Montana LINCS Update


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Montana ABLE Information


1.  Facts & Statistics

At various times throughout the year, ABLE programs need statistical information about Montana ABLE and even data about the national scene.  If you are in need of such information as Return on Investment data, please check out the Facts & Statistics link.  Click on Facts & Statistics.

Facts & Statistics

Click on Facts & Statistics which is located at the top left-hand column under About Literacy on the MTLINCS homepage at  

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Send a message to MTLINCS at .


2.  Reminder!  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve Online Assignment

Just a reminder to complete the L2A online module assignment - deadline is 1/18/11.

Click here to access Online Module Directions posted on the L2A Resource page. 


3.  Reminder!  Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (MPAEA) Conference 2012 in Helena:  Implementing Career Pathways in Adult Education


Talk to your program director today! 


A great opportunity to participate in a regional training is headed you way in just three months!!!  The annual MPAEA conference will be held in Helena on April 11 – 14 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn.  Not only will you be able to network with your state colleagues but also with regional and national representatives.


Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education at OVAE, will be the Keynote Speaker.  As is stated on the MPAEA website, Dann-Messier is the first assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) who is also an adult educator, Dann-Messier leads the Department's efforts in adult education and career and technical education, as well as efforts supporting community colleges and correctional education. She oversees the administration of 11 grant programs in these areas, totaling approximately $1.9 billion annually.


Conference Website: 


Click here  to access the MPAEA Conference website.


Conference Registration Bonuses: 


According to Margaret Bowels, Montana Director of Adult Education, “Several Montana state trainings will be held in conjunction with MPAEA”.  This will enable Montana ABLE staff to participate in many things at one location:  TABE Training, Bridge Program Training, Directors’ Meeting, BEST+ Training, and a Montana ESL mini-conference!!!  Talk to your program director today!!!


As MPAEA Past President Donna Bakke states, “Because this conference is a collaborative effort between MPAEA and the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program, Montana educators will be able to register for the conference as MPAEA members.


Conference Presentation:  Presenting at MPAEA 2012 is a great way for you to share information with participants.  Click here to submit a proposal!  Deadline is January 31!


4.  Reminder!  Montana ESOL Wiki


Dear ESOL Colleagues,

As the new year starts off, we would like to remind you of the ESOL WIKI website that has been set up for us  to share professional reading topics, discussion ideas, and resources. It is our hope that in this new year all ESOL practitioners take 10 minutes per week to read the blog and the ideas exchanged as well as contribute to the professional conversation with submissions relating to ESOL. If you have a found a great new website, put it on the WIKI! If you are having trouble with an aspect of instruction, pose a question!  Once you get a response on the blog, follow up with a comment on whether the suggested resources worked or not. We will all work to share ideas and professional knowledge. In this manner we will develop our skills and expand our professional resources  in "Best Practices" for ESOL instruction in Montana.

If you have not yet registered for the ESOL WIKI, please go to the following link and click "Join now" at the top of the page:

Last year at our ESOL conference we decided that this format would be the most beneficial for our hectic schedules. Please help make this resource a success by committing to 10 minutes per week to WIKI.  Ellen will send out weekly reminders to ‘check in' on the WIKI since she knows how busy we all can get!

Soon, Katya will list all of the discussion topics for the year so that you can have access to the professional readings and resources to best support your programming!


Looking forward to growing together!




Katya, Jacqueline, and Ellen

National Information

5.  Bridge Programs:  What Are They?


Bridge Programs for Underprepared Adults Could Improve College Completion


"Bridge" programs that help adult students acquire the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education are gaining momentum and could play a vital role in fulfilling the nation's degree-completion agenda, according to the results of a new study by the Workforce Strategy Center.


Survey Results:

·        Seventy-five percent of bridge programs prepare people for job training in allied health fields. Other industries served include administrative/office technologies, the construction trades, the energy sector, information technology, and manufacturing.

·        Fifty-seven percent of adults in bridge programs possess educational skills below the 10th-grade level, with 19 percent having skills below the sixth-grade level.

·        Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents said people who complete their programs are likely to enroll in further education or training within six months.

·        Sixty percent of respondents report that they structure their programs in a "learning by doing" format.


Click here   to access the article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

6.  Professional Development Opportunities via World Education and We Learn

 Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List

World Education

Click here to access announcements about Online Professional Development opportunities in the following areas:

·        College Readiness for Adults:  Beyond Academic Preparation

o   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.

·        Introduction to College Transition Math

o   Reflect on your own and your students' math backgrounds, examine and experience the college placement test your students take, try out math activities and exercises you can use in your classrooms, and explore the math knowledge and skills you will want to present to your own college transition students.

·        Helping Students Stay:  Beyond Academic Preparation

o   When we focus on helping students stay in programs, we address all the ingredients of program quality and effective instruction. Student persistence is, in fact, an indicator of program strength. In this eight-week course, we’ll use the six core “drivers” of persistence, identified in the New England Learner Persistence Project, to organize and review a wide range of successful persistence strategies, and to prioritize the ones that might have the most impact in our own programs.

We Learn

·        Women in ABE/ESOL - Supports and Resources Webinar

o   At WE LEARN, our members understand, define, and take action to create meaningful responses and proactive programming to address access and equity for women’s literacy and basic education.

o   This webinar will focus on the experiences of women in literacy, adult basic education and ESOL classes. The facilitator will briefly review research and professional wisdom related to the topic, and then participants will discuss and share resources that specifically support women in their learning and leadership skills development …

·       Wednesday, January 25, 2012
3:00 - 4:00 pm (est)


§  Registration Required!  Click here  to register.

7.  Reading:  Vocabulary


Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing Discussion List and MTLINCS

In the last email, MTLINCS posted a resource from the LINCS Basic Skills Resource Collections about Vocabulary instruction.  Click here  to review it.


Do you need some Vocabulary teaching resources?  If so, check out the ones that were posted on MTLINCS as a part of Reading is the Bridge.


Click here, scroll to Worksheets, and then to Vocabulary.



P.S.  Remember -- if you are having trouble with the links in this email, go to the Email Archives at the top of the MTLINCS homepage at .  Also if you no longer wish to receive this mailing, please let me know!  Thanks!


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