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1.  Montana Learning to Achieve Training for OPI ABLE Programs:  Contact Carol Flynn by 10/3 for Western (10/20) and Eastern (10/27) Region


Note to Montana ABLE Programs:

Please submit names of participants to Carol Flynn at the Office of Public Instruction by October 10, 2011. OPI will reimburse up to four ABLE participants per program. Director participation is strongly encouraged; the trainers believe director understanding of L2A is a critical component of successful implementation.


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.


During some of the instructional modules, I remember thinking to myself,  “I as an instructor may think I have a different and or better method, but as an instructor I have to be very careful that I am not teaching according to how I learn.  If it means getting out of my comfort zone to try something different and new, I have to try.” 

Shirley Burns, FVCC


The Learning to Achieve training helped me realize how strategies that I've used to teach math may also be applied to a variety of other subject areas.  The best part about it is that we are just a couple weeks into the school year, and I have already been able to see students benefiting from what I learned! 

Christine Malchuski, Billings Adult Education


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. 


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.


2.  Montana Standards in Action (SIA) Technical Assistance Traveling Team (TATT):  Contact Carol Flynn by 10/3


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 by Monday, October 3.


3.  Montana Data Quality 2011 Resources


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

·       SIA Math Radical Worksheet


Data Wiki coming soon!


Reminder!  If you are submitting Program Improvement Plan modifications, they are due October 6!


4.   Learning Styles Conversation Continues


Taken from LINCS Read/Write Discussion List

With regard to learning styles, bear in mind that Psychological Science in the Public Interest has published an article that states: "We conclude therefore, that at present, there is no adequate evidence base to justify incorporating learning-styles assessments into general educational practice."   See abstract here:

In the press for the general public, see this recent New York Times article, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, regarding the question of learning styles and study habits:


Rather than trying to categorize students by learning style, perhaps it may be advisable to provide multiple ways/modalities for all students to use.


5.   Technology:  Cell Phone Comics and Novels - Are young people reading?


Taken from LINCS Tech & DL Discussion List

In this era of video and sound, are young people reading? Some are, but possibly not what you might expect. According to cartoonist and comics historian, Fawad Siddiqui, on the September 29th WBUR On Point radio program, in the Muslim world an increasing number of people are reading comics and  "some rich comics cultures [are] developing." 


In Japan, since at least 2003, (some claim as early as the mid 1990's) the keitai short stories delivered by mobile phone have been very popular, and in 2007 five out of ten of the most popular novels in Japan (not necessarily the best) were written and delivered by mobile phone. There is a fast-growing youth novel industry in South Africa that delivers novels by mobile phone. In the U.K. there is now a "micro-novel" written and delivered on a mobile phone whose purpose is to encourage teenagers to read. Launched by a prominent UK Rapper, Chipmunk, and a well-known writer, Terry Deary,author of Horrible Histories the micro-novel is called 'The Perfect Poison Pills Plot'


Some cell phone novels are interactive. "What makes the cell phone novel interactive is the instant communication between author and reader. Readers can leave comments which the author can respond to. If the author notices less people reading as the story progresses, he can immediately take action to change the plot. Only time will tell if this publishing phenomenon is just a fad or a 21st century obsession that's here to stay."


In the U.S., which has taken several years to catch up to Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and European countries that have relied on text messaging, cell phone novels arrived late, in 2009.


If you want to try your hand at writing and self-publishing a cell phone novel, go to 


One way you or your students can develop a comic short story is by using the free software available from


If you want to learn more about the cell phone novel phenomenon, go to,-What-They-Are-and-more/5579/


Do your students read comic books or cell phone novels? Do you see comic books or cell phone novels as a way to encourage reading? Are your students interested in writing a comic book or a cell phone novel? Do you see these as positive steps toward (re)building a culture of reading in the U.S., Canada, U.K. Australia, New Zealand or in other countries?


David J. Rosen


6.   Workforce:  Workplace Accommodations - Low Cost, High Impact


Click here  to access the new Job Accommodation Network report.

JAN Releases Report on Low Cost, High Impact of Workplace Accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) released a report as part of its Accommodation and Compliance Series entitled “ Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact.” ( )  JAN interviewed nearly 1800 employers from different industry sectors and of a variety of sizes about workplace accommodations. The study results consistently showed that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (56%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500.


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