Tools for Navigating the Digital World – By Stephanie Sommers, ACES Coordinator

Tools for Navigating the Digital World – By Stephanie Sommers, ACES Coordinator

If you tuned in for the ACES webinar on January 14 on embedding navigation practices in the ABE classroom, then maybe you have already been thinking about ways to help your learners develop “true readiness.” As defined by the National College Transition Network (NCTN),… Read More

Coherence: The Path to the Whole Picture in Math Instruction – By Lindsey Cermak, GED Instructor/Coordinator

Following a 2-part series describing Metro North’s experience making program changes in order to move toward more coherent math instruction, here’s a peek into what I am delving into in my classroom. I hope you feel encouraged and inspired to dive more deeply into this shift… Read More

Using a Volunteer Force for Fluency – By Krista Coronado, Minneapolis STAR Coord. and Marn Frank, ATLAS Literacy & STAR Coord.

This collaborative article describes how Minneapolis Adult Education uses a “force” of volunteers to deliver fluency instruction with Beginning/Intermediate ABE and Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced ESL students. Their positive results include: Student improvement in fluency levels, TABE scores, and even pronunciation Volunteer enjoyment of a specific role within small groups Student satisfaction with… Read More

Teacher, Only You Understand Me – By Andrea Echelberger, Minnesota Literacy Council

All adult EL teachers have heard stories from learners of struggling to make themselves understood outside of the classrooms, but it can be difficult to know where to begin to help. Pronunciation is such a large topic; how can a teacher tackle it in a multicultural classroom when there are… Read More

Let’s Talk! Building Conversation into ESL Programming – By Andrea Echelberger, ESL Training Coordinator

Conversation circles are a great way for programs to serve the immediate needs of adult ESL learners and generate more contact hours. Learners are hungry to build their everyday speaking and listening skills. Stronger conversation skills help learners to meet their neighbors, talk with co-workers and supervisors, ask questions of… Read More

Let’s Talk! Building Conversation into ESL Programming – By Andrea Echelberger, ESL Training Coordinator

Conversation circles are a great way for programs to serve the immediate needs of adult ESL learners and generate more contact hours. Learners are hungry to build their everyday speaking and listening skills. Stronger conversation skills help learners to meet their neighbors, talk with co-workers and supervisors, ask questions of… Read More

Helpful Resources to Transition to TABE 11/12 – By Kerin Hanson, ABE Instructor

We all know the age of the TABE 11/12 is fast approaching. The transition period from TABE 9/10 to TABE 11/12 is ending July 1, 2019. This means we, as teachers, need to be as prepared as possible to administer these new tests, as well as be able to analyze… Read More

CCRS Cohort Applications Due May 31! – By Kristine Kelly, Literacy & ELA Coordinator

Is your program ready to dig into implementing the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education? Would you benefit from a team of teachers and an administrator from your site working together throughout the year with face-to-face workshops on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math,… Read More

Strike Lesson Planning Gold with the CareerKit Project – By Stephanie Sommers, ACES Coordinator

When I am looking for new resources to add to the ACES Resource Library, one of my favorite places to look is on the LINCS website. The various discussion boards that make up the LINCS Community always contain a wealth of ideas and topics, but I… Read More

Free Online Training for ESL Classroom Volunteers – By Andrea Echelberger, ESL Training Coordinator

Adult ESL classroom volunteers are the best! They answer questions, give learners feedback and support, provide speaking practice, encouragement, and help keep teachers sane. New classroom volunteers are hungry to jump in and help, but sometimes aren’t sure where to start. To get new classroom volunteers started off on… Read More