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1.   Response to Distance Learning Research #10:  Can Distance Learning Help Stopout Students?


Click here 1 to DL10 for more research from “Thirty-two Trends Affecting Distance Education: An Informed Foundation for Strategic Planning”  

2.   COABE Conference Handouts and Blog 

3.   ESL Webinar How to Do Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) K-12

When: Monday, April 5, 2010 3-4:30 p.m. ET

SNAPSHOT: Many schools want to minimize pull-out instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) and move toward more inclusive classrooms. Research has shown that when regular classroom teachers use a relatively simple set of highly effective instructional strategies, ELLs develop greater comprehension and become more engaged.

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4.   MAACE Call for Presenters


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5.   Math Online Courses from


Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes


Course Dates: April 12 to May 21, 2010 (12-hour course)
Instructor: Jean Stephens
Teaching students how to use estimation, mental math, benchmarking, and calculators will enhance their conceptual understanding of numbers and what numbers represent. This course focuses on helping adult students develop number sense by addressing two key questions: when is it necessary to have an exact answer, and when is an estimate sufficient? When calculation is necessary, which tool is appropriate to use? This course examines how students develop and apply number sense and provides numerous teaching strategies and activities that you can apply to your teaching right away.
Course details and registration


6.   Reading Discussion


Excellent discussion:  Archives at


7.   Reading:  Future Discussion on Word Study on April 5 - April 9


The guest discussion will focus on a dialogue on how an intervention, Word Study (Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton & Johnston, 2008), works in adult education settings. Word study is a practical approach founded on orthographic research and requires learners to examine, discriminate and make judgments about word structures, spellings and meanings.

General Questions to consider:

What is Word Study? What is the history behind the intervention? How does Word Study work with adults when Word Study research has been conducted mainly with children?

To what extent should adult educators work on word knowledge with adult learners when the purpose of reading should focus on comprehension? And writing should focus on communication?

What information is available to guide adult educators in their teaching of word knowledge?


To obtain a bit of background regarding word study:

The official discussion announcement for this discussion can be found at:

You ... can subscribe to the Reading and Writing list at:

Daphne Greenberg, Facilitator of NIFL's Reading and Writing Skills Electronic Discussion List


8.   Transitions Course from

College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation!

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

The overall objective of this course is to assist educators, counselors, administrators and postsecondary partners to better prepare their students for postsecondary education. Together, we will identify, organize, and reflect on the broad array of readiness skills and abilities that adults need to be successful in postsecondary education and training. Then, each of us will consider how to change our practice to incorporate what we have learned. The course was developed and written by Cynthia Zafft, Principal Investigator for the National College Transition Network, World Education. Review the Course Overview and Schedule [PDF].

Register for this course: Submit registration form [PDF] or Register online 


9.   WIA Reauthorization Perspective by CAAL


This 21-page Policy Brief reports on the February 18, 2010 CAAL Roundtable discussion of WIA and the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act with 19 leaders of local programs and institutions identified by their peers as providing exemplary "adult education for work" services within a particular community or local labor market. The programs are located in 16 states representing all regions of the U.S. This Brief contains important messages for state policymakers as well as federal. [March 26, 2010]

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