Montana LINCS Update


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1.   MABLE Users Conference:  January 19 – 20, 2011

Click here to see more information about the MABLE Users Conference.


2.   Montana Content Area Websites:  New Websites Shared! 


Click here to access the Montana Content Area Websites which is now a link on the Teacher/Tutor page at


Check out the new sites:  Language, shared by Melinda of Miles City, and Science, shared by Deb of Billings.


If you have any content area websites you would like to recommend to others, click here to email the website to MTLINCS.


3.   MAACE Update


Please participate in the MAACE Survey.  It should take about 5 minutes of your time.  Please go to the MAACE website at and click on the survey link on the front page.   Please take some time to look at the website, also.  The survey will close on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

Kathie Daviau, MAACE President


4.   Corrections:  Strengthening Correctional Education for Adults


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"Strengthening Correctional Education for Adults"

      The growth in the prison population and budget deficits present significant challenges to states interested in improving correctional education. Yet strengthening correctional education has the potential to reduce costs in the long-term while improving the economic success of low-income individuals. This report describes the current system and offers recommendations about what can be done at the state level to strengthen correctional education.


5.   Learning Disabilities and Language Learning

Click here  to read the article, The Connection between Learning Disabilities and the Challenge of Foreign Language, posted on the Learning Disabilities

6.   Learning and Violence


Click here to access a website recommended on the Diversity Discussion List.  


Jenny Horsman of Toronto has done much research on the effects of violence on learning. Her website might be of interest to the teacher: This website will lead her to which could be equally useful. Horsman's book, "Too Scared to Learn" is interesting as well.


7.   Reading:  National Institutes of Health Research Regarding Mothers’ Literacy Skills


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Improving mothers' literacy skills may be best way to boost children's achievement!

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health concluded that programs to boost the academic achievement of children from low income neighborhoods might be more successful if they also provided adult literacy education to parents. The researchers based this conclusion on their finding that a mother's reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income. The analysis, performed by Narayan Sastry, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, and Anne R. Pebley, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, examined data on more than 3,000 families. The study, appearing in Demography, was supported by NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

8.   Technology:  Final National Plan Now Posted


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On November 9th, 2010, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the final version of the Obama administration's National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), a federal policy statement that puts technology at the heart of proposed changes to the way education is delivered in this country.


The plan is titled “Transforming American Education Learning Powered by Technology, National Education Technology Plan 2010,” by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology.  You can find the plan at the following link:


While this plan is aimed at P-12 education, it certainly has implications for adult education.  As per David Rosen, there are a “few references to adult ed included on pages 2, 21 and 22.”


Tech and DL Discussion Group:  Nell Eckersley


9.   Technology:  2010 Global Education Conference – Free!


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The 2010 Global Education Conference will be held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free.  Details about the conference are available at  The conference currently has scheduled 50 keynote addresses and over 300 general sessions  from 62 countries.  Sessions will be held in multiple time zones focusing on teachers, students, curriculum, policy and leadership and global issues. 

The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives.

There is no formal registration required for the conference, as all the sessions will be open and public, broadcast live using the Elluminate platform, and available in recorded formats afterward.  Actual session links will be posted the week of the conference.  See the full hour-by-hour schedule in your time zone at, and read more details about the sessions at

The conference Facebook page is

David Rosen


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