Professional Development

Ugandan boy holding a string woven between his fingers in front of his face

Wherever you get your news, you will hear talk about immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S. With all of the rhetoric flying around, it can be difficult to determine the actual impact that immigrants and refugees have on local communities.

These three websites dispel common myths around immigration and refugees, and provide valuable links for further reading on the topic.

 

Immigration Myths and Facts

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

certificate of completion for online volunteer class

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.

adult ESL teacher leaning over a table to help two ESL learners who are looking at a picture in a book

In the third and final video of the CCRS in the ABE Classroom series, Dan Bruski of Hopkins ABE skillfully integrates a variety of teaching standards into his beginning level ESL class. During the lesson, learners work on strengthening their vocabulary, developing grammar and critical thinking skills, and using language in a communicative context.

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 six 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. All of the pronunciation videos can be found at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. Check out videos on other topics, including teaching the College and Career Readiness Standards, classroom activities, and working with literacy level learners.  

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!

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