Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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1.   Montana ABLE Data Quality:  A Reminder!

Data AMontana LINCS Updatection Plans are due Monday, November 8

Email your Action Plan to Margaret Bowles at with a cc: to Carol Flynn at .


Do you need a sample Action Plan?  Click here for Sample Action Plan.


Do you need the template?  Click here for Template for Action Plan.


Click here  to access the main page for the new MT ABLE Data link. 

(You can always find the Data page by clicking on the MTLINCS homepage and clicking on the word Data on the Montana ABLE graphic.)   

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

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


3.   Montana PEPTalk:  Best Practices Report Update


Click here to view the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, OPI, and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education report on the implementation of PEPTalk throughout Montana.


4.   Montana ESOL Study Circle


Click here to read about the Montana ESOL Study Circle.  The next conference call is Monday, 11/15 from 3:30 to 4:30.  Recent attachments have been posted on the ESOL Study Circle website above.


5.   Montana Content Area Websites:  Teacher-Recommended Websites – Do you have any to share? 


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


Several times during the year, Montana ABLE staff recommends websites to their colleagues.  A new link has been added on the Teacher/Tutor page for these recommendations. 


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

Steve McCoy, DeeDra Reum, Jean Dahlman, and Jan Huff have resigned from the MAACE Board.  Kathie Daviau is now President and Deb Fischer is now Vice-President.  Shelley Jo Isaak is the Western District board member. 

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


7.   LINCS Resource Collection News:  Workforce Competitiveness Collection


Click here  to access the Workforce Competitiveness Collection.  


What’s New in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection?


Dr. Cristine Smith notes in her Summer 2010 article in the Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal that research indicates, “that teacher quality is the strongest predictor of student achievement.” After considering this statement, explore the resources available on teacher training and professional development in the English Language Acquisition Collection, including for example, Professional Development for Experienced Teachers Working with Adult English Language Learners, Adult ESL Teacher Credentialing and Certification, and Reflective Practice in the Professional Development of Teachers of Adult English Language Learners each focusing on a specific aspect of and offering evidence-based recommendations for supporting teacher quality.


Adult educators also can pursue professional learning less formally through communities of practice that meet to discuss specific issues and explore ways in which they can improve their practices and learners’ knowledge and skills. Examples of resources in the Technology and in the Workforce Education Collections can guide professional learning.

-   The Technology Collection includes a research study, Preparing Teachers to Integrate Technology for Literacy Education, which provides recommendations to inform development and implementation of strategies to improve the effective integration of technology in the classroom.

-   A Workforce Education Collection resource, ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic Education into Career Pathways, was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education and describes the impact that sites experienced when they focused on career pathways for learners in their communities. Another resource, the One Step Forward Initiative—Guide to Adult Education for Work, includes strategies and practices to transform adult education into workforce programs that are effective in transitioning adults to postsecondary experiences and work.



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