Marshall Adult Education



Greetings, Literacy Minnesota Members!


1) Literacy Minnesota member Carol Kidder received the Fox 9 News Top Teacher Award. To see the video clip, go to and enter the name "Carol Kidder" in the Search box. Carol began working with adults as a literacy volunteer at

Metro North ABE. She became a basic reading trainer through the Minnesota Literacy Council and received a 1998 Gold award from the Council for

outstanding and innovative volunteer service. She presently teaches leveled English classes at the Adult Education Center-Columbia Heights/Fridley. In

2007 one thousand individuals were served by seventeen staff members and thirty volunteers at this school. She is the staff person designated to

oversee Level 4 English classes and is the site facilitator. Congratulations, Carol!


2) Nominate someone you admire for a Literacy Minnesota award today! Each year Literacy Minnesota honors teachers, managers, advocates, and programs

working and succeeding in Adult Basic Education. We are fortunate to have many talented individuals and organizations in our field. This year five

outstanding awardees--one for each category--will be honored at the Awards Banquet at Summer Institute. Information and forms are available on the

Literacy Minnesota website: Submission deadline is June 15th. (Please print the forms for those who may not have easy internet access.)


3) The Professional Issues Committee is compiling the results of the focus groups held throughout the state during the 2007/2008 school year. The sharing of Promising Practices

 continues to be part of the discussion. Please consider sharing your Promising Practices. Detailed instructions and examples are posted on the Literacy Minnesota website:


4) ABE Summer Institute is less than 4 months away: August 6, 7, & 8 at St. John's University in Collegeville. 2008 Literacy Minnesota members will

receive a registration brochure in May. Registration materials will also be posted on the website. Watch for details as they become available:

5) Share one of your best Adult Basic Education ideas (marketing, teaching, celebrating, etc.) with your colleagues at Summer Institute. Design a

poster to display your idea and create handouts to distribute to others so your idea can be replicated in programs throughout Minnesota. Posters will

be on display in the Great Hall throughout the first 2 days of the conference. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kara Schommer - or

 Claudia Kinville -       2007 Summer Institute posters are on the Literacy Minnesota website:


6) The Legislative Committee reports that the Literacy Minnesota platform planks continue to work there way through the legislative process. With the

success of the 2008 Legislative Forum, consider building on the momentum at the local level by hosting a forum in your community. Pat Thomas would be

willing to mentor ABE programs interested in organizing local legislative forums and structured visits for legislators. Contact Pat Thomas for details:

Thanks for your continued interest!

Literacy Minnesota
1360 University Ave. W., #135
St. Paul, MN 55104
Fax: 612-605-2121
Claudia Kinville
(Members 2)

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