• ATLAS Signature Initiatives

    Please visit the complete ATLAS website at www.atlasABE.org

    ABE Foundations 
    ATLAS facilitates ABE Foundations workshops and an online ABE Foundations course for practitioners who are new to the world of Adult Basic Education (ABE), or just need a refresher on some basics.

    Adult Career Pathways/Transitions 
    ATLAS offers training and resources to help teachers successfully prepare learners for post-secondary education and the workforce. The centerpiece of our efforts is an Adult Career Pathways (ACP) resources library, hosting over 50 vetted ACP curricula and numerous program development tools. Additional components include training on the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF), one of the sets of standards adopted by MN ABE, as well as an online ACP practitioners networking group and ACP-related workshops.

    Content Standards Training
    The College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) (Pimentel, 2013) have been adopted by MN ABE and are becoming the common language of adult education content nationwide. ATLAS offers a year-long CCRS Implementation Cohort for ABE program managers and instructors, CCRS Foundations training at face-to-face workshops statewide, and an online CCRS Foundations course.

    Language & Literacy Institute
    The Language & Literacy Institute brings together ESL, reading, and writing teachers in an effort to honor the abundance of overlap in their work and help spread great ideas for teaching ALL of our learners, both native and non-native speakers of English. Also, the Institute helps us to gain common language around the CCRS – specifically in the area of English Language Arts – and to explore how these content standards inform all of our language and literacy work. 

    Language & Literacy Study Circles
    Our study circles are designed to provide a more intensive, longer-term PD experience than that available through a conference workshop: 6-12 practitioners meet 3 times over a 6-week period to read research, discuss teaching strategies, apply something new in the classroom, then reflect on what they have learned. ATLAS facilitates study circles on low-literacy ESL, integrating language and numeracy, and pronunciation instruction.

    Math Institute/Numeracy Instruction
    ATLAS offers an annual Math Institute featuring interactive workshops on various high-need content areas, centered on the CCRS Math Standards. In addition, ATLAS provides scholarships to practitioners to attend high-quality numeracy conferences in Minnesota, such as the MCTM (Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Spring Conference.

    Regional Training Events
    ATLAS hosts high-quality, practical professional development opportunities to ABE educators in regional areas across Minnesota. These training workshops focus on topics like basic skills education, the College & Career Readiness Standards, adult career pathways, transitions to post-secondary/workforce, English as a Second Language, and ABE program management.

    Resource Libraries
    The ATLAS website,  www.atlasABE.org, houses eight resource libraries curated by ABE practitioners with expertise in these areas: ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills), Adult Career Pathways, CCRS, ESL, Numeracy, Project-Based Learning, Reading, and Writing.

    STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) and EBRI (Evidence-based Reading Instruction)
    STAR provides training and support for teachers of intermediate reading students in effectual, evidence-based practices. This reading reform initiative includes tools and resources that expand participants' knowledge of effective reading instruction for adults. EBRI Study Circles provide an additional route for teachers to understand and integrate critical Evidence-based Reading Instruction practices. ATLAS also facilitates an online Reading Practitioners networking group.


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