Website Contributors

The following people provided their expertise in writing content for this website.  Thank you to all of the contributors! 

Carey Wack, Janice
Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

Colwell, Jim
Retired GED Administrator
Adult Basic Education, Minnesota Department of Education

Crossley, Colleen
ABE Teacher, PANDA Consultant
Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program

Dincau, Julie
Transitions Specialist
Adult Basic Education, Minnesota Department of Education

Enestvedt, Paul
Assistant Manager
Minneapolis Adult Education

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Frank, Jessalyn, M.Ed.

Frank, Margaret (Marn)
Reading and STAR Coordinator
ATLAS, Hamline University

Godsall, Cathleen, LSW
Courage Center

Grady, Cathy
Adult Program Director
Minnesota Literacy Council

Hasskamp, Brad
Policy and Operations Specialist
Adult Basic Education, Minnesota Department of Education

Hoggard, Sarah
Adult Education Manager, ThinkSelf
Deaf Adult Basic Education

Indelicato, Heather
ABE Teacher
Minneapolis Adult Education

Jones, Jessica
ABE Teacher
Open Door Learning Center Arlington Hills
Former PANDA Vision Consultant

Kragness, Miriam, PhD, LP
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Krumholz, LaDonna
ABE Teacher
Minneapolis Public Schools

Leininger, Lori
Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)
Retired PANDA Grant Coordinator
and ABE Teacher, Robbinsdale Area Schools

Liden, Astrid
Professional Development Specialist
Adult Basic Education, Minnesota Department of Education

Lommen, Gail, MS CCC-SLP
North Memorial Medical Center

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Morgan, Judy
Communication Services for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD)

Mundl, Jeni
Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Courage Center

Payne, Nancie, PhD
Payne & Associates, Inc.

Pearson, Annette, MS, LADC
Vinland Center, Courage Center

Podlasek, Rod
Training Manager
Minnesota Literacy Council

Shaffer, Dr. Barry
Retired State Adult Basic Education Director
Minnesota Department of Education, Adult Basic Education

Stefan, Tara
Special Education Teacher
Minnetonka Schools

Strand, Linda
Former PANDA Grant Coordinator
Retired Teacher Robbinsdale Area Schools

Sweeney, Wendy, MA LP
Grant Manager, PANDA – Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists
Robbinsdale Area Schools

Turngren, Heather
ABE Teacher
Minneapolis Adult Education
Former PANDA Vision Consultant

Wagner, Todd
Minnesota State Director and Adult Basic Education Supervisor
Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting Specialist

Minnesota Department of
Education, Adult Basic Education

Wilm, Mary Lou
Retired ABE Teacher, Minneapolis Adult Education
Former PANDA Vision Consultant

Yurick, Laureen (Lori)
Grant Assistant, PANDA – Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists
Robbinsdale Area Schools

PANDA – Minnesota ABE Disability Specialists

Wendy Sweeney, MA, LP

Disability Specialist, PANDA Manager

PANDA equips Minnesota ABE teachers, program managers, and volunteers with training, disability awareness, and resources to positively impact students with disabilities. PANDA also provides professional development presentations on a variety of disability topics for state and national ABE staff.  Website topics include assistive technology, brain injury, mental health, chemical health, FASD, learning disabilities, vision and hearing loss, physical disabilities, ADHD and Disability Awareness and the Law. Adult Basic Education TABE and CASAS testing information is also included as well as GED information.

ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System)
Through ATLAS, all ABE practitioners in Minnesota have access to high-quality professional development opportunities, with options for in-person events held across the state as well as activities that can be accessed online. Main initiatives include regional events throughout Minnesota, STAR (Student Achievement in Reading), EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction), MNI (MN Numeracy Initiative), professional development in adult ESL including low-literacy and pronunciation study circles, Adult Career Pathways, ACES (Academic, Career, and Employability Skills), and support for implementation of the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education.

Literacy Action Network (LAN)
Literacy Action Network coordinates statewide activities and professional development focused on program quality such as the ABE Summer Institute, the PEGASUS (ABE program of excellence) aware process, and administrator trainings.

Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC)
MLC recruits, trains, and supports volunteers in their work with adult students, provides resources and support to volunteer literacy programs, and provides ABE professionals and volunteers with resources, information, and tools to use technology effectively in the classroom.

Minnesota Workforce Council Association (MWCA)
MWCA provides linkages for ABE programs to the Minnesota workforce education and training systems, such as post-secondary institutions.  

Southwest Adult Basic Education
Southwest ABE provides training to MN ABE staff on ABE assessment tools, supports innovative GED activities, and provides reimbursements for learning disability assessments for ABE students seeking GED accommodations.  They also host the annual ABE Support Services Conference for ABE support staff.

Distance Learning (DL)
The Minnesota Literacy Council oversees the distance learning (DL) initiative for Minnesota ABE, supporting managers and instructors in building quality DL opportunities for their adult learners based on established best practices. Our professional development initiatives are offered in partnership with Project IDEAL. Saint Paul Adult Basic Education also vets DL platforms for statewide use, coordinates policy and procedures, as well as communicates information to the ABE field via e-letters and more.

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