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Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

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Contact and lead agency

Margaret (Marn) Frank, Reading & STAR Coordinator

ATLAS/Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104-1284

Phone: 651-523-2779

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.

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STAR implementation

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.