Montana LINCS Update
Greetings from Montana LINCS


1.  MTLINCS Research Item #3

Did you get a chance to look at Research Item #3 on Our Treacherous Path?  If not, click here to take a look at the Current Post and Discussions.  Stay tuned!  There may be more posts once people attend the Reach Higher, Montana Conference this week where the keynote will be Dr. Gail Mellow, the Commissioner of the “Reach Higher, America” Report.

2.  Distance Learning Application - Deadline thFriday, November 14


Do you have any questions for Montana's Distance Learning participants?  If so, click here to have them posted on MTLINCS so that the Pilot Team can provide an answer.  


3.  USA Learns - New Online English Portal

 (Don't forget about the Special Topics Discussion beginning on 11/17 that will be addressing this.  Check the 11/3 MTLINCS Email Archive for information.)

Office of Vocational and Adult Education Launches Online English Portal

Starting today, immigrants and other adults who want to learn or improve their English skills can log on to a new free Online English Portal called USALearns. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, through its Division of Adult Education and Literacy, oversaw the design of

Launch of the site completes a goal set by President Bush in his August 10, 2007 announcement of initiatives to address border security and immigration challenges in the United States ― a plan to have the U.S. Department of Education develop and launch a free, web-based portal to help immigrants learn English, expand their opportunities, and make effective contributions to American society."

To access or learn more about the new Portal, visit or view a fact sheet at

4.  MPAEA 2009 Registration

Registration is open for MPAEA 2009 ( in Las Vegas March
1-4. The schedule includes more than 50 sessions, including three keynotes.
Here are some details on the three pre-conference sessions scheduled for
March 1, noon to 4:

1. The Politics of Education, Art Ellison, Chair, National Council of State
Directors of Adult Education Policy Committee. How do we advocate for
increased adult education funding? Examine the essential elements of
successful advocacy campaigns in a variety of states and at the national
level and learn the nuts and bolts of leading your own!

2. Take a Gamble on Web 2.0! Kimberly Chapman and Laura Cascarddon
(University of Arizona) with Darcy Del Bosque (University of Nevada, Las
Vegas). Learn all about Web 2.0 tools and concepts from three expert
researchers at this hands-on session. Participants will work on individual
computers to create wikis and explore how wikis and other tools can support
lifelong learning. 

3. A New Health Literacy Curriculum for Beginning Level ABE, Meg Schofield,
consultant and curriculum developer. This presentation will provide an
overview of the dramatic connection between low literacy and poor health
status and report on the development of a groundbreaking, research-based
curriculum designed to simultaneously improve both literacy and health
literacy outcomes in low literate populations. Learn how to implement this
exciting, free curriculum!

 Visit for more information!

5.  MTLINCS Book Club


Looking for a good book to read?  Have you had a chance to see some suggestions by your Montana colleagues?  Click here to see the beginning of the MT LINCS Book Club.  Send in your suggestions to MT LINCS!  Hmmmm ... maybe you even have some books you would like to recommend to our students.  This idea came originally came from Missoula last year!  Please share!


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  .  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