Montana LINCS Update

11/22/10

Greetings from Montana LINCS

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

1.   Montana MABLE Survey – Have you taken it yet???  Deadline is Wednesday at midnight!  Don’t be a turkey - share your thoughts!

 

Click here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/869BWNQ

 

During the Montana ABLE directors' Shop Talk, Renee Bentham of Missoula provided an overview of the anticipated activities and outcomes for the January MABLE Users' Conference. She explained that the agenda would be finalized according to the needs of the field, so the conference planning team would like you to take a few minutes to complete the survey below.  Your  comments will shape all the agenda items.

 

2.   Montana ABLE ShopTalk Summary

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/shoptalk11-16-10.pdf  to access the ShopTalk summary for 11/16.

 

3.   Montana GED Initiative:  GED for the Future

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/GEDinitiative/ged_initiative_2010.htm to access more information about the Governor’s State Workforce Investment Board Youth council’s statewide GED initiative.

 

4.   MABLE and NRS

 

Click here http://www.nrsweb.org/docs/DataSystemsResourceGuide.pdf  to read about Great Data Systems, Great Data.  

 

5.   Montana Content Area Websites:  Have a website to share? 

 

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 new ESL links mentioned during the Montana ESOL Study Circle hosted by Ellen of Bozeman and Katya of Great Falls.

 

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

 

6.   MAACE Update:  Survey Deadline Tuesday, 11/23

 

Please participate in the MAACE Survey.  It should take about 5 minutes of your time.  Please go to the MAACE website at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/maace.htm 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

 

7.   Online Professional Development

Click here www.ProfessionalStudiesAE.org to access online courses adult educators on math/numeracy, transitions to postsecondary education, reading, and differentiated instruction.

Math/Numeracy

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Number Sense: Teaching About Parts and Wholes

Teaching students how to estimate, do mental math, and use calculators will help them to better understand how to use numbers. This course focuses on how to help adult students answer 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 lots of teaching strategies and activities that you can use right away.

Course dates: January 10–February 18, 2011

Course description: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6503

Course instructor: Mary Barbara Hanna

Course fee: $179

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Geometry: Teaching About Shapes and Their Measures

Adult basic education students need foundational geometry and measurement skills not only to succeed in GED math, but also in the workplace. In this course, you will explore key topics in geometry, such as area, perimeter, and volume, and their importance in everyday life. You'll look at numerous instructional activities for teaching about angles, spatial relationships, similarity, and figure transformations on a coordinate graph system.

Course dates: February 21–April 1, 2011

Course description: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6511

Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge

Course fee: $179

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Data: Interpreting Statistical Representations

Data, or numerical information, can be described, represented, analyzed, and interpreted in various ways for various purposes. This course looks at some common uses (and misuses) of data. Learn about the measures of central tendency statistics, graphs, and probability. Through the course readings, activities, and discussions, you'll review basic concepts and explore strategies for introducing and teaching these concepts to your adult students.

Course dates: March 14–April 22, 2011

Course description: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6514

Course instructor: Pam Meader

Course fee: $179

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Algebra: Introducing Algebraic Reasoning

Research suggests that math topics, including algebra, should be taught at all levels, not just when a student is ready for GED preparation. In this course, you'll learn how to introduce algebraic reasoning to your students, and you'll experiment with strategies for teaching numeric patterns, relationships, and functions based on real-life situations. You'll also explore strategies to help students model quantitative relationships using graphs, tables, words, and equations.

Course dates: April 4–May 13, 2011

Course description: http://www.newreaderspress.com/Items.aspx?hierId=6515

Course instructor: Barbara Goodridge

Course fee: $179

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Transitions to Postsecondary Education

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Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education

Participants will read and discuss the research on the changing workforce and examine the reasons why adult learners need to go beyond the GED and English language study to advance their earning potential. Participants will also learn about the challenges facing adult students in postsecondary education and investigate strategies and program models that support adult transitions to postsecondary education. Throughout the course, participants will gather local and regional data on the labor market, educational needs, and academic programs and support services offered by area colleges to guide future program development and planning. 

Course dates: January 26–March 23, 2011

Course description: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#trans

Course instructor: Barbara Hofmeyer

Course fee: $249.00

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College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation!

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.

Course dates: February 10–March 30, 2011

Course description: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#ctreadi

Course instructor: Johnna Herrick-Phelps

Course fee:  $249.00

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Introduction to College Transition Math

Through the readings and activities in this course, you will reflect on your own and your students’ math backgrounds, examine and experience the college placement test your students take, try out math activities and exercises you can use in your classrooms, and explore the math knowledge and skills you will want to present to your own college transition students.

Course dates: February 28–April 25, 2011

Course description: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#ctmath

Course instructor: Gloria Vachino

Course fee:  $249.00 (requires textbook)

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Reading

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Study Circle: Research-based Adult Reading Instruction

The Research-based Adult Reading Instruction Study Circle is designed to engage practitioners of adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), and English-for-speakers-of-other-languages (ESOL) in discussing theories and concepts related to reading instruction. Questions about what research says about teaching adults how to read are particularly relevant as programs and teachers struggle with choosing the most effective ways to develop adults’ reading skills.

Course dates: February 17–April 20, 2010

Course description: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#read

Course instructor: Kaye Beall

Course fee:  $249.00

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Differentiated Instruction

Adult educators almost always face many different levels of learners in their classrooms, with all the attendant difficulties in teaching. In this facilitated, interactive course, you will learn how differentiated instruction can help produce effective teaching in your classes. You will learn to make the strong learning objectives required to keep multilevel instruction on target. Both research and specific strategies will be addressed. By the course end, you will produce your own lesson plan with effective learning objectives and differentiation suited to your own environment.

Course dates: March 15–May 9, 2011

Course description: http://professionalstudiesae.worlded.org/index.html#di

Course instructor:  Wendy Quiñones

Course fee:  $249.00 (requires textbook)

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Kaye Beall

Project Director

World Education

kaye_beall@worlded.org

www.worlded.org

 

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

norenehp@bresnan.net