Opportunities for Teachers

PANDA provides professional development in the areas of disabilities, mental illness and specific learning disorders at all Minnesota ABE events.  All PANDA professional development workshops are FREE to Minnesota ABE staff

The following PANDA courses are available on CANVAS.  Click on the title of course to access:

PANDA’s Universal Design for Learning (UDL) webcast training is available annually during January.  This workshop is intended to address the re-licensure area of the area of Adapting Curriculum.  Sixteen CEUs are awarded.  Click HERE to find detailed information about the course.
Available for viewing on the MN ABE Professional Development YouTube channel:  “QUIET!  Mommy’s on Zoom”, How to Maximize Student Engagement to Improve Synchronous Learning.  Note:  CEUs are not available at this time.  Presented by PANDA Consultants and Robbinsdale Adult Academic Teachers, Miriam Bosveld and Erin Parker and former PANDA Consultant and Teacher, Colleen Crossley.  Click HERE to view the video.
ATLAS (ABE Teaching & Learning Advancement System) 

ATLAS Professional Development Catalog
Provides an overview of all Minnesota Adult Education professional development opportunities in one convenient, searchable place.  https://mnpdcatalog.org/.  Scheduled activities are linked to the Minnesota Adult Education events calendar.  https://atlasabe.org/events/


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Teaching ABE Students About Mental Health, created by former PANDA consultant and former Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program teacher, Colleen Crossley.   This is a recorded webinar that you take at your own pace.  Everyone knows that physical health is important to students’ well-being. Often, though, educators are reluctant to tackle the topic of mental health in the ABE classroom. They may believe they lack requisite knowledge, or they may be uncomfortable discussing such weighty or personal topics. By attending this virtual workshop, you will become more comfortable with and knowledgeable about mental health in general. You will explore the basics of several common mental health concerns through multimedia lesson plans and related resources. Finally, you’ll write a reflection paper and adapt a lesson plan to help you gain confidence teaching it! After completion of the recorded workshop, submit your reflection paper and lesson plan to PANDA. Four CEUs intended to address the re-licensure area of Understanding Key Warning Signs of Early Onset Mental Illness in Adolescents and Adults will be provided upon approval.  Click HERE to access the registration form.  After you complete and submit the registration form, you will receive an email with the link to the training.