Montana LINCS Update


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Yep, I told you that MTLINCS would send out another REVIEW right after Christmas, so here it is!  You've seen it before, but maybe you did not have time to look it over.  Now you have another chance. 


However, there is a very important item you need to know about that will be coming your way soon:

A Conversation about WIA Reauthorization!!!

Now is the time for Montana ABLE members to participate!!!

See more information below!


Dear Colleagues,


What are the real issues impacting adult learners, practitioners, and programs in adult education today? Brenda Dann-Messier, the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, invites you to participate in a conversation ( January 11-15, 2010 about reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). 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. The Administration is particularly interested in hearing feedback from discussants around 2-3 questions specific to each discussion list topic:


Questions for Discussion:


The WIA Community Conversations will occur simultaneously across all of the Institute’s lists during the week of January 11th within the specific topic and purpose of each list.


To participate (free), subscribe to a discussion list of your choice by visiting:


After subscribing, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to validate your subscription.


For more information about our Guest, visit:


How will this work?

On January 11, the Assistant Secretary will open the discussion on each discussion list. Subscribers are invited to post their feedback to the questions posed and to discuss the issues for WIA Reauthorization with respect to the discussion list topic. Each discussion list moderator will compile a list of key themes and the full discussion transcripts. Moderators will then present these to the Assistant Secretary for consideration as the Administration finalizes its position on WIA reauthorization. As in all of the WIA Community Conversations being held across the United States, the Assistant Secretary is not responding to participants’ comments but rather listening and collecting feedback to assist in formulating and refining the Department of Education’s policy positions. Please join in the conversations January 11-15, 2009.



Imagine you are in a room with colleagues, preparing to give spoken testimony in response to specific questions ( Your response is grounded in your experience participating in or providing adult education services. The Assistant Secretary is ready to hear from you and consider your comments thoughtfully. But since our conversations will occur in a “virtual” setting rather than face to face, prepare your testimony in writing. Keep it brief, one page or less. When the discussions begin January 11, post your testimony to the discussion list of your choice. Reflect upon and respond to others’ testimonies for the purpose of exploring successes and challenges in adult education.


If your testimony crosses topics (for example, reading and assessment), you might choose to divide your testimony so that the key reading aspects are posted to the Reading and Writing List and the key assessment aspects are posted to the Assessment List. Please do not cross post one testimony to multiple lists. All testimonies will be added to the final transcription.



If you are not able to participate in one of the conversations, please feel free to submit your thoughts to the Assistant Secretary at until January 23, 2010.


Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization, Department of Education WIA Community Conversations Blog
—The above article provides background on the WIA Community Conversations, and links to transcripts from sessions held-to-date.


 On behalf of the Institute’s Moderators,


Jackie Taylor

Professional Development List Moderator



And now a REVIEW of the REVIEW!


1.   Search


Are you needing to Search for something on MTLINCS?  There is a Search button on the homepage.  Click here to access the Search tool. Don’t forget to select the following:  Search - MT LINCS. 


2.   Email Archives

Having trouble receiving the MTLINCS emails?  All emails are archived.  There is an Email Archive button at the top of the left-hand side of the homepage.  Click here to access the Email Archives.  

3.   Montana OPI Initiatives

Check out the STAR on the homepage.  You will find links to all of the state initiatives.

Click here on Montana ABLE to access Montana OPI with links to Shop Talk summaries, Student Highlights, Where in the World, PEP Talk, Montana ABLE Conference 2009 etc.

Distance Learning/Research-based Instruction

The research this year is based on Distance Learning.  Click here to check out the most current research.   Then click here to check out posted discussions about the research.  You may also access it via the Distance Learning link at

Content Standards

The Content Standards team dedicated much time and energy to the creation of the Montana ABLE Content Standards.  Click here to access the Content Standards link where a draft of the Content Standards is posted.


Last spring Montana hosted its first ESOL Conference.  Click here to access the ESL link along with access to the ESOL Conference Strands and postings at .

Leadership Academy

Nine of your Montana ABLE colleagues have been participating along with Idaho in the Leadership Academy facilitated by Lennox McLendon.  Click here to check out some of the resources available to them.

4.   Montana Pilot Project and Reading is the Bridge

Over the past years MTLINCS has provided links to several resources.  Click here to access MTLINCS Pilot Project and Reading is the Bridge resources  .  

5.   Other Items

MTLINCS users can find several other useful links.

·       Calendar

·       Programs and Activities

·       MTLINCS Statistics

·       Montana ABLE Statistics


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