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1.  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve:  The Conversation Continues – Snippet #3 Written Expression 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 Snippets #1 and #2 covered Reading Disabilities.  Now it is time to move on to Written Expression Disabilities.


Snippet #3


Click here  to access Snippet #2 on Reading Disabilities (You may also access a pdf at  to print and place in your L2A participant binder.)


2.  Montana Distance Learning:  Best Practice - Resources


Click here   to download a pdf of the Distance Learning PowerPoint presented during a Montana ABLE Distance Learning conference call on March 2. 


More documents will soon be posted at .


3.  MPAEA Conference 2012 in Helena:  One Day Registration and Outstanding Student Award


One Day Registration Now Available!


One Day Registration is now available FOR EVERYONE FOR $100!  Please check out the following link:, and look for one day registration options for those of you who cannot come to all three days!


Early Bird Rate expires March 10!!!  Register now!

MPAEA Outstanding Student Award


During the conference, MPAEA would like to acknowledge a quality student from each Montana program.


Criteria are:


·       One student will be recognized from each program that nominates a student. The form must be completed, saved, and emailed to Ellen Guettler at .


·       The student should have been enrolled within the program year and have made significant progress or have had a positive impact through example on fellow students in the program.


Click here  to access the form!  Deadline is Friday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m.

National Information


4.  Learning Disabilities:   Neurobiology and Dyslexia: What We Know About the Brain and Learning


 Taken from LINCS LD Discussion List


Click here  to access transcript.


Here is an interesting transcript of a talk from (National Center for Learning Disabilities) by Dr. Guinevere Eden of the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University.  That talk was about demystifing the connection between neurobiology and learning disabilities. You can find it online at   


Rochelle Kenyon


5.  Transitions:   U.S. Census Releases Data Reports


 Taken from LINCS Transitions Discussion List


Click on red text below to access the data.                                   


As the Nation Makes Progress on College Attainment Goals, Critical Workers Still Left Behind


By Marcie Foster and Elizabeth Kenefick


The U.S. Census Bureau released five new data reports on Thursday of this week that illustrate the progress we have made toward building a more educated workforce. For the first time, #1 more than 30 percent of U.S. adults over age 25 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, a 5 percentage point increase from only a decade ago when just a quarter did. This is a significant milestone as a greater number of jobs in the recovering economy likely will demand at least some education beyond high school.


The newly released Census data also provide insight into the #2 economic value of postsecondary credentials at all levels. Not surprisingly, income goes up based on educational attainment. Median income for adults with a high school diploma is $2,550 monthly. However, those who obtained vocational certificates have median monthly earnings of $2,950, while those with associate’s degrees earn $3,456. Bachelor’s degree holders command even greater earnings of $4,355. Despite an increasing percentage of higher-educated workers, we have a long way to go in terms of ensuring that the promise of a better future through postsecondary education is available to students of all ages, races and income levels.  While the data generally show that more workers overall are getting college-level degrees leading to higher earnings, disparities persist. Racial and ethnic minorities are far less likely to earn a traditional four-year degree. Only 19.8 percent of African American adults and 14 percent of Hispanics (of any race) have a bachelor’s degree or higher (although Hispanic college attainment is rapidly increasing) compared to 34 percent of white adults.


Some of the most thought-provoking data highlight how students who earn GEDs® instead of traditional high school diplomas are more likely to be left behind. Less than half of GED® recipients pursue postsecondary education compared to 73 percent of those with high school diplomas, and only 5 percent of GED® recipients eventually earn a bachelor’s degree.  What’s more, even when GED® holders receive postsecondary credentials, their earnings are likely to be significantly lower than students who take the traditional route to college.  Among adults who obtain a bachelor’s degree, those who have a high school diploma earn on average $6,305 monthly compared to only $4,825 for GED® holders—a difference of nearly 30 percent.


The nation’s economy continues to change. Many experts talk about a disconnect between available jobs and the skills of the current workforce. To continue to be globally competitive, the United States has to increase the number of people who are receiving postsecondary credentials. The traditional approach of ensuring high school students go on to college will not be enough to meet this challenge. The nation is getting older and the number of #3 traditional high school students is declining. This means the nation has to focus on #4 non-traditional students, including adults, to meet the demand for skilled workers. Without such a focus, our economy will be millions of college degrees short of what we need to maintain our economic competiveness. Federal and state policymakers should take note of these economic and educational trends and expand the use of #5 policies and practices that enable more adults to complete a postsecondary credential and advance in their careers. 


6.  Workplace:  Career Pathways


Taken from LINCS Transition Discussion Lists

Click here  for the Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center.


Free online professional development opportunity and resource center! 

The Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center (ACP-SC) is an innovative comprehensive website that supports adult education providers in designing, implementing, and improving adult career pathway programs. Through this website registered users have unlimited access to a robust collection of instructional resources, implementation strategies, best practices, research, and other tools as well as collaborative peer learning opportunities and resource sharing. The site is free, easy to use, and anyone can sign-up and receive access to ACP-SC. The site offers:

-National professional development activities,

-Online collection of high-quality instructional resources,

-Policy briefs on topics related to developing and implementing career pathways,

-Latest research on the effectiveness of career pathways,

-Online, self-paced professional development courses,

-E-Newsletters, and

-Virtual community of practice where practitioners can learn collaboratively and share resources.


To register go to For more information email us at



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