Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE TABE/BEST+ Training and ESOL Conference:  May 3, 4, & 5


Click here to view information about trainings.


TABE Participant Survey

If you are planning to participate in the TABE training, click here to complete a pre-conference TABE participant survey.  Please complete by April 15.


2.   Montana ABLE:  A Face in the Crowd


Click here  to see a Montana ABLE colleague at work on the “Hill”.


3.   ESL Resources


Taken from LINCS ELA Discussion List

1.     Multilingual Minnesota:  An Online Resource Center in Support of Multilingualism in Minnesota

2.      ESL Literacy Network from Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta

3.     Learn American English Online:  Online Grammar Lessons at


4.   Health Literacy Information from LINCS


Taken from LINCS Basic Skills Collection

A follow-up to last March’s Evaluating and Measuring Health Literacy discussion with Dr. Andrew Pleasant is scheduled for May 9–16, 2011. This follow-up discussion is the result of a workgroup formed by list members as a response to a consensus building component in the initial discussion. An article based on the March discussion by Dr. Pleasant and Julie McKinney, the list moderator, has been published in Nursing Outlook, volume 59, 2011, Coming to Consensus on Health Literacy Measurement: An Online Discussion and Consensus-Gauging Process.


5.   Math Resource from LINCS:  Algebraic Thinking


Taken from LINCS Basic Skills Collection

Algebraic Thinking in Adult Education (2010) by Myrna Manly and Lynda Ginsburg explores the reasons that algebraic thinking is necessary for adults to enable them to meet the demands of the workplace of the future. It also gives the reasons that algebraic reasoning needs to be integrated early into all levels of arithmetic instruction. This resource should help adult education instructors of all math levels understand the importance of thinking of algebra as a content strand integrated into arithmetic instruction and as a means of analyzing real situations.


6.   Math Resource from LINCS:  Number Sense Transcript


Taken from LINCS Basic Skills Collection  

If you missed the discussion with Dorothea Steinke on Number Sense in Adult Learners in March, the transcript is available at the Discussion List Events page. The discussion focused on number sense and looked at strategies for developing this fundamental math concept in adults.


7.   Reading Resource from LINCS:  Reading Next


Taken from LINCS Basic Skills Collection

Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy (2nd edition)  is a report that provides recommendations for meeting the needs of the eight million struggling adolescent readers and a vision for capturing the effects of elements that work—when and for whom. While adolescents are the target of the study, the resource has value to adult educators. Reading Next comprises the work of five nationally known and respected educational researchers and provides 15 recommendations for teaching reading.


8.   Tech Talk:  Using Google Calendar to Send Text Message Reminder


Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Collection

Not in front of your computer all of the time?  Wanting to have your Google calendar send you a text reminder about a meeting Click here  and scroll to Google Calendar Text Messaging to watch a video for settings.


9.   Writing Resource from LINCS:  Learning to Write in the Laptop Classroom


Taken from LINCS Basic Skills Collection  

According to Learning to Write in the Laptop Classroom, using computers to draft and revise pieces of writing have a positive effect on the quality of that writing. Substantial positive changes were observed in each stage of the writing process, including better access to information sources for planning and pre-writing; easier drafting of papers; more access to feedback; more frequent and extensive revision; and greater opportunities to publish final papers or otherwise disseminate them to real audiences. While this study was of K-12 students, the results would be of interest to adult literacy practitioners.


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