Welcome to the Minnesota Literacy Council's online training site.

We offer training for adult literacy volunteers and professional development courses for Adult Basic Education teachers and staff. There are also a few courses that offer content directly to adult learners. If you work or volunteer in another setting, such as K-12 education, you are welcome to browse our resources. Simply keep in mind that the intended audience is adult learners and the practitioners who work with them.

If you are new to this site, you may create a Username and Password by clicking Create new account under the login box to the left. If you have previously used this site but have lost or forgotten your login information, contact Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt at swbrandt@mnliteracy.org.

Note: if you have not logged in for more than 6 months, you may need to create a new account. Accounts unused for 180 days or more may be deleted to make space for new users.

If you are not a resident of Minnesota, please read the Out-of-State Users Policy document below.

Good Luck! If you have any questions or encounter any problems while using this site, please contact Susan.

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This course will provide tutors helping in an ABE/GED classroom with background information and concrete ideas for helping students. Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.

A course for Adult Basic Education practitioners who are new to Minnesota's ACES framework for transitions skills.
This course is not currently available.
This is a space for the ACES training team to access & share resources, communicate, and provide feedback.

This online course will introduce you to the basics for a volunteer position in the Adult ESL Classroom. Approximate time to complete course: 2 hours.

This interactive course will help ABE/ESL teachers and tutors improve their understanding, testing, and teaching of beginning alphabetics and fluency. These 2 reading components align with 4 College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Reading Foundational (RF) Skills, at Levels A-C or K-5. The instructor and participants will negotiate relevant course and activity completion for 3-6 Continuing Education Units.

The Citizenship Tutor Training educates teachers and tutors to assist students in preparing for United States Citizenship through naturalization.

This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.

This course will provide resources and tools for planning and implementing a computer literacy course for adult learners.

This course takes approximately 6 hours to complete and offers 6 CEUs.
This course provides an introduction to methods for integrating digital literacy skills in an adult education setting.
In this course you will learn basics of setting up and running a Distance Learning program for adult learners. This course has content for DL teachers, managers, and support staff. CEUs for the course are as follows: 3 CEUs for support staff, 4 CEUs for teachers, and 5 CEUs for managers.
This course will organize materials, discussions, and recorded webinars from the E-Quip Math PD Series for Adult Basic Education.
This interactive course will help ABE/ESL teachers and tutors improve their knowledge and use of explicit instruction, a research-based method for teaching reading, writing, and math. Full completion offers 3 Continuing Education Units (based on approximately 3 hours of course activity time).

This course will offer volunteers, teachers, and program managers an overview of the curriculum development process and provide tools and resources for evaluating and writing curriculum for adult English learners.

This course offers 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 6 hours.

This course is designed to provide a thorough introduction on standards-based education, how the CCRS emerged for Adult Basic Education (ABE), what the standards are and are not, key instructional shifts brought out by the standards and how to begin integrating the CCR standards into ABE instruction.


Lesson planning is an art. There are many ways to create a successful lesson plan. This course will walk you through a process that works for many instructors. Like any new skill, the more you practice writing and teaching lessons the better you will become at creating them.

This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.


Teaching literacy level students is a rewarding experience, but many instructors lack confidence in their ability to teach literacy level adults. In this course you will learn about the needs of literacy level students and effective teaching strategies.

This course offers 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 4 hours.


This course will help ABE/ESL/GED teachers and tutors understand mental health disorders common to the adult population by accessing and applying information from the Minnesota ABE Disabilities website.

This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.


Any class with more than one student is multilevel, whether the source of the "multi" is educational, generational, or cultural. One key in these circumstances is to develop realistic expectations. Another key is to use a number of "multi" strategies. This course will help you find those keys.

This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.

This course helps prepare new Adult Basic Education teachers in Minnesota. Completing the course will result in 6 CEUs plus the opportunity to earn an additional 3 CEUs by completing an optional assignment.
This interactive course will help ABE/ESL teachers and tutors understand the purpose and use of reading assessments: CASAS, TABE, and other diagnostic tests for determining alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary needs. Full completion offers 4 Continuing Education Units (based on approximately 4 hours of course activity time).
This course will provide teachers and tutors with practical ways to teach grammar as an integrated part of an adult English as a Second Language (ESL) class.

This course offers 5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).Approximate time to complete course: 5 hours.

This course is for tutors and teachers who want to help students improve their pronunciation of English.

This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.


This course will give teachers and tutors a basic understanding of the CASAS assessment system, tools to help learners master CASAS competencies, and strategies to help learners succeed on CASAS tests.

This course offers 5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 5 hours.


This class will provide ABE and ESL teachers with ideas for effectively using volunteers in their classrooms.

This course offers 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).Approximate time to complete course: 2 hours.

This course will provide practice questions for adult learners who are preparing to take the Accuplacer.

In this course you can study for the Civics and Reading and Writing questions of the U.S. Citizenship test and take practice tests with the 100 questions.

This course will provide an overview of the National Work Readiness Credential Exam. Sample exams will be included.


This course will provide an overview of the National Work Readiness Credential Exam. Sample exams will be included.

This course will provide an overview of the National Work Readiness Credential Exam. Sample exams will be included.


This course will provide an overview of the National Work Readiness Credential Exam. Sample exams will be included.

This course will provide an overview of the National Work Readiness Credential Exam. Sample exams will be included.

These discussion boards will provide a forum for continuing the conversation begun in the Summer Institute sessions.  Here you can share problems, solutions, and resources to further collaboration with your peers around the state.


Find a variety of Discussion Boards on ABE/ESL topics.

A place for Professional Development Coordinators to share ideas and collaborate.

A discussion board for MLC VISTAs!

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This is a 6th grade, year-long course aligned to MN State Academic Standards. It is a collaborative effort by over a dozen MN School districts.

This version of the course uses embedded Google Docs so that course updates may be made via the MNPCC.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.


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