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Technology Integration Initiative 2020: Mobile Learning

The Technology Integration Initiative is a professional development opportunity for Adult Basic Education (ABE) teachers who want to focus on contextualized use of technology in the classroom.  Each year will focus on a particular technology tool or service, with the 2020 cohort focused on using mobile devices for teaching and learning.

This is a 5-month professional development offering, beginning with a face-to-face kickoff event in January 2019 followed by four monthly webinars.  The kickoff event will feature training on Northstar standards, mobile apps for teaching and learning, and best practices in technology integration for the ABE classroom.  Each month we will focus on a different use of mobile devices and a selection of apps to support that use.  Participants will share technology-integrated lessons designed to meet specific standards (Northstar, ACES TIF, and/or CCRS) and discuss challenges and ideas for strengthening their lessons.  In May, participants will polish one of their lesson plans for sharing on the OER Commons.

24 CEUs available for participants who attend the kickoff event and all webinars and submit their lesson plan.

Open to ABE teachers at ALL levels – from Beginning ESL to College Prep.  Some familiarity with mobile devices (iPhone or Android) and basic technology skills required.

Reimbursement for travel costs for Kickoff Event available to participants travelling more than 50 miles.


  • In-person Kickoff Event:  Friday, January 17, 2020 from 9:00-3:00 at the Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center A, Room 14.
  • Monthly 90-minute webinars Tuesdays at 2:00:  February 11, March 10, April 7, May 5

Contact Jason Brazier at or Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt at or 651-251-9090 with any questions.

The TLA is a 6-month professional development cohort that will help enhance technology integration and expertise within your Adult Basic Education program with coaching, training and support targeted to your program’s specific technology-related needs and priorities.


December 2019 – May 2020 (applications were due November 8, 2019)

Time Required

  • Initial capacity assessment: 1-2 hours (to be completed in December)
  • Kick off meeting in St. Paul: 2-4 hours (Friday, February 7, 2020)
  • Review of capacity assessment with TLA coach (at your ABE location, weather permitting): 2-3 hours (January - February)
  • Monthly check-in with coach: 1 hour (January- April)
  • Additional training and coaching in person or via webinar: determined based on goals (no more than 3 hours per month)
  • Final in-person wrap up meeting in St. Paul: 4 hours (May 29, 2020)
  • Total time required: 12-20 hours

Travel expenses will be covered for staff of programs located more than 50 miles away from St. Paul. Stipends are available to pay for substitute teachers if needed.

CEUs Earned

5-20, based on work completed


  • As part of the Technology Leadership Academy (TLA), your program will:
  • Complete a program-wide technology capacity self-assessment. 
  • Set TLA goals that align with your program-specific needs and priorities.
  • Receive regular phone/web/in-person check-ins and coaching with a technology liaison from the Statewide Support Services team.
  • Share ideas and resources with other participating ABE programs.
  • Access online or in-person technology trainings as needed.


Preferably two people from your program will participate; it is recommended that one participant be a manager or lead teacher. However, if this is not possible, please apply anyway. Priority will be given to consortia that have upcoming deadlines for five-year narratives. 



Fill out the application here: or contact Cathy Grady, 651-744-1417 (office), or 651-485-4066 (cell).

This project is made possible by a Support Services grant from the ABE office of the Minnesota Department of Education. 


Volunteer Management

The annual Literacy Volunteer Management Conference (VMC) is for K-12 or Adult Basic Education staff who work with volunteers: teachers, coordinators, managers and support staff. Choose from 12 concurrent sessions that offer multiple ways volunteers and program staff can work collaboratively to ensure student success. Gain fresh ideas, resources and tools for engaging volunteers in the classroom and learn strategies for integrating volunteers into your program to meet all kinds of learner needs. Participants earn six CEUs.