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 registration and more details.
  • For an overview of upcoming PD activities for the year, see FY24 MN Adult Ed PD Dates.

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Cohort, Online Course

Teaching Reading to Adults

ATLAS

The Teaching Reading to Adults mini-cohort focuses on what evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) is, how to assess adult learners in each of the 4 essential components of reading, and strategies for teaching EBRI. This professional development activity takes place over 8 weeks and involves an online course via Canvas and… Read More

Content Areas:

  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
Webinar/Webcast

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) Webinar Series

ATLAS

This 6-part series of webinars provides the background of Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI), tools and processes for assessing readers’ strengths and weaknesses, crucial skills for all four reading components, and practitioner-tried routines for teaching them across ABE and ESL levels. The meetings focus on the following topics or questions: Webinar… Read More

Content Areas:

  • 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
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Comprehension Strategies for Intermediate-Level Readers

Literacy Minnesota

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. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Teaching Intermediate Alphabetics

Literacy Minnesota

Teaching intermediate alphabetics (syllables, prefixes, suffixes, root words) is a great way to help students build their decoding and comprehension skills. Come learn a variety of fun and easy-to-use routines and activities for helping intermediate-level readers develop these important tools. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Developing and Practicing Reading Fluency

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 Meet, Teams or any… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • HSE / GED / Adult Diploma
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Phonics in Adult ESL: Recommendations, Activities and Resources

Literacy Minnesota

Phonics–the knowledge of the sounds letters make when they are combined to make words–is essential to beginning literacy and beginning level English language instruction. But, many teachers and tutors lack the knowledge, confidence and resources to teach the topic. Attend this session to learn why phonics instruction is important and… Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
By Request, Webinar/Webcast

Reading Activities for Beginning Literacy and Beginning English Language Learners

Literacy Minnesota

Teaching and tutoring very beginning level ESL readers can be intimidating for volunteers and professional teachers alike. Attend this webinar to get practical activities and ideas for one-on-one, remote and in-person instruction with tech and no-tech options. Leave feeling ready to provide your learners with meaningful and effective reading activities. Read More

Content Areas:

  • ESL
  • Reading

Audiences:

  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
Webinar/Webcast

Statewide Virtual Conferences

ATLAS

In an effort to harness the benefits of both in-person and virtual conferences, ATLAS continues to offer both in-person regional events in the North, South, and Metro regions, as well as virtual statewide conferences that are open to attendees from all regions of Minnesota. 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
  • One-Room Schoolhouse / Multilevel
  • Program Management
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Writing

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
  • Volunteer
Conference

Metro ABE Regional

ATLAS

Metro Regionals take place in the spring, generally all day on a Friday. Regionals: Provide the time and space for colleagues across programs and from within one geographic region to gather in person to network, share resources, decrease isolation, and engage in adult professional learning. Enhance teachers’ and administrators’ knowledge… 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
  • One-Room Schoolhouse / Multilevel
  • Program Management
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Writing

Audiences:

  • Administrator
  • Instructor
  • Volunteer