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1.  Montana ESL Administrator Survey and Instructor Needs Assessment

Information due Friday, August 29

Please distribute the profile and needs assessment to all instructors that spend instructional time with ESL students and return the surveys to the Office of Public Instruction, addressed to Carol Flynn, by August 29, 2008.

Margaret Bowles

Adult Literacy and Basic Education Specialist

Office of Public Instruction

Box 202501

Helena MT 59602-5201

(406) 444-4443


Click here for more information.

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


Watch for updates!


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

2790 N. Washington St.

Helena, MT

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

Contact Carol Flynn at if you have any questions

3.  College Transition Toolkit

Greetings --

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) is pleased to announce its newest publication: The College Transition Toolkit. It is a comprehensive guide to program planning and implementation that draws on the expertise of practitioners from The New England ABE-to-College Transition Project and around the country.


The College Transition Toolkit contains detailed information to help adult educators and administrators plan for the needs of students interested in pursuing postsecondary education and training. Chapter titles include: Program Models; Partnerships and Collaborations; Recruitment; Assessment; Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction; Planning; and Using Data for Program Development. The toolkit also provides templates that you can download and adapt for use in developing your college transition program, links to a variety of online resources, and supplementary printable resources.  

For more details about the toolkit and information on ordering yours, visit


If you have further questions about the Toolkit, please feel free to call Priyanka Sharma at 617-385-3788 or email her at


Kaye Beall

Project Director

World Education 

4. Resource


We would like to take a moment to introduce to you as a free resource for students who will soon be taking the GED test. Since over 60% of GED students go on to college, our goal is to provide a free and simple tool that helps students find and compare colleges, and easily request information or apply.
________________________________ is a college search engine that lists over 5,500 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.
, including community and technical colleges.  Students may search for a college by program, school type, location or athletic interest- we also have searches that can be done for online classes.  With the student's interest in mind, the website is free for everyone to use and requires no registration.

Students may also sign up to win a $2,000 scholarship, awarded four times each year! All potential college students students are eligible to win and the scholarship must be used during the first year at a college.  Go to  and click on "Win a Scholarship" to sign up. It only takes a few seconds!

If you would like, we can also send a free packet of information for you to use and distribute to students at your facility.  Click here,  to register. (Don't worry, we won't send you any junk mail or spam!) You can also sign up for our newsletter that contains pertinent information for assisting students (traditional and otherwise) search for the right college.

You can view the newsletter and sign up here: 

We hope you have found this information useful and can utilize this tool in assisting your students.


The Team

5.  Early Literacy Materials in Spanish

Subject: New early literacy materials available for downloading at no cost at Washington Learning Systems Website


We have just posted the SPANISH VERSION of the free parent-child early literacy materials titled "On the Go".  These materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home:  in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc.  The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool.  They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.  The development of these materials was supported by Grant H324M020084 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.


Free reproducible language and early literacy activities


Developed by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D. and colleagues


To download materials go to  and click on the purple button that says "Free Parent Education Handouts" on the home page.  Look for the "On the Go" files to download the materials in PDF format.


The new materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions.  The materials include 14 activities as well as accompanying hints for each of the activities about how to modify the activities to meet the specific developmental needs of the child. 


For questions please contact:


Mary Maddox  

Washington Learning Systems

2212 Queen Anne Ave. N.   Ste. 726

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 310-7401   FAX (206) 283-9243

6.  Reach Higher, America - Panel Presentation
As you know, the National Commission on Adult Literacy released its final report, Reach Higher, America at an event at the U.S. Capitol on June 26th. The panel presentation and Q&A from that morning are now available in 5 short DVD segments from the Commission's website: . Go to the Get Reports page and scroll to the bottom for the link. You will be able to view the segments on both PC and Mac platforms with current Flash or QuickTime players. 
Note that the full DVD can also be purchased from CAAL for a nominal sum (contact for instructions and cost). 
Apologies to those of you who have been awaiting this material for some time. We appreciate your patience.
Gail Spangenberg
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
1221 Avenue of the Americas - 46th Fl
New York, NY 10020
212-512-2362, F: 212-512-2610

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