Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.


May you have a peaceful Thanksgiving!


Montana ABLE Information


1.  MTLINCS Star Points:  Distance Learning

Distance Learning – another point on MTLINCS!!!

Distance Learning

Click on the Distance Learning  Star Point on the MTLINCS homepage at . Find out what Montana ABLE has done to promote Distance Learning within the past. 

You will find resources on the Resource link at  Recently, posts have been made to include links to using notepads in the classroom.

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


2.  Montana ABLE ShopTalk Summary and Important Dates


Click here to read the ShopTalk Summary from November 15.

Click here to check out important dates posted on the Calendar.

3.  Montana ABLE Bridge Program Survey


Attention Montana ABLE Programs!


… Please distribute this survey to your faculty for feedback.  Even though staff may not work with all areas of this survey, they will be able to report best practices and curriculum they would like to share with the state. Your instructors and staff can also share areas of need they experience while working with students, suggesting areas of research for us to pursue.  One of the goals for the Montana ABE Bridge Program includes providing curriculum that is readily available and easily implemented in the classroom ... 


Click here  for more information and to access the Montana ABE Bridge Program Survey.

4.  Montana ABLE ESL Invitation


Click here to access the Montana ABLE ESL Wiki invitation.

5.  Montana ABLE SIA TATT Dates


Click here  to check out TATT Training Dates.

6.  Montana Future ForGED


Click here  and click on Montana and GED to access posters advertising Facebook for Montana Future ForGED.

Montana MAACE Information

7.  MAACE Survey:  Deadline November 22

Click here  to express your opinion and vision for the Montana Association for Adult and Community Education.  Please take this short, 5 question survey before midnight, Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

National Information

8.  ESL Discussion:  Issues in the Preparation and Professional Development of Practitioners Working with Adult English Language Learners


Taken from LINCS ELA Discussion List

The Adult English Language Acquisition (ELA) list will host a discussion on November 21 and 22, and 29 and 30 that should be of interest to all who work with adult English language learners. Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall will facilitate a discussion of "Issues in the Preparation and Professional Development of Practitioners Working with Adult English Language Learners"



Discussion Description


Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall and colleagues from the Center for Applied Linguistics conducted a survey of teacher certification and professional development expectations for adult ESL teachers. The results of the survey revealed that although there are differences among the states, in general, states are paying more attention to issues of teacher quality.

During this online discussion, Dr. Crandall will facilitate and discuss issues of teacher quality as they relate to the initial preparation and professional development of teachers of adult English Language Learners

(ELLs) from initial preparation and expectations of newly hired teachers to issues related to more experienced teachers, including those who may be experiencing near burn-out from the stresses of several part-time jobs without contracts or benefits.


For a brief biography of the facilitator, guiding questions for the discussion, and a link to a reading related to the discussion, go to



If you are already a member of the ELA list, you may simply post messages at



To subscribe to the ELA list, go to


Miriam Burt, Moderator, Discussion List for Adult English Language Acquisition (ELA) Center for Applied Linguistics


9.  Math Resource:  Mathematical Difficulties in School Age Children Spring 2011


Taken from LINCS LD Discussion List

I often put individual articles from the IDA _Perspectives_ online -- now that they've gone digital, that's harder.   … I've posted the issue dedicated to math difficulties at  .  


Susan Jones, Academic Development Specialist, Center for Academic Success, Parkland College, Champaign, IL 

10.  Workplace Resource:  Webinar on December 7 at 3:00pm Eastern (2:00pm/Central, 1:00pm/Mountain, 12:00pm/Pacific)- New Strategies to Increase Credential Rates in Workforce Programs


Taken from LINCS Workplace Discussion List

Click here to register

The Office of Workforce Investment will showcase exciting new strategies to increase credential rates in this webinar, featuring the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). This Webinar is designed to build on the Secretary of Labor’s goal to increase credential attainment and the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) Career Pathways project. It will provide the Regional Offices, State and local workforce investment boards, One-Stop Career Center staff, and adult education and workforce training partners with strategies and proven examples of how to integrate prior learning assessments and credential attainment into workforce programs for adults. States and local areas that have successfully used prior learning assessments and have created innovative credential attainment initiatives will be highlighted.

11.  Workplace Resource:  Spotlight on Poverty


Taken from LINCS Workplace Discussion List

State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity has launched an important new tool, “Spotlight on the States,” to serve as a platform for collecting state-level information on these efforts. This new 50-state resource map includes:

·        State poverty data and statistics: A compilation of data, including poverty, unemployment and asset poverty rates, and information on housing. Each data point links to its source.

·        State policies: A listing of key state tax, asset-building and work support policies that help support low-income families; includes links to state or national organizations that track the issue.

·        Research: A compilation of relevant state research reports on issues related to poverty and opportunity.

·        News: A newsfeed of articles about poverty in a given state.

Click here for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunities map.  State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. Hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.



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