ABE Summer Institute Virtual Poster Sessions

ABE Summer Institute Virtual Poster Sessions

Welcome to the 2021 ABE Summer Institute Poster Sessions!

Poster sessions this year are short 3- to 10-minute videos created by ABE professionals that highlight a program activity, a how-to or a classroom best practice.

To watch a video, click on the link below each description. Handout and resource links are also available for some posters.



Language and Literacy:

Citizenship Website
Jessica Horning, Literacy Minnesota
Learn about a free citizenship website students can use to prepare for their interview. The website has videos to help students practice reading, writing, 100 questions, and yes/no questions.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/pUmWX6JgCAzz

Writing in the Online ESL Classroom
Karla M. Krause-Wohlfei, Winona Adult Literacy
Margaret Trott, Winona Adult Literacy

Presenters will discuss challenges associated with writing instruction as experienced in the online ESL classroom. They will present a variety of approaches in order to adapt to the new learning environment; including silent writing labs, predictive texts, newsletters, dictations, and peer feedback.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/AenK4SkvXPfD

Introduction to the *New* English Unlocked Curriculum from Literacy Minnesota
Jessica Horning, Literacy Minnesota
Mya Shaftel, Literacy Minnesota
The new English Unlocked curriculum from Literacy Minnesota is a low-prep, flexible, standards-based curriculum for 4 levels of adult ESL. It is designed with an equity lens for volunteer or teacher led classrooms.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/rLCigxxs93r2

Three Ways to Use Children's Picture Books in Adult English Language Classrooms
Andrea Echelberger, Literacy Minnesota
Don't recycle those picture books! Learn three writing activities that incorporate children's picture books into interactive level and age-appropriate writing activities.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/y_SpQkAwmmvg

Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing
Mariah Wika, Literacy Minnesota
Kelly Rynda, Literacy Minnesota
Journeys, the annual publication of ABE student writing, seeks submissions for the 2022 edition. The submissions webform is now open and entries are being accepted throughout the fall.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/wFoZBtdhDTXG
Handouts: Journeys Packet



A Metacognitive Routine to Promote Independent Math Learning
Lindsey Pust, Literacy Minnesota / ATLAS
Math students are often much too reliant on the teacher when navigating through difficult/unfamiliar problems. This simple routine provides one way to help students develop confidence as independent, capable mathematicians.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/PFs_pynYeo__
Handout (Google Doc): Math Activity Reflection Page

Handout (Word Doc): Math Activity Reflection Page

Math Warm-Up Activities
Penny Brown, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District
Review six free resources to help your students build numeracy skills through brief tasks suitable for warm-up or closing activities. Materials can be used for online instruction or in-person classes.

Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/mnmS44GU8r_r
Resource: Math Warm Up Activities 

Meet Students Where They Are in Math and English with EdReady
Terri Rowenhorst, The NROC Project
Adult educators nationwide have aligned EdReady study paths with NRS levels, TABE, CASAS, and more. Discover how this personalized learning platform can help assess and support student progress.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/JbVFqeivxjej
Resource: https://www.nroc.org/info/adult-education

What is My Open Math?
Cindy Secord, Metro North ABE
Have you heard of My Open Math? It is an interactive, online math program that many colleges are using! Come and take a look at the program and some of the exciting features.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/Nv-kRerQwAaN
Handout: My Open Math - Teacher Guide
Handout: My Open Math - Student Guide

Handout: My Open Math - Downloading Reports


Digital Literacy:

Using Classkick to Strengthen Basic Computer Skills
Sarah Pradt, Hmong American Partnership
Learn how to use the ed tech tool Classkick to teach and reinforce basic computer skills, virtually or in person.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/k8Xr4Sk4GRzM
Handout: Intro to Classkick for ABE

Digital Literacy in the Age of COVID
Katherine J. Erickson, Adult Options in Education
COVID 19 forced many in education to get creative and teach online, but how do you teach digital skills online? This video will cover some of the different strategies I used as a CTEP member at Adult Options including tech help schedules and taking advantage of google drive.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/tahn9jdZcXPz

Creating a Digital Equity Plan
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota

We are all aware of gaps in digital equity but we may not know how to close those gaps. This session will provide you with some guidance on areas of focus and provide a template to start creating a plan for your program.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/SKML4zpyP21i
Handout:  https://tinyurl.com/DEPP2021

Northstar Digital Literacy Curriculum Resources
Leah Hauge, Literacy Minnesota

Northstar curricula give learners opportunities to build digital literacy skills, soft skills, and English skills. Walk through Northstar lessons, new standard alignment maps, and new unit projects. Resources are ready-to-go!
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/VE7ygcfMtGb9
Accessing the Northstar Digital Literacy Curriculum

Tagging in Northstar - Separate Learners by Class or Instructor with this New Feature
Theresa Sladek, Literacy Minnesota
Learn how to use the new tagging feature in Northstar Digital Literacy to separate learners by category (class, instructor, etc.), allowing for more user-friendly reports.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/kz426os8THkg

Updates to the Northstar Learner Tab
Rob Podlasek, Literacy Minnesota
The learner tab in the admin portal has a new look and some new features. 
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/1TYAmcwWmPRc

Getting Started with the Northstar Admin Portal
Dani Brown, Literacy Minnesota
Learn how to use the features in the 'Info' tab of the Northstar Admin portal.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/k8AMsZcA417h


Distance Learning:

The Distance Learning Website: Your One-Stop DL Resource Hub
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt, Literacy Minnesota 
In 2021 the DL website moved to a new home. In this virtual tour of the new site, you'll see the major features and find out how to locate information on DL platforms. It's your one-stop shop for all things distance learning!
Video:  https://flipgrid.com/s/TMBfdB6FuDvr
Resource: https://www.literacymn.org/distancelearning

Do It Yourself DL: Using an LMS to Learn How to Use an LMS to Build Teacher-Created Distance Learning Courses
Cathy Grady, St Paul Public Schools - Hubbs Center
This session will introduce participants to a new(er) online, self-paced course geared towards ABE teachers on using a Learning Management System (LMS) to build online courses for their students.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/CWB34XSoz2Jz

MobyMax: Dare to Try the Interactive Lessons Module
Therese Badenoch, Literacy Minnesota
Create a customized in-class activity or homework assignment for one or all of your learners with MobyMax's Interactive Lessons module. Learn how easy it is to get started!
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/hCxsadFsyzUU

Tech Tips:

What's New in Windows 11
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota

Windows 11 will arrive later this year. This preview will give you a view of it's new look, features and answer some of the questions you might have about the newest Windows operating system.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/cvR23TyQQgRm

Using Jamboard in Google Meet
Andy Francis, Literacy Minnesota
This tutorial will show you how to use Jamboard in a Google Meet tutoring session. This video is an excerpt from the Getting Familiar with Google Meet training available on Literacy Minnesota's Remote Tutoring Resource page.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/d4Kaw4ZSkC7J
Resource: https://www.literacymn.org/remote-tutoring-resources

Bookmark Moving Made Easy
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota
Managing and sharing bookmarks is an easy. A few easy keyboard strokes are all you need to take your bookmarks with you and share with others.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/5k2b3B8WrZ9A

Less Eye Strain Using Windows Night Light
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota
Is too much screen time causing eye strain? Follow these simple directions to enable Windows Night light which may help prevent eye strain and headaches.
Video:  https://flipgrid.com/s/bdW1se_YHweq

Program Management:

Build your Capacity and Mentor Emerging Leaders: Host a Digital Equity or Literacy Leader VISTA
Meghan Paul-Cook, Literacy Minnesota
Build your capacity and mentor emerging leaders! AmeriCorps VISTAs are full-time volunteers who lead anti-poverty projects at nonprofits, public agencies and Tribal Nations. At the same time, VISTAs build their own leadership, explore career paths, pay for college and become lifelong advocates for the communities they serve due to the power of their experience. Learn about how AmeriCorps VISTA can help you to turn dream projects into reality, reach more learners or support learners more effectively, and advance your mission.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/7LWx1AX_5ziH
Resource: https://www.literacymn.org/americorps-vista

Advancing Adult Education Teacher Expertise with Hamline’s ABE Licensure Program!
Betsy Parrish, Hamline University
Gain insights on what constitutes an optimal adult education learning environment. Learn how Hamline's ABE Licensure program can prepare you to create such an environment for all adult learners.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/rjC9uA4qH8wX
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Licensure in Minnesota FAQs

Are You Ready for In-Person Volunteers Again?
Matthew Miller, Metro North ABE
Orientation is an important way to welcome new volunteers and help them begin on a solid footing. The goal of an orientation session is to introduce the volunteer to your program, the classes and services you offer, and the resources available to the volunteer. This can be done individually or within a group. Whichever way you choose, it's a time to make sure volunteers understand their position, supervisory roles, responsibilities, and other administrative or programmatic policies at your learning center.

To help volunteer coordinators and other literacy staff create an in-person orientation, the Volunteer Engagement Committee of LAN has created a checklist of topics to use while considering your specific program's in-person orientation. The following process is designed for volunteers who have completed your interview and application process, in many programs, this would be the next step after the application process.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/98exeQsDtWwa
Resource: http://literacyactionnetwork.org/committees/volunteer-engagement

Adult Literacy Hotline
Kelly Rynda, Literacy Minnesota
The Adult Literacy Hotline connects prospective students with ABE programs in their area. If your program has a waiting list or does not offer a learner’s requested services, use the Hotline! You can also make updates to your program’s Hotline information in SiD.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/9qcwSSoDyBJY
Handouts: Hotline Rack Card

Creating a Bridge to Healthcare Class with a PCA Certificate
Renee Koster, Lakeville Area Adult Education
Tracie Kreighbaum, Lakeville Area Adult Education
Do you have a small-mid size ABE program and need to ramp up your career pathways offerings? Lakeville ABE started from scratch exploring ways to offer a Career Pathway that made sense for our students and local area. Learn about the practical steps taken and the successful start to a Healthcare Careers Bridge that leads to a PCA certificate.
Video: https://flipgrid.com/s/FfqtYnBpU3gX