Minnesota Adult Education Support Network
ATLAS provides high-quality, accessible professional development and resources to advance education for adult learners. Key activities include regional events; ABE Foundations; adult ESL, reading, and writing PD; numeracy PD; adult career pathways and transitions support; one-room schoolhouse PD; and implementation of the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education.
Literacy Action Network
Literacy Action Network works to improve professionalism in the ABE field through high-quality professional development opportunities such as hosting the Summer Institute conference; to be a proactive organization whose presence is instrumental at statewide meetings and discussions concerning ABE; and to advocate for adult literacy programs with state and federal government law and policy makers.
Literacy Minnesota - volunteer support
Literacy Minnesota promotes and supports the use of volunteers in adult education programs, specifically through volunteer recruitment, training, and placement.
Literacy Minnesota - technology support
Literacy Minnesota provides technology support for ABE professionals and volunteers by offering resources, information, and tools to use technology effectively in the classroom and to build quality distance learning (DL) opportunities for adult learners based on established best practices. DL experts also vet DL platforms for statewide use, coordinate DL policy and procedures, and communicate DL information to the ABE field via newsletter articles and more.
PANDA: Minnesota ABE Physical And Nonapparent Disability Assistance
PANDA equips Minnesota ABE teachers, program managers, and volunteers with training, disability awareness, and resources to positively impact students with disabilities. PANDA provides a comprehensive disabilities website; workshops at state and regional events; an Adult Learner Intervention program; phone and email consultations; an assistive technology/loan program; and connections to community resources.
Southwest ABE provides training to MN ABE staff on ABE assessment tools (including CASAS and TABE), supports innovative GED activities, and provides reimbursements for learning disability assessments for ABE students seeking GED accommodations. They host the annual ABE Support Services Conference for ABE support staff. In addition, Southwest ABE manages the Racial Equity in Adult Education grant, which seeks to identify and alleviate current inequities within MN Adult Education, to benefit ALL students that we serve. You can learn more about Southwest ABE at https://www.southwestabe.org/