Group session at 2016 Summer Institute
Participants at Summer Institute 2016

ABE Summer Institute, Partners in Progress, 2016: By the Numbers

The conference this year was highly successful. There were a total of 530 registrations for the August 17-19 conference in St. Cloud -  342 were for the full conference, with 417 people attending Wednesday, 474 on Thursday, and 376 Friday, with 305  people attending the annual awards banquet Thursday night. There were  21 vendors, and 27 posters for the packed sessions. Thanks to the very hard working Summer Institute Committee and all who worked to create this conference!

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ABE Summer Institute is Minnesota’s annual statewide Adult Basic Education conference. The Institute is co-sponsored by Literacy Action Network and the Minnesota Community Education Association. Held every August, the conference brings together more than 500 educators for three days to learn new teaching techniques, discuss policy changes, examine trends in ABE, and connect with peers from across the state.

Conference highlights included a new staff orientation pre-conference workshop (ABE Foundations) Aug. 16; acclaimed speaker Jermaine Davis delivering a  keynote on Wednesday; over 80 concurrent session topics led by experienced ABE professionals; and an awards banquet on Thursday evening. Thursday also features a vendor fair, poster session, and regional meetings to gather input for the year’s professional development events. We will also hear an update from the Minnesota ABE Director, and on Friday morning there is a special event featuring an assistant commissioner from DEED.

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Summer Institute uses to host an online version of the program in addition to the paper copies available at the conference registration desk.  View the program in your browser or get the mobile app at:

Or you can download a copy of the program booklet here.