Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE Professional Development Survey – Deadline Friday, February 12


Click here  to let Montana OPI know what your wishes are for ABLE Professional Development.     


The state has spent the last three years focused on building infrastructure through providing data workshops, developing content standards, implementing distance learning, joining the CAELA network, creating the PEP Talk process, and supporting the Leadership Academy. These strands have been developed and explored in order to position your programs for reauthorization and to strengthen Montana’s adult basic education delivery system.

It is now time to develop a strategic plan that will tie these strands together and define our future professional development delivery system. Your responses to this survey will guide the state in planning for the future. Together we will enhance our ability to meet the needs of programs and students.

Thank you for your time!

Margaret Bowles
Adult Literacy and Basic Education Specialist
Montana Office of Public Instruction


2.   Distance Learning and PEP Talk Project Grants Available for Montana ABLE Programs

Click here Learning and Pep Talk Grants for more information about grants.  Deadline 2/26/10.


3.   Montana ABLE Content Standards Lesson:  Lesson #9 ESOL

ESOL LI (Low Intermediate) Reading

Click here to access CS Sample Lesson 9:  ESOL LI - Reading.


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


4.  ESL Resource:  Webinar on Differentiated Instruction for Multilevel

Differentiated Instruction for the Multilevel ESL Classroom
A free webinar from ProLiteracy

Thursday, February 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Erik Jacobson

The demand for ESL instruction continues to challenge teachers, particularly in the area of managing the multilevel classroom. During this webinar we will explore the unique features of a multilevel classroom, as well as the challenges and opportunities it offers for instruction. We will look at practical strategies for tailoring instruction to meet the needs of students at different levels of language learning. In particular, we'll focus on differentiating the content, process, and products of learning activities.

Spaces fill up quickly — register today!


5.  Math Resource:  Factor Game


Looking for a fun online math game?  Click here to check out The Factor Game 


6.  Reading Resource for Beginning Readers


Looking for a fun online activity for beginning readers?  Click here to check out Construct a Word at



7.   LINCS:  Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection


What’s New in the Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection?

Many adult learners have employment goals, from preparing to enter the workforce to improving skills that can lead to a better job. Resources in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection – research-based products and materials, and research papers – can help you expand and improve work-based basic skills classes offered to adults. Discussion lists also are available, providing a forum through which you can ask questions and share ideas with colleagues across the country. For free subscriptions to the Workforce Competitiveness, Technology and Distance Learning, and Adult English Language Acquisition discussion lists, go to

Additional workforce education resources, organized by career clusters or occupational categories, can be found in the newly launched
Career Pathways Instructional Materials Library. Professionals in state adult education departments shared these examples as online materials that their teachers use in the classroom to build basic skills and prepare adults for success at work. Most of these materials are not reviewed by the Collection’s external content experts; an asterisk marks those that have been externally reviewed and are also available in the Resource Collection.

It is often difficult for teachers to integrate technology into their classes.
Under Construction: Building Web Sites as a Project-Based Learning Activity for ABE/ESOL Classes: Tips for Teachers offers some simple, user-friendly guidance on using project based instruction and technology to build a Web site with students. You might consider having students in a work preparation class develop a Web site that includes information on work skills. A project such as this would include content of interest to adult learners and help them build communication, math, and problem- solving skills.


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