Montana LINCS Update

10/24/11

Greetings from Montana LINCS

  

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Go to the Email Archives in the upper left-hand corner on the home page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/index.htm

 

1.  MTLINCS Star

Do you see the STAR on the MTLINCS homepage at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/index.htm?  The star is your Guiding Light.  If you click on the text you see on the star, it will take you to that content area.   

MONTANA ABLE

Click on MONTANA ABLE in the center of the star.  By doing that, you will have access to several resources for Montana ABLE programs.

Administration

·       Policies and Procedures

·       Program and Student Highlights

o   Faces of Montana ABLE

·       ShopTalk/Director Summaries

Research

·       Research-based:  MTLINCS, OPI Initiatives, National

Updates:  Just by clicking on the month under Updates, you will also have access to any current MT OPI information that has been posted.  Access to information is just a click away!  Stay informed!

2.  MT ABLE ShopTalk Summary

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/shoptalk10-18-11.pdf to access a summary of the October 18 ShopTalk.

Click here  http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/ProfessionalDevRoster.xls  for Professional Development Roster.

 

3.  MT ABLE ESL Conference Call:  November 3

 

Find out what is new for Montana ESL.  Participate in the Montana ABLE Conference Call.  Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/ESOL_pro_dev2011.pdf  for more information.

4.  Assessment:  GED Discussion Archived

 

Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List

Click here http://lincs.ed.gov/pipermail/assessment/2011/date.html  to read archived GED Discussion.

5.  Learning Disabilities Article:  Learning-disabled Students Get Firmer Grip on College

 

Taken from LINCS Learning Disabilities Discussion List

Click here http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2011-10-17/college-and-learning-disabilities/50807620/1  to read the USA Today article about Landmark College, one of a few small, private colleges that specialize in educating students who struggle with conditions such as dyslexia or attention-deficit disorder.

 

They have developed strategies to stay focused when lectures get boring, picked up tips for staying on top of homework and brushed up on their rights as college students with documented learning disabilities …

6.  Learning Disabilities Resource:  Guidance and Career Counselors’ Toolkit

 

Taken from LINCS Learning Disabilities Discussion List

Click here http://www.heath.gwu.edu/assets/33/toolkit.pdf  to access the Toolkit on LINCS.  Even though it refers to high school, there may be items for adult educators to consider.

7.  Reading:  Common Core Article – Common Core Standards: Are We Going to Lower the Fences or Teach Kids to Climb?

                                                                                                     

Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List

Click here http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/blog/BlogSinglePost/11-10-13/Common_Core_Standards_Are_We_Going_to_Lower_the_Fences_or_Teach_Kids_to_Climb.aspx   to read an interesting approach to the Common Core Standards.

… But the common core starts from a different premise: Their notion is that students will do better if required to read harder materials rather than easier ones. How can they so blithely reject what so many of us “know?” Well, again, this is where the story gets interesting. 

Studies have shown that over the past 70 years, school textbooks have grown easier. But despite this trend, each generation of teachers has been perplexed anew by kids who can’t read their textbooks, which has led to a further ratcheting down of text difficulty. One researcher even correlated these text difficulty declines to lowered performance on the SATs …

Timothy Shanahan, Reading Today Online, 10/13/11

 

8.  Workforce:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics National Report

 

Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

Click here http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/stem-execsum.pdf   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.

 

By 2018, the U.S. will need 22 million new workers with college degrees – and will fall short of that number by at least 3 million degrees ...

 

9.  Workforce:  Help Wanted – Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018 - MONTANA

 

Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

Click here http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/montana.pdf  to download information specific to Montana

 

Between 2008 and 2018, new jobs in Montana requiring postsecondary education and training will grow by 23,000 while jobs for high school graduates and dropouts will grow by 11,000 …

 

10.  Workforce:  Help Wanted – Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018

 

Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

Click here http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/FullReport.pdf  to download the complete Help Wanted report. 

  

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 http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/ .  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

norenehp@bresnan.net