Montana LINCS Update

6/15/09

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1.  Montana ESOL Conference Professional Development Tasks

Here they are!  Just what you have been waiting for - the materials, handouts, and professional development tasks from the Montana ESOL Conference!  Click herehttp://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/MT_adult_esl_conference_2009.htm ) to access the Montana Adult Education ESOL Conference 2009 website. 

2.  Teaching Online:  Design Elements for Training Adult Educators to Teach Online - Starts Monday, June 15!

Dates:        June 15 – 22, 2009

Where:           Adult Literacy Professional Development (“PD”) Discussion List

To Participate, subscribe (free): http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/Professionaldevelopment

Description:

Issue: Currently there are very few adult literacy education teachers who have been trained to do online teaching. If online or blended learning significantly expands, there will be a "labor shortage" of these teachers. What design elements are key to developing online professional development for training distance education instructors? Join the Adult Literacy Professional Development List to explore these and related issues in designing online professional development. 

3.  BuildingSkills4Work Webinar - June 16 - Starts Tuesday, June 16!

BuildingSkills4Work Webinar June 16, 2009 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EST

Go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/637657514 to register.

The excellent (if alarming) report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy, “Reach Higher, America,” as well as other research shows that nearly half of American adults lack the skills to hold 21st Century jobs. In response, three organizations – the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University (which has extensive experience working with states to implement Internet learning for low-skill workers), the Center for Literacy Studies (CLS) at the University of Tennessee (which manages Equipped for the Future (EFF)), and R&D Media Solutions - SF (a San Francisco design and digital media agency) – have developed a web application to meet the work readiness needs of low-skill adults.

The website will be launched in June 2009. Once launched, it will be available at no cost to learners, adult education teachers, workforce skills trainers, and the general literacy community.

The purpose of BuildingSkills4Work is to equip out-of-school adults and youth with the work readiness skills that will prepare them to qualify for and be successful in better paying entry-level jobs. This project was first demonstrated at the Sloan Center On Innovative Training and Workforce Development Conference in December 2007.

An online demonstration will be presented during the webinar by:

Richard Appelbaum, President, R&D Media Solutions – SF;
Diane Gardner, Associate Director Equipped for the Future, Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee; and
Heather McKay, Director, Sloan Center on Innovative Training and Workforce Development, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University

4.  Technology Discussion

If you missed the discussion on Online Learning and the Adult User that just took place on the Technology Discussion list,  click here ( http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/technology/2009/date.html ) to see posts from the discussion.

5.  Technology Discussion Part II

Part II: Using Existing and Emerging Technologies in Professional Development

Guest(s):       TBA

Where:  Professional Development List

When:   July 2009, exact dates TBA

To participate in Part II of the discussion, subscribe (free!): http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/Professionaldevelopment

Explore how professional development can help teachers increase comfort and competence with the technology that students can and do use to learn online. You will have the option to work in small groups to experiment with technologies of your choice, share and report back to the large group (PD List) what you learned and what next steps are for professional development.

Stay tuned for further information and announcements regarding Part II: http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/professionaldevelopment/09onlinepartII.html

6.  BuildingSkills4Work Webinar - June 16

BuildingSkills4Work Webinar June 16, 2009 3 p.m.-4 p.m. EST

Go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/637657514 to register.

The excellent (if alarming) report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy, “Reach Higher, America,” as well as other research shows that nearly half of American adults lack the skills to hold 21st Century jobs. In response, three organizations – the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University (which has extensive experience working with states to implement Internet learning for low-skill workers), the Center for Literacy Studies (CLS) at the University of Tennessee (which manages Equipped for the Future (EFF)), and R&D Media Solutions - SF (a San Francisco design and digital media agency) – have developed a web application to meet the work readiness needs of low-skill adults.

The website will be launched in June 2009. Once launched, it will be available at no cost to learners, adult education teachers, workforce skills trainers, and the general literacy community.

The purpose of BuildingSkills4Work is to equip out-of-school adults and youth with the work readiness skills that will prepare them to qualify for and be successful in better paying entry-level jobs. This project was first demonstrated at the Sloan Center On Innovative Training and Workforce Development Conference in December 2007.

An online demonstration will be presented during the webinar by:

Richard Appelbaum, President, R&D Media Solutions – SF;
Diane Gardner, Associate Director Equipped for the Future, Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee; and
Heather McKay, Director, Sloan Center on Innovative Training and Workforce Development, Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University

7.  Capital Region Professional Development Collaborative on Adult Literacy

The Capital Region Professional Development Collaborative on Adult Literacy, which can be accessed here http://www.crec.org/cetes/adult_literacy/index.php , contains an extensive library collection of valuable resources for students, instructors, program support staff, administrators, and those providing services or connected to adult literacy and adult education programs in any way.  The About Us and Mission pages provide a good overview about our work in the greater Hartford region on professional development as well as the online resources.  What I would like to emphasize here is the comprehensiveness of the resource collection's six content areas, along with the links pages, which provide access to the local and national listservs, the Capitol region adult education programs, and some of the best sites available throughout the nation, including a couple of sites from the UK and Canada.
George Demetrion

8.  Multiple Intelligences for Adult Literacy and Education

Here's a multiple intelligence resource sent to us by Desiree Caskey, Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools.   Click here ( http://literacyworks.org/mi/assessment/findyourstrengths.html ) to access an online assessment to determine which intelligences are the strongest for you. 

9.  Content Standards

Colleagues,
An Education Week article,  http://tinyurl.com/qxzbot , (http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/06/01/33standards.h28.html?tkn=OLSFMiMEtX62W3pmvC32l5ixVKicSASMnV9l ) reports that 46 states have signed on to common academic standards for K-12 math and English language arts through an effort led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. This includes standards for college- and career-readiness. 

Should adult ed in all states have a common set of basic skills content standards? Some would argue we do, and have had them for several years, that the Equipped for the Future content standards, developed by the National Institute for Literacy are our common standards. Some might disagree, however, since not every state has signed on to them. In any case, now that state K-12 systems are trying to collaborate on common standards, I wonder if having a common set of standards has been discussed by OVAE and/or by the state directors of adult education. Does anyone know?

David J. Rosen

9.  Final Report - NCL Survey about NIFL Services

Dear NCL Members and Colleagues,

The adult education and literacy field has been heard through a survey about National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) services, conducted by the National Coalition for Literacy. In the largest response to any survey conducted by the Coalition, nearly 800 tutors, teachers, program and project managers, adult learner leaders, professional development professionals, state staff, librarians, and others, weighed in on what they value as the most critical services the Institute provides to the adult education community. An interim report was posted on the NCL web site on May 29, and the final report can now be accessed by visiting:

http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/NCL_NIFLReport061209.pdf

This report details the services as ranked by the field overall and within major service categories. A narrative follows which includes a summary of comments for each service, followed by Appendices that provide A) the numerical and percentage response data and B) all respondent recommendations and comments.

In response to these findings, the Coalition is developing a set of policy recommendations for services, structures, and governance for a national institute or center to meet the research, professional development, and technical assistance needs of the field.

With the possibility that NIFL will cease operations in 2010, we will remain active in working for continued services that are reflected in the survey results. We encourage you to also work on behalf of these priorities and to respond to calls for support as alerts are initiated from the Coalition and its members.

The National Coalition for Literacy strives to advocate for a strong adult education and literacy field through the united efforts of its members. Please visit our web site (http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/) for more information.

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
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Billings, MT 59101

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