Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE ESOL Conference 2010 Materials and Tasks


Click here  to access materials from the MT ABLE Second ESOL Conference. 


Remember due dates!  

·       Part A of the Reading Reflections is due July 1.  Please email to Sarah Young at

·       Part B of the Reading Reflections is due August 31.  Please email to Sarah Young at


2.   Counseling Resources


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Guidance and Career Counselors’ Toolkit: Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options is a toolkit intended to help guidance and career counselors to better assist high school students with disabilities to transition into postsecondary education and employment. Adults with learning disabilities and their supporters will also find the information and resources valuable in planning for entering postsecondary education and for career preparation.

3.   ESL:  CAELA Newsletter

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

·       Professional development activities and resources from states participating in the CAELA Network initiative to improve the quality and outcomes of PD for practitioners working adults learning English

·       Report on and link to recent briefs including Professional Development for Experienced Teachers Working With Adult English Language Learners, Evidence-Based, Student-Centered Instructional Practices, and Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the Beginning

·       Link to transcripts and summary discussion of the two online discussions held this year on the this list on the topic of working with adult English language learners with emerging literacy skills

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

Note: Upcoming briefs from the CAELA Network this summer include Promoting Learner Engagement When Working with Adult English Language Learners and Using Oral Skills to Build Literacy Skills of Adults With Emerging English Literacy.

Miriam Burt

4.   Health Literacy Resource


Click here to access a recent article about the “Newest Vital Sign” method of identifying patients with low health literacy. 


With support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, ProLiteracy is offering field-tested strategies that can be adapted to a program's accountability needs. This is a three-part series of self-paced online courses. The courses are described below. You can access these courses here:


5.   Professional Development Discussion:  Using Social Media in Teaching and Professional Development


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Save the date for an upcoming guest discussion on the Professional Development Discussion List—Using Social Media in Teaching and Professional Development—July 12–August 6, 2010. Technology has changed what it means for learning communities to “be together.” Digital tools are now an important part of teaching, learning, and professional development. But how do you keep pace with it all? Join Nell Eckersley, Jackie Taylor, and other guests, to explore popular social media tools available to you and how they may be used in teaching and professional development. Then sign up for a small group to learn how to use the social media tool of your choice. Learn alongside others and share ideas for teaching and learning. Small groups then share back what they learned with the Technology and Professional Development Lists.


6.   Reading Discussion Begins June 21:  Reading Patterns and Profiles of Adult Literacy Participants


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On June 21-26, Drs. Mellard and Greenberg will be hosting a guest discussion on "Reading Patterns and Profiles of Adult Literacy Participants". This guest discussion will be hosted on NIFL's Reading and Writing Skills List. To subscribe, please go to: You will be sent an email requesting confirmation of your subscription. Please follow the directions in the email to verify your subscription request.


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7.   Writing Research  


Click here to access information on ways writing assessment have affected the way writing is taught.

Some Consequences of Writing Assessment is an article that reviews research on ways that writing assessments in the United States have affected the way writing is taught. The author focuses on writing assessments given at the end of high school, but the points she makes are applicable to the adult literacy classroom. Tests may be high stakes for teachers and administrators but not for students. High stakes writing tests may be multiple choice, essay, or a combination of the two. High stakes writing tests usually have an impact, or “backwash” on writing curriculum and instruction. The kind of “backwash” depends on the kind of assessment.


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