The purpose of this professional development (PD) initiative is to build the capacity of MN ABE consortia to offer quality distance learning (DL) opportunities for their ABE learners based on established best practices. Programs who are accepted and fully participate and complete the course requirements will receive a stipend to cover expenses related to travel, meetings, and substitute teachers, should they be needed.
This PD initiative is supported by Saint Paul ABE/MLC’s DL Supplemental Services grant for 2017-2018. Any questions regarding the eligibility requirements or application and review process should be sent to Renada Rutmanis (St. Paul ABE) at email@example.com or 651-744-7556.
DL 101 eligibility requirements:1) An individual ABE program site or group of ABE sites within a state-funded consortium currently offering distance learning programming for ABE learners or planning to offer such programming in the future (as represented by use of approved DL platforms and collection of proxy hours).
2) Full participation of an ABE Manager with supervisory responsibility and authority to approve the following program changes or expenses:a. Contractual agreement between the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) and their own school district/programb. Submission of invoices to the MLC for payment of program stipend to own district/programc. Payment of staff for participation in all required DL 101/102 PD activitiesd. Completion of a final budget report for participation expenses to be covered by stipende. Final DL site plan implementationf. Full participation and completion of coursework, which includes: weekly online questions and discussion, assigned readings, completing and submitting assignments, regularly meeting with your colleague(s) to communicate and complete assignments, participating in webinars, etc.
3) Full participation and completion of coursework of at least one DL instructor with current or future instructional responsibility for DL learners. You can enroll more than one instructor or support staff.
DL 101/102 Application and Review Process:1) All applicants should review the DL 101/102 information on the state DL web site: mnabe-distancelearning.org/professional-development And, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under Training Resources, download, open and view the PowerPoint titled ‘PD History and Development Model’ in the Toolkit under Training Resources.
2) The ABE manager must complete this online DL 101/102 Application and submit it by September 15, 2017.
3) The DL Supplemental Services Grant Team will review all required application materials and notify selected MN ABE programs and participants by September 30, 2017. Before finalizing enrollment in the course, Renada Rutmanis will have a phone conversation with managers of selected programs to confirm your understanding of coursework expectations.
Distance Learning 101 Course Content:This introductory course is designed for teachers and managers without extensive experience with distance learning. Participating teachers and managers work together in a cohort of peers from around the state to address critical issues in distance learning and create a plan for their program/site. This course covers best practices in Recruitment, Screening and Orientation, Instruction, and Assessment. Participants can expect to spend at least 18 hours working on PD activities over the course of the year, as well as additional time implementing new programming at your site.
Timeline:• Distance Learning Kick-Off in St. Paul – full day in-person meeting on Monday October 9, 2017 at the MLC offices in St. Paul.• Weekly readings, online course discussion, assignments, and DL site plan development (October – December 2017)• Implementation of site plan (January – April 2018)• Monthly support webinar series (January – April 2018)• Focus Group Wrap up Webinar; CEUs and stipends awarded (May 2018)