Montana LINCS Update

2/20/12

Greetings from Montana LINCS

  

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1.  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve:  The Conversation Continues – Snippet #2 Reading Disabilities

 

Montana L2A trainers have begun preparing snippets from the four remaining Learning to Achieve modules.  You will be able to find the snippets on the L2A Resource page at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/L2A/l2A_resources.htm .

 

Snippet #2

 

Click here   http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/L2A/L2A_rd2.htm to access Snippet #2 on Reading Disabilities (You may also access a pdf at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/L2A/L2A_reading_disabilities2.pdf to print and place in your L2A participant binder.)

 

2.  MPAEA Conference 2012 in Helena:  One Day Registration, Scholarships, and Student Recognition

 

One Day Registration Now Available!

 

One Day Registrations are now available to all MPAEA members on the conference website for $100!

Please check out the following link: https://www.mpaea.org/?page=register, and look for one day registration options for those of you who cannot come to all three days!

 

FLEXIBILITY at work!!!

 

Scholarships Still Available!

 

Go to https://www.mpaea.org/?page=scholarships for info about the application or click here https://www.mpaea.org/docs/MPAEAConferenceFeeScholarship2012ApplicationUpdatednoDeadline.pdf to download the application.

 

Montana Student Recognition

 

MPAEA will be recognizing outstanding Montana students.  More information will be coming soon regarding nominations!

 

3.  Montana ABLE MABLE Update

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/pp/MABLEFAQCurrentUpdate2-14-12.pdf to access the most current MABLE update. 

 

The Site Performance Summary is on page 11.

National Information

 

4.  GED:  Release of The Assessment Guide for Educators

 

Taken from LINCS Discussion Lists

The GED® Testing Service just released The Assessment Guide for Educators to help one learn about the new assessment that will launch in 2014. Also, the Guide is designed to help the adult education community begin to incorporate this new direction in their preparation programs.

The Assessment Guide for Educators is a comprehensive and definitive source about the new GED® test—providing an overview of the assessment, the assessment targets for each content area, description of cognitive levels, and item types—just to name a few topics covered by the Guide. To make it easier to digest the material, the Guide will be released in
three installments—the first installment is available immediately at www.GEDtestingservice.com/assessment.

All you have to do is register to download the first and each subsequent chapter. You will also be invited to attend one of the four one-hour webinars focused on the first installment’s content. Chapters 2 and 3 will be released on February 28 and March 13 respectively and will also have webinars to overview the content and, most importantly, to provide a forum for getting answers to any questions you may have.

Additional resources will be available on the Web and you will have plenty of opportunities to hear more and engage with the GED® Testing Service at key national and local conferences this spring and summer.

 

5.  Math:  Building on Foundations for Success - Guidelines for Improving Adult Mathematics Instruction, Final Report

 

 Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion

 

You may be interested in this new report that can be downloaded from the LINCS website at http://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/AdultNumeracyReportFinal2011.pdf

 

Recognizing the paucity of research available on adult numeracy instruction, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) initiated the Strengthening America’s Competitiveness Through Adult Math Instruction project through a contract with MPR Associates, Inc. and its partners, the Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Rutgers University, and TERC. This project sought to determine (1) what to teach in adult numeracy instruction, (2) how to teach it, and (3) how to teach teachers to teach it. These questions form the basis for this report. To begin this work, OVAE proposed to examine the Foundations for Success (NMAPP report to determine if any of its findings or recommendations could apply to mathematics instruction for adults.

 

Analysis of the NMAP report recommendations determined that 18 of the 45 recommendations were relevant to adult mathematics instruction. These recommendations and the guidelines derived from them fall into three broad areas: mathematics content, instructional strategies, and teacher preparation. There are guidelines related to each area, and the report includes a discussion of the guidelines in each area, including relevant research.

 

Designed to be a blueprint for future work by policymakers, administrators, and researchers in the field of adult education, these guidelines outline the mathematics content adults need to know, strategies for teaching adults this content, and the preparation of adult education instructors who teach mathematics. Additional research, however, is needed for a better understanding of how mathematics instruction can best be provided for different populations of adults pursuing diverse goals. More information about the relationships among teacher characteristics and preparation, instructional strategies, and student outcomes would be useful, as would an assessment of the effectiveness of current in-service professional development programs.

 

6.  OVAE:  Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

 

Taken from OVAE Connection

U.S. Department of Education Publishes RFI for Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success

 

The secretary of education has published a Request for Information (RFI) inviting institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profit organizations, state systems of higher education, adult education providers, researchers, and faculty and staff to provide the Department with information about promising and practical strategies, programs and practices that have improved the rates of postsecondary success, transfer and graduation. While responses to this RFI may be submitted at any time, to be considered in the first round of reviews, responses should be submitted by April 30, 2012. The Department is interested in strategies emphasizing the quality of what students learn, and timely or accelerated attainment of postsecondary degrees or certificates. These include industry-recognized credentials that lead to improved learning and employment outcomes. The secretary is particularly interested in successful innovations that IHEs and states could replicate to help reach the president’s goal of increasing the number of Americans who earn postsecondary degrees and certificates. The secretary will establish the Postsecondary Completion Website as an online resource on which the responses to the RFI will be posted for sharing, commenting, and discussing. Interested parties are encouraged to review the full Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success RFI. Additional information on the president’s blueprint for keeping college affordable and the Department's college completion and affordability efforts is also available.

7.  Writing:  TEAL Just Write Guide

 

Taken from LINCS Read/Write Discussion List

Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Just Write! Guide

 

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the American Institutes for Research announce the publication of the TEAL Just Write! Guide. The culmination of two years of work in identifying research-based instructional practices in the content area of writing, this guide is a resource for ABE teachers. It is intended to increase familiarity with evidence-based writing instruction and facilitate translation of research findings into teaching practices and products that will enhance the quality of instruction delivered to adult learners. To access the Guide, visit:

 

PDF version of the TEAL Just Write Guide!:  https://teal.ed.gov/documents/TEAL_JustWriteGuide.pdf

HTML version of the TEAL Just Write Guide!: https://teal.ed.gov/tealGuide/toc

 

Mary Ann Corley, Ph.D.

Principal Research Analyst and TEAL Project Director

American Institutes for Research

Washington, DC

 

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

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