Montana LINCS Update


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Welcome back to another year of MTLINCS!  National, regional, state, and local updates will continue to come your way as programs continue to be challenged in a variety of ways.   By working together, we can develop into stronger programs.  As author Margaret Wheatley in Turning to One Another states:

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, honest, human conversation. Not mediation, negotiation, problem solving, debate, or public meetings. Simple, truthful conversation where we each feel heard, and we each listen well. This is how great changes begin, when people begin talking to each other about their experiences, hopes, and fears …


Yes, this is just another reminder for all of us about the Wisdom of the Crowds!  Please take some time this year to share your thoughts, articles, websites, etc. with your state colleagues.  By sharing just one thought, we begin collaboration!


1.   Montana Meetings

·      GED Annual Conference:  October 5

·      ABLE Data Quality:  October 6 & 7

Qualified ABLE programs eligible.  Contact Carol Flynn at OPI for more information. 

2.   MT ABLE ESL:  ESL Conference 2010 Discussions Updated

Click here to read what Montana colleagues have shared! 


3.   Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

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

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.


4.   ESL:  CAELA Brief – Using Oral Language Skills to Build on the Emerging Literacy of Adult English Learners  


Click here  to access the brief. 


5.   ESL and Learning Disabilities Discussion:  Adult ESOL Learners who Struggle: Is it REALLY Learning Disabilities?


Click here to join the discussion on September 17 – 21.


6.   Health Literacy Discussion


Next week on the Health Literacy Discussion List, we will have a guest discussion with Cynthia Baur about the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. This will be held during a week that has been specially designated as Adult Education & Family Literacy week by the U.S. House of Representatives.


(For more information about Adult Education & Family Literacy week, see:  )


For details about our discussion, Using the Nation Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, please see below or you can go to: 


To join the Health Literacy Discussion List, go to:


7.   MPAEA 2011:  Collaboration 


Click here to view Adult Education in a Global Economy, CCAE/COABE 2011 Conference in San Francisco.  For more information, contact your MPAEA representatives, Jake Gustin at or David Strong at


8.   Professional Development:  Online classes Via


Several classes are being offered via this online format:  Differentiated Instruction, Foundations of Teaching Adult Numeracy, Teaching Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills, College Readiness for Adults: Beyond Academic Preparation!, Introduction to College Transition Math, Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education, etc.


Click here to view a complete listing of available courses.


9.   Reading Webcast Now Archived - Getting Reading Results in the Classroom:  What Research Tells Us


The National Institute for Literacy webcast, “Getting Reading Results in the Classroom: What Research Tells Us”, is now available online for viewing on-demand.


Click here to view with Windows Media Player.  


Click here to view with Real Player.



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