Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE Shoptalk Summary and Documents


ShopTalk Summary:  Performance Targets, TABE Training, MABLE, ESL Conference, SIA, GED Initiative, Site Monitoring, National Directors’ Meeting Themes, Allocation, Reauthorization


Click here:  for summary.


Effective Teachers PowerPoint


Click here:  for Effective Teachers PowerPoint from National Directors’ Meeting.


2.   MABLE Post Testing Protocol and Other Documents


Click here:  for suggestions for Post Testing Protocol.


MABLE Data Cleanup:  Click here

MABLE FAQs:  Click here  

MABLE Tracking Assessment and Gain:  Click here


3.   Montana TABE Training Documents Posted along with TABE White Paper on Use of the Locator


Click here: to access all the documents from TABE training. 


TABE White Paper:  Appropriate Use of the TABE 9 & 10 Locator Test

Because there are so few questions on the locator, if students score at the bottom of the range on the locator (i.e. a 12 in math which would place the student in an A level test), you may place them in a test below the one recommended. This can help ensure that students are not being given a TABE test that is too difficult for them.  

Click here:  to access the TABE White Paper. 


4.   Montana ESOL Conference Summary


Click here to access final summary of the MT ESOL Conference along with resources.

·       Summary

·       Resources


5.   Montana Student Highlights:  Graduation


Click here  to access articles about the Billings Adult Education Graduation 2011 and a video of the Billings Faculty award winner, Kyrgyzstan native Aliia Usenova.


6.   ESL:  English Language Acquisition Collection


Taken from LINCS Announcement

Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills from the Beginning also addresses transitions with a focus on adult English language learners. The resource reviews the current and projected need for skilled workers, and the academic and higher level thinking skills immigrants will need to be able to take these positions. Reviewers found this to be a highly valuable resource that makes the case for integrating academic and higher level thinking skills with ESOL instruction from the start, providing examples of how to do so at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Adult English Language Acquisition Discussion List featured this resource in January 2011, hosting the authors who shared information with list subscribers and answered their questions. Find summaries of Discussion Lists Events at


7.   Teaching Excellence:  Teaching Excellence in Adult Education (TEAL)


Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List


Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center Launches Website


The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center has launched a website. The TEAL Center, funded by OVAE and operated by the American Institutes for Research, is designed to improve the quality of teaching in adult education with a particular focus on writing for adult basic education (ABE) students. The center offers an intensive program of professional development and individualized technical assistance to participating local staff in 12 states: California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. It also supports quality instruction in adult education programs through: professional development and technical assistance, including materials and strategies for professional development. For more information on project resources, including topical fact sheets, a searchable bibliography, and links to external sites, please visit:


8.   Technology:  Developing Discipline-Based Critical Thinking Skills Via Use of Interactive Technologies


Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Discussion List


Developing Discipline-Based Critical Thinking Skills Via Use of Interactive Technologies may be of particular use to GED teachers and those who are involved with efforts to help students transfer to postsecondary institutions. The resource provides a rationale for incorporating the teaching of critical thinking skills into the online learning environment, maintaining that critical thinking skills assist learners to evaluate and link the extensive information and ideas available via online and social networking technologies (bulletin boards, wikis, hypertext). The author explicitly lays out strategies for each principle of learning included in the resource.


9.   Technology Resource:  Using iPad with Students


Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Discussion List

Here’s another helpful resources iEAR I Education Apps Review - App Reviews and Educational Commentary—and they have some great iPad ideas.


Following an iPad in Education workshop led by Meg Wilson (@iPodsibilities on Twitter) that was held at Apple last week, Apple employees shared some useful materials for follow up.


10.   Transitions:  The Career Side of College and Career Readiness


Taken from OVAE Connection:  Issue 51

Preparing all students for college and careers is the goal of a high school education. Being “college-ready” is easy to define: being able to enroll in and complete college-level courses without the need for remediation. The definition of “career-ready” is less precise. The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education hosted an expert panel to discuss career readiness at the 2011 ACTE National Policy Seminar, on March 8. The panel members were:

                  James R. Stone III, director, NRCCTE

                  Gene Bottoms, senior vice president, Southern Regional Education Board/High Schools That Work

                  Pamela Frugoli, O*NET/Competency Assessment team lead, Employment and Training Administration

                  Sandy Boyd, vice president, Strategic Communications and Outreach, Achieve, Inc.

                  William Symonds, director, Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard University


A video of this presentation is available at:



11.   Workforce Discussion:  Contextualized Learning


Taken from LINCS Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List

Well-designed, contextualized, integrated curricula that use effective adult education practices and respond to both learner and employer interests are a big piece of the puzzle.   A fair amount  of work has been done over the past two decades in this area in the US and other countries, though much of that work (including considerable work done with federal funding) is sitting in various archives (and probably should be re-examined and updated).   Here is an example of one such program …


Paul Jurmo, Ed.D.

Senior Advisor

U.S. and Africa Divisions

World Education

Boston, Massachusetts  02210-1211


Click here to access more information from Paul Jurmo about programs using contextualized learning.


12.   Workforce Discussion:  Crossing the Bridge:  GED Credentials and Postsecondary Educational Outcomes


Taken from LINCS Announcement

Workforce Education Collection

Preparing adults to transition successfully to postsecondary education and careers has become the central message for adult educators in terms of learner outcomes. The underlying message, however, is that learners need to improve their basic skills if they are to be successful in those transitions. This message is clear in Crossing the Bridge: GED Credentials and Postsecondary Educational Outcomes, the first year report of a longitudinal study on the effects of obtaining the GED on postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion. Findings show that higher GED scores result in a greater likelihood of postsecondary success.


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