Welcome to the ESLC Learn-From-Home Library!

Each month you will find a selection of training articles, videos, audio documentaries, or online “exhibits” for you to explore. These resources are meant to grow your skills and understanding as a literacy tutor and a mentor, so the resources below focus on everything from literacy strategies, to stories from cultural groups who call Minnesota home, to a dose of inspiration. We invite you to select what looks most interesting to you, at a time convenient to you. All ESLC Literacy Mentors are invited to explore the Learn-From-Home Library.

We hope that you will connect and let us know what you are reflecting on as you engage with these resources.

  • Complete an Independent Training Record (Link HERE) to count your training hours and let us know what you thought of each resource.
  • Engage in further discussion with fellow Literacy Mentors by joining our private ESLC Facebook Group! Visit and request to join our group.


AmeriCorps Members: to ensure receipt of the monthly stipend, please make sure you complete at least one hour of Learning-From-Home per month. Following your training, you must complete our Independent Training Record. Completion of this record will count as your timesheet entries for the remainder of the year. Complete the Independent Training Record for each independent training session/resource you explore.

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May Learn-From-Home Training Resources


East Side Freedom Library - Kao Kalia Yang: "A Map into the World"

A recording of the celebration hosted by the East Side Freedom Library to launch Kao Kalia Yang’s debut children’s book, A Map into the World. Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American teacher, public speaker, and writer. She is the author of the award-winning book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2017. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.


Want to hear more from Kao Kalia Yang? She also has a TEDxTalk: The Power in Sharing Our Stories.



Reading Rockets - The Development of Phonological Skills

Basic listening skills and "word awareness" are critical precursors to phonological awareness. Learn the milestones for acquiring phonological skills. Especially recommended for Literacy Mentors who work with the A-Z Pre-Fluency Program to understand some of the phonics skills presented in the scope and sequence.



Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. A great resource to explore and perhaps find your new, favorite read-aloud book.



Counter Stories – Call Me By My Name

In this edition of Counter Stories, the team looks at why people struggle to pronounce unfamiliar names. Getting a name wrong seems innocuous, but when the name of someone with non-European ancestry is "dumbed down" for a white speaker or mispronounced repeatedly, it can have a lasting impact. Personal stories around names and how they have been changes intentionally and unintentionally and how this can affect people.




PBS NewsMakers – Race, Trauma and Healing

Mariano Avila interviews Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.” Ms. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American slavery.



NPR - Schools Are Embracing Mindfulness, But Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect

One in 5 American children struggles with anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and almost half experience at least one serious stressor at home — like divorce, poverty or a parent's addiction — according to the nonprofit Child Trends. To help students cope, a growing number of schools are turning to mindfulness. Its boosters claim all kinds of benefits, and there is research to back them up. But mindfulness in schools can mean many different things, and the explosion of interest has some researchers and proponents advising caution.


And to see an example of what Mindfulness Practice looks like in one kindergarten classroom, watch the documentary “Healthy Habits of Mind.”



TEDx – The One Thing All Great Teachers Do | Nick Fuhrman

Dr. Nick Fuhrman encourages us to recognize the profound personal impact that we can have on others — both in and out of the classroom. His life’s passion is teaching, and he often uses live animals (such as snakes, turtles, and owls) in the classroom and on his monthly television series, Ranger Nick.



Online Trainings from Our Community


Literacy Minnesota - Latino Cultures: An Overview of History, Cultures and Languages

Presented by Rodolfo Gutierrez, executive director of HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research), this webinar will look at how Latino communities are seen in the U.S. and in Minnesota, and how the single label of “Latino” obscures the differences among communities. We will engage in a conversation that will address perspectives and expectations toward the Latino population in Minnesota and in the U.S. You are invited to join us in building a better understanding of what being Latino means today.

Wednesday, May 6th, 6-8pm Central Time



Opportunity St. Paul – College Behind Bars Documentary Viewing & Discussion

College Behind Bars, a four-part documentary film series directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, produced by Sarah Botstein, and executive produced by Ken Burns, tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees and turn their lives around in one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States – the Bard Prison Initiative. Volunteers are invited to view the episodes and participate in Zoom discussions. Register for information on accessing the documentary episodes.

Watch episodes 1 & 2 and join OSP on Thursday, May 7th for a Zoom discussion

Watch episodes 3 & 4 and join OSP on Monday, May 18th for a Zoom discussion



Experience Corps Call-In Training Offerings

Experience Corps National is offering live, call-in trainings with literacy mentors and tutors from all over the country. Feel free to participate in one of these trainings to fulfill your monthly training hour! Save the date now and we’ll be in touch with call in information and accompanying training resources.


Positive Behavioral Support: Tips for Keeping Students Engaged

Thursday, May 14, 1-2pm Central Time


Thursday, May 28, 1-2pm Central Time


Maintaining Social Connection During a Time of Social Distancing

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, research showed that prolonged social isolation takes a real toll. This health and wellness seminar will help you understand what puts people at risk, as well as what you can do to keep yourself and those you love socially connected, even in a time of physical distancing. We’ll share tools and motivation to help build and maintain strong support networks and meaningful relationships.

Presenter: E.A. Casey, MPAff, Advisor, Social Connectedness - AARP Foundation

Thursday, May 21, 1-2pm Central Time


Online Events from Our Literacy Mentor Community 

We know our community of Literacy Mentors are involved with a number of great organizations. If you know of a virtual event that you think other Literacy Mentors may be interested in, please send it to Erin and we'll post it here!


Jazz Fest Live

Join Twin Cities Jazz Festival and AARP Minnesota for JAZZ FEST LIVE, a virtual concert series.

More information HERE.


TPT Life -  Hmong Pioneers: Honoring The First Wave

Thursday, May 14 at 8pm, Playing on TPT Life

More information HERE.


Health, Wellness & Connection Resources from AARP

Not for training purposes; just resources for you to use and share.

  • Weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall meetings every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. (Central). Hear from national experts as they share the latest information about the pandemic, the response and how to protect yourself. LEARN MORE
  • Visit for an evolving list of Minnesota resources for healthcare, food, financial help and more. 
  • AARP “Community Connections” programs help people form local networks of assistance and connect isolated people with a friendly voice by phone. Start a group, find a group, or even request a friendly call from one of our volunteers; we can help you connect with people in your community.