Professional development system
Statewide professional development for Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) is provided with combined federal and state funding disseminated by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Astrid Liden, MDE Professional Development (PD) Coordinator, works with ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) housed at Hamline University to coordinate statewide PD activities. ATLAS staff involved in STAR include: Patsy Vinogradov, Director, Marisa Geisler, Program Administrator, and Marn Frank, STAR Coordinator.
For more information about ATLAS, go to: http://www.atlasABE.org
The MN STAR Project is entering its seventh year of implementing and sustaining evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI). Four leadership teams provide direction, advice, and oversight; they are comprised of MDE, ATLAS, Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) staff, certified STAR trainers, and STAR-trained administrators and teachers. Each year, new MN STAR participants are selected according to their program's openness to change, management structures, team culture, and commitment to implementing EBRI. Over 150 ABE program managers or reading teachers have completed STAR trainings and STAR classes are delivered (or will be) at over 40 ABE sites.
Nationally certified STAR trainers Marn Frank and Penny Brown plan and deliver four STAR Institutes for new participants. They also work with STAR Teacher Team to plan and deliver a spring All-STAR training for continuing participants. Technical assistance (TA) is mostly centralized with Marn coordinating fall Participant Continuance Agreements, ongoing electronic or phone consultation, post-STAR Institute action and lesson plan review, onsite problem-solving or refresher meetings, ongoing resource development, and winter/spring teacher observations.
Evaluation of program/teacher/student change is a key factor in MN STAR's success. Our comprehensive evaluation plan involves collection and analysis of: (1) 1st year teacher surveys and training evaluations, (2) 2nd year teacher observations and feedback, (3) 3rd year and beyond teacher surveys of TA needs and student level completions, and (4) annual student surveys and stories of success.
The list to the right showcases the diversity of STAR classes implemented (or in progress) across Minnesota in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Programs implementing STAR
Adult Academic Learning Center (AALC)
St. Peter, Winthrop & Gaylord (in progress)
Adult Academic Programs (AAP)
Robbinsdale, Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park
Adult Options in Education (AOIE)
Hopkins, St. Louis Park
Arrowhead Educational Opportunity Area (AEOA)
Cloquet, Grand Rapids (in progress)
St. Cloud, Cambridge
Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning
Burnsville, Savage (in progress)
Metro East ABE
Maplewood (in progress)
Metro North ABE
Anoka Technical College, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights/Fridley, Elk River, Forest Lake, St. Francis
Metro South ABE
Bloomington, Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie
Hennepin County Government Center, North and South Campuses
Northwest Service Cooperative
East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Bemidji (in progress)
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Program (RAVE)
Apple Valley, Eagan
Southwest Metro Cooperative
Chanhassen, Chaska, Shakopee
Volunteers of America
Minneapolis (in progress)