Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Distance Learning Research #9 Response:  Is Distance Learning a Culture or a Tool?


Click here  to check out what your MT ABLE colleagues and others have to say about Distance Learning.



2.   ESL Resource:  CAELA Newsletter

The CAELA Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, is completed and posted on the CAELA Network Web site; it can be downloaded at

In this issue, there are articles on the following, with links to more information about some of the topics:

·       Professional development for no-longer-beginning  teachers in South Carolina

·       Updated resources available on line including Framework for Quality Professional Development for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners and Education for Adult English Language Learners in the United States: Trends, Resources, and Promising Practices  

·       ESL Resource Database available online

·       Upcoming conferences of interest to practitioners working with adults learning English

Miriam Burt, Director, CAELA Network &  Moderator, Adult English Language Learners Discussion List

3.   NIFL Notes


Publication Distribution Comes to a Close at the Institute


As the Institute prepares to close in September ( it is making available all remaining hard copies of its scientifically based publications for families, caregivers, and educators. For years, these literacy resources have ranked among the Top 10 most-requested publications by the U.S. Department of Education. For ordering information, visit


4.   Online Courses

Technology, Numeracy, and College Readiness: Skills Your Students Need to Succeed

Are you prepared to teach the technology, numeracy, and college readiness skills your adult students need to compete in the workplace and to transition to postsecondary education? We can help. Register now for three online professional development courses that will augment your teaching strategies and help your students achieve their goals.

Creating Engaging ESL Activities Using Computers
April 12 to May 21, 2010 (12-hour course)
Course Webinar: 1:00–2:00 p.m. (ET), May 21

Course details and registration:


Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes
April 12 to May 21, 2010 (12-hour course)

Course details and registration:


College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation!

Course Dates: April 22 to June 9, 2010 (21-hour course)

Course details and registration:


For more information, please contact or

5.   Reading


Join the Discussion: Reading and Writing Skills of ABE Transition Learners


March 22-26, the Institute will host the second of four Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP) special online discussions. Part two will address Reading and Writing Skills of ABE Transition Learners at ASRP forums are presented in cooperation with the Institute’s LINCS Discussion Lists and will be led by content-area experts. ASRP, an online resource, provides research-based assessment strategies to improve reading instruction for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) learners. Visit for more information.



6.   Technology National Education Technology Plan


U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan released the National Ed Tech Plan at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning on March 5.  Find it on


Adult learners and workers DID make it onto the national education radar if only on pages 20 and 21 (print)/36 and 37 of the pdf …


Here is a thumbnail sketch of the Plan:


Heidi Silver-Pacuilla

American Institutes for Research


7.   Work-based Education and Career Pathways


Career Pathways Instructional Materials Library, a page of materials to help educators develop and implement work-based education programs and career pathways for adult learners in their Adult Basic Education and General Educational Development programs - Professionals in state adult education departments and at the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC) submitted the materials. This is a dynamic collection, and you are invited to submit materials to it also.  All of the resources are very practical, and as we all know, those resources are the hardest to find. 


So go to, scroll down, enjoy, and use!  If you are a practitioner, you will find something here that you’ve been wishing for!


Donna Brian, Moderator, LINCS Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List


8.   Writing Resource


WAC Clearinghouse at The WAC Clearinghouse, in partnership with the International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, publishes journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses.  



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