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1.   Montana MABLE Conference Agenda


Click here  to preview the MABLE Conference agenda.


2.   MABLE Update


Click here .  Check out #11 on the MABLE Update page to read about PAI and Gains.


3.   Math Discussion from 1/10 to 1/14 on LINCS Math/Numeracy List: "Dealing with Students' Reactions to New Teaching Strategies"

Interesting discussion regarding teaching in general has taken place on the Math/Numeracy List.  Fortunately, national LINCS is working to resolve a problem with the archives.  MTLINCS will apprise you when access becomes available.  In the meantime, here are some snippets from the conversation.


From Sharon Martin, Oklahoma

Attendance is my number one problem.  It didn't take me long, as a GED teacher, to understand why students hadn't completed high school: they didn't show up.

I have set up a scholarship fund that pays for the GED that requires a commitment of 60 hours from the student.  Yes, I have to be a fundraiser as well as a teacher, but I had to raise money for author visits and art supplies in my public school classroom, so I had training:).


From Lynda McCarty:

At our program we implemented a clear accountable attendance policy and began enforcing it. Our attendance rate was averaging 30 percent. Now we are nearing 80 percent overall attendance. High expectations yield strong results.

… One cannot educate the dead and the absent.  Our program is free as well, so it is even more important that we create a sense of value for the privilege to attend.

From Tricia McIntosh:

… In I-BEST, students fill out a work habits daily point sheet.  They get 5 points each day for showing up and being on time, as well as completing all assignments.  They earn 0 pts if they don't show up, -5 if they don't call ahead telling the instructor they will be absent, - 3 points for being late or leaving early, and -1 if they score less than 90% on an assignment. 
The ability to be accountable is a great skill to have.  Future employers count on it.  Why shouldn't teachers?  Set the standards high, and you'll be surprised how many adjust. 

Making Learners Part of the Teaching Team

From Susan Jones:

"I have no idea! Tell me!" sends up my "passive learner" flags and I work to engage the student in building something out of what they already know... especially since that also encourages engagement of language about the math. ... I have the advantage of being able to say "okay, if that's not working, why?" (when students tell me that the instruction is too ... whatever...) They generally *do* have an opinion that I can work with.

Respecting the resistance just makes a ton of sense.


4.   OVAE Update:  CTE Community Conversations – Share Your Views


OVAE has launched a series of career and technical education (CTE) community conversations to gather stakeholder feedback that will be used to help shape the Department’s Perkins reauthorization goals.

The first CTE Community Conversation occurred on Oct. 27, 2010, during the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) Fall 2010 Meeting. State directors of CTE from across the country provided feedback based on the following questions:


·       How can states and local programs better prepare students for college and careers and help them successfully transition to postsecondary education?

·       How is the Program of Study framework working?

·       What partnership models have you found that support strong student outcomes?

·       Which performance measures are most useful to your program management and development?


Three further conversations covering the same lines of questioning were conducted by OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier and OVAE staff members at the November 2010 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Annual Convention in Las Vegas.


We invite you to share your comments about career and technical education and the Perkins legislation. Please visit , the CTE Community Conversations blog under the What’s New menu, or submit your feedback to us via e-mail at



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