Montana Home Page Montana graphic
 
Montana LINCS Update

9/8/08

Greetings from Montana LINCS!

 

1.  MT LINCS - New and Improved!

Ever had one of those years when you were feeling older than usual?  Well, MT LINCS was beginning to feel a little old and run-down.  So with a trip to the Web Spa and a swish of the magic wand, MT LINCS has been rejuvenated.  Don't worry!  The gray is still there, but the highlights are refreshing.  The countdown has begun - 10, 9 ... Be watching!  You won't want to miss it!

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

 Click here for more information.

 

3.  MAACE at MEA-MFT

 Click here for more information.

4.  Elections in Plain English

... Daphne Greenberg, Moderator of the Diversity and Literacy List, shares resources on elections and voting from ProLiteracy News 2008...

Electing a U.S. President in Plain English 

http://www.commoncraft.com/election  

-- it’s a free online video explaining elections in plain English.

(Lots of other free “plain English” videos can be found here, many technology-related: http://www.commoncraft.com/show)  

Jackie Taylor, Moderator, Adult Literacy Professional Development List

 

5.  Online Opportunity

Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education

Course Dates: October 1–December 3, 2008; teleconference on October 7, 1 pm, or October 8, 1 pm EDT

Course Description
Participants will read and discuss the research on the changing workforce and examine the reasons why adult learners need to go beyond the GED and English language study to advance their earning potential. Participants will also learn about the challenges facing adult students in postsecondary education and investigate strategies and program models that support adult transitions to postsecondary education. Throughout the course, participants will gather local and regional data on the labor market, educational needs, and academic programs and support services offered by area colleges to guide future program development and planning.  

Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

          Identify the economic factors that point to the need for education and training beyond the GED and English language study.

          Describe key challenges adult learners face, particularly under-prepared students, in accessing and persisting in postsecondary education.

          Describe a variety of strategies that contribute to persistence in postsecondary education.

          Describe the key strengths and limitations of five models of adult transition.

          Describe the economic and educational landscape in their local area.

          Articulate the need for college transition programming to support the successful transition of adult learners to postsecondary education, based on national and local data.

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 facilitator and course participants. An opening teleconference is scheduled for October 7, 1 pm, or October 8, 1 pm EDT

Syllabus: Download a detailed Course Overview at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/ct_overview_Oct.pdf

Course Facilitator: Barbara Hofmeyer

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours

Fee: $149.00

Registration: Complete and return the registration form, which you can download at http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/pdf/ct_registration_Oct.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 24, 2008.

Kaye Beall, Project Director

World Education

kaye_beall@worlded.org

6.  Study Circle

Registration closes September 10, 2008 for the online professional development opportunity.

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-of‐other-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.

Kaye Beall, Project Director

World Educatiom

kaye_beall@worlded.org 

7.  New ESL Video in Media Library of Teaching Skills

The Media Library of Teaching Skills (http://www.mlots.org/ or just type "mlots" in your browser) now has eight, original adult literacy education classroom videos, and links to 25 adult literacy education videos on other web sites. The MLoTS videos include ESOL/ESL, reading, writing, numeracy/mathematics, and adult secondary education. The latest addition is an ESOL class in a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. The lesson focuses on food vocabulary and verb tenses. All the videos are free and stream online. The MLoTS videos are based on state curriculum standards or frameworks or on other best practices. They are intended for teacher professional development. They can be used as part of face-to-face or online courses, workshops, or study circles, and can also be accessed by individual teachers who on their own want a "window" to look in on other teaching colleagues' classrooms and teaching practices.

If you look at or use these videos we would like to hear what you think. If you are interested in making classroom videos in your state, please let us hear from you.

David J. Rosen

Media Library of Teaching Skills

djrosen@mlots.org

8.  Learning Disabilities Discussion

I am very pleased to announce the Learning Disabilities Discussion List's next guest discussion scheduled for September 22 and 23, 2008.   The title of the discussion will be The Dyslexia Research Registry: Making the Difference in Reading Research!   Dr. Megan (Dixon) Bakan, Research Associate, Florida State University, will be our guest speaker.

 

To subscribe:
http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/LearningDisabilities 
To read archived messages:
http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/learningdisabilities/2008/date.html

      Rochelle Kenyon
Moderator, NIFL/LINCS Learning Disabilities Discussion List
Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee
RKenyon721@aol.com
  

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