Adult Basic Education (ABE) is available statewide at little or no cost to adult learners and is administered through the Minnesota Department of Education. ABE sites in Minnesota serve approximately 65,000 adult students each year. Half of these students are enrolled in English learner (EL) programs. eLibrary Minnesota, including Ebooks Minnesota, provides resources for adult learners, as well as educators, at all stages of their education.
The High School Equivalency Center, part of LearningExpress Library (LEL), helps students prepare for the GED, HiSET, and TASC exams by offering tutorials and micro lessons in reading, writing, grammar, vocab, spelling, and math. These practice tests are available in English and Spanish. The Adult Core Skills Center, also available in Spanish, gives adults the tools they need to achieve their personal educational and career goals, whether that includes becoming a U.S. citizen or improving reading and vocabulary skills.
Teachers and educators of adult learners have publications and databases at their fingertips including Adult Education Quarterly, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, and the Professional Development Collection. The Back to School curated collection in Ebooks Minnesota offers all sorts of books on education that can be used for teaching and working with adult learners. Teaching Syllable Patterns can help with fluency and reading comprehension. Teaching powerful personal narratives can help with college and job applications and reading and phonics.
Keep in mind that no matter what type of student or educator you're working with, eLibrary Minnesota offers something for everyone. If you're assisting students with college or career prep, writing college essays or a cover letter or resume, the Job & Career Accelerator and the Prepare for College Center in LEL provide students with a range of skills from setting goals to following through with them.