ABE Supplemental Services

State statute allows three percent of the state ABE appropriation to support supplemental services. The purpose of statewide supplemental services grants is to provide assistance to all approved local ABE programs, creating effective and efficient services. Seven activities and six providers are approved for 2016-17.

Professional development (PD) services:

ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System (ATLAS)www.atlasABE.org

  • Regional PD activities
  • PD and resources on literacy:  writing, evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI), including STAR
  • PD and resources on effective adult numeracy instruction (MNI--MN Numeracy Initiative), including language and math
  • PD and resources on effectively integrating transitions skills into ABE instruction (ACES)
  • Provide PD on career-focused contextualized basic skills instruction and programming
  • PD on effective adult ESL instruction, including  ESL Study Circles (low-literacy, pronunciation)
  • PD and support for implementation of College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education
  • Coordination of MN ABE PD communications, including the MN ABE Calendar of Events and MN ABE Connect e-newsletter

Program quality support services:

Literacy Action Networkwww.literacyactionnetwork.org

  • ABE program enhancement services such as ABE Summer Institute and statewide committees
  • PD for ABE administrators
  • New ABE staff administrators
  • New ABE staff orientation and support (ABE Foundations)
  • State Standard Adult High School Diploma implementation support
  • ABE marketing resources
  • Practitioner discussions on current ABE issues

Volunteer and outreach services:

Minnesota Literacy Council www.mnliteracy.org

  • Adult Literacy Hotline
  • Volunteer training, outreach and recruitment
  • Volunteer management support

Technology integration services:

Minnesota Literacy Council www.mnliteracy.org

       MN ABE Distance Learning:  http://mnabe-distancelearning.org/

  • PD on educational technology
  • Online orientation to distance learning
  • PD on distance learning best practices
  • Administration and training for state-supported distance learning platforms
  • Facilitation of assessment of curricula for inclusion under distance learning policy
  • Communication of distance learning information and resources to the ABE field
  • Training on integrating digital literacy skills into instruction
  • Online course development and delivery
  • Online learning resources, including OERs. 

Transition services:

Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA) - http://mwca-mn.org

  • Support for regional transitions coordination
  • Support for workforce development collaborations

Disability training and support services:

PANDA - MN ABE Disability Specialists www.mn.abedisabilities.org

  • PANDA's ABE disabilities website (http://mn.abedisabilities.org)
  • Training on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and best practices in serving students with disabilities
  • Lending library of resources and adaptive technology
  • Self-service online adult learner intervention system and disability screening and referrals process on PANDA's website
  • Consultation on serving students with disabilities
  • ABE consortia reimbursement for ABE student assessment for Specific Learning Disabilities for GED accommodations
  • Facilitating of disabilities outreach and advisory committee

Assessment training and services:

Southwest Adult Basic Education - www.mnabeassessment.com

  • CASAS and TABE training
  • ABE assessment website (www.mnabeassessment.com)
  • ABE Support Services Conference
  • ABE Support Professional Certificate


Adult Basic Education

Minnesota LINCS
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651.645.2277 * Fax: 651.645.2272