Montana LINCS Update

2/28/11

Greetings from Montana LINCS

 

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1.   Montana ABLE Facts and Statistics:  Got the big picture?  Looking for some details?

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/facts2.htm to view current facts and statistics about Montana ABLE.  Information to meet your needs is offered in a variety of formats:  lists, pictures, etc.  The Facts and Statistics link is always on the MTLINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/ .  Just look on the left-hand side under About Literacy

 

2.   MAACE:  What Are Your Montana Colleagues Doing?

 

Click here https://sites.google.com/site/montanamaace/home  to check out what your Montana colleagues have been doing. 

The MAACE link is always on the MTLINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/ .  Just look below the star and click on Montana Association for Adult and Community Education - MAACE.

3.   Montana ABLE Program Training Opportunity for Writing

 

ABLE Registration Deadline March 3 for Montana University System Writing Assessment (MUSWA) Training

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/calendar.htm  to access MUSWA training dates.  Contact Carol Flynn for more information.

 

Click here http://mus.edu/writingproficiency/index.asp information about MUSWA.  

 

4.   Adult Education Credentialing

 

A new report has just been released by the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL).  CLOSING THE GAP: The Challenge of Certification & Credentialing in Adult Education should interest professionals involved in professional development, service provision, and planning reforms in any area of adult education and workforce/workplace skills development including family literacy.  This report is by CAAL Vice President and project director Forrest Chisman.  It is the final report on a CAAL project to examine issues of adult education teacher certification and credentialing, and is available from http://www.caalusa.org/Closing.pdf.  A background information paper released last month is an important supplement to CLOSING THE GAP--Certifying Adult Education Faculty and Staff (Cristine Smith and Ricardo Gomez) is available from http://www.caalusa.org/certteach.pdf.  

 

Snippet taken from the text:

 

Leaders of the adult education field have long believed that traditional services—instruction in

basic literacy and numeracy, GED preparation, and life skills ESL—require a large and distinctive

body of expertise on the part of teachers. This includes contextualized, learner-centered instruction, building learning communities, stimulating independent learning, managing open-entry classrooms with students of different abilities, and making use of formal and informal assessments to adapt instruction on an on-going basis. These and other skills must be grounded in an understanding of the subject matter being taught and adult and/or second language learning theory and practice. This is a tall order, and in recent years the knowledge and skills required to provide effective instruction have expanded as greater emphasis has been placed on high intensity classes, the use of technology for instruction, and new approaches to teaching math. In short, traditional adult education services in the new environment can only be effective if teachers have highly specialized knowledge and skills, and even the most experienced teachers have difficulty keeping up with new developments in this field. The traditional emphasis of adult education on meeting individual student needs is shifting to a far greater emphasis on addressing societal concerns—such as employability. Compelling evidence abounds that the United States cannot hope to have the workforce it needs to compete in the international economy unless a significant portion of the many millions of Americans with low basic skills prepare themselves for 21st century jobs.2 This means that they must improve their skills to meet the requirements of employers of various kinds and also to the levels required to succeed in occupational training and postsecondary programs.

 

5.   Dyslexia

 

Click here http://drlynda.net/information/Dyslexia/tabid/335/Default.aspx  to access an article recommended by LINCS moderator Rochelle Kenyon.

 

I was just doing some online reading and found an interesting, easy-to-read article about Dyslexia … Rochelle Kenyon

 

6.   Math Resource

 

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy Discussion posting by Brooke Istas, Moderator

 

The link below is to a video, "Arthur Benjamin's Formula for Changing Math Education", discusses the idea that algebraic instruction should not be the primary focus math instruction.  That learners would benefit more from math if their instruction was embedded with instruction in statistics (data, interpretation of data, probability).  Since the field of adult education has very limited research in math instruction, I was wondering what those of us in the trenches thought about this idea about instruction in algebraic concepts vs. statistical ones.  Here is a link to the video:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/arthur_benjamin_s_formula_for_changing_math_education.html

 

 

Those of you who found the Benjamin talk thought provoking might consider the approach described in this additional TED presentation by Dan Meyer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvKWEvKSi8

 

7.   Technology Discussion 2/28 to 3/4:  Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators

 

Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators: OTAN, MARTI, and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection

February 28 - March 4, 2011

 

There will be a discussion on the Technology and Distance Learning discussion list during the week of February 28-March 4, 2011. The topic is “Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators: OTAN, the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators; MARTI, the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative; and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection.  The guest facilitators are Bob McIntire, Tim Ponder and Marian Thacher.

 

Discussion Description:  

Among the various challenges instructors face in bringing technology into the classroom is keeping up with the latest online tools available to them and to their students and research that supports the use of technology in education.  This discussion will explore three online tool resources that can support instructors in this work:  OTAN, the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators; MARTI, the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative; and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection.  Learn what these tool resources offer and how they help you with your practice.

 

For a brief biography of the facilitators, a more detailed discussion description, and links to the online tools related to the discussion, go to: http://lincs.ed.gov/lincs/discussions/technology/11techresource.  If you are already a member of the LINCS Technology and Distance Learning list, you may simply post messages at Technology@lincs.ed.govTo subscribe to the Technology and Distance Learning list, go to http://lincs.ed.gov/mailman/listinfo/technology#sub

 

 

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

norenehp@bresnan.net