Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE ShopTalk Summary


Click here  to view information about trainings.


2.   Montana ABLE TABE/BEST+ Training:  May 3 & 5


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3.   Montana ESOL Conference Agenda and Handouts:  May 3 (evening) & 4


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the agenda and handouts.


4.   Montana ABLE Student and Program Highlights


Click here  to read article about Literacy Bitterroot.


5.   Assessment Article:  Common Assessments a Test for Schools' Technology

Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List

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I am subscribed to Education Week Newsletter (K-12) and a featured article this morning caught my attention – it is focused on the first of a series of meetings convened by the US Dept of Education “aimed at informing the two state collaboratives as they design tests for the new common standards in mathematics and English/language arts”.


What is pertinent is that these tests will be computer-based and so this initial meeting focused on the challenges that this could present.  Much of the article points to the capacity of technology infrastructure within schools.  But other points that the article makes are concerns that have been raised here this past week in our discussion on the GED.  I hope you find this article informative.


What are your reactions to this article?

What can we learn from what K-12 is now doing?




Marie Cora

Assessment Discussion List Moderator


6.   COABE:  Any resources to share?


Did any Montana ABLE folks attend COABE?  Do you have any resources to share with your Montana colleagues?  If so, please click here to email your thoughts or resources to MTLINCS.


7.   Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) Survey:  Certifying Adult Education Students


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The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) today released CERTIFYING ADULT EDUCATION STUDENTS: A Survey of State Directors of Adult Education on Certificate Programs in Use.  This 16-page Information Brief by Garrett Murphy reports on the findings of a recent survey on the use of certification systems, as reported by state education directors, to validate student attainment in adult education and workforce skills programs.  The Brief is available from the CAAL website at


8.   ESL:  Summary of Culture Shock

Taken from LINCS Diversity Discussion List

I'm pleased to announce that, at long last, the summary/transcripts of a discussion held on this list November 8-12 , 2010 "Culture Shock in the Adult ESL Classroom: Yours and Theirs,” has been completed and is posted online at


Thanks much to my colleague Sharon McKay here at the Center for Applied Linguistics both for facilitating the discussion and working on the “organized transcripts” that are posted on line.


Sharon sifted through nearly 80 posts to organize the discussion summary/transcripts into six topics:

The links above are hyperlinked.


Miriam Burt
moderator, adult English language acquisition (ELA) discussion list

9.   Health Literacy Discussion:  Sharing Our Literacy Action Plan Stories

Taken from LINCS Health Literacy Discussion List

Dear Literacy Colleagues,


Please join us in a story-sharing discussion on the health literacy list THIS WEEK! See the link below for the list announcement and information on how to join this list. (Remember, you can join the list, submit your brief story and then unsubscribe!)


Here is a little background: we had a discussion last Fall about using the National Action to Improve Health Literacy. This document came out last year with the goal of improving the nation's health literacy, which in turn should result in a healthier population. You can find the Action Plan at this link:


Why does it relate to you all in the adult education field? I am sure that you can think of many reasons, but also see the Action Plan's 7 goals below and take note of #4 and 5:


The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy contains seven goals that will improve health literacy and suggests strategies for achieving them:


1. Develop and disseminate health and safety information that is accurate, accessible, and actionable


2. Promote changes in the health care system that improve health information, communication, informed decisionmaking, and access to health services


3. Incorporate accurate, standards-based, and developmentally appropriate health and science information and curricula in child care and education through the university level


4. Support and expand local efforts to provide adult education, English language instruction, and culturally and linguistically appropriate health information services in the community


5. Build partnerships, develop guidance, and change policies


6. Increase basic research and the development, implementation, and evaluation of practices and interventions to improve health literacy


7. Increase the dissemination and use of evidence-based health literacy practices and interventions


Many of the strategies highlight actions that particular organizations or professions can take to further these goals. It will take everyone working together in a linked and coordinated manner to improve access to accurate and actionable health information and usable health services. By focusing on health literacy issues and working together, we can improve the accessibility, quality, and safety of health care; reduce costs; and improve the health and quality of life of millions of people in the United States.


Please let us hear more of the adult educators voices by sharing a story for this discussion!


10.   Reading Discussion with Stephen Reder:  Understanding Adult Literacy Growth With Various Measures and Time Scales


Taken from LINCS Reading/Writing Discussion List

What: Understanding Adult Literacy Growth With Various Measures and Time Scales


Where: Reading and Writing Skills List

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When: May 2 - May 6, 2011


Guest Facilitator: Dr. Stephen Reder


Suggested Readings:

Reder, S. (2009).  Scaling up and moving in: Connecting social practices views to policies and programs in adult education. Literacy and Numeracy Studies, 16(2), 35-50.

The journal website asks you to register (no cost) before downloading the PDF.


Reder, S., & Strawn, C. (2006).  Self-study: Broadening the concepts of participation and program support.  Focus on Basics, 8(C), 6-10.


Where can I learn more about this discussion:

Daphne Greenberg

Reading and Writing Skills Electronic List Facilitator


11.   Transitions:  Professional Development Opportunity – College Readiness for Adults:  Beyond Academic Preparation


Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion List

Dear Colleagues,

Registration closes May 5, 2011, for College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation. Register now at:

Feel free to distribute this notice to others who might be interested.



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: May 12–June 29, 2011

Course description:

Course instructor: Johnna Herrick-Phelps

Course fee:  $249.00


Questions? E-mail is a partnership of World Education, Inc., and ProLiteracy/New Readers Press. Visit for a complete listing of available courses.




Kaye Beall

Project Director

World Education



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