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Montana LINCS Update

8/11/08

Greetings from Montana LINCS!

 

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Need something to get you going again?

MT LINCS has something for everyone this time! 

 

1.  Montana ABLE Data Quality Institute 2008 and GED/ABLE Meeting 2008

Montana ABLE Data Quality Institute 2008

September 16 & 17, 2008

Park Plaza Hotel

Helena, MT

Click here for the Data Quality agenda and recommended participant list.

GED/ABLE Meeting 2008

September 18, 2008

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Helena, MT

Click here for the GED/ABLE Meeting agenda and recommended participant list.

Contact Carol Flynn at cflynn@mt.gov if you have any questions

2.  MPAEA Call for Presenters

Hello All,

 

My apologies if you have already received this notice from someone else.  My name is Kathy Biagi and I am the chairperson for Presenters and Programming for the 2009 MPAEA Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas March 1st – 4th.  I would like to invite you to submit a call for presenters for the 2009 conference. 

 

Please visit http://www.nvadulted.org/call-for-presenters/  to download an application form.

The deadline for the call for presenters is September 15, 2008, so don’t delay.  I look forward to reading your proposals!

 

Please call if you have any questions.

 

Best Regards,

Kathy

 

Kathy Biagi

Literacy Coordinator

NSLA - Nevada Literacy Office

100 North Stewart Street

Carson City, Nevada 89701

775-684-3341  phone

775-684-3344  fax 

  

3.  NPR:  This I Believe - The Choice To Do It Over Again

Need an uplifting way to start your year?  Listen to this piece on NPR at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92676216 .

 

4.  OVAE Note:  Reading Resource

 

New Online Resources

For Teaching Struggling

Adolescent Readers

States looking for resources to help meet the needs of nearly 1 million youths participating in adult education programs may find a new component of the Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers helpful.  The Center on Instruction has posted this suite of resources to assist in the instruction of adolescent struggling readers  (K-12).  The collection enhances understanding of research-based instructional practices associated with positive effects for this group of readers and provides a professional development tool to train facilitators in how to implement these practices.  The Center on Instruction supports regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serving state education leaders who are helping schools and districts meet the goals of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to close the achievement gap and improve teaching and learning for all students. The center offers information on NCLB; best practices in reading, math, science, special education, and English Language Learning instruction; syntheses of recent scientific research on instruction; and professional development.

 

5.  OVAE Note:  Math Resource

 

Online  Math

Resources

For Teachers

Evidence suggests that many adult education

teachers may not have a strong background in teaching math, but math is an increasingly critical skill required for college entry and employment.  Teachers can create more engaging math classes this fall using online math lesson plans from the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) to help get basic concepts across to adult education students in fascinating ways.

6.  Online Study Circle and Online Course

Study Circle: Research-based Adult Reading Instruction

Course Dates: September 25–November 19, 2008; chats on October 8 and October 29 at 12:30 or 1:30 pm EDT and November 19 at 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm EST

Course Description
The Research-based Adult Reading Instruction Study Circle is designed to engage practitioners of adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), and English-for-speakers-ofother-languages (ESOL) in discussing theories and concepts related to reading instruction. Questions about what research says about teaching adults how to read are particularly relevant as programs and teachers struggle with choosing the most effective ways to develop adults’ reading skills.

Objectives

During this study circle, you will:

          Think about and share your own perspectives on teaching reading and discuss the research on reading with others.

          Then look more in-depth at the reading research, who adult readers are, and how reading research can be applied to reading instruction.

          Identify how to assess adults’ reading skills and what adult students should know about the reading process.

          Develop an action plan for using what you learn in your own practice.

Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online

During this eight-week course, you will work on team projects, engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous discussions with the facilitator and course participants. Chats are scheduled for October 8 and October 29 at 12:30 or 1:30 pm EDT and November 19 at 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm EST.

Course Overview: Download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/reading_sc_overview.pdf 

Course Facilitator: Kaye Beall

Estimated Completion Time: 20–24 hours

Fee: $249.00 (negotiated group rates available)

Registration: Complete and return the registration form, which you can download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/reading_reg.pdf . Payment must be received prior to enrollment. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Cancellation policy: World Education reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of registrants is not met by September 10, 2008.

 

Adult Multiple Intelligences and Differentiated Instruction

Course Dates: October 13–December 12, 2008; Online chats during Lessons 3, 4, and 5

Course Description
Research conducted by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy shows that instructional practices inspired by Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory resulted in high levels of authentic instruction and student engagement.

Integrate your understanding of Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory with the power of differentiated instruction in this facilitated, eight-session course. You’ll learn how to apply MI theory and differentiate instruction for all levels of adult basic education and English for speakers of other languages. The facilitator will guide you as you develop your own MI-based lessons.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  *Apply the theory of multiple intelligences (MI) to design learning activities that match your learning objectives

  *Use varying methods of differentiated instruction (DI) that address the different skills and interests of your learners

  *Apply knowledge of your own MI profile to your classroom teaching

  *Produce and reflect on a lesson or unit using both MI and DI

Required Text:

Viens, Julie and Silja Kallenbach. Multiple Intelligences and Adult Literacy: A Sourcebook for Practitioners. (New York: Teachers College Press, 2004. Copies of the required textbook can be obtained from the publisher, Teachers College Press (TCP), the publisher at http://store.tcpress.com/0807743461.shtml . The cost is $27.95 per copy.Bottom of Form

Course Format and Schedule: facilitated, online
During this eight-week course, you will engage in self-paced activities and readings, as well as asynchronous discussions with the facilitators and course participants. Three synchronous chats will be scheduled during Lessons 3, 4, and 5.  

Course Overview: Download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/midi_overview.pdf .

Course Facilitator: Wendy Quiñones

Estimated Completion Time: 40 hours

Fee: $249.00 (negotiated group rates available)

Registration: Complete and return the registration form, which you can download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/midi_reg.pdf . Payment must be received prior to enrollment. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Cancellation policy: World Education reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of registrants is not met by September 29, 2008

 

Kaye Beall, Project Director

World Education

kaye_beall@worlded.org
 

7.  Online Courses from ProLiteracy

ProLiteracy and World Education have developed a series of facilitated online courses for adult education teachers:

What Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment
(September 15 - 29; Webinars at 2 p.m. EST, Sept. 15 & 29)
Your guide to basic concepts in student assessment - learn how to use standardized assessments effectively and develop better in-class assessments.

Documentation: Certificate of Completion will document 6 hours as completion time.
Facilitator: Carey Reid, World Education, Inc.
Course fee: $89 per participant

The following two courses help you apply what you learn in "What Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment" to your classroom.

Understanding and Using Published Assessments with Adult Learners
(October 6 - 27; Webinars at 2 p.m. EST, Oct. 7 & 27)
Published tests - standardized and non-standardized - are fixtures in adult basic education, but we rarely give much thought about their design, their intent, or their strengths and limitations. In this course, you will explore the main types of published reading assessments in use in ABE, the advantages and disadvantages of reading tests, and how the NRS uses the results of standardized testing.

Prerequisite: What Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment or equivalent experience
Documentation: Certificate of Completion will document 12 hours as completion time.
Facilitator: Carey Reid, World Education, Inc.
Course fee: $179 per participant

Assessments Developed by Teachers and Students
(Nov. 10 - Dec. 12; Webinars at 2 p.m. EST, Nov. 10 & Dec. 8)
Expand your assessment toolkit! Learn about tools to check day-to-day student progress, dynamic forms of assessment, and how to involve your students in assessment design. You'll learn how assessments can guide and inform instruction by focusing on learning objectives, assessment design, and lesson activities. And you'll be able to use rubrics and other tools to share assessment criteria and expectations with students.

Prerequisite: What Every Teacher Should Know About Assessment or equivalent experience
Documentation: Certificate of Completion will document 12 hours as completion time.
Facilitator: Carey Reid, World Education, Inc.
Course fee: $179 per participant
 
These courses combine top-quality content on student assessment in adult education and literacy with an easy-to-use online format. In these courses you'll explore assessment concepts and strategies in-depth through online activities, readings, and discussion boards, all with an expert facilitator and adult education colleagues across the country.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION!
Register now by calling (315) 422-9121 ext. 367.
Online registration open at www.ProfessionalStudiesAE.org beginning August 25th.
Questions? Call 315-422-9121 ext. 283, or e-mail prodev@proliteracy.org
 
MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT
ProLiteracy members receive a 15% discount on all professional development courses! For more information, visit
www.proliteracy.org/proliteracy_america/membership
 
GROUP DISCOUNT
Group discounts are available for organizations registering 5 or more course participants. Please call 315-422-9121, ext. 283, or e-mail prodev@proliteracy.org for more information. 

8.  Resource for Learners with Print Disabilities

The recording  service for the blind and dyslexics out of Princeton NJ … will provide free the service of recording any printed materials for persons with “print disabilities” … so you can send them anything and they will send it back to you on a cd

 

See http://www.rfbd.org/ 

 

Glenn Young

CSLD

website: glennyoungcsld.com

9.  New Resources for English Language Learners

Hello, everyone.

 

I'd like to point out three new resources of interest to those working with adult English language learners. 

  

1. Facilitating Adult Learner Interactions to Build Listening and Speaking Skills

 

Sharon McKay and Kirsten Schaetzel, Center for Applied Linguistics, July 2008 

Available in html at http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pd_resources/learnerinteractions.html  and in pdf as well at http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pd_resources/learnerinteractions.pdf

 

2. Working with Adult English Language Learners with Limited Literacy: Research, Practice, and Professional Development

 

Miriam Burt, Joy Kreeft Peyton, and Kirsten Schaetzel, Center for Applied Linguistics, July 2008  

Available in html at http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pd_resources/literacy.html  

 

3. Education for Adult English Language Learners in the United States: Trends, Research, and Promising Practices

 

Available at http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pd_resources/AdultESLInstruction.html

 

Miriam Burt

Center for Applied Linguistics

4646 40th Street NW

Washington, DC 20016

(202) 362-0700, ext. 556 (phone)

(202) 363-7204 (fax)

m urt@cal.org (email)

10.  New Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL

I just wanted to let folks know about a new health literacy curriculum which
integrates health and nutrition into adult ESOL instruction.   Developed
through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, these materials
consists of a teacher's guide and easy to read student resource book.  

We had an outstanding development team who worked on this project, including
Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Marty Lane, Jordana Frost and our own discussion list
moderator Julie McKinney. 

The materials are freely available to download from our website at
http://www.floridaliteracy.org/


We would be very interested in your feedback.
 

Gregory Smith
Executive Director
Florida Literacy Coalition, Inc.
Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center
(407) 246-7110
Fax: (407) 246-7104
www.floridaliteracy.org
  

11.  Technology:  Web Access

Nielsen released on July 8, 2008 the Nielsen "Three Screen Report,
Television, Internet and Mobile Usage in the U.S." (dated  May 2008)

http://www.nielsen.com/pdf/3_Screen_Report_May08_FINAL.pdf

Highlights of Internet and Online Video Usage:

Two hundred twenty million Americans have Internet access at home and/or work and 73%, or 162 million went online in May.

Watching video on the Internet is no longer a novelty; nearly 119 million unique viewers viewed 7.5 billion video streams in May 2008. The average viewer spent 2 hours and 19 minutes in May streaming video online.

While time spent watching online video represents less than 10% of overall Internet usage, 73% of the active Internet population viewed video online during May. The availability of diverse content – including TV, consumer-generated and news – has fueled the growth of online video.

Women have a higher tendency to view video content on TV-affiliated sites, while men index higher in their use of video on consumer-generated media sites, including YouTube and MySpace.

Online Video usage will likely grow as broadband becomes ubiquitous and consumers upgrade their hardware.

Highlights of Mobile Usage:

As of Q1 2008, 91 million (36% of all mobile phone subscribers in the U.S.) owned a video-capable phone. As more subscribers upgrade to phones capable of receiving mobile video, subscription cost, promotion and network speeds will be the primary challenges to the growth of mobile video consumption.

As of Q1 2008, there were already 13.9 million persons (6% of U.S. mobile subscribers) paying for a mobile video plan, up from 8.4 million (4% of all mobile subscribers) in Q1 2007.

4.4 million persons (2% of U.S. mobile subscribers or 31% of those who subscribe to mobile video) report that they watched mobile video with a mobile video subscription.

In addition, 95 million persons (37% of U.S. mobile subscribers) subscribed to mobile Internet as part of their mobile data plan in Q1 2008, a significant platform for mobile video consumption.

12.  Technology:  Reading Online

The New York Times has an article (online, of course) on reading 
online vs reading books. Among other things mentioned are:

• a spoof web site about an endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus 
that 90% of the students of the teacher who assigned the web site 
thought was authentic,
• an Internet literacy test which will be taken by students in OECD 
countries (except the U.S.),  and
• various views about whether reading online is an essential kind of 
reading now or distracting from serious reading.

You'll find the article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/books/27reading.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
 
David J. Rosen
djrosen@comcast.net

 
 

P.S.  If you no longer wish to receive this mailing, please let me know!  Thanks!

 
Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101
norenehp@bresnan.net