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Workshops and Conferences for MN ABE Practitioners
For a complete calendar of ABE events:
http://mnabe.themlc.org/ABEcalendar.html

 August 8-10, 2007

2007 ABE Summer Institute
St. John’s University, Collegeville
For more info: http://www.literacyminnesota.org/Summer_Institute.html

September 26-27, 2007

MN Development Conference
http://www.positivelyminnesota.com/events/devConf.htm

October 5, 2007

Minnesota Transitions Conference
Roseville, MN

 November 2-3, 2007

MinneTESOL Conference
For more info: www.minnetesol.org

November 8-9, 2007

National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education
Providence, RI
For more info: www.nctn.org

November 16, 2007

Minnesota Literacy Council Volunteer Management Conference
For more info: www.theMLC.org

 

   * Ongoing Opportunities

Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) In-Service Workshops on a variety of practical teaching topics.  For more info: http://www.themlc.org/inservices.html

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA):

1) Interactive “practitioner circles” to ABE programs on:

·        The Adult Reading Toolkit – Edition 4 (beginning to advanced reading instruction)

·        Using Informal Assessments to Improve Reading Instruction

·        What Is and What Is Not a Learning Disability?

·        Requesting GED Testing Accommodations

·        Understanding Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

2) “Literacy coaching” to individual or small groups of ABE instructors or tutors desiring to improve reading instruction or tutoring
For more information, contact Marn Frank at
mf@ldaminnesota.org

Study Circles are small groups of practitioners who read and discuss research and consider its implications for classroom and program practice.  Led by a facilitator, the group meets multiple times to reflect on the meaning of theory and research and to explore its applications in their own work. 

NCSALL has a variety of handbooks for study circles on a variety of topics. For assistance in starting a study circle, contact Bella Hanson at bellahanson@comcast.net.

  *  Online Courses

Minnesota Literacy Council offers free online trainings.
For more info: http://www.themlc.org/techtrainings

Florida Tech-Net offers a variety of free online trainings for adult educators.
For more info: http://www.floridatechnet.org/webbased.htm

Adult Education Professional offers a variety of online courses at $149 each.

For more info: http://www.aeprofessional.org/index.html

   * Online ABE Discussion Boards

Visit a variety of theme-based discussion areas where you can post ideas and questions and your fellow ABE colleagues can respond.  This online resource hosted by the Minnesota Literacy Council will facilitate ongoing conversations among ABE professionals around the state on a variety of important ABE topics including:
     ·
        Workforce education
·
        Transitions to Post-Secondary
·
        GED
·
        ESL
·        Math
·        Basic Reading
·
        CASAS
·
        ABE Management
·
        Citizenship

Go to: http://online.themlc.org and see the attached handouts for instructions on creating an account and using the discussion boards.

    * Your ideas????

Please contact Astrid Liden, ABE Professional Development Coordinator, with questions and ideas about professional development opportunities for ABE practitioners in Minnesota. 

Email: Astrid.Liden@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-582-8424



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