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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)


ATLAS brings Hamline University faculty expertise in adult and ESL teacher education to provide best practice resources and professional development to Adult Basic Education teachers, staff and administrators through regional and statewide activities.

Literacy Action Network


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.

MLC (Minnesota Literacy Council)


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.

MWCA (Minnesota Workforce Council Association)


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 Minnesota ABE staff on ABE assessment tools.

St. Paul Adult Basic Education


Saint Paul Adult Basic Education supports ABE managers and instructors in building quality Distance Learning (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 DL policy and procedures, as well as communicates DL information to the ABE field via e-letters and more.

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