Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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1.  MTLINCS Search Button

Are you needing to find information on MTLINCS?  The answer is a simple click away.  All you have to do is go to the MTLINCS homepage at  Under the Welcome to Montana Adult Basic Literacy and Education header, you will see the following:   

Click here to search this site.

Input key words into the Google Search window and then select the following option:

Search - MT LINCS

Click the Google Search button.  Voila!  You may have the information you are looking for unless, of course, you need to narrow the search by rewording your description.

2.  Reminder - Trainings for Montana ABLE Programs:  Learning to Achieve and Standards in Action Technical Assistance Traveling Team


Learning to Achieve, initially launched by the National Institute for Literacy, is designed to build state capacity to increase the achievement of students with learning disabilities.  L2A training provides practical intervention strategies.  A major theme in research and practice is that effective interventions for this heterogeneous group are appropriate for all individuals who struggle with learning.


Learning to Achieve - Western Region:

·        When:  Thursday, October 20, 8:30 to 3:30

·        Where:  Missoula, UM COT Room HB17

·        Trainers:  Sheri Wilson, Camille Pomeroy, Shirley Burns, Shelly Barrett-Catton, and Fawn Thibodeaux

·        Click here  for more registration information. 


Learning to Achieve - Eastern Region:

·        When:  Thursday, October 27, 8:30 to 3:30

·        Where:  Billings Lincoln Center Board Room

·        Trainers:  Christine Malchuski, Brydeen Warwood, Valorie Ericson, and Norene Peterson

·        Click here  for more information. 


Click here  and click on Learning to Achieve Information Update for more information.


Montana Standards in Action (SIA) Technical Assistance Traveling Team (TATT)


On the road again!  Would your ABLE program like some onsite assistance from TATT in order to implement Standards in Action in the math area?  Contact Carol Flynn asap.


3.  Montana Standards in Actions Resources from Data Quality 2011


The SIA resources have now been posted.  Click here to access them. 


Have you looked at the other Montana Data Quality 2011 Resources?  Recognize anyone you know?  Click on the following items:


Montana ABLE Policies and Procedures


Data Quality Resources:

·       Faces of Data Quality 2011

·       Montana Data Research

·       Montana Performance-based Formula

o   The Golden Circle

·       On the Road Again


Data Wiki coming soon!


4.  Montana ABLE ShopTalk:  October 18


Contact Carol Flynn for more information.


5.  Health Literacy:  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction - Options for Practice and Research


Taken from LINCS Health Literacy Discussion List

Check out the article on the Health Literacy Series. It’s a great one about how information about anxiety, depression, and chronic pain can both help and confuse the diagnostic process.


Why “What Are Your Symptoms” Isn’t Enough:


6.  Innovation Forum


Taken from OVAE Connection


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Education, and Department of Health and Human Services


Purpose:  To foster workplace innovations; to share experience and discuss how new and innovative policies, administrative structures, partnerships, etc. can help improve outcomes for job seeker and employer customers


Click here to access the Innovation Forum.



7.  Professional Development:  Improving Adult Literacy Instruction - Options for Practice and Research


Taken from LINCS Professional Development Discussion List

A new report is coming out from the National Research Council of The National Academies titled, “Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research.” (549 pgs.) You can obtain a free pre-publication copy from The National Academies Press at:

Or click here for a pre-publication copy already posted on MTLINCS.

Here is the description of the report from their website:

 “A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21st century life including supporting a family, education, health, civic participation, and competitiveness in the global economy. Yet a recent survey estimates that more than 90 million U.S adults lack adequate literacy. Furthermore, only 38 percent of U.S. twelfth graders are at or above the proficient level in reading.

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction synthesizes the research on literacy and learning to improve literacy instruction in the United States and to recommend a more systemic approach to research, practice, and policy. The report focuses on individuals age 16 years and older who are not in K-12 education. It identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood in general, and examines their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies for learning which can assist with multiple aspects of teaching, assessment, and accommodations for learning.

There is inadequate knowledge about effective instructional practices and a need for better assessment and ongoing monitoring of adult students' proficiencies, weaknesses, instructional environments, and progress, which might guide instructional planning. Improving Adult Literacy Instruction recommends a program of research and innovation to validate, identify the boundaries of, and extend current knowledge to improve instruction for adults and adolescents outside school. The report is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies such as the Department of Education, administrators, educators, and funding agencies.”

 A must read!

Jackie Taylor, Moderator


8.   Technology:  Learning in the Cloud


Taken from LINCS Tech/DL Discussion List

In the ASTD newsletter this month, there is an interesting article:  All Generations Learn in the Cloud



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