Montana LINCS Update

 8/23/10

Greetings from Montana LINCS

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More updates

on a variety of national items!

MTLINCS is getting excited for the 2010 – 2011 school year!

How about you?

 

1.   MT ABLE ESL:  ESL Conference 2010 Discussions Posted

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/MT_adult_esl_conference_2010.htm to read what Montana colleagues have shared! 

 

2.   Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

 

Celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2010!
September 13 – 19, 2010

www.ncladvocacy.org/aefl.html

 
September 13 – 19, 2010 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! Recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and supported by the National Coalition for Literacy, this is a one-time only dedication to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
 
Resources to Help You Prepare
 
See the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit for new resources, the latest fact sheets, sample press releases, and commemoration ideas for program directors, instructors, and partner organizations to raise awareness. Leverage the attention of International Literacy Day, September 8, to build momentum for attention to your program.

 

3.   Math:  Learning Numeracy for the Future Workplace

 

Click here http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/1795.html to read Thinking Beyond Numbers:  Learning Numeracy for the Workplace 

 

The use, learning and transfer of workplace numeracy skills, as well as current understandings of the term numeracy, are examined in this study. It also highlights the importance of numeracy as an essential workplace skill. The report challenges the training system and training organisations to provide numeracy training which makes links directly to workplace contexts as well as to mathematical concepts.

 

4.   NRS Discussion on Assessment Discussion List  Online classes with ProfessionalStudiesAE

 

Click here http://www.nifl.gov/pipermail/assessment/2010/date.html to read current posts.

 

5.   Professional Development:  Online classes with ProfessionalStudiesAE

 

 Click here  http://www.professionalstudiesae.org/  for more information on the following classes:

 

Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy
September 20 - October 29, 2010

Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education
October 6–December 8, 2010

Introduction to College Transition Math
October 11–December 13, 2010

Differentiated Instruction
October 12–December 13, 2010

College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation!
October 14–December 8, 2010

 

6.   Reading Webcast on 9/1 - Getting Reading Results in the Classroom:  What Research Tells Us

 

Click here http://www.yorkmedia.com/l3/webcast/webreg.htm to register for the webcast.

 

Webcast Registration is Now Open!

Getting Reading Results in the Classroom:

What Research Tells Us

 

September 1, 2010
1:30-3:00 p.m. (EST)

This free live webcast is sponsored by the National Institute for Literacy. Three adult literacy research scientists will discuss their research projects and the implications for evidence-based reading instruction. During the discussion, the panel of researchers will summarize their respective projects and include information about study participants, the nature of instructional interventions, and findings from their studies.

FEATURED PANELISTS:

·       Daphne Greenberg, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, Georgia State University;

·       Charles (Skip) MacArthur, Ph.D., University of Delaware; and

·       Daryl Mellard, Ph.D., Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas, Lawrence;

·       MODERATOR: Brett Miller, Ph.D., Program Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

INTENDED AUDIENCE/PARTICIPATION: This webcast is intended for adult literacy practitioners; however, it is open to everyone.  

PREPARING FOR THE WEBCAST:  Prior to the webcast, please confirm that your computer and Internet firewall are able to support this type of webcast. Click here to test your system before September 1.

Background on the research:

In September 2002, six adult literacy research awards were funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute for Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education. The research focused on increasing understanding of the specific cognitive, socio-cultural, and instructional factors, and the complex interactions among these factors, that promote or impede the acquisition of English reading and writing abilities within adult literacy programs. These participating three researchers are part of the Adult Literacy Research Consortium of six projects that have all added to the literature base and provided data that can inform future work.

 

7.   Technology and ESL:  Podcasting   

 

Click here  http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/abstracts/workforce/RC_work_abs79 to access an article on podcasting and ESL.

 

Podcasting: An Effective Tool for Honing Language Students' Pronunciation?, a resource recently added to both the Technology and English Language Acquisition Resource Collections, discusses the use of podcasting in improving the pronunciation of intermediate level language learners. Although the authors report that the results were not as positive as expected, certain aspects are promising. Specifically, variables being measured (content, coherency and organization, pronunciation and fluency, accuracy, creativity, and impact) provide important indicators of successful second language acquisition that could be useful to adult ESL educators. This could be particularly important when preparing students for the workforce since heavily accented English is often a detriment to job advancement.

    

8.   Technology:  Article by Bill Gates  

 

Click here  http://www.switched.com/2010/08/09/bill-gates-says-internet-will-offer-the-best-education-in-five-y/ to take a look at an article by Bill Gates:  Bill Gates Says Internet Will Offer the Best Education in Five Years. 

 

9.   Technology:  NIFL Report   

 

Click here  http://www.nifl.gov/publications/pdf/technology_paper_2010.pdf  to access Emerging Technologies in Adult Literacy and Language Education.

 

Have you wondered how to use new technology to engage students? The National Institute for Literacy released the report, Emerging Technologies in Adult Literacy and Language Education, in June 2010. Although this report is not part of the Technology Resource Collection, the authors provide an excellent description of the “potential contribution of emerging technologies to adult literacy and language education and the opportunities and challenges involved in incorporating these technologies into adult education programs.” (pg. 1) They discuss technologies such as cell phones as well as open-source software as potentially valuable teaching and learning tools.

 

 

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101
norenehp@bresnan.net