Montana LINCS Update
10/28/08
Greetings from MTLINCS
 
 Check out all of the great resources in this email!
 
1.  Reflections of Professional Development Activities:  MAACE at MEA and Leadership Academy

Click here to see what your colleagues have to say about activities they have attended recently.  http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/RI/riupdate.htm#Updates

2.  Handouts from MEA-MFT
Click here to access handouts.  http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/08-09/maace_at_mea.htm
3.  MT LINCS Book Club
Looking for a good book to read?  Have any suggestions for your Montana colleagues?  Click here to see the beginning of the MT LINCS Book Club.   http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/bookclub.htm  Send in your suggestions to MT LINCS!
4.  MAACE Opportunity:  Membership in ANN and TESOL

Click here for more information.   http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/maacescholarship/maaceopp08.htm

5.  ESL Resource for Halloween

Looking for some Halloween resources for your esl students.  Click here.   http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/eslresources.htm

6.  ESL Resource
Check out a new resource from the Center for Applied English Language Acquisition at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/eslresources.htm Working with Literacy-Level Adult English Language Learners. 

7.  New Citizenship Test Resource for Teachers

In case you haven’t heard, the test to obtain U.S. Citizenship has changed.  Applicants who file their Application for Naturalization on or after October 1, 2008 must take the redesigned naturalization test.  Information about the redesigned test can be found at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Web site:  www.uscis.gov/newtest.

 

Just in time for the redesigned test is a new, free professional development opportunity for citizenship and ESL teachers. The Naturalization Process Course is now available at EL/Civics Online, http://www.elcivicsonline.org/.

 

The Naturalization Process Course gives an outline of components of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's redesigned naturalization test and shows teachers how to prepare students for each part.

 

Like the other EL/Civics Online courses (US History and US Government), The Naturalization Process Course allows teachers to:

   *  Participate in free, online, self-paced professional development

   *  Create and obtain EL/Civics and Citizenship lesson plans

   *  Access timely and relevant resources

   *  Download classroom-ready handouts

   *  Keep all of their handouts and resources in a personal "My Information Center." 

New citizenship teachers will learn how to get started teaching naturalization, and experienced citizenship teachers will learn about the redesigned naturalization test. Don't miss this great opportunity at http://www.elcivicsonline.org/.   

 

Karen Hilgeman, Professional Development Specialist, Adult Learning Resource Center, www.thecenterweb.org/alrc

8.  Focus on Basics:  Health and Literacy Partnerships

Health and literacy are inextricably linked, and health and literacy providers are working together in new and exciting ways to use that link for positive results. The newest issue of Focus on Basics is packed with articles on a wide variety of partnerships: between nursing and teacher educators in the university, between medical schools and literacy programs, between health educators and literacy students, between health planners and literacy providers. 

Also included in the issue is a long-awaited report on a five-year study of the impact of a literacy curriculum that incorporate health information on the literacy skills and health knowledge of learners, a new way to look at what the health information in the National Assessment of Adult Learning reveals, and how to use illustrations effectively in health education materials.  Authors include Dr. Susan Levy and colleagues, Dr. Andrew Pleasant, and Dr. Ian Bennett and colleagues, and National Institute for Literacy’s Health Literacy discussion list moderator Julie McKinney, among others.  Download the new issue of Focus on Basics, Volume 9, Issue B, "Health & Literacy Partnerships" from the right hand column of publisher World Education's home page: www.worlded.org  or find the new issue and all past issues at http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/fob/2008/fob_9b.pdf and www.ncsall.net/index.php?id=31

 Kaye Beall, Project Director, World Education, www.worlded.org

9.  Money Smart Curriculum 

Here is the link to the new FDIC Money Smart curriculum for young adults http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/young.html.   The curriculum helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions.  As is true of all the Money Smart tools, the curriculum is free and it is not protected by copyright restrictions.

Emily Hughes

Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator, Region IX

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MT LINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/index.htm  .  Also 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