Montana LINCS Update


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1Montana ABLE Content Standards Lessons  Lesson #4  Social Studies and Lesson #5 ESOL 

Standards SS 2.8

Click here to access CS Sample Lesson 4:  Social Studies 2.8.

ESOL HB (High Beginning) to ADV (Advanced) - Speaking, Writing, & Reading

Click here to access CS Sample Lesson 5:  ESOL HB - Speaking, Writing, & Reading. 

All Future Lessons

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

2.  Distance Learning Research #4:  Blended Approach

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3.  ESOL Conference 2009 Professional Tasks Posted

As a follow-up to Montana’s first ever adult ESL conference last spring, three practitioners have submitted their reflection assignments to be shared with the rest of the field. These reflections relate back to 3 of the conference presentations – “The Effective Adult ESL Teacher,” “Multilevel ESL Instruction,” and “Technology in Adult ESL.” These writers provide wonderful insights into improving instructional practice by applying information from the conference. Please take a moment to read over these reflections, learn something from a colleague, and submit your own conference follow-up assignment today! Conference reflections should be sent directly to Sarah Young, for review and feedback. For more information or for a reminder about these tasks, please see .

4.  PEP Talk Resources

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5.  Montana ABLE Leadership Academy:  Student Persistence

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6.  LINCS Update

What is LINCS?

LINCS is a service of the National Institute for Literacy, providing online information and communication networks for adult and family literacy practitioners. LINCS‘ offerings include Discussion Lists, Regional Resource Centers, the Collections, and training opportunities.  Learn more about LINCS on the Web site.

What will I find in the New LINCS Resource Collections?

The three new LINCS Resource Collections, expanded this year, are comprised of items that have completed a rigorous internal and external review. Use these resources directly in the classroom or to guide development of customized programs and classes.   You can find more information about the new Resource Collections on the Web site.

What’s New in the Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection?

Adult literacy practitioners are increasingly concerned with supporting adults, including English language learners, as they transition to work and to post-secondary education or training. In the Workforce Competitiveness Collection, you will find research papers and articles as well as products and materials on workforce education, English language acquisition, and technology. In addition to using these resources, subscribe to one or more of the LINCS’ electronic Discussion Lists that focus on the topics in the Collection and expand your professional network.

If you are looking for curricula and instructional materials that you can use immediately, take a look at GED Career Bridge to Hospitality Curriculum (All sections). This technology-based resource prepares students for the GED credential while providing background information, skill instruction, and practice in a hospitality career context and career pathway model

Research can also guide your thinking about developing and delivering transition-focused instruction and programs. State or local program administrators may want to use the seven lessons outlined in  The Integration of Immigrants in the Workplace as a guide when offering services or planning to improve current programs that support English language learners as they transition to the workplace.

How can I learn more about the Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection?

Visit the Workforce Competitiveness Collection for additional resources. Contact Barbara Van Horn, director of the Workforce Competitiveness Collection at or 814-865-5876 for additional information of if you want to learn more about the resources, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities that are available at no cost. Great discussion and resources on NIFL ReadWrite Discussion List!

7.  Dropping Out Proves Costly

Dropping out of high school carries a heavy price not only for students, but also for taxpayers, a new study shows.  The study’s implied joblessness rate during 2008 of 54 percent nationwide for young high school dropouts was 22 percentage points higher than that of high school graduates, 33 percentage points higher than that of young adults who had completed 1-3 years of postsecondary study, and 41 percentage points higher than that of peers who earned a four-year college degree. Researchers at Northwestern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies put the average cost to taxpayers, including incarceration costs, over the working life of each high school dropout at $292,000.

8.  Partnership Models for Postsecondary Success

You can find new partnership models for transition programs in a report by the Workforce Strategy Center and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Employers, Young Adults and Postsecondary Credentials: A Practical Typology for Business, Education and Community Leaders  The report offers models for education and training programs involving employers in efforts to help disadvantaged young adults attain postsecondary credentials leading to career track employment. The study identified 14 model programs led by five distinct types of organizations: community-based organizations, community and technical colleges, employers, industry, and social enterprise organizations.


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101