Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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1.  MTLINCS Star Points

Yes, there are only five points on the MTLINCS STAR, each one indicative of Montana OPI ABLE initiatives!    

Learning to Achieve

Click on Learning to Achieve at . Since many of you had participated in the Learning to Achieve regional trainings, you now will be able to access the most current information.  In fact, many of you need the code in order to complete the Online Modules.  You will find that on the Resource link at .  

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

2.  MT ABLE ESL Conference Call:  November 3


Find out what is new for Montana ESL.  Participate in the Montana ABLE Conference Call. 

3.  MPAEA Conference 2012:  Implementing Career Pathways in Adult Education


April 11 – 14  Helena, MT

Click here for more information.

Call for Presenters

Click here for Call for Presenters.  Deadline January 31, 2012.

4.  Assessment:  Discussion about Gauging Student Progress


Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion List

Click here  to read the discussion now taking place regarding gauging student progress.

Thanks for sharing some of the activities that you use to gauge on-going progress.  I’m excited to learn more about the ‘high tech’ methods that were shared this week … Can anyone share more of their ‘low tech’ methods for on-going assessment? 


Here’s a really good review of the literature that was conducted on formative assessment in 1998 by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam from Kings College London School of Education:


Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment


It includes recommendations for policy and practice.  While this paper is nearly 14 years old, it’s a seminal resource – it’s the best information out there right now that examines formative assessment and the role it plays.  I hope you find this paper useful.

Marie Cora, Moderator

5.  Math:  Math Anxiety – Afraid to Do the Math


Taken from LINCS Learning Disabilities Discussion List

Click here  to read the HealthDay article on problems related to math anxiety - a problem often associated with a learning disability in math.


Study suggests it's negative emotions, not lack of skill, that cause some to struggle.


THURSDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) — The key to easing math anxiety may be less about improving calculation skills and more about controlling negative emotions that make it difficult to focus on doing the work, new research suggests …

6.  Reading:  Fluency


Taken from LINCS Read/Write Discussion List

Click here  to access Fluency:  Research and Teaching Strategies

This resource is fewer than 4 pages and is full of information. For example, did you know that fluency consists of three aspects: accuracy, rate, and prosody? This document defines each term and provides suggestions on how to measure them. The document also describes the following strategies to work on fluency in the classroom: guided oral reading, echo reading, read alongs, paired readings, and reader's theater. I strongly encourage all of you to take a look at this document-it is a quick read-very user friendly and less than 4 pages.

Daphne Greenberg, Moderator

Click here to access the LINCS Basic Skills Resource Collection. 

7.  Workforce:  Bridge Programs


Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List

Click here  to access What Works:  BridgeConnect Stories from the Field.   


What Works: BridgeConnect Stories from the Fieldhighlights four successful "bridge" programs that have helped low-income adults attain postsecondary credentials leading to further education and careers. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has generously provided the funding for this important study.


This report breaks new ground for WSC in that it features numerous video clips of practitioners and participants, who share first-hand the positive impacts of these programs. Viewers can see powerful examples of how these programs-- in North Carolina, Chicago, and New York City-- move people from hopelessness to stable employment.



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