Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE Content Standards:  Condensed Version


The Montana ABLE Content Standards are now user-friendly! 


Each content area’s standards have been reduced to two pages in length.  The Montana ABLE Content Standards Writing Team wrote this document to be used.  Printing on both sides of a single sheet of paper gives us a convenient form that can be used by every ABLE practitioner in Montana.


Some possible uses for the condensed standards:

·       check list for each student,

·       reference sheet for the student,

·       reference sheet for the teacher,

·       reference sheet for the administrator,

·       environmentally friendly, paper-saving document,

·       beginning of an information student bulletin board (warning:  don’t print on both sides of the paper),

·       visual tool for students and practitioners alike.

 Kathie Daviau, Billings

Click here Versions of Content Standards to access CS Condensed versions.

2.   OPI ABLE Information:  Directors’ Meeting and PEP Talk and GED Online Applications for Montana ABLE Programs


Click below to access the following items:

·       Directors’ Meeting

·       Applications

o   PEPTalk

o   GED Online


3.   Distance Learning Research #8:  Can Research Keep Up?



If you could share one thing you have been doing with Distance Learning that has worked out well for you, what would it be?  Please take a moment and share your success with your Montana colleagues!   

Click here to check out some thoughts from a couple of your Montana ABLE colleagues.


What other thoughts do you have to share? 

·       Email:  Click here to email MTLINCS.  OR

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


4.   ESL:  Online Discussion


Adolescent and adult learners who are beginning to attain literacy for the first time are in many ways strikingly different from students who have strong first language literacy when they begin to learn English. Low-literacy students require instruction that helps them to achieve alphabetic print literacy, but how can such direct instruction happen via meaningful content, content that helps them to become full participants in their new communities?


During the week of February 22-26, 2010, guest facilitators Patsy Vinogradov and Martha Bigelow of the University of Minnesota will moderate a discussion where participants share their successes and challenges in working with adolescent and adult English language learners who are emerging readers.


For more information, including bios of the guests and suggested resources to look at before the discussion next Monday, see the full

announcement at


If you have colleagues who may be interested in joining the list for this discussion, please forward this to them and invite them to join! Here's the link to join the discussion list:


Miriam Burt

Moderator, discussion list for adult English language acquisition


5.  Transitions:  Online Professional Development Course


Registration opens for Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education, an online professional development course, developed by the National College Transition Network at World Education. This course is one offering from, a partnership of ProLiteracy and World Education.


Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education


·       Course Dates: April 22–June 16, 2010; one teleconference on April 27, 1 pm, or April 28, 1 pm EDT

·       Course Outline and Schedule: Download a detailed course overview at

·       Registration: Complete and return the registration form, which you can download at, or complete online at  Payment must be received prior to enrollment.  Registration is limited to 25 participants.


6.  Where in the World


Click here ( to find out WHO MTLINCS has captured now?  Can you hear him now?


7.  Transitions Webcast Available


Achieving Student Success: Transitions to Post-secondary Education 


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

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 explore successful student transitions as well as discuss current research, state office technical assistance, and adult education program perspectives.


Click here  to register and watch the webcast for free! 



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