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What is your name? Kelly Rynda

Where do you volunteer? Hmong American Partnership

What is your volunteer role? Volunteer teacher

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? I love getting to know people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The world is a big place and there’s so much to see and learn – volunteering is a way for me to meet a few more people and learn about their experiences.

snowman in front of pine trees

Winter is a huge part of life in Minnesota, and the snow and cold is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation. Help your students learn how to talk about winter and have fun doing it! Follow the links to the resources below to find hundreds of classroom resources about winter in Minnesota.

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'Tis the season for email scams. Actually they happen every day of the year but I thought it would be a good time show an actual one that happened today. To me. 

I opened my email today and found this.

National Digital Inclusion Alliance logo

While much of the countrys' politcal news has concerned Senate races and tax bills, the FCC will soon vote on changes that could greatly affect everyones' access to the internet . One of many organizations working to make sure the internet is a open system is the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. While I always recommend investigating issues from both sides I do think their website is a great resource for digital literacy resources.

Three Karen people wearing traditional clothing

Burma is home to more than 135 different ethnic groups, each with its own culture, values, history and language. Over the past 15 years, refugees from Burma have resettled in Minnesota. Today, there are more than 12,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Minnesota is also home to more than 1,000 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. Refugees from Burma come to Minnesota for the same reasons many people do: to find good jobs, access high-quality education, and connect with a strong community.

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On Tuesday, the state rolled out a statewide program allowing Minnesotans to text 911. While officials still want you to call 911 if possible, texting can be the first option for those deaf or hearing impaired along with those in situations where actually calling may be dangerous. 

While the ABE field is just beginning to move with its efforts to use cell phones in the classroom, I feel this is one skill that should be taught regardless if you have a set curriculum for cell phones or not.

 

Lincoln ABE – Mankato volunteer Jo Johnson has been volunteering in English language classes (ESL) for 17 years. She knew there was a need for adult literacy volunteers, and she was finally able to start volunteering after her retirement. Jo always suspected it would be a good volunteer opportunity for her, but she’s been pleasantly surprised by just how wonderful adult ESL has been.

Clipart of magnifying glass

Purpose:  To help learners develop the ability to rapidly skim texts looking for specific information

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  a reading text, highlighters

Procedure:

     December is one of those months that seem to fly by despite our best attempts to get as much as possible done before the end of the year.  In an effort , not to make your day more hectic, but to inform you of some great opportunites ,  here are some great goings-on this month.

 

image of SPARC Conference webpage

If you are planning on attending the ABE Support Services Conference this week  and are looking for tech related sessions, fear not, there are three great ones to choose from.  Susan Wentenkamp-Brandt will present on Google Forms, Jenny Shlukebier will share tips and tricks for getting your SiD Reports into Excel and GED Testing Services staff will review whats new including GED Live. All these session will take place on Friday December 1st.

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