Professional Development

Front cover of the CCRS for Adult Education Booklet

We like to say that if there is something to support ABE instruction that hasn’t been created yet, MN ABE will make it happen! Continuing the amazing history of homegrown Minnesota resources, the Minnesota Literacy Council and ATLAS have responded to requests for videos with a project that will benefit all ABE teachers, no matter what level of ELA you may teach.

Teacher and adult ESL learner looking into a handheld mirror

The Minnesota Literacy Council has produced four new videos demonstrating how to teach pronunciation in the adult ESL classroom. Watch the videos to gain teaching techniques and discover activity ideas that can be integrated into regular ESL classes.

Cover page of LMI PCSL Curriculum

If you are working with higher level learners who are looking to develop professional speaking skills, the new LMI PCSL curriculum published by the US State Department is an excellent place to start.

Cover of the Shaping the Way We Teach resource book

Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action

Shaping the Way We Teach English is a teacher-training course consisting of fourteen video-based modules with a supporting training manual and supplementary resources. Each modules is a ten to fifteen minute video segment with examples from classrooms and educators around the world. Each module also has corresponding readings and support materials that can be printed and copied.

green ribbon that reads mental health awareness

This free, online course was created by PANDA: Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists in order to carry forward the mission of their organization: Providing Minnesota Adult Basic Education programs with disability support, knowledge and resources to increase academic opportunities for students. 

Looking for some professional development and/or networking opportunities this fall? Here are a few upcoming events from: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN); Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota; Minneapolis Idea eXchange (MiX); Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA); and EMERGE.
A new season of EDTalks kicks off with an intimate conversation with Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson! Joe and Michèle are producers of the compelling film American Promise and authors of the companion book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life. Joe and Michèle will share what they learned as parents and filmmakers. Learn about the Twin Cities EDTalks series, its partners, and the covered topics here!
As you wrap up and reflect upon your service year, it is important to move forward with more than feelings of nostalgia and AmeriCorps pride. Whether you are continuing your service, heading to school or entering the work force it’s a good idea to create a tangible resource that identifies and celebrates your growth and experiences from the past year. A great way to do this is through a professional portfolio!
Dr. Stephen Pimpare
This upcoming Wednesday, March 20th, participate in a free 90-minute VISTA Campus webinar entitled "Alternative Lenses: Poverty Beyond the Official Measures" from 1-2:30 pm central time.
Lead and learn
Have you considered using your professional development funds to attend a training, panel, or workshop related to your service project? Check out this highlight of events to see what's happening around the state!



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