Welcome to Literacy Minnesota's online training site.

We offer training for adult literacy volunteers and professional development courses for Adult Basic Education teachers and staff. There are also a few courses that offer content directly to adult learners. If you work or volunteer in another setting, such as K-12 education, you are welcome to browse our resources. Simply keep in mind that the intended audience is adult learners and the practitioners who work with them.

If you are new to this site, you may create a Username and Password by clicking Create new account under the login box to the left. If you have previously used this site but have lost or forgotten your login information, contact Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt at swbrandt@literacymn.org.

Note: if you have not logged in for more than 6 months, you may need to create a new account. Accounts unused for 180 days or more may be deleted to make space for new users.

If you are not a resident of Minnesota, please read the Out-of-State Users Policy document below.

Good Luck! If you have any questions or encounter any problems while using this site, please contact Susan.

Available courses

In this course, you will learn the basics about Learning Management Systems (LMS), how and why you should use one with your adult learners, and resources to help you get started.

Welcome to the new professional development course required for Minnesota adult educators who are offering distance or blended learning options for their adult learners.

This course is comprised of 6 modules, all of which can be completed one at a time, at your own pace. 


This course is for Adult Basic Education practitioners to learn about suicide prevention best practices.  

This course offers 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

This training prepares new volunteers to work in an adult ESL classroom, and provides ongoing development for experienced classroom volunteers. Topics covered include volunteer roles, culture and cultural awareness, responding to errors, and effective floating in the ESL classroom.

Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.

Tutoring Basics will provide you with core strategies for structuring a tutoring session that is intentional and skill-based. If you’re new to tutoring K-12 students, this workshop is a great place to start!

E-mail Kelly at krynda@mnliteracy.org for access to this course.

Introductory course that provides a foundation for further learning. Appropriate for those who work with public school students and their managers/supervisors.

E-mail Kelly at krynda@mnliteracy.org for access to this course.

This course is for Adult Basic Education practitioners to learn strategies to reduce the stigma of mental illness.


This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

This course is for teachers who are new to teaching students preparing for the 2014 GEDR. Participants will review the basics of the GED, content students will need, and instructional suggestions to prepare students.
A course for Adult Basic Education practitioners who are new to Minnesota's ACES framework for transitions skills.
This course is not currently available.
This interactive course will help ABE/ESL teachers and tutors improve their understanding, testing, and teaching of beginning alphabetics and fluency. These 2 reading components align with 4 College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Reading Foundational (RF) Skills, at Levels A-C or K-5. The instructor and participants will negotiate relevant course and activity completion for 3-6 Continuing Education Units.

The Citizenship Tutor Training educates teachers and tutors to assist students in preparing for United States Citizenship through naturalization.

This course offers 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Approximate time to complete course: 3 hours.

This interactive course will help ABE/ESL teachers and tutors improve their knowledge and use of explicit instruction, a research-based method for teaching reading, writing, and math. Full completion offers 3 Continuing Education Units (based on approximately 3 hours of course activity time).
This interactive course will help ABE/ESL teachers and tutors understand the purpose and use of reading assessments: CASAS, TABE, and other diagnostic tests for determining alphabetics, fluency, and vocabulary needs. Full completion offers 4 Continuing Education Units (based on approximately 4 hours of course activity time).

This class will provide ABE and ESL teachers with ideas for effectively using volunteers in their classrooms.

This course offers 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).Approximate time to complete course: 2 hours.

This course will prepare adult learners for a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

This course will prepare adult learners for a career in the care of young children.

This course will prepare adult learners for a career in a medical office setting.

This course will prepare adult learners for a career in manufacturing.

This orientation is for all host site staff who will be involved with recruiting and/or supervising an AmeriCorps VISTA member through the Literacy Leadership Program of Literacy Minnesota. Orientation will cover recruitment, onboarding, and supervision, as well as program details and policies.


Required orientation for Literacy Leadership AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Required orientation for Summer Reads AmeriCorps VISTA members.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This semester course is meant to connect the earliest forms of human writing to the kinds of stories we tell and where we might be heading.

Students will work on reading early human literature; exposure to Greek Mythology and British Romanticism. They will also work on the processes of preparing, evaluating, and delivering multiple forms of written communication.

Course Syllabus

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This is a 6th grade, year-long course aligned to MN State Academic Standards. It is a collaborative effort by over a dozen MN School districts.

This version of the course uses embedded Google Docs so that course updates may be made via the MNPCC.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only. It is not for student enrollment.

This course is a teacher resource only.  It is not for student enrollment.