Montana LINCS Update


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Montana ABLE Information


1.  Montana Learning to Achieve:  The Conversation Continues


Click here  to access Snippet #1 on Reading Disabilities.  (You may also access a pdf at to print and place in your L2A participant binder.)



As a professional development opportunity, many Montana ABLE personnel were able to attend the regional Learning to Achieve trainings last fall.  For those trainings, the L2A trainers were required by training regulations to provide specific modules to the participants.  Within the next eight weeks, the L2A conversation will continue with the trainers providing snippets from the remaining L2A modules.  For many folks, these modules may provide some “meat” for classroom instruction.


The L2A snippets will do the following:

·       sustain the professional conversation that originated in regional trainings.

·       help ensure that best practice strategies becomes job-embedded.

·       increase awareness of the research-based strategies that can benefit all ABLE students.


Margaret Bowles, Montana ABLE Director


Preview to Snippets from Learning to Achieve Modules




February 6


Module #5

·       Reading Disabilities

February 20


Module #5

·       Reading Disabilities

March 5


Module #6

·       Written Expression Disabilities

March 19


Module #6

·       Written Expression Disabilities

April 2

Module #7

·       Content Learning

April 16


Module #7

·       Content Learning

April 30


Module #8

·       Workforce Preparation

May 14


Module #8

·       Workforce Preparation




2.  MPAEA Conference 2012 in Helena:  Implementing Career Pathways in Adult Education


Conference Website: 


Click here  to access the MPAEA Conference website.




Travel and Lodging:


State trainings will be held in conjunction with MPAEA.  Mileage and lodging

will be provided for ABLE representatives from Montana ABLE programs.  This will enable Montana ABLE staff to participate in many things at one location:  TABE Training, Bridge Program Training, Directors’ Meeting, BEST+ Training, and a Montana ESL mini-conference!!!


Conference Rate:


Even if Montana educators are *not* members of MPAEA, they will be able to register for the conference as MPAEA members.


Conference Presentation:  Presenting at MPAEA 2012 is a great way for you to share information with participants.  Click here to submit a proposal!  Deadline is February 10!


3.  Montana ESOL Wiki


Click here to access the Montana ESOL Wiki.  Look at the left-hand column and click on Feb. Reading&Vocabulary to check out the new resources!

National Information


4.  Reading:  Adult Beginning Readers Resource


Taken from LINCS Reading and Writing Discussion List

Click here  to access It’s Never Too Late website.


It’s Never Too Late:  Helping Adult Beginning Readers


We have created an instructional model that utilizes low-cost materials and is centered around group learning. It uses a decoding program that can be learned and used easily by both teachers and tutors.

5.  Technology:  Basic Computer Skills


Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Discussion List

Click here to access Basic Computer Skills.


ABLE students need computer skills.  Check out Minnesota’s Basic Computer Skills Curriculum.  (This curriculum was written in 2007 but is editable – changes occur quickly in technology.)

On this site you will find lesson modules covering basic computer skills developed by computer teachers* from Adult Basic Education programs in the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium.

6.  Workforce:  Certificate and Degree Completers


Taken from OVAE Connection 2/2/12

Certificate and Degree Completors Are More Employable Than Noncompleters


Data from the NCES report Beginning Subbaccalaureate Students’ Labor Market Experiences: Six Years Later in 2009 compare those who successfully completed certificate and associate degree programs in 2009 with those who became noncompleters.


In spring 2009, certificate completers, compared to noncompleters (most of whom were postsecondary CTE students), were

·        less likely to have unemployment spells.

·        more likely to be in the labor force and to be employed.

·        more likely to: be in career jobs, see education as having helped advance their careers, be in jobs with occupational credentialing, and be employed in health careers (and less likely to be employed in business careers).

·        more likely to be employed full-time.

·        equally likely to have basic job benefits (e.g., medical, life, retirement).

·        more satisfied with the opportunities in their jobs to use their education and receive future training.

·        equally likely to be satisfied with the importance and challenge of their jobs and to have overall job satisfaction.

·        equal in earnings, types of employers, and satisfaction with pay, fringe benefits, job security, and opportunities for promotion.

Associate degree completers, compared to noncompleters (some of whom are postsecondary CTE students), were

·        more likely to be in the labor force, employed, employed full-time, and earning more; to be in career jobs; to see their education as having helped advance their careers; and to be satisfied with the opportunities in their jobs to use their educations and receive future training.

·        equally likely to be satisfied with the importance and challenge of their jobs; their overall job satisfaction; their satisfaction with pay, fringe benefits, job security, or opportunities for promotion; and their basic benefits (e.g., medical, life, retirement).

·        more likely to work for a nonprofit organization or in health and to be in jobs that require occupational credentials.

·        less likely to have unemployment spells.

·        less likely to work in business, personal services, or sales.


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