Montana LINCS Update
Greetings from Montana LINCS
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
MTLINCS To Do List
· Wish all a Happy New Year – just did! þ
· Review MTLINCS – done and posted at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/email_archives/10-11/11-29-10.htm þ
· Archive 2009 MTLINCS What’s New – done and posted at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/wnarchives.htm ! þ
· Compile 2010 Stats – done and posted at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/Contact.htm
· Hit the ground running – bad knees, guess MTLINCS will just walk fast! þ
Montana ABLE Colleagues To Do List
· Contribute to MTLINCS – continuing to do so! þ
What a great time to take stock of everything that has happened in the past year! After reviewing the MTLINCS Review email on 11/29/10 and reviewing the 2010 statistics, MTLINCS knows that once again Montana ABLE folks have been verrrrrrrrry busy. So, my friends, strap on your skis, snowshoes, or running/walking shoes. It’s a new year, and there is work yet to be done!
1. Montana ABLE Student Highlight: A New Beginning
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/student_highlights.htm as a reminder as to why Montana ABLE exists. Good things are happening at Literacy Bitterroot!
2. Montana MABLE Conference
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/mable_users_conference-2011.htm to access the Montana MABLE Conference page. Check out Montana ABLE program Action Plans!
3. MABLE Update
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/mable_updates.htm . Check out #9 on the MABLE Update page to see what new PAI information has been added!
4. Montana ABLE Shop Talk Summary
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/shoptalk12-10.pdf to access the Shop Talk summary for 12/2010.
5. MTLINCS Review of 2010 Statistics
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/Contact.htm . More people are accessing MTLINCS and are staying longer!
6. Montana ABLE Learning To Achieve: An Opportunity to Learn Cutting Edge Information - Teacher Volunteers Needed
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/opiableupdates.htm . See Learning to Achieve. Learning to Achieve is a research-based training on serving adults with learning disabilities. Talk to your program director now!
7. Montana Content Area Websites: New Websites Posted!
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/content/content_index.htm to access the Montana Content Area Websites which is now a link on the Teacher/Tutor page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/teachertutor.htm.
Check out the ESL, Language, Math, Reading, and Technology links for new website suggestions from one of your Montana colleagues!!! For example, there is a great link to some virtual manipulatives. Thanks, Peggy!
If you have any content area websites you would like to recommend to others, click here to email the website to MTLINCS.
8. ESL: Reading Intervention for Adult ESL Learners
Click here http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20114003 to access a new report, The Impact of a Reading Intervention for Low-Literate Adult ESL Learners. Several interesting findings are reported. For example, for learners with relatively lower levels of literacy at the start of the study, there was some suggestive evidence of a positive impact on reading outcomes. Among this subset of learners, Sam and Pat group students scored higher on the Woodcock Johnson word attack (decoding) assessment than control group students. The effect size (.16) is estimated to be equivalent to approximately 1 1/2 to 2 months of growth, based upon norms provided by the test publisher. However, it is possible that the effect is due to chance alone.
9. Learning Disabilities: Brain Imaging May Predict Dyslexia Gains
Click here http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2010/12/20/brain-imaging-may-predict-dyslexia-gains.html to read about a new study shows that brain scans of teenagers with dyslexia can identify with 90 percent accuracy which ones will improve their reading skills over time, a new study finds.
10. Transition: Financial Planning for Post-Secondary
Dear Transition Listers:
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) partnered with the NCTN to produce Mapping the Financial Journey, a publication to help adults plan for their own college education. Their recent digest highlighted a number of other free resources that adult educators and their students might find helpful, too.
1. My Retirement Paycheck (www.myretirementpaycheck.org), a holistic approach for middle income consumers nearing retirement (identified as annual incomes beginning at $30,000), whether they have made retirement plans or not.
2. Smart About Money (www.smartaboutmoney.org) covers financial basics, designed for consumers of all ages.
3. Financial Workshop Kits (www.financialworkshopkits.org) for planners, social service professionals, and others presenting in the community. It contains customized presentations for specific audiences (victims of domestic violence, college students, military).
4. NEFE Financial Education Evaluation Toolkit (www.nefe.org/eval), intended for individuals teaching a class, program, or seminar.
5. And, last but not least, Spendster (http://spendster.org/), a social media site with You-Tube-like confessionals for spending choices we later regret. I particularly like the little girl who's video titled, "My parents are spenders. Please help."
Their newsletter, Nefe Digest, comes out quarterly and is available via email or snail mail: www.nefe.org
Cynthia Zafft, Senior Advisor
National College Transition Network
Click here http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/books/17words.html?_r=3&ref=books
to read about possibilities for research and education in the humanities.
With little fanfare, Google has made a mammoth database culled from nearly 5.2 million digitized books available to the public for free downloads and online searches, opening a new landscape of possibilities for research and education in the humanities. The digital storehouse, which comprises words and short phrases as well as a year-by-year count of how often they appear, represents the first time a data set of this magnitude and searching tools are at the disposal of Ph.D.'s, middle school students and anyone else who likes to spend time in front of a small screen.
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