Montana LINCS Update


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1.  Montana ABLE Learning to Achieve:  The Conversation Continues – Snippet #6 Content Learning


Your Montana L2A trainers have continued to prepare snippets from  Learning to Achieve modules.  You will be able to find the snippets on the L2A Resource page at


·       Snippet 6 continues the Content Learning section with more exploration of graphic organizers.


Snippet #5


Click here  to access Snippet #6 on Content Learning and Graphic Organizers(You may also access a pdf at  to print and place in your L2A participant binder.)



2.  Spring Directors’ Meeting Resources


·        Montana Director’s State of the State

·        Montana Data Trends


Click here  to access conference information.


3.  More MPAEA Resources Coming Soon!  Stay tuned!

National Information


4.  National LINCS Update


 Taken from LINCS


The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) team, consisting of contractors and grantees, have been working hard behind the scenes to strategically position LINCS to deliver high-quality educational opportunities to adult education professionals, and to ensure that all adults have the college and career readiness skills needed for the 21st century global economy. We know that in order to achieve this goal, the adult education field must have free, on-demand access to evidence-based resources, trainings, and tools that promote teacher effectiveness and research-based instruction.


In order to best serve the adult education community, LINCS is being enhanced in the following ways:

•       An updated technology platform will be used to support professional learning through communities of practice and social media that can more interactively engage educators in evidence-based professional development activities. The LINCS technical team is working on restructuring the LINCS website, look for a new design this summer.

•       The LINCS Resource Collection will be reorganized so that the highest-quality materials are easy to search and find. The review process has been refined to ensure the resources are of the highest quality.  The LINCS Resource Collection team has been working on improvements to the review process and building the LINCS pool of subject matter experts.

•       The eleven current discussion lists will be transitioned to the next generation of online discourse – communities of practice – offering LINCS users a more engaging platform to connect and share with each other.

•       Four LINCS Regional Professional Development Centers will work with states to deploy evidence-based materials and professional development activities to the field of adult education. The LINCS Regional Professional Development Center teams are working to inform their state partners about evidence-based professional development available to their states.


Stay tuned for more information and updates on the LINCS listservs.


If you are attending COABE at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, please make sure to stop by the LINCS Booth in the Exhibit Hall to say hello, go to the LINCS Networking Event on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or attend the “Envisioning a New and Improved LINCS" session on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.


Stay tuned for more information and updates on the LINCS lists. If you have specific questions, please contact the LINCS team at


Jo Maralit

U. S. Department of Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education


5.  GED Discussion on April 23-24


 Taken from LINCS Assessment Discussion Lists


The LINCS Assessment Discussion List is pleased to hold the following guest discussion on April 23 and 24, 2012:


The Assessment Guide for Educators:  A conversation about the resource with GED Testing Service®


Martin Kehe, Nicole Chestang, and CT Turner from the GED Testing Service® will join us to discuss Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Assessment Guide for Educators: A guide to the 2014 assessment content from GED Testing Service, as well as answer other questions about the new GED® assessment to be released in January, 2014.  


To download the Chapters, read the guest bios, and access further information about the new GED test, please read the full announcement at:


Emails containing instructions for getting the most out of this online discussion will be forthcoming. 


Please contact me with any questions.  I look forward to the discussion!


Marie Cora

Assessment Discussion List Moderator


6.  Workforce:  State Legislators' Perspectives on Advancing Workforce Reforms April 26


 Taken from LINCS Workforce Discussion List


Announcement: Audio Update: State Legislators' Perspectives on Advancing Workforce Reforms


Workforce Educators,

Here’s another good opportunity to expand your understanding of the issues states face in providing needed skills updates to their workers.  This information is forwarded from the National Skills Coalition, and you should contact them with any questions or for additional information.


Donna Brian, Moderator


Register for April's Audio Update
State Legislators’ Roundtable: 
Advancing Workforce Reforms in the States 


Register now for a national Audio Update, State Legislators’ Roundtable: Advancing Workforce Reforms in the States, on April 26, 2012, from 1:00 – 2:15 pm ET. This session, co-hosted by National Skills Coalition and the National Conference of State Legislatures, promises a lively discussion with legislators from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington who have championed “skills” in their legislatures in the face of budget constraints by shepherding legislation, leading cross-stakeholder efforts, or otherwise giving voice to the importance of helping workers and businesses gain the skills needed to rebuild our economy. This call is an opportunity for advocates, practitioners, and other stakeholders to learn effective approaches for working with state legislators to advance specific workforce policy reforms, including sector strategies and career pathway initiatives. It is also a great opportunity for current state legislators and their staff to hear from their colleagues about efforts in these areas. Speakers include:

·        Senator Mike Brubaker, Senate District 36, Pennsylvania

·        Delegate Keiffer Mitchell, Jr., District 44, Maryland

·        Rep. Tim Probst, 17th Legislative District, Washington

·        Jack Tweedie, National Conference of State Legislatures

·        Eric Seleznow, National Skills Coalition

Register today to ensure you are part of this national discussion!

NSC is pleased to partner with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to bring a better understanding of the national legislative landscape and the challenges and opportunities faced by legislatures and stakeholders in furthering workforce and skills policy. NCSL is a bipartisan organization serving all 50 states and territories providing research and technical assistance to policymakers on a variety of issues.


 7.  Writing:  Study Guide for Some Consequences of Writing Assessment


 Taken from LINCS Reading/Writing Discussion List


Study Guide for "Some Consequences of Writing Assessment"



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