TABE 11&12, CASAS Life & Work, and CASAS GOALS.  We will review standardized testing and address questions you may have about administering these tests. This session is for experienced test… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Assessment

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
  • Support Staff
  • Volunteer
By Request, Conference

CASAS Implementation Training

Southwest ABE

This training covers selecting and using the appropriate CASAS test, interpreting test scores, and measuring student progress. Discussion will focus on administering CASAS appraisals, pre‐ and post‐tests, and introduce online instructional resources. Information about both CASAS Life & Work and CASAS GOALS will be included.  Participants who complete this session… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Assessment

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
  • Support Staff
  • Volunteer
Online Course

CCRS Foundations Online Course

ATLAS

This free online Schoology course provides an introduction to the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) or Mathematics in a self-paced format. Participants can complete the entire course for ELA and/or Mathematics, or access specific topics for a refresher or further practice. Successful… Read More

Content Areas:

  • CCR Standards

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
Workshop

CCRS Foundations Workshops

ATLAS

These face-to-face workshops engage participants in a guided exploration of the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for ELA (English Language Arts/Literacy) or Mathematics. They meet the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort and Adult Diploma Training. They are offered at Language & Literacy Institute,… Read More

Content Areas:

  • CCR Standards

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
Cohort

CCRS Implementation Cohort

ATLAS

Participation in the year-long CCRS Implementation Cohort prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR standards, develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program, and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes for students. Participating teams ideally consist of at least one program administrator/coordinator, one math teacher, and one… Read More

Content Areas:

  • CCR Standards

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
By Request, Workshop

Checking In So Learners Don’t Check Out

Literacy Minnesota

Do your learners “get it”? How do you know if they understand the directions you just explained or the reading passage they just read? Or the new vocabulary they are supposed to have learned this week? During this workshop we will explore a variety of ways that… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
Online Course

Citizenship Tutor Training

Literacy Minnesota

The Citizenship Tutor Training educates teachers and tutors to assist students in preparing for United States Citizenship through naturalization. Read More

Content Areas:

  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
Cohort

Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort

ATLAS

The Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort is a 4-month professional development activity designed to help instructors build confidence and familiarity with integrating all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards into their curriculum and instruction: 1) College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), 2) Northstar Digital Literacy Standards, and 3) Transitions Integration… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ACES / Transitions
  • CCR Standards
  • Digital Literacy / Northstar

Audiences:

  • Instructor