Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS

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As promised, see below for many new items.  Please consider joining in the Community Conversations, and, of course, please complete the MTLINCS Survey.  See below!!!


1.   WIA Reauthorization Community Conversations Begin 1/11/10

The Obama Administration is preparing for WIA reauthorization and has asked the National Institute for Literacy’s Discussion Lists to engage in a candid and constructive discourse about what the field’s successes and needs are in providing adult education programs and services.

Click here for specific information on how to participate! 


2.   MTLINCS Survey

Click here to access a brief, nine-question online survey regarding MTLINCS services.  The survey will remain open until Friday, January 22.  All responses are private.  IP addresses are not tracked. 


3.   MABLE ConnectPro Meeting

Click here for more information.


4.   Distance Learning Research #7:  Learning from the Field

Learning from the Field

For those of you who have been implementing or designing an implementation plan for Distance Learning, there may not have been any new information that has been posted based on the distance learning research, for the research results appear to be more of an affirmation of what many programs may already know.  The field really does have good insight about the potential of online learning.  What we all know is that it takes time and personnel.

In Silver-Pecuilla and Reder's research, Birru et al. (2004) described several of the challenges that have been resonated by experienced literacy providers and content producers.

Practitioners are not always aware of appropriate and relevant Internet content that is written in easy-to-read language, translated content, sites with embedded text-to-speech features, or sites with instructional videos.  There are few formal channels of information dissemination to literacy and language instructors.

Silver-Pecuilla, Heidi and Reder, Stephen, "Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning."  NIFL, October 2009, p.29.


With that in mind, what are some websites that you are using in your classroom that you think other Montana ABLE teachers might like to use?

Please send the link to those sites for MTLINCS to post.

Any thoughts? 

·       Email:  Click here to email MTLINCS.  OR

·       Blog:  Click here to post on the DL Blog.


5.   Montana ABLE Content Standards Lesson:  Lesson #8 ESOL

ESOL HI (High Intermediate) Writing

Click here to access CS Sample Lesson 8:  ESOL HI - Writing.


Click here to access Dickens PowerPoint.   (MTLINCS recommends saving PP before opening it.)


All Content Standards Lessons

Click here to access all lessons posted.

Don't forget!  Lessons will also be linked from the Content Standards.  Linked lessons are highlighted in yellow.

ESOL Standards at


6.   NIFL Webcast - Achieving Student Success:  Transitions to Post-        secondary Education

Achieving Student Success:

Transitions to Post-secondary Education

January 20, 2010 @ 1:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

Transitioning students through their educational experience and on to post-secondary education can be a challenging process.


Participate to learn what local programs, in partnership with colleges, are doing to ensure that students are ready to move from adult literacy classes to post-secondary education and beyond. In this Webcast, designed for program administrators, experts will explore successful student transitions as well as discuss current research, state office technical assistance, and adult education program perspectives.




Daniel J. Miller, Acting Director, National Institute for Literacy (Moderator); Jeff Fantine, State Director of Adult Education, Maine; Ellen Hewett, Director, National College Transitions Network at World Education; Julie Scoskie, Director, Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education, Louisville, Kentucky; Ronna Spacone, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.




·       Elements of successful transitions programs

·       Research-based and best practices for providing transitions programming

·       Forming college-adult education partnerships

·       How states support transitions programming

·       Resources on transitions to post-secondary education


Contact:  Kaye Beall,, or Tim Ponder,, for more information.





1 Montana ABLE Content Standards Lesson:  Lesson #7  Math 


Standards MA 6.7

Click here to


7.   Reading:  Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP) Discussions

First Discussion Begins on January 26

In July 2009, a World Education team that included John Strucker, Steve Quann, Sally Waldron, and Ros Davidson (and, yes, MTLINCS) completed extensive updates and revisions to the National Institute for Literacy’s popular Website, Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP). In addition to providing useful information and free resources on reading assessment and reading profiles, the site has a unique interactive feature that allows teachers to match their adult learners' test scores to research-based adult reading profiles and then to receive instructional suggestions based on the matches.

To publicize the newly-updated Website, World Education and the Institute will sponsor four special discussions (described below) on the Institute’s LINCS Discussion Lists. Each discussion will be led by one or more prominent researchers in that topic area who will be joined, in most cases, by practitioners with expertise in that area.

Below is the schedule for the four special ASRP discussions.  To join any or all of the four special discussions, as well as the regular LINCS Discussion Lists, go to:

January 26, 2010
New Developments in both Individual and Large-Scale Adult Literacy Assessments

Guest-discussant: John Sabatini (ETS)
Moderator: Marie Cora
Discussion List: Assessment

March 22, 2010
Reading and Writing Skills of ABE Transition Learners

Guest discussants: Cynthia Zafft (World Education), Lauren Capatosto (Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA), and Sally Gabb (Bristol Community College, MA)
Moderator: Ellen Hewett
Discussion List: Transitions to Post-secondary Education

April 12, 2010
The Literacy Development of ESL Beginners: Observations and Analyses from the NCSALL ESL Laboratory
Guest discussant: Kathy Harris (Portland State University, OR)
Moderator: Miriam Burt
Discussion List: Adult English Language Acquisition

June 21, 2010
Reading Patterns and Profiles of Adult Literacy Participants

Guest discussants: Daryl Mellard (Kansas University) and Daphne Greenberg (Georgia State University)
Moderator: Daphne Greenberg

Discussion List: Reading and Writing Skills


8.   Montana ABLE Student Highlights

Check out Billings Gazette articles on New Beginnings for two of Billings ABLE students.

Student Highlight page at .


P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MTLINCS 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