Montana LINCS Update
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1.  Montana Distance Learning Update

Check out the postings on MTLINCS Distance Learning link at .  You will find quotes from the January meeting along with some resources.

o    Curriculum Masters

o    Needs Assessment for Businesses

o    Online Surveys for Learning and Teaching Online:  Is learning or teaching online for you?


2.  MTLINCS Distance Learning - Where in the World

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3.  MTLINCS Research Item #6:  Distance Learning Response

Check out what one of your colleagues has to say about Distance Learning.   Click here. 

Any more ideas?  Click here to send your ideas to MTLINCS. 

4.  Research on Relationships Between Literacy, Computer Use, and Employment

An NRDC publication reports on research in the UK and the US on the relationships between literacy, computer use and employment. Clare Strawn writes:

"Adults who didn’t finish high school in the US and who left formal education at age 16 (UK) are the subjects of a just released study comparing Portland, Oregon and London, England entitled The Digital Divide: Computer Use, Basic Skills and Employment. John Brynner, Steve Reder, Samantha Parsons and Clare Strawn untangle the relationships between literacy proficiency, ICT use, and employment opportunities by analyzing change over two points in time, 2000 and 2004. The principle finding is that employment and ICT use in 2000 positively influence literacy development by 2004. Literacy proficiency did not significantly impact technology use. "

The full report can be found at   

Jackie Taylor

Professional Development List Facilitator,

5.  Literacy Data for States and Counties

Today (January 8), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the National Assessment of Adult Literacy: Indirect County and State Estimates of the Percentage of Adults at the Lowest Literacy Level for 1992 and 2003, which provides estimates on the percentage of adults – for all states and counties in the U.S. – who lack basic prose literacy skills.  The study provides data for 2003 and 1992. This new data is currently the only available snapshot of adult literacy rates for individual states and counties.

To produce this study, NCES gathered data from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), a nationally representative sample of more than 19,000 Americans age 16 and older, and the 2000 Census, which provided “predictor variables” such as education and income.

NAAL data were correlated with the predictor variables to see if there was a pattern among them. From this information, a model was established.  Using the model, estimates were predicted for areas where there were not sufficient assessment data.  The same approach was also applied to the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS), so changes from 1992 to 2003 can be examined.

The report is accompanied by an interactive web tool, which shows the percentage of adults lacking Basic Prose Literacy Skills for all states and counties. In addition to allowing users to view adult literacy percentages for any given state, the web tool also allows for comparisons to be made between two states, two counties in the same state, two counties in different states, across years for a state, and across years for a county.

The report can be found at:

The Interactive Web Tool can be accessed at:

Thank you

Jaleh Behroozi Soroui

6.  NIFL Releases Developing Early Literacy Report

The Institute today released Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel during a morning news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The National Early Literacy Panel’s (NELP) report will serve as the basis of research recommendations to the early childhood community – educators, caregivers, Head Start providers, and parents – on promoting the foundational skills of life-long literacy.

Deputy Secretary Raymond Simon of the U.S. Department of Education extended congratulations to the Institute and joined Dr. Timothy Shanahan, chair of the NELP, in announcing the report’s release.

To download a copy of this report and to learn more about its findings and recommendations, please visit the Institute’s Web site

Check back to the Web site in the coming week to view a video of the Institute’s report release event. 

7Online Courses for Adult Educators and Adult Literacy Trainers

ProLiteracy has three instructor-led online courses for adult educators and adult literacy trainers that begin soon. Two courses begin January 26th and the other begins February 9th. They are… 

*Managing the Multilevel ESL Classroom (15-hour course),  January 26 – March 9
(Complete course info at:

Course topics include:

  • What makes a classroom "multilevel"

  • Benefits and challenges of a multilevel classroom

  • Formal and informal strategies for assessing students' needs

  • Framing instruction to build on students' strengths and resources

  • Instructional strategies to try in your own multilevel classroom and then discuss with other course participants

*Young Adult Education: Strategies and Materials for Ensuring Success in Adult Education (10-hour course), January 26 – February 23
(Complete course info at:

Course topics include:

  • Determining appropriate materials and instructional strategies for younger learners

  • Evaluating lesson plans designed for youth in mixed-age and youth-only classrooms

  • Building lesson plans for a mixed-age or youth-only classes using youth-friendly materials and strategies

*Trainer Tune-Up: Conducting the Training Event (10-hour course), February 9 – March 9
(Complete course info at:

Course topics include:

  • Preparing for a training event

  • Collecting information about participants

  • Planning warm-up activities

  • Setting effective ground rules

  • Managing group processes, including problem behaviors

  • Questioning strategies, giving feedback, and active listening

For a full listing of facilitated and self-paced courses offered by ProLiteracy and World Education, please go to

Jane Greiner
Professional Development Coordinator

8.  NRS Working Group

NRS Working Group

To Meet on New

Reporting Categories

OVAE’s Technical Work Group for the national contract “Promoting Program Accountability in Adult Education” will meet in Washington on Feb. 10–11, to consider proposed guidance and technical assistance for states on the new race and ethnicity reporting categories that will become effective on July 1, 2010. Other items slated for discussion include the pilot phase of a new distance education course on the National Reporting System for state staff, the content and scope of a new leadership academy for adult education state directors, and topics for the annual NRS training workshop this summer. State directors and stakeholders may contact the following persons who are members of the group to relay other questions or concerns that need to be addressed: California’s Debra Jones, Georgia’s Josephine Reed-Taylor, Kansas’ Diane Glass, Montana’s Margaret Bowles, New York’s Tom Orsini, North Carolina’s Randy Whitfield, Ohio’s Denise Pottmeyer, Rhode Island’s Johan Uvin, Texas’ Joanie Rethlake, ProLiteracy’s Peter Waite, and Florida’s Fort Pierce program director Anthony Iacono.

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Larry Ferlazzo
Luther Burbank High School
Sacramento, CA

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101