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1 2011 ABE SUMMER INSTITUTE Thursday: Opening Address Dr. Barry Shaffer MN State Director of Adult Education Igniting Innovation

2 Welcome and Thank You from MDE-ABE Alice Smith Astrid Liden Barry Shaffer Brad Hasskamp Cherie Eichinger Jim Colwell Julie Dincau Laurie Rheault Todd Wagner

3 FY 2011 ABE Stats Keyword: Consistency

4 Number of Students and Contact Hours Number of Students and Contact Hours StudentsHours FY 2010 FY ,480 74,847 78,480 74,847 (-7.6%)  (-7.6%)  5,827,860 5,775,962 (-0.9%)  (-0.9%) 

5 Enrollees by Program FY 2011 ESL30,231 (41%)  ABE28,516 (38%)  GED/Diploma11,247 (15%)  WBPL + Transition to 4,853 (6%)  employment By contact hours: ESL= 55%, ABE = 37%

6 Student Level Completion FY 2008FY 2009FY 2010 FY 2011 ABE 41% 39% 45% 46%  ESL 44% 46% 48% 48%  Consortia “Report Card” on the ABE website

7 State and Federal Allocations State State Federal Federal FY 2011 FY 2011 $44.9 M $ 45.6 M $ 5.9 M$ 6.0 M $50.8 M $51.6 M (+1.8%) (+1.8%) Cost/Student = $ 678 Cost/Hour = $ 8.95

8 Igniting Innovation – Creative Leadership in ABE Igniting Innovation – Creative Leadership in ABE For Managers/Coordinators: For Managers/Coordinators: Inspire a shared vision - Establish the vision share you vision in words that can be understood by your followers. Inspire a shared vision - Establish the vision share you vision in words that can be understood by your followers. Challenge the traditional process - find a process that you believe needs to be improved the most. Challenge the traditional process - find a process that you believe needs to be improved the most. Enable others to act - Give them the tools, authority and methods to solve problems themselves. Enable others to act - Give them the tools, authority and methods to solve problems themselves. Model the way - When the process gets tough, get your hands dirty. A boss tells others what to do; a leader shows it can be done. Model the way - When the process gets tough, get your hands dirty. A boss tells others what to do; a leader shows it can be done.

9 Other Manager/ Coordinator Advice Be especially nice to Be especially nice to Brad Hasskamp Brad Hasskamp Provide treats at staff meetings Provide treats at staff meetings Praise higher-ups (e.g.- superintendent, board members, city officials) regularly – even if their egos are way too big. Praise higher-ups (e.g.- superintendent, board members, city officials) regularly – even if their egos are way too big. Stay awake at state meetings. Stay awake at state meetings. Use humor whenever possible. Use humor whenever possible.

10 Igniting Innovation – Creative Leadership in ABE Igniting Innovation – Creative Leadership in ABE For Teachers: For Teachers: Align Content, instructional delivery and assessment Align Content, instructional delivery and assessment Articulate learning and behavioral expectations with students Articulate learning and behavioral expectations with students Master multiple instructional delivery strategies – adapt to varied learner styles Master multiple instructional delivery strategies – adapt to varied learner styles Facilitate learning, enable learners to learn Facilitate learning, enable learners to learn Emphasize skills over content Emphasize skills over content Keep learning yourself Keep learning yourself

11 Other Teacher Advice Be especially nice to Be especially nice to Brad Hasskamp. Brad Hasskamp. Act happy about treats at staff meetings. Act happy about treats at staff meetings. When a student asks a dumb question, don’t act like the photo above. When a student asks a dumb question, don’t act like the photo above. Stay awake at staff meetings. Stay awake at staff meetings. Use humor whenever possible. Use humor whenever possible.

12 ABE

13 ABE is viewed and functions as a highly effective and collaborative transition service for adults whose basic educational skills are less than high school level, and in so doing helps Minnesota adults to transition successfully to postsecondary level education or training and to achieve family sustaining employment. ABE is viewed and functions as a highly effective and collaborative transition service for adults whose basic educational skills are less than high school level, and in so doing helps Minnesota adults to transition successfully to postsecondary level education or training and to achieve family sustaining employment. ABE mission recognized as integral to the individual, to the state and to the national economy ABE mission recognized as integral to the individual, to the state and to the national economy Core mission expansion – Core mission expansion – core literacy + transition skills and programming core literacy + transition skills and programming ABE programs integrate transition and employability skills into all levels of ABE and ESL ABE programs integrate transition and employability skills into all levels of ABE and ESL ABE programs include multiple partnerships and collaborations ABE programs include multiple partnerships and collaborations

14 For example: The mission of Minnesota ABE is to provide adult learners with core literacy and transition skills that prepare them for college, careers, and everyday living.

15 Vision – Mission Strategy Prepare draft “white paper” Prepare draft “white paper” Seek field input – revise and finalize Seek field input – revise and finalize Communicate/market to stakeholders Communicate/market to stakeholders Develop and disseminate Develop and disseminate best practices best practices

16 Minnesota’s Skills Gap

17 Minnesota FastTRAC FastTRAC is an adult career FastTRAC is an adult career pathway model that provides, core literacy skills, transition skills and credit-bearing occupational prep pathway model that provides, core literacy skills, transition skills and credit-bearing occupational prep Over the past two years, FastTRAC became operational on 20 MnSCU campuses involving over 30 ABE consortia Over the past two years, FastTRAC became operational on 20 MnSCU campuses involving over 30 ABE consortia In the ABE-MnSCU integrated model, 364 (88%) of the 415 adults served completed the FastTRAC course In the ABE-MnSCU integrated model, 364 (88%) of the 415 adults served completed the FastTRAC course

18 Minnesota FastTRAC Adult Career Pathway POST- SECONDARY CREDENTIAL BRIDGE II BRIDGE PREP BRIDGE I INTEGRATED SUPPORT SYSTEMS INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION Core Literacy + Employability Skills Career Exploration College Readiness

19 Next STEP The Next STEP is Adult Basic Education’s The Next STEP is Adult Basic Education’s three-year initiative - Statewide Transitions three-year initiative - Statewide Transitions Expansion Priority Expansion Priority Year two of Next STEP began July 1, Year two of Next STEP began July 1, Proposals for year two regional funding will be sent out at the beginning of September and due towards the end of September. Proposals for year two regional funding will be sent out at the beginning of September and due towards the end of September. Resources available to support a regional model include, funding from Next STEP, a Regional Transitions Coordinator, and Professional Development around integrating transitions skills at all levels. Resources available to support a regional model include, funding from Next STEP, a Regional Transitions Coordinator, and Professional Development around integrating transitions skills at all levels. If you would like to learn more about the regional model and Next STEP you may attend the 10:30-12:00 session in “University B”. If you would like to learn more about the regional model and Next STEP you may attend the 10:30-12:00 session in “University B”.

20 Kwik Up-Dates State ABE aid went up State ABE aid went up from $5.04 per p.y. contact hour to $5.14 from $5.04 per p.y. contact hour to $5.14 Federal ABE aid went up from 46 ¢ to 50¢ Federal ABE aid went up from 46 ¢ to 50¢ Award letters are forthcoming (shutdown victim) Award letters are forthcoming (shutdown victim) ABE Report Card – new sections (who’s coming, who’s staying, who’s benefiting) ABE Report Card – new sections (who’s coming, who’s staying, who’s benefiting) Skills Tutor and GED-i contracts have been renewed Skills Tutor and GED-i contracts have been renewed Key Train (for WorkKeys Assessment) Key Train (for WorkKeys Assessment)

21 Professional Development ACES - (Academic, Career, & Employability Skills) & Employability Skills)Goal: To ensure that ABE programs are able to provide effective contextualized instruction integrating post-secondary education and training readiness, employability skills, and career readiness at all levels To ensure that ABE programs are able to provide effective contextualized instruction integrating post-secondary education and training readiness, employability skills, and career readiness at all levels Fall 2011 ACES workgroup will meet this fall to develop a set of leveled transitions skills to be integrated into ABE/ESL instruction ACES workgroup will meet this fall to develop a set of leveled transitions skills to be integrated into ABE/ESL instruction

22 Professional Development ACES - (Academic, Career, & Employability Skills) & Employability Skills) Winter/spring 2012 Job-embedded PD opportunity: January workshop for teachers on integrating transitions skills at all levels of instruction; follow-up implementation activities; final cohort meeting in May January workshop for teachers on integrating transitions skills at all levels of instruction; follow-up implementation activities; final cohort meeting in May Pilot of transitions standards to inform curriculum and instruction Pilot of transitions standards to inform curriculum and instruction Peer observation and collaboration Peer observation and collaboration Program applications available in October through ATLAS:

23 Professional Development MNI - (Minnesota Numeracy Initiative) Initiative) Pilot year: Pilot year: fall 2010 – spring 2011 fall 2010 – spring math instructors 24 math instructors Components: Components: 2 full-day meetings/trainings2 full-day meetings/trainings 2 online numeracy courses:2 online numeracy courses: Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy Teaching Reasoning & Problem-Solving Strategies Teaching Reasoning & Problem-Solving Strategies Online networking site to share ideas & resourcesOnline networking site to share ideas & resources Peer observations & partner activitiesPeer observations & partner activities Final partner project & presentationFinal partner project & presentation

24 Professional Development MNI - (Minnesota Numeracy Initiative) Initiative) MNI 11 cohort: MNI 11 cohort: Continued cohort collaboration & participation in one online course and practitioner researchContinued cohort collaboration & participation in one online course and practitioner research MNI 12 (new) cohort: MNI 12 (new) cohort: Up to 24 instructorsUp to 24 instructors Same components as this yearSame components as this year Applications due August 31; notified by Sept. 9Applications due August 31; notified by Sept. 9 Ideal applicants: significant math teaching responsibilities & opportunities to immediately implement instructional strategies from the training into their classroomsIdeal applicants: significant math teaching responsibilities & opportunities to immediately implement instructional strategies from the training into their classrooms More info: More info:

25 Professional Development STAR - (Student Achievement in Reading) Reading reform initiative developed by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) Reading reform initiative developed by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) An intensive and comprehensive professional development package intended to:An intensive and comprehensive professional development package intended to: reform Intermediate reading assessment/instruction andreform Intermediate reading assessment/instruction and improve Intermediate reading outcomes for life and workimprove Intermediate reading outcomes for life and work

26 Professional Development STAR - (Student Achievement in Reading) MN in 4th year of implementing and sustaining the evidence-based STAR Model MN in 4th year of implementing and sustaining the evidence-based STAR Model 120+ STAR-trained administrators and teachers, 19 STAR programs, and STAR classes at 40+ sites 120+ STAR-trained administrators and teachers, 19 STAR programs, and STAR classes at 40+ sites Recent data analysis of TABE Reading and student contact hours shows: Recent data analysis of TABE Reading and student contact hours shows: STAR students have a higher rate of level completion than the general Low/High Intermediate student population STAR students have a higher rate of level completion than the general Low/High Intermediate student population STAR students tend to stay longer in programs STAR students tend to stay longer in programs For more info:

27 Professional Development Literacy -level ESL Instruction Instruction Comprehensive literacy-level study circle materials & facilitator guide : Comprehensive literacy-level study circle materials & facilitator guide : 3 meetings of 3 hours each over 6-8 weeks3 meetings of 3 hours each over 6-8 weeks Piloted this springPiloted this spring Available at: at: International LESLLA (Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition for Adults) Conference 2011: International LESLLA (Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition for Adults) Conference 2011: Sept. 29 & 30, Oct. 1 - MinneapolisSept. 29 & 30, Oct. 1 - Minneapolis See:

28 Professional Development Project IDEAL (St. Paul Spp. Svcs) National consortium of states National consortium of states working together to develop effective distance education programs for adult learners working together to develop effective distance education programs for adult learners Study & planning phase: fall online DL101 Class (recruitment, orientation, teaching and assessment) Study & planning phase: fall online DL101 Class (recruitment, orientation, teaching and assessment) Pilot implementation phase: winter/spring support webinars & phone conferences Pilot implementation phase: winter/spring support webinars & phone conferences Program applications due August 31, 2011 Program applications due August 31, 2011 Available at: Available at:

29 Program Improvement Process Last year - Congratulations to 6 Consortia FY Report Card Benchmarks: State Avg. TargetPIP Bench. ABE: 46% 42% 32% ESL: 48% 46% 34% Letter from Brad Hasskamp (Aug) September meeting Interim Report Due (analysis, site visit, improvement strategizing) Narrative Report Due (Feb- Chapters 1-3)

30 Changes You Should Know About Consortia Changes Consortia Changes GED Test Info GED Test Info GED Accommodations Info GED Accommodations Info NRS Changes for next year NRS Changes for next year

31 Consortia Changes Due to consolidations and one non- renew, there are now 46 ABE consortia. Due to consolidations and one non- renew, there are now 46 ABE consortia. There are no longer any “un-aligned” school districts. There are no longer any “un-aligned” school districts.

32 GED Test Changes ACE/GED now partnered with Pearson Vue ACE/GED now partnered with Pearson Vue Next Generation Test Coming 1/1/2014 Next Generation Test Coming 1/1/2014 Computer-based only but NOT via InternetComputer-based only but NOT via Internet Based on Common Core State Standards and othersBased on Common Core State Standards and others Exploring how DOC-based testing centers will be includedExploring how DOC-based testing centers will be included Subjects: Literacy, Math, Science, Social StudiesSubjects: Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies Multiple essays that will be about passages read—keyboardingMultiple essays that will be about passages read—keyboarding Some “math” content will be tested in science & social studiesSome “math” content will be tested in science & social studies Testing at Pearson Vue Testing Center sitesTesting at Pearson Vue Testing Center sites 21 st Century Initiative: greater involvement in prep, transitioning including testing for college and career readiness (CCR) over and above addition to high school equivalency]21 st Century Initiative: greater involvement in prep, transitioning including testing for college and career readiness (CCR) over and above addition to high school equivalency] Testing Center Subsidy remains intact for this year Testing Center Subsidy remains intact for this year

33 GED Test Changes Must finish current 2002 Series by 12/31/13 or start Must finish current 2002 Series by 12/31/13 or start completely over with the Next Generation Test completely over with the Next Generation Test May be able to take the 2002 Series via CBT prior to 2014 May be able to take the 2002 Series via CBT prior to 2014 Current paper-based testing will continue in MN through the end of 2013 under current plan. Current paper-based testing will continue in MN through the end of 2013 under current plan. New Accommodations Forms and documentation guidelines/requirements must be used as of 9/1/11. Additional procedural changes will follow. New Accommodations Forms and documentation guidelines/requirements must be used as of 9/1/11. Additional procedural changes will follow. Qualification and reimbursement process for Learning Disabilities Assessments has changed for 11/12. Qualification and reimbursement process for Learning Disabilities Assessments has changed for 11/12.

34 GED Test Accommodation and Disability Assessment Changes Assessments: The process for disability assessments will be different this year. The process for disability assessments will be different this year. We no longer have a supplemental service provider conducting disability assessments. We no longer have a supplemental service provider conducting disability assessments. The SW ABE supplemental services project will reimburse programs by up to $1000 per Specific Learning Disability Assessment per GED requirements. Reimbursement for assessment will only be available for students who have a GED goal and are seeking GED accommodations. Students/programs may work with the qualified assessment provider of their choice as long as the provider agrees to comply with the GED accommodation assessment requirements. The SW ABE supplemental services project will reimburse programs by up to $1000 per Specific Learning Disability Assessment per GED requirements. Reimbursement for assessment will only be available for students who have a GED goal and are seeking GED accommodations. Students/programs may work with the qualified assessment provider of their choice as long as the provider agrees to comply with the GED accommodation assessment requirements. The process for approval and reimbursement will be shared with the field in September. The process for approval and reimbursement will be shared with the field in September.

35 GED Test Accommodation and Disability Assessment Changes Disability Consultative Services: The PANDA supplemental services project will provide professional development and support to ABE programs and staff in conducting screening, referrals and instructional interventions for students who may have disabilities. The PANDA supplemental services project will provide professional development and support to ABE programs and staff in conducting screening, referrals and instructional interventions for students who may have disabilities. Details about this process will be shared with the field in September. Details about this process will be shared with the field in September.

36 NRS Changes Beginning with the May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013 reporting year…. April 30, 2013 reporting year…. Most student goals will be assigned on intake automatically - based on student characteristics Most student goals will be assigned on intake automatically - based on student characteristics The student goal definitions will change in the following areas: unemployed, retain employment, GED obtainment, and post secondary transition The student goal definitions will change in the following areas: unemployed, retain employment, GED obtainment, and post secondary transition Stay tuned for more news via PD regionals, webinars, etc. Stay tuned for more news via PD regionals, webinars, etc.

37 I ssues to Resolve Adult Diploma (BST) Adult Diploma (BST) WIA Reauthorization WIA Reauthorization Vision-Mission Feedback and Implementation Vision-Mission Feedback and Implementation Minnesota High School Equivalency Certificate Minnesota High School Equivalency Certificate GED alternatives ?GED alternatives ?

38 FY 2012 Supplemental Services Minnesota Literacy Council (Tech Svcs. and Volunteer Svcs. Minnesota Literacy Council (Tech Svcs. and Volunteer Svcs. ATLAS (ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System) Hamline University – Prof. Development ATLAS (ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System) Hamline University – Prof. Development PANDA – Physical and Neurological Disabilities Assistance PANDA – Physical and Neurological Disabilities Assistance St. Paul ABE (Dist. Lrng.) St. Paul ABE (Dist. Lrng.) SW ABE (Assessment) SW ABE (Assessment) Literacy Action Network Literacy Action Network Minnesota Workforce Minnesota Workforce Council Association Council Association

39 ANY SURPISES? IF YES, I HOPE THEY WERE POSITIVE. ANY SURPISES? IF YES, I HOPE THEY WERE POSITIVE.

40 INNOVATIONS WITH WIRE AND HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS

41 TAKING THE CLIPS TO GET THEIR NAILS DOGGED

42 ELDER FRUIT

43 ZOMBIES LOVE BRAINS

44

45 CAMPFIRE ALTERNATIVE

46 PAPER TRAINING

47 AND FINALLY – IN KEEPING WITH THE IGNITING INNOVATION THEME…

48 THANK YOU AND GOODBYYEEEEEEE !


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