Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


1.  Responses to MTLINCS Research Item #13:  Using Authentic Materials Continuation

Click here ( )to check out some of the responses for Using Authentic Materials. 

2.  Article on Creating Authentic Materials and Activities for the Adult Literacy Classroom 

Click here ( for the abstract on LINCS.  Click here  (  for the actual article, "Creating Authentic Materials and Activities for the Adult Literacy Classroom" by Jacobsen, Degener, and Purcell-Gates. 

3.  Montana ABLE Shop Talk Summary for 4/21/09

Click here ( )for a summary of the Directors' Shop Talk.

4.  Montana ABLE Distance Learning Conference Call Summary

Click here ( )for a summary of the Distance Learning conference call.

5.  Financial Literacy

April is national Financial Literacy Month, highlighting the importance of a basic understanding of personal finance concepts.  A 2008 survey by the Jump$tart Coalition, a group of organizations dedicated to improving financial literacy, showed that high school seniors across the country scored 48.3 percent on personal finance concepts, down 3 percentage points from 2006 scores. The results are a reminder to include financial literacy in instruction for young and adult students. Jump$tart offers links to other resources, their own best practices and the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education on its Web site.  

6.  ESL Resource - Free from Reading Horizons  

Here is a great interactive activity from Reading Horizons.  Improve pronunciation with ESL Say. Diagrams show proper tongue placement to dramatically improve pronunciation. There is a feature that allows the student to record their voice and compare with the correct pronunciation.  Click here ( ) to download ESL Say.

7.  National Early Literacy Panel

The much-anticipated National Early Literacy Panel ( report drew many literacy practioners, and education and early childhood leaders to Washington, DC when the Institute released its findings at the National Press Club. Hear and see ( ) the expert panel as they discuss Developing Early Literacy, which serves as the basis of research-based recommendations to the early childhood community - educators, caregivers, Head Start providers, and parents - on promoting the foundational skills of life-long literacy.

8.  Adults with Learning Disabilities - Research Soon to Be Release

This new literature review titled Learning to Achieve: A Review of the Research Literature on Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities, offers the best information currently available on topics such as assessment; impact of learning disabilities; accommodations; teaching methods; English language learners; and transitioning.  Copies of the literature review will be released in June 2009.  To order copies of this report, call 1(800) 228-8813 or e-mail: .

When available, you may also download the publication from the Institute’s Web site:

9.  Where in the World Are You?

Click here ( to find out WHO MTLINCS has captured now?  This time of year is stretching all of us.  This colleague has found a way to wrap up the year! 


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