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, Webinar/Webcast

Practicing Fluency from Afar

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Teaching Reading Vocabulary Remotely or In Person

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

One Step at a Time: Remote Tutoring for Literacy Level Learners

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Please Say That Again: Virtual Pronunciation Instruction for Adult ESL Learners

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices for Adult Learners

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Disabilities
  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Let’s Start with ABC: Teaching Phonics Virtually to Adult ESL Learners

Literacy Minnesota

Phonics is a crucial part of becoming a reader, yet many adult ESL learners lack sufficient decoding skills to be able to sound out and recognize new words, and don’t get adequate phonics instruction in their beginning level classes.. In this webinar, you’ll learn phonics activities to help learners with… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Using WhatsApp for Teaching Conversation to Adult ESL Learners

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Technology

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Making It Work: Adapting Materials 101

Literacy Minnesota

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… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

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, Webinar/Webcast

Remote Tutoring 101

Literacy Minnesota

Join Literacy Minnesota ABE 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 learners on the phone or online, get suggestions for correcting errors and checking comprehension in a virtual setting, and discover… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Distance Learning
  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Support Staff
  • Volunteer