and Conferences for MN ABE Practitioners
* 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
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 email@example.com.
* Online Courses
Minnesota Literacy Council offers free online
Tech-Net offers a variety of free online trainings
for adult educators.
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
· Basic Reading
· ABE Management
Go to: http://online.themlc.org and see the attached handouts for instructions on creating an account and using the discussion boards.
Please contact Astrid Liden, ABE Professional Development Coordinator, with questions and ideas about professional development opportunities for ABE practitioners in Minnesota.