Montana LINCS Update


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Easter break may be in the air for many of you.  With that in mind, MTLINCS knows that you may want to hop onto your computer to search for some hidden gems.  National LINCS provides just such an opportunity for you.  Check it out!


LINCS Overview


Last fall with the end of the National Institute of Literacy (NIFL), the Literacy Information aNd Communication System (LINCS) began transitioning to the Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).  LINCS is still being publicized as a viable, professional resource for Adult Basic and Literacy Education providers. 


Highlights of LINCS


Professional Development


1.     Regional Resource Centers (3)


The Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) funds three LINCS Regional Resource Centers (RRCs). The purpose of the LINCS Regional Resource Centers (Centers) is to disseminate high-quality resources using various approaches (highlighting online materials, in-person technical assistance, distance learning, and discussion lists) through partnerships with adult education and related organizations to help practitioners use evidence-based instructional practices that improve outcomes in adult learners' literacy skills. The Centers organize training and workshops based on research-based materials, as well as provide assistance in using online instructional resources provided through LINCS.


·       Region 1:  Kaye Beall, World Education Inc. at Boston, MA, and Tim Ponder, Ohio Literacy Resource Center at Kent State University

o   Current Highlights

§  Numeracy Project

§  National Career Awareness Project


·       Region 2:  Beth Ponder, Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee

o   Current Highlights

§  Learning To Achieve:  Train the Trainer


·       Region 3:  Paul Heavenridge, LiteracyWorks at Petaluma, CA

o   Current Highlights

§  Learner Web

§  Health Literacy


2.     Resource Collections (3)


The LINCS Resource Collections are online subject-oriented collections of high-quality instructional resources, including multi-media resources, informed by research, especially scientifically based and other rigorous research, for use by adult education and literacy educators.


·       Basic Skills


The Basic Skills Resource Collection contains resources on reading, writing, mathematics and numeracy, and health literacy.


·       Program Management


The Program Management Resource collection contains resources on assessment, learning disabilities, program improvement, and transitions to post-secondary education.


·       Workforce Competiveness


The Workforce Competitiveness Resource Collection contains resources on workforce basic skills education, English language acquisition, and technology.


3.     Discussion Lists (3 categories with 11 Discussion Lists)

Established in 1995, the LINCS discussion lists give thousands of literacy stakeholders on-going professional development opportunities where participants can discuss the literacy field's critical issues; share resources, experiences, and ideas; ask questions of subject experts; and keep up-to-date on literacy issues. Each discussion list is moderated by an individual with significant expertise in the topic area.

·       Basic Skills (facilitated by Ohio Literacy Resource Center, Kent State University)

o   Diversity & Literacy (Description)

o   Health Literacy (Description)

o   Math & Numeracy (Description)

o   Reading & Writing Skills (Description)


·       Program Management (facilitated by Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee

o   Transitions to Post-secondary Education (Description)

o   Adult Literacy Professional Development (Description)

o   Learning Disabilities (Description)

o   Assessment (Description)


·       Workforce Competitiveness (facilitated by Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Pennsylvania State University)

o   Adult English Language Acquisition (Description)

o   Technology & Distance Learning (Description)

o   Workforce Competitiveness (Description)


4.     And much, much more!


Applying Research

Learning to Achieve


Reading Profiles


Reading Components


Teaching Approaches


Career Pathways




Both the Workforce investment Act (WIA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) defined roles for the National Institute for Literacy across the research process. WIA authorized the Institute “to coordinate the support of reliable and replicable research on literacy and basic skills in families and adults across federal agencies…and to carry out basic and applied research and development on topics that are not being investigated by other organizations or agencies….” 

·       Adult Literacy Research

·       Adults with Learning Disabilities


Programs and Projects

LINCS continues to support and expand many of the programs, projects, and services initiated by the National Institute for Literacy. LINCS is a national dissemination, resource gathering, and professional development system, providing information on a wide variety of literacy-relevant topics, issues and resources.

LINCS Events Calendar



LINCS offers publications for families and educators of learners across the lifespan.  The publications are no longer available in hard copy form but can be downloaded as pdfs.


Future of LINCS

Current grants end September 30; however, it appears that OVAE sees the value of LINCS as an online portal for dissemination of research and professional development.  Stay tuned for further developments!


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